Bees Follow Up Big Season-Opening Victory With Three Losses

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Publication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press
By Drew Budd   Dec 11, 2018 7:03 AM
Dec 11, 2018 9:41 AM

After opening the season with a 74-47 victory at Babylon on December 3, the Bridgehampton boys basketball team has lost three straight, including its two games of the Kendall Madison Tip-Off Classic at East Hampton High School this past weekend.

The Killer Bees opened the two-day tournament with a 101-66 loss to Southampton on Friday night, then suffered a 71-57 loss to Mattituck on Saturday evening. Bridgehampton head coach Ron White said he saw some things he liked from his team over the weekend and some things he didn’t like. He did mention that not having senior Johnny DeGroot didn’t help his team. DeGroot suffered what’s thought to be a sprained knee at Babylon and is scheduled for tests and an MRI this week to determine the severity of the injury. DeGroot averaged close to 14 rebounds last season and any extended absence would hurt the team, White said.

“We already have low numbers so everyone is trying to rally around it at this point,” he said. “We have to continue to grow and become more seasoned. I got to find a way to put these guys in a consistent position to play their best basketball.”

In between their non-league victory over Babylon and the Kendall Madison Tournament, Bridgehampton also played a non-league game at Eastport-South Manor on December 4. The Bees held a 10-point advantage with two minutes remaining in regulation when the Sharks stormed back with an 11-0 run capped by a three pointer by Joe Schillizzi. Bridgehampton was able to get a shot off in the final seconds but ESM’s Matt Goncalves secured the rebound to preserve the win for ESM. Elijah White led all scorers in that game with 24 points, Nae’Jon Ward had 16 and J.P. Harding had 10.

Harding led the Bees in the win over Babylon with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Ward had 15 points and 11 assists, Will Walker scored 13 and hauled in 10 rebounds and White had 10 points and five assists.

Bridgehampton is scheduled to open its League VIII schedule at Southold on Friday night at 5 p.m.

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