With time winding down in the first half, it looked like the Pierson boys basketball team was going to give top seed Stony Brook a serious run for its money in the Suffolk County Class C Championship game at Westhampton Beach High School on Thursday, February 14.
Unfortunately for the Whalers, that was not the case in the second half.
Pierson managed to score only five second-half points—and just one in the third quarter—as the Bears were able to exact revenge on the defending champion Whalers, winning 57-27. Last year, Pierson’s Forrest Loesch hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to beat the Bears and give Pierson its first county title in decades.
Pierson, seeded second, advanced to the championship game this year with a 63-41 win over Greenport on February 12. The top-seeded Bears had a first-round bye.
After falling behind, 15-7, in the first quarter, Pierson battled back in the second, outscoring Stony Brook, 15-11, to cut the halftime deficit to 26-22. But the Whalers simply could not buy a basket in the second half, and Stony Brook cruised to the win.
Only four Pierson players scored, led by Loesch with 16 points. Jake Bennett had seven points, and Ian Barrett and Joey Butts each had two.
Stony Brook was led by Andrew Daniel, who had 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Marco Maskayan had 13 points and eight assists. Brandon Odom added 11 points.
It was a disappointing finish to what was overall another successful season for the Whalers. They finished the season second in League VIII behind the Bears, and handed the Bears their only loss in the regular season, in the season finale, although the Stony Brook coach rested most of his starters for that game. Pierson was 11-3 in league, 11-7 overall.