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Dec 5, 2017 1:14 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

East Hampton Boys Basketball Wins Host Kendall Madison Tip-Off Classic

Howard Wood, left, with All-Tournament Team members of the Kendall Madison Tip-Off Classic, which included MVP Jack Reese, Malachi Frazier-Miller, Jeremy Vizcaino, former Bridgehampton head coach Carl Johnson and Pierson's Henry Brook and Will Martin. JOE VASILE-COZZO
Dec 5, 2017 1:25 PM

The East Hampton boys basketball team started its season off on the right foot, winning its season-opening host tournament, the Kendall Madison Tip-Off Classic, which it hosted on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Bonackers dominated Mercy on opening night, defeating the Monarchs, 80-48, advancing to the finals on Saturday night against neighboring district Pierson. East Hampton led Pierson, 28-15, at halftime, and even though the Whalers scored 21 points alone in the third quarter, the first-half deficit was too much to overcome, and the Bonackers went on to win the game, and tournament, in a 60-47 victory.

Senior Jack Reese led East Hampton in scoring in both games, dropping 23 points against Mercy, 17 against Pierson, and was named Tournament MVP. He was also named to the All-Tournament Team with teammates, Malachi Frazier-Miller, a junior, and sophomore Jeremy Vizcaino. Frazier-Miller scored 24 points in the two games, while Vizcaino totaled 18, 16 of which came in the win over Mercy. East Hampton had five players score in double digits in both games.

Pierson senior Will Martin scored 36 points in his team’s 56-49 come-from-behind victory over Mattituck on opening night. The Whalers trailed the Tuckers by eight points at halftime but outscored them by 15 points in the second half to grab the win and advance to the finals. Sophomore Henry Brooks scored 16 points in the win, and along with Martin, was named to the All-Tournament Team.

The early-season tip-off tournament is named after East Hampton graduate Kendall Madison, who was a standout three-sport athlete in basketball, football and sprint track, and was killed in January 1995 at the age of 21. He was a member of the New York State Class B Championship basketball team in 1990 and was an All-County, All-League and MVP football player who went on to play football at the University of Connecticut on a full scholarship. The Kendall Madison Foundation and Kendall Madison Scholarship Fund were established in his memory to assist others to achieve their dreams. Madison was posthumously inducted into the East Hampton High School Hall of Fame in 2012.

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