A home matchup with Hampton Bays, which was winless in league games, was just what the Southampton boys basketball team needed last week.
After dropping two consecutive contests, the Mariners were undoubtedly in a funk, falling to second place in the league after going undefeated in their first nine league games. The Mariners still didn’t look great last Thursday, January 31, according to head coach Herm Lamison, but they did what they needed to do in a 59-50 win over the Baymen.
Southampton improved to 10-2 in League VII, 13-3 overall, with the victory while Hampton Bays fell to 0-12, 2-14.
Southampton was trailing 12-7 after the first quarter, but outscored the Baymen 36-13 over the next two quarters to take control of the game.
“It was an ugly game,” Lamison said. “We just wanted to get it done and over with. We hit a little bit of a lull with back-to-back losses, and are just trying to get things back in order.”
Shaundell Fishburne led Southampton with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Scott Ricca and Lyle Smith each had 12 points. Smith also added 14 rebounds. Travon Smith had nine points and seven assists.
Two days before the win over Hampton Bays, the Mariners lost 68-58 at Wyandanch (7-5, 8-7). It was their second consecutive loss after falling to first-place Babylon on January 24. Lamison said that a subpar effort in the rebounding department was the main problem in the loss to Wyandanch. He pointed out that on one possession, the Warriors grabbed eight consecutive offensive boards.
“The rebounding effort just wasn’t there,” he said. “If we had rebounded the ball, I think we would have been OK.”
Taylor Sanders led the Mariners with 15 points, while Smith added 13. Fishburne, Southampton’s leading scorer, didn’t play because of a strange injury he suffered in practice the day before. Fishburne and Ricca collided during a drill, and Ricca ended up breaking two teeth on Fishburne’s elbow. Ricca was able to see the dentist and play against Wyandanch, but Fishburne had to get stitches and couldn’t play.
Lamison said his team would try to close out the season on a strong note in its final regular season games against Mercy and Mattituck. He said his team would need to win both games and hope someone could knock off Babylon to give the Mariners a share of the league title. But he said that even if his team earns the second seed in the Class B playoffs, that would be fine because it would still give his squad home-court advantage until the county title game, which would be played at a neutral site.
Girls Remain Undefeated In League
As of Monday, the Lady Mariners needed only two more wins to cap an undefeated season in League VII.
Southampton won 50-41 at Hampton Bays on Friday and beat Wyandanch 60-31 on Tuesday, January 29, to improve to 10-0 in the league and 12-3 overall. The Lady Mariners were slated to face Mercy (0-10) and Mattituck (7-3) to close out their regular season. The Lady Mariners should do well in both contests as they have beaten their league opponents by an average of 22.5 points per game.
And head coach Juni Wingfield hasn’t been trying to run up the score—he routinely puts his bench players in for large portions of most games. The nine-point margin of victory over the Lady Baymen was the slimmest for Southampton this year. Prior to that game, the closest win was by 16 points.
In the win over Hampton Bays, Paris Hodges led all scorers with 15 points and had six rebounds. Carley Guida, known more for defensive prowess, added 13 points and five assists, while Kesi Goree had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Noelle Hodges had 10 points.
In the win over Wyandanch, Paris Hodges had 11 points and Goree had nine, and 11 different Southampton players scored.ON THE SCHEDULE: Boys—Tuesday, 2/5, vs. Mercy, 6:30 p.m.; Friday, 2/8, at Mattituck, 5:45 p.m. Girls—Tuesday, 2/5, at Mercy, 6:15 p.m.; Friday, 2/8, vs. Mattituck, 7 p.m.