The Southampton boys basketball team’s bid for perfection in League VII came to an end last week with a 69-60 home loss to Babylon on January 24. The teams moved into a tie for first in the league with identical 9-1 records, and they are both 12-2 overall.
The Mariners handed the Panthers their only league loss of the year, a 67-64 defeat back on December 20 when Shaundell Fishburne hit a three at the buzzer to win it. But Babylon got its revenge, led by point guard Fernando Vasquez, who scored a game- and career-high 32 points. He also had nine assists.
Southampton encountered adversity right away when both leading scorer Fishburne and starting forward Lyle Smith had to head to the bench after getting into early foul trouble. Still, the Mariners faced only a four-point deficit at halftime. But head coach Herm Lamison said that uncharacteristically poor ball movement and spacing spelled defeat for his team that night, and he said that having Fishburne and Smith spend significant time on the bench early on didn’t help either.
And, of course, there was Vasquez’s performance.
“That kid is good,” Lamison said. “He’s one of the best in the league. He controlled the game and we didn’t get after him well enough until late in the game. He was a difference maker.
“We didn’t move the ball well and we lost some trust in each other,” Lamison added. “That’s been a staple as to why we’ve done so well.”
Devon Trent led Southampton with 17 points while Smith finished with 14 and Travon Smith had 11.
Girls Stay On Top
The Southampton girls basketball team continued its dominance in League VII, beating Babylon 63-45 at home on January 25 to improve to 8-0 in League VII, 10-3 overall.
The highlight of the game was the performance of forward Sydney Katz, who came off the bench to score a career-high 13 points. It was the second straight game where Katz hit a career high—she scored eight in a win over Center Moriches on January 18—and head coach Juni Wingfield said that Katz’s development has been great to watch.
“I’m feeling better and better about the way she’s played,” he said.
Katz’s development is important for the future of the program, which will lose four of its five starters to graduation. Wingfield also pointed out that Katz was 5 for 6 from the free throw line, and said that work on her shooting technique has paid off. As a team, the Lady Mariners hit 15 of 18 from the line.
Senior Paris Hodges led the team with 18 points, 11 rebounds, six steals and four assists, while senior Kesi Goree had 14 points and six rebounds. Katz also added seven rebounds to help her team.
As is usually the pattern, Southampton got off to a hot start and never looked back, leading 31-16 at halftime.ON THE SCHEDULE: Boys—Tuesday, 1/29, at Wyandanch, 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, 1/31, vs. Hampton Bays, 4 p.m.; Tuesday, 2/5, vs. Mercy, 6:30 p.m. Girls—Tuesday, 1/29, vs. Wyandanch, 6:30 p.m.; Friday, 2/1, at Hampton Bays, 4 p.m.; Tuesday, 2/5, at Mercy, 6:15 p.m.