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On This Day In History | 1981

January 16, 2018
B Basketball 1975

Britton elevates vs. Rocky Point during the 1974-75 season

On this day 37 years ago, Jerry Britton ’76 led C. W. Post to an 88-69 victory over Stony Brook University.

The 6’3″ former Brooker, despite being undersized by Stony Brook’s bigs, grabbed 15 rebounds, 8 on the offensive glass, and led all scorers with 21 points to help the Pioneers improve to 4-1 in the Big Apple Conference.

Stony Brook knotted the contest at 39-39 on a jumper with 19:41 left in the game, but Britton’s offensive rebound and putback gave Post a lead they would not relinquish. He grabbed another offensive board and finished the putback at the 10:35 mark, pushing the Pioneer lead to 63-50 on the way to the convincing win.

After the game Britton told Newsday:

People see how small we are and figure, ‘Heck, we can intimidate those guys.’ But we fool them. We play good defense and we can jump. We feel good about ourselves.

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Bears Climb to #7 in State Rankings

January 16, 2018
B Basketball 2018

Seamus Scanlon has been key for the Bears (PC: Caitlyn O’Neill)

This morning the latest New York State Sportswriters Association boys’ basketball rankings were released and our Bears moved up one spot from last week to #7 on the list.

This is the ninth straight week, dating back to last season, that the Bears have been included in the state’s top 20 list, all of which they’ve spent ranked in the top 15.

The Bears currently sit at 8-1 and return to the court today in their League VII opener at Babylon, currently the 21st-ranked Class B team in New York.

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NYSSWA Class C Poll

  1. Lake George (Section II) – 13-0
  2. S. S. Seward (Section IX) – 12-0
  3. Northstar Christian (Section V) – 8-1
  4. Pembroke (Section V) – 9-0
  5. Saratoga Catholic (Section II) – 10-1
  6. Greenport (Section XI) – 9-2
  7. Stony Brook (Section XI) – 8-1
  8. Buffalo Tapestry Charter (Section VI) – 9-3
  9. C. G. Finney (Section V) – 8-2
  10. Ticonderoga (Section VII) – 10-2
  11. Alexander Hamilton (Section I) – 8-2
  12. West Canada Valley (Section III) – 10-1
  13. Perry (Section V) – 8-2
  14. Chautauqua Lake (Section VI) – 8-3
  15. Weedsport (Section III) – 9-2
  16. Caledonia-Mumford (Section V) – 8-1
  17. Granville (Section II) – 8-2
  18. Lyons (Section V) – 10-2
  19. Silver Creek (Section VI) – 10-1
  20. Cooperstown (Section III) 8-2

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On This Day In History | 2001

January 16, 2018
G Basketball 2001

The 2000-01 Bears

On this day 17 years ago, the girls’ basketball team beat Greenport, 47-46, on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Michelle Spurlock.

The Bears trailed 44-48 with 35 seconds left when Laura Boyce knocked down a jumper to pull them within two. Greenport still led by two with just three seconds on the clock, needing only to inbound the ball to pull out the win. Instead, the Bears forced a 5-second violation, setting up the fantastic finish. Spurlock, normally a dominant presence under the hoop, displayed her range by connecting on a 25-footer to steal the win and hand the Porters their first league loss.

Spurlock led the way with 19 points. Britt Weiner added 12 points and 8 rebounds.

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Bears Handle Pierson, Move to 8-1

January 15, 2018
B Basketball 2018

D’Alessio pushes the ball in a game earlier this season (PC: Caitlyn O’Neill)

This afternoon the boys’ basketball team took down Pierson for the 10th time in their last 11 match-ups, never trailing in a 61-50 victory.

The Whalers have long brought out the best in the Bears, particularly on the defensive end. This time they were held below their season average and Will Martin, the Whalers’ primary weapon and Suffolk County’s 5th-leading scorer, was held in check.

Despite having not played a game in nearly a month, the Bears looked sharp from the outset, jumping out to a 6-0 lead after a James Toney drive, a Jai Narain floater, and a tough Emil Vaughn layup. After the Whalers halved their deficit with a 3-pointer, the Blue and White responded with an 11-0 run, ignited by a Seamus Scanlon fastbreak layup and capped with a Toney putback. Pierson closed the quarter with two buckets as the Bears led 18-11 after the opening frame.

Pierson connected on a 3-pointer to open the second, but Antonio Rizzo responded with a trifecta of his own on the ensuing possession, setting up a quarter in which each team traded blows to a 12-12 deadlock, leaving the Bears up 30-23 at the half.

The Whalers trimmed their deficit back to 32-29 early in the third quarter. In need of a spark, Andy D’Alessio got the call. The sophomore tied up Martin defensively, drew two offensive fouls by fighting over screens, and capped a 9-2 run with a 3-pointer to give the Bears a huge emotional lift and push their advantage back to 41-31. Pierson ended the scoring spurt with a 3-pointer, but Narain answered with a three of his own to keep the lead at ten. Pierson closed the period by bookending a Toney layup with a pair of scores to trail 38-46 heading into the fourth quarter.

D’Alessio continued to give the Brook a lift in the early moments of the fourth. After Pierson connected on another 3-pointer to pull within 45-48, D’Alessio answered with a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession to stem the rising tide. Pierson would get no closer the rest of the way. Holding a six-point lead, the Bears strung together a series of big plays that brought the Blue Fan Group to its feet while simultaneously snuffing out any hope for a Pierson comeback. Toney began the final push with a monster block. Moments later Rex Eshirow drew a fourth foul on Martin. Vaughn then drove for a tough layup, Scanlon followed with a backdoor layup, Narain blocked a shot, and Toney hit a layup. When the dust settled the Bears led 57-45 with two minutes left, ensuring Pierson would fail to leave Swanson with a win in their last six tries.

Toney finished with a game-high 24 points, adding 12 rebounds. Owen Sobel (8 points), Vaughn (7 points/ 7 assists), Narain (7), Scanlon (6), D’Alessio (6), and Rizzo (3) rounded out the scoring.

With the win the Bears, currently ranked 8th on the New York State Sportswriters Association Class C poll, improve to 8-1. They open League VII play tomorrow afternoon at Babylon.

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Last 11 Games vs. Pierson

  • Jan. 15, 2018 @ Stony Brook – W 61-50
  • Feb. 1, 2017 @ Stony Brook – W 69-49
  • Jan. 13, 2017 @ Pierson – L 62-63
  • Feb. 13, 2016 – Suffolk County Championship – W 51-44
  • Feb. 2, 2016 @ Stony Brook – W 63-49
  • Dec. 12, 2015 @ Pierson – W 50-36
  • Feb. 16, 2015 – Suffolk County Championship – W 44-39
  • Feb. 4, 2015 @ Stony Brook – W 43-42
  • Jan. 6, 2015 @ Pierson – W 68-65
  • Feb. 15, 2014 – Suffolk County Championship – W 62-36
  • Jan. 24, 2014 @ Stony Brook – W 56-34

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On This Day In History | 2013

January 15, 2018
G Basketball 2013

The 2012-13 Bears (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On this day 5 years ago, the girls’ basketball team edged Pierson, 28-25, in Sag Harbor. Here is the recap of the game from Cailin Riley of the East Hampton Press:

Like their male counterparts, the Lady Whalers also suffered a close loss to Stony Brook. Pierson was downed, 28-25, at home against Stony Brook on January 15. The loss moved Pierson to 4-3 in League VIII, 6-7 overall. The Lady Whalers needed two more wins to clinch a playoff spot in Class C.

Against Stony Brook, shooting woes hurt the Lady Whalers, who managed just 10 first half points.

“We got plenty of shots, but we just couldn’t hit anything,” head coach Kevin Barron said. “It wasn’t like we were turning the ball over, it was just that nothing was going in for us that night. It was basically the only thing that was wrong. The defense was great and our ball movement was decent, but we couldn’t get the ball to go in.”

Barron said he believes his team can beat Stony Brook, and the players will get a chance to prove their coach right in the regular season finale on February 8. Barron said that Stony Brook (5-1 in league) has been a “surprise” team, but has succeeded mainly because it has two very tall players in the frontcourt in Ariana Odom and Keara Vancol. Odom led all scorers with 14 points in the win over Pierson. Nine different players scored for Pierson in the loss, but the highest scorers had only four points.

“They have two very tall girls who grab a lot of rebounds and it’s tough to get offensive rebounds against them,” Barron said. “If you don’t score on the first opportunity down the court, that’s it. I thought we’d be able to beat them with our speed, which we did a good job of, but the shots weren’t falling.”

Pierson would not beat the Bears in the rematch as the Brook prevailed in another close one, 35-32, to claim the League Championship. One week later, the Bears pounded the Whalers in the Class C semifinals, 40-22. They went on to top Southold in the championship, 56-39.

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On This Day In History | 2000

January 14, 2018
G Basketball 2000

The 1999-00 girls’ basketball squad

On this day 18 years ago, the girls’ basketball team turned in a thrilling comeback victory over Smithtown Christian, 45-42.

The Bears trailed 18-7 after the first quarter and were still behind by 12 at the break, but stormed back in the second half for the win. Michelle Spurlock turned in a gaudy line of 24 points, 15 rebounds, and 4 blocks, while Brooke Meserole chipped in 14 points on four 3-pointers.

The Bears would go on to win a fourth consecutive League Championship later that season.

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On This Day In History | 1978

January 14, 2018
Lockerbie 1979 UNC

The Lockerbies in 1979. Don (left) & Kevin (right)

On this day 40 years ago, the Lockerbie boys turned in impressive performances for the University of North Carolina at the East Coast Invitational in Richmond, VA. Kevin ’77, joined forces with Broderick Bennett, Wayne Tucker, and Wayne Miller to win the mile relay in 3:26.9. Don ’75 took 5th in the 1,000 yard run in 2:15.9.

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