The East Hampton boys basketball team did not qualify for the Suffolk County Class A postseason, but it wasn’t for lack of trying.
Needing to win its final three games to finish with a .500 record, the Bonackers stole a game from Mount Sinai on January 30 when Jeremy Vizcaino scored on a layup with 11 seconds remaining in regulation to give his team a 56-55 victory. East Hampton had lost at Mt. Sinai by eight points earlier in the season. Malachi Miller scored a game-high 18 points in the victory while Vizcaino finished with 11 and Max Proctor had 10. Christian Johnson had 10 rebounds, and it was his heroics in the following game against Wyandanch that nearly kept the season alive for East Hampton.
Wyandanch came into Friday night’s game in East Hampton as one of the hottest teams in Suffolk County, riding a nine-game win streak. After outscoring the Bonackers, 29-14, in the first quarter and leading by 19 at halftime, it looked like the Warriors would cruise to their 10th straight victory. But East Hampton, behind a career game for Johnson, turned things on in the third quarter, outscoring Wyandanch, 31-16, to pull within six points of the Warriors’ lead heading into the fourth. Both teams played even in the fourth, though, and Wyandanch was able to stave off Bonac in the 99-93 victory.
Dionte Jordan scored a game-high 45 points for Wyandanch, which overshadowed Johnson’s 35 points, a career high. Turner Foster scored 25 points including four three-pointers, part of East Hampton’s 13 made shots from beyond the arc in the game. Vizcaino made three three-pointers and finished with 16 and Miller finished with 11 points.
The Bonackers fell to Amityville, 76-52, at home on Monday to finish the season.