The East Hampton boys basketball team, after a two-year layoff, is heading back to the Suffolk County Class A postseason.
The Bonackers needed to win their regular-season finale at Kings Park on Monday to finish with an 8-8 League V record and clinch a playoff spot, and they did exactly that, defeating the host Kingsmen, 57-44. It was the second time East Hampton defeated Kings Park (16-4) this season.
Just prior to Tuesday morning’s seeding meeting, East Hampton head coach Dan White thought his team would get the 10th and final seed, which would force his team to play an outbracket game at Elwood/John Glenn (10-6 League VI, 11-9 overall), who he thought would nab the seventh seed, on Wednesday, February 14. As of Tuesday morning a game time had not been posted. Go to sectionxi.org for updated bracket information.
White, who took over the program last season, said his team played its best game of the season, by far, on Monday night. Jack Reese, the team’s senior point guard, found himself in early foul trouble in the game’s first two minutes and had to sit much of the first half, forcing many of the team’s younger players to step up, which they did. The Bonackers led the Kingsmen, 29-19, at halftime and they were able to maintain that lead with Reese back in the game in the second half.
Turner Foster, a junior, scored a game-high 16 points, including a trio of three-pointers. Reese scored 13 points and dished out seven assists and junior Bladimir Rodriguez also scored 13 points. Senior Chris Stoecker only scored four points, but he had 10 rebounds and, more importantly, was able to keep Kings Park’s leading scorer, junior Andrew Bianco, to just eight points.
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