The Westhampton Beach boys basketball team was up 13-11 at one point in the first quarter at Eastport South Manor last Thursday, January 3, though that would be the only time the Hurricanes would enjoy a lead that night.
ESM (1-2 League V, 5-4 overall) took over with an 18-3 second quarter and the Sharks won their first League V game, 61-37. With the loss, Westhampton Beach fell to 0-4 in League V and 1-8 overall.
“We definitely needed to get that first league W,” ESM head coach Chris Carlson said. “It’s a tough road getting to the playoffs and getting that first one out of the way was definitely a positive thing.”
Westhampton Beach head coach John Baumiller couldn’t be reached for comment.
It was the first time Carlson coached against Baumiller and he said he had to make some adjustments after the first quarter. Carlson said he switched from a man-to-man to a zone defense and told his players to attack the Hurricanes’ zone defense. The scheme change led to the huge outbreak in the second quarter.
ESM senior Devon Cummings scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while fellow senior Cody Kull scored 10 points and dished out six assists, a career high. Junior Mat Annunziata only scored three points but pulled down 10 rebounds and junior Chris Goncalves scored seven points. Westhampton Beach junior Michael Frangeskos scored a game-high 23 points.
Carlson said his offense did well finding the open man and that he liked what he saw from his team overall, thus far this season.
“Devon did a great job of getting open along the baseline and Cody found Devon a number of times,” he said. “I’ve been pleased with my big men lately—Chris, Devon and [sophomore Dylan Demassi] coming off the bench. They’re doing a great job and I’ve been very pleased with them really all year.”
With Sayville (0-4 League V, 0-9 overall) and Islip (2-1 League V, 4-5 overall) on the docket this week for the Sharks, Carlson thinks this is a make-or-break string of games for his squad. “This week will determine our year, I think,” he said. “If we split, were okay. If we win both, we’re in good shape.”
Canes Rebound On Road
Westhampton Beach played a non-league game at Miller Place on Saturday and lost, 68-55. The Canes lead 33-28 at halftime, but another poor quarter, this time in the third during which the Panthers outscored them 22-3, was the difference.
Westhampton Beach had four players score in double digits. Senior Elan Assayag scored a team-high 19 points while fellow senior Matt Raynor had 12. Frangeskos and junior Luke Dyer each scored 11 points.ON THE SCHEDULE: ESM—Tuesday, 1/8, at Sayville, 5:45 p.m.; Friday, 1/11, vs. Islip, 5:45 p.m.; Tuesday, 1/15, at Kings Park, 5:45 p.m. Westhampton Beach—Thursday, 1/10, vs. Sayville, 5:45 p.m.; Tuesday, 1/15, at Islip, 5:45 p.m.; Thursday, 1/17, at Kings Park, 5:45 p.m.