That was the word opposing coaches used to describe the Southampton boys basketball team’s play at the Kendall Madison Tip-Off Classic at East Hampton High School this past weekend. The Mariners defeated Bridgehampton, 101-66, in what was their first game of the season on Friday night, then defeated host East Hampton, 75-55, the following night.
Southampton head coach Herm Lamison said his players were simply ready to get on the court after a long first few weeks of the season that included a lot of practices and scrimmages.
“They just wanted to play and get the season started,” he said. “It’s nice to get out and get two W’s. Defense has always been a staple for Southampton teams and the kids got after it defensively. It was nice to see them do that right out of the gate.”
Southampton had five players score in double figures in the win over Bridgehampton. Lebron Napier, a freshman, led the way with 19 points, junior Sincere Faggins and senior Marquise Trent had 17, and junior Dakoda Smith and senior Marcus Trent each had 11.
Against East Hampton, Marcus Trent scored a game-high 24 points and also had 14 rebounds. His brother Marquise had 22 points and eight rebounds and Smith had 11 points and 15 rebounds.
Southampton will have to quickly turn its attention to its league schedule which opens this Friday night at Mattituck at 6:15 p.m. The Tuckers played in the Kendall Madison Tournament over the weekend as well and Lamison was impressed with what he saw.
“We have to go against a good Mattituck team and their place is just a difficult place to play in. They have great fan support and they’ve always played well there so we have to be ready,” he said.
Southampton will host its first home game of the season on Wednesday, December 19, against Center Moriches at 6 p.m.
The Lady Mariners lost their first two games of the season but head coach Richard “Juni” Wingfield likes how scrappy his team has played so far. Southampton lost, 39-27, at Amityville on December 1, then suffered a 53-39 loss at home to Smithtown Christian on Thursday, December 6.
The Lady Mariners were only trailing Amityville by six points going into the fourth quarter of their season opener, but three key players—Taylor Pike, Allysha Thomas and Maddy Taylor—all fouled out early in the fourth, leaving the team pretty thin. Southampton could only muster four points in the final frame. Pike led the team with 15 points.
Smithtown Christian has improved over the years and it showed early on in last week’s game. The Lady Knights held an 18-9 first-quarter lead, so Wingfield decided to switch to a full-court, man-to-man defense and he admitted that was a mistake since it ended up making his team tired. Still, he was more pleased with his team’s offensive output in its second game and if it can continue to improve it should be in good shape.
“It’s taken us a while to score 40 points in a game, and if you can score 40 points consistently, well that usually means you’re a playoff team,” he said. “I was disappointed because I thought we could have three girls run up and down the court, but we have to do our best to try and conserve some energy and don’t use 32 minutes of full-court pressure. So we’ll make some adjustments and consider those first two games as another moment in our growth.”