In a rematch of last year’s Suffolk County Class D championship, the Bridgehampton boys basketball team was not able to repeat the success it saw last season, losing, 78-53, at home to Greenport on December 14 to drop to 0-2 in League VIII play.
Bridgehampton’s Jason Hopson led all scorers with 34 points, but his outstanding effort wasn’t enough to combat a balanced scoring attack by the Porters, who had four players in double digits, two of whom scored more than 20 points.
The Killer Bees faced a manageable 35-24 halftime deficit, but Greenport pulled away by outscoring Bridgehampton, 26-12, in the third quarter. Gavin Dibble hit four three-pointers and finished with 23 points and 10 assists to lead Greenport while Billy Doucett had 21 points and 12 rebounds. Hopson was Bridgehampton’s only player in double digits.
Luckily for Bridgehampton, the Porters have moved back into Class C this year, meaning that Bridgehampton would not face them in the postseason. Shelter Island, Smithtown Christian and Ross are the only other Class D schools in the county aside from defending champion Bridgehampton.
The Killer Bees were scheduled to get back on the court this weekend with the SYS Holiday Classic Tournament at Southampton High School, a yearly tradition. Bridgehampton, Southampton, East Hampton and the Dalton School of New York City all compete in the tournament. The Bees will play Southampton at 8 p.m. on Friday and will then play in either the championship or consolation game the following day. Bridgehampton will visit Mattituck for a non-league game on December 27 at 3 p.m. and will get back to League VIII action on January 3 at Smithtown Christian at 5 p.m.