It has not been an easy winter for the Westhampton Beach boys and girls basketball teams. Both squads are struggling in League V, and while the boys have been officially eliminated from postseason contention, the girls need to win their final five games so they can finish with a .500 record and qualify for the playoffs.
Boys Fall At Islip, Kings Park
After losing 72-41 at Islip on January 15, the Hurricanes (0-7 League V, 1-11 overall) were eliminated from playoff contention with a 47-27 loss at Kings Park last Thursday, January 17.
In the loss to Kings Park, Westhampton Beach played very well defensively, holding the Kingsmen to their lowest point total of the season. But the Hurricanes struggled on offense, scoring just nine first-half points to trail by seven points at halftime.
The Canes got things going a bit in the third quarter, scoring 14 points, but were outscored 13-4 in the final frame to take their eight consecutive loss.
Westhampton Beach junior Mike Frangeskos scored seven points while his brother, John, finished with six, as did senior Matt Raynor. Kings Park (7-1 League V, 10-4 overall) remained in second place with the victory, just one game behind undefeated Harborfields.
Islip (5-2 League V, 7-6 overall) was the one League V team that Westhampton Beach had not played yet this season and the Buccaneers came out firing in last week’s game. They led 21-7 after the first quarter and didn’t really let up until building a 59-27 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Mike Frangeskos had 13 points in the loss while Raynor finished with 12 points.
Girls Lose At Home
The Lady Hurricanes (1-6 League V, 2-11 overall) did not fare much better against Islip and Kings Park. They fell 47-25 to Islip on January 15 before losing 55-25 to Kings Park two days later. Both losses came at home.
Westhampton Beach did not have an answer for Islip’s Shannon Duer. She scored 26 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. The Lady Canes were trailing 28-10 at halftime and the Lady Buccaneers cruised from there.
As was the case the first time they played Kings Park, the Lady Canes could not match up size-wise with the Lady Kingsmen. Two Kings Park players—Emily Santoli and Brittany Mueller—grabbed 10 rebounds each and those boards made a difference from the second quarter on.
Westhampton Beach held its own in the first quarter, leading 10-9 after the first eight minutes of play. Kings Park turned things around in the second quarter though and outscored the Lady Canes 46-15 the rest of the way.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Boys—Thursday, 1/24, at Harborfields, 6 p.m.; Tuesday, 1/29, vs. Eastport South Manor, 5:45 p.m. Girls—Friday, 1/25, vs. Harborfields, 5:45 p.m.; Tuesday, 1/29, at Eastport South Manor, 5:45 p.m.