Hello sports fans! It’s Bump, and I’m back!
What a week for East End basketball! With games being played almost every night of the week, it’s a shame to stay home at night when you could be enjoying many of the local games while supporting the athletic programs.
Tuesday night the Hive came alive when we hosted Ross for our Coaches vs. Cancer game! The Killer Bees basketball players, cheerleaders, and fans proudly wore pink in support of all those who struggle with or have lost loved ones to cancer, while requesting donations for the cause. Coach Johnson and Coach McKee have come together in support of Coaches vs. Cancer with 100 percent of all funds going locally to those in need. Ross will reciprocate by hosting us on February 13 for their Coaches vs. Cancer game with the same goal in place. Backed by the American Cancer Society, the Coaches vs. Cancer concept has been sweeping through high schools across the nation, showing that everyone in their own way can make a change. For more information please visit www.cancer.org.
Tuesday night was a good night for the Bees! We ended the night with our fourth straight win with a 92-77 victory over Ross. Senior Caanan Campbell had a career-high of 40 points with 12 rebounds and eighth-grader Tylik Furman came up big with 17 points, 5 steals and 5 assists! Ross is an incredibly athletic team and although we came out big in the end, they definitely did not make it easy.
Friday night we traveled up to Stony Brook for a 7:30 p.m. tip off! It seemed like from that point in time until the buzzer at the end of the fourth lasted a lifetime. It is here that coach’s voice echoes within my head with every step I take. Consistency is key. And as hard as it is to admit, he is right. We had a dismal loss to the Bears and they sent us home defeated, 72-45. We did not come to play and when you are mentally beaten it is hard to recover physically and get the job done. Tylik made some big shots for us rounding his night off with 18, but it just wasn’t enough to rally us back into the game.
The mood after a big loss is never good, but as athletes that’s when we have to dig deep and turn things around. We must go back to our coaches for guidance and then not only listen but trust in their experience and wisdom. This week Coach Johnson preached dedication on and off the court. Dedication to our families, to our school work and to our teammates. He hammers home that just because we step off the court, we do not stop pushing ourselves to new limits. As an athlete whose career in sports will be more likely to continue in commentary rather than playing, I find myself reflecting more on the lessons I am taking away from sports rather than the win or, in this week’s case, the loss. Living life with consistency and dedication can not only help balance one’s game, but one’s life.
So I would like to leave you with two thoughts. The first is a thank you to all those who choose to take time out of their lives to teach and mentor youth in sports. Your dedication and love for the game does not go unnoticed. And although ultimately it’s the players who are going to win or lose the game, you put us in the best possible position to be successful, in and out of the game!
Second, the Pierson Whalers will be opening their gym to us on Friday night for a rival showdown! Can the Killer Bees bounce back and quiet the Sag Harbor crowd on the 27th at 6:15 p.m.? Come out and see for yourself!