Last night, the boys’ basketball team earned a 5th consecutive Suffolk County Championship in a 49-35 upset win over #1-seeded Greenport. Only three other teams in the history of Suffolk County have won five straight titles. Here is the recap of the game from iLuvBBall.com.
Greenport was the favorite going into the Class C Championship games, having beaten Stony Brook twice during the regular season, but everyone knows the saying, “it’s hard to beat a team 3 times in one season.”
Stony Brook opened up the game in a diamond-1 defense, face guarding Greenport’s sensational freshman Ahkee Anderson. This greatly disrupted Greenport’s half-court offense as Greenport would not score their first points of the game until 3:30 left in the first quarter. Stony Brook used their length and size to score in the paint, giving them the 13-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, made field goals were hard to come by as both teams continued to battle on the defensive end. Greenport’s full court press tried to slow down and disrupt Stony Brook, but was unable to force turnovers, in part to Stony Brook precision ball movement. Stony Brook’s diamond-1 defense was key as they took a 20-12 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, Greenport’s big man Julian Swan had to sit due to foul trouble. This helped Stony Brook’s Mac Bohuny, as he was able to attack the basket and score 8 of his game high 19 points in the third quarter, giving Stony Brook the 33-21 lead going into the fourth.
Greenport looked to chip away at the lead and get back in the game thanks in part to baskets by Brandon Clark and Ahkee Anderson which cut the lead to 7, but that’s as close as Greenport would get. Out of a timeout, Stony Brook was able to break the press and find big man Jyles Etienne, who finished with a thunderous and-1 dunk. Stony Brook’s Brandon Providence knocked down foul shots at the end of the game to seal the victory for Stony Brook, who have won the Class C championship 5 years in a row.
A New Challenge
“They still have to take our crown.”
In the final words spoken before the Bears took the floor last night in the Suffolk Class C Championship, senior captain Brandon Providence perfectly summed up the moment: a youthful challenger was coming for the incumbent king.
Greenport came into the season with high expectations, and for good reason. A formidable front line, coupled with sensational guards who could drive, dish, and shoot, made the Porters an instant favorite to supplant the Bears as the champions of Class C. In the Suffolk Time’s season preview of the Porters, the players were already talking about booking rooms at the State Championship in anticipation of a deep postseason run. As the league season got underway, the Bears were all but forgotten in the rush to coronate the rising power that would slice through the league with a 9-1 record.When the Porters secured the League VIII Championship two weeks ago (thanks to the Bears’ victory over Bridgehampton with an injury-depleted roster) the Porters cut down the nets in their gym and spoke about this title being just one step toward winning the State Championship. The narrative was no longer about an upstart rising to face the Bears, who had dispatched Pierson in the last four Suffolk County Championships, but of a peaceful succession of power. The Porters’ victory was viewed as a foregone conclusion, spearheaded by the dynamic freshman Ahkee Anderson, the League VIII Rookie of the Year and MVP. The Bears? They merely had a few vestiges remaining from their dynastic past. The Porters had beaten them twice in the regular season, including a 27-point thumping on January 11th. It was time for the new blood to grab the torch. But in the rush to anoint a new victor, they forgot about the old standard-bearer.
The Bears would make them remember.
The Bears’ strategy coming into the game was to neutralize Anderson, Suffolk’s 11th best scorer at nearly 20 points per game who had burned the Bears for 24 points and 18 points in the Porters’ two regular season victories over the Brook. The plan was to utilize a diamond and 1 defense in which one defender would be glued to Anderson wherever he went on the 94-foot court while the other four Bears played a zone. The success of the venture would ride on Emil Vaughn who had played most of the season in a back-up role. The idea looked good on paper; how the Bears would execute it remained to be seen. Poise and execution on offense would also be key as the Bears yielded 58 turnovers in their previous two games to the ball-hawking Porters while shooting a paltry 4/39 (10.3%) from behind the arc.
In the opening minutes of the game the Bears served notice that their disruptive defense would not allow the free-wheeling Porters to get into a rhythm. The Bears forced turnovers on the Porter’s first 4 possessions, and did not allow a Greenport basket until 3:33 remained in the first quarter. Meanwhile, the Bears built an early 6-0 lead thanks to a putback from John Eshirow and two layups from Mac Bohuny. After Anderson finally broke the ice for Greenport, Jordan Fonseca followed with a jumper to cut the Bears’ lead to 6-4, but Harry Zhu responded with a big 3-pointer, the first of many times the Bears would absorb a blow and land one of their own. A Greenport layup trimmed the lead back to 9-6, but an Eshirow jumper and a Jyles Etienne layup gave the Brook a 13-6 advantage after one.
The Porters opened the second frame with a score, but Bohuny responded with his first of two 3-pointers to extend the advantage back to 16-8. Greenport scored again at the 7:12 mark, but would be held scoreless until the final seconds of the frame as Etienne blocked 3 shots in the quarter, James Toney and Providence each grabbed a steal, and Vaughn ramped up his defense on Anderson. While the defense stymied the dynamic Porters, the offense steadily built on their lead. Providence connected on two free throws and then Bohuny hit a difficult, falling down floater that extended the lead to 20-10. A Greenport fast break layup in the final seconds left the Bears up 20-12 at the half.
At the half the defensive numbers were astonishing as the Bears held the Porters to just 12 first half points. Greenport’s previous first half low on the season was 19, also yielded by the Brook in the January 27th match-up. They also held the Porters to a mere six points in each of the first two quarters. Coming into the game the Porters had only 5 quarters out of 80 in which they were held in the single-digits, three of which coming in the 4th quarter of lopsided games. One of those previous quarters came in their January 27th win over the Bears during which they scored 8 points in the second quarter. Meanwhile, they’d posted quarters of at least 25 points on fifteen occasions, including three separate 34-point outbursts, the most recent of which came in the 3rd quarter of their 83-60 semifinal victory over Pierson. The plan had worked so far and the Bears had slowed the high-octane Porters, but there was still plenty of time for their east end foes to get rolling.
The Bears knew the opening minutes of the second half would be key, and they seized control early. Bohuny opened the scoring with a putback and Providence followed with a corner 3-pointer to give the Bears their biggest to that point at 25-12. Greenport did not score until a free throw at the 5:56 mark, but followed with a bucket to cut their deficit back to 10. Three straight points from Bohuny, on a free throw and a bucket, stretched the lead back to 13. Back-to-back scores from the Porters brought their packed stands back to life, but a Vaughn steal, a Bohuny 3-pointer, and an Etienne layup gave the Bears a commanding 33-19 edge. Greenport closed the quarter with a pair of free throws to leave the Bears up 33-21 heading into the 4th. The Porters scored 9 points in the 3rd so of the 8 times all season that the Porters were held to single-digit scoring in a quarter, the Bears were responsible for 4 of them.
Greenport showed mettle despite their youth by scoring the first two baskets of the 4th quarter. Shortly after, a scuffle broke out on the Greenport side as several fans and the shot clock operator got into a verbal altercation. One fan was removed from the game which whipped the Porter fans into a lather. The emotions at Suffolk Community College/Selden were at a fever pitch as the Bears clung to a vanishing 8-point lead. An Etienne free throw pushed the lead back to 9 points, but Greenport followed with a second-chance score with 5:13 remaining that carved their deficit to 7, the lowest it had been since early in the second quarter. The Bears needed to stem the rising tide, and Jyles Etienne responded with one of the highlights of the season.
The Bears had the ball out of bounds under the Greenport basket. The Porters’ full court defense had forced the Bears into a few recent turnovers, so coach Mike Hickey drew up a play that would bypass Greenport’s pesky guards. Eshirow threw a deep pass to Etienne who corralled the ball, took a dribble, glided for two steps, and then crushed a two-handed slam dunk on the head of Greenport’s Julian Swann while drawing a foul.
There was still 5:03 left in the game after Etienne sank his free throw to give the Brook a 37-27 lead, but whatever momentum the Porters built disintegrated after Etienne’s highlight reel dunk. They would get no closer than 9 the rest of the way. Greenport trimmed the lead back to 37-28 on a free throw, but Providence scored a transition layup to put the Bears back up 11. Etienne followed with a big block and Bohuny converted two free throws on the other end to extend the lead to 41-28 with 3:20 remaining. After a Greenport bucket, both teams traded three free throws that left the Bears still ahead 44-33 with 1:44 left. On the ensuing possession Vaughn swiped the ball from Anderson, forcing Greenport to foul in order to stop the clock. Providence converted one of two to put the Bears ahead 45-33 with 1:34 left. The Bears still led by 12 with 35.6 left when Providence scored a layup and drew the foul to officially ring the death knell for the Porters in the 49-35 victory.
Bohuny, who always shows up in the biggest games, led all scorers with 19 points. Providence scored 15, hitting 8 crucial free throws and two huge layups in the final minutes. Etienne (8 points/5 blocks), Eshirow (6), and Zhu (3) rounded out the scoring. But the MVP of the game did not score a single point. Emil Vaughn’s defensive performance last night will go down in Stony Brook lore. His teammates honored him after the game by giving him the championship game ball for his efforts.
Defense Wins Championships
The win extended the Bears’ own Class C record with a 5th straight title. Only three other teams in Suffolk County history have won five straight titles: 1989-93 Bridgehampton (Class D), 2000-05 Amityville (Class A/B), and 2005-2010 Greenport (Class D). During the Bears’ historic run defense has always been their calling card. In 2013 they held a dangerous Pierson offense to just 5 second half points, turning a 4-point halftime lead into a 57-27 rout. Pierson’s 27 points was their lowest total of the season. In a 62-36 win in 2014 the Bears held Pierson to their 2nd-lowest output of the season (the Bears held them to 34 in a 22-point win during the regular season). Brandon Odom held Pierson’s Forrest Loesch, one of Suffolk’s leading scorers at 21 points per game, to just 6 points, one of just three times all season he was held to under 10. (Odom also held him to just 4 points in the last regular season match-up.) In 2015 the Bears held Pierson to their lowest output of the season in a 44-39 win. Additionally, Luke Meyer limited Ben Kushner, one of Suffolk’s three-point leaders with 50 made on the season, to zero points. In 2016 the Bears held Pierson 9 points below their season average in a 51-44 victory. They yielded just 7 points to the Whalers in the 3rd quarter as Bohuny and Etienne combined for 5 blocks in the frame, including one apiece that went careening off the backboard.
The defensive numbers from yesterday boggle the mind. The Bears held the Porters 37 points under their scoring average of 71.6. Greenport’s previous low score on the season was 49 and they eclipsed 80 on eight occasions with a high of 95. The Bears held Greenport’s top three scorers Anderson (19.4 ppg), Fonseca (11.2 ppg), and Swann (11.1 ppg) to a combined 15 points, 26.7 points below their cumulative average. They held the Porters to zero 3-pointers, the only time all season they’ve been held without a long ball. Greenport came into the game averaging 6.1 threes per game, hitting 10 on three occasions. “Defense wins championships” is one of sports’ biggest cliches, but it has certainly rung true for the Bears.
Category: Stony Brook / Greenport
- Field Goal %: 39% (16/41) / 30% (14/46)
- 3-Point %: 40% (4/10) / 0% (0/13)
- Free Throw %: 54% (13/24) / 37% (7/19)
- Points Off Turnovers: 20 / 12
- Turnovers: 27 / 22
- Second Chance Points: 13 / 10
- Points in the Paint: 22 / 22
- Offensive Rebounds: 17 / 9
- Total Rebounds: 42 / 26
- Assists: 6 / 4
- Blocks: 7 / 0
The Bears will take the court again tomorrow night at 5pm in the Suffolk County Class C/D Championship against Bridgehampton at Suffolk Community College/Brentwood. Win or lose the Bears will continue on in the Class C playoffs, facing the winner of the Section IX/Section I semifinal in the Regional Final on March 11th at Suffolk Community College/Selden.
The Season by the Numbers
- 3 – Consecutive appearances in the Regional Final.
- 5 – Suffolk Class C titles in a row. No other Class C team has done that and only 3 other teams have won at least 5 in the history of Suffolk County.
- 7 – Total Class C Titles, tied for 2nd most all-time with Wyandanch.
- 10 – Appearances in the Suffolk County Championship in the last 11 years.
- 13 – Consecutive winning seasons.
- 17 – Straight playoff appearances, the 2nd-longest current streak in Suffolk County.
- 31 – Wins over Greenport under coach Mike Hickey.
Last night, the boys’ basketball team earned a 5th consecutive Suffolk County Championship in a 49-35 upset win over #1-seeded Greenport. Only three other teams in the history of Suffolk County have won five straight titles. Here is the recap of the game from George Faella of Southold Local.
Greenport’s run to the top was stopped by Stony Brook in a 49-35 upset loss in the Class C championship at Suffolk County Community College yesterday in Selden.
Stony Brook, which had lost both previous games against Greenport this season, shut down the Porters’ offense at all angles, blocking shots, causing errant passes and forcing quick, missed shots. The baskets that Greenport scored were quick, thread the needle passes down low into the paint. Stony Brook forwards Jyles Etienne and Mac Bohuny blocked shot after shot, keeping the usually high-scoring Greenport team to a season low of just 35 points.
The Porters, who had a great season, were stunned by the tough loss. Stony Brook moves on to face Bridgehampton at SCCC/Brentwood tomorrow at 5 p.m.
Tonight, the boys’ basketball team earned a 5th consecutive Suffolk County Championship in a 49-35 upset win over #1-seeded Greenport. Only three other teams in the history of Suffolk County have won five straight titles. Here is the recap of the game from Bob Herzog of Newsday.
The drive for five began with a shift in gears.
The Stony Brook School had lost twice to Greenport and been scorched both times by freshman phenom Ahkeem Anderson, who scored 18 points in a 27-point victory on Jan. 11 and netted 24 in a 5-point win on Jan. 27.
“He’s the engine that makes them go,” Stony Brook coach Mike Hickey said. So he took his best defensive player, 5-9 junior guard Emil Vaughn, out of the garage, and assigned him to guard Anderson.
“He’s not normally a starter but I challenged him to go wherever he went, for 94 feet,” Hickey said. “Emil definitely did the job.”
Vaughn’s denial defense limited Anderson, who averaged nearly 20 points, to just nine, two in the first half, and Mac Bohuny scored 19 points with 12 rebounds to lead Stony Brook to its fifth consecutive Suffolk Class C championship with a 49-35 victory over Greenport Sunday before a lively crowd at Suffolk CCC-Selden.
Stony Brook (13-9) advances to Tuesday’s Suffolk Class C-D game against Bridgeport at 5 p.m. at Suffolk CCC-Brentwood in the small-school bracket of the county tournament. The Bears also advance to the state Class C regional semifinals against Nassau automatic qualifier East Rockaway on March 7 at 5 p.m. at SUNY-Old Westbury.
“Greatness becomes something we expect,” Bohuny said. “We practice every day like it’s a playoff game.”
The Bears were only 5-5 in league play but advanced to the finals with a 50-47 victory over Port Jefferson in Thursday’s semifinal. They stifled not only Anderson but the entire Greenport team, which had averaged 86 points in its six previous games.
“We came into this game off two losses to Greenport and we knew he [Anderson] was their top guy. We knew he got the ball at the top of the key so we denied him and forced him to the sidelines,” said Vaughn, who didn’t score but racked up plenty of points with his coach and teammates.
“Emil was our spark,” Bohuny said.
“He understood his role and answered my challenge,” Hickey said.
The Bears got an additional defensive boost from 6-6 senior forward Jyles Etienne, who made sure no other Porter took advantage of the focus on Anderson. “My role was to stay in the paint and block everything that came my way,” said Etienne, who had four of his five blocks in the first half allowing Stony Brook to take a 20-12 lead.
When the Porters rallied to within 34-27 early in the third quarter, Etienne (eight points, 13 rebounds) responded with the play of the game. He took a long lob pass from John Eshirow off a set play on the in-bounds under the Bears’ basket, and dunked over a defender while drawing a foul and adding the free throw. Stony Brook was never threatened thereafter, with 5-5 senior point guard Brandon Providence scoring the game’s last eight points, six from the foul line.
“We had a lot of losses. It was a tough road to get here,” Etienne said.
Defense paved the way.
Tonight, the boys’ basketball team earned a 5th consecutive Suffolk County Championship in a 49-35 upset win over #1-seeded Greenport. Only three other teams in the history of Suffolk County have won five straight titles. Here is the recap of the game from Bob Liepa of The Suffolk Times.
The mind had trouble believing what the eye was seeing. A halftime look at the scoreboard at Suffolk County Community College’s Brookhaven Gym in Selden showed Greenport High School’s boys basketball team with a mere 12 points. That required a second glance, and then a third and a fourth.
“It really is astonishing,” said Stony Brook coach Mike Hickey.
Top-seeded Greenport’s final point total in its 49-35 defeat to No. 2 Stony Brook in the Suffolk County Class C final was easily its lowest output of the season. Who could have seen this from a team that had scored 80 or more points nine times and averaged 72.5 points per game previously?
But it was the Porters who watched with watery eyes and pained expressions, the picture of dejection, as Section XI boys basketball chairman Bob Mayo presented the championship plaque to Hickey.
Stony Brook (13-9) has won seven county championships, including the past five years.
Greenport (14-8) last picked up a county title in 2010 when it won its sixth straight county championship and the team’s 10th.
This time, however, the Porters were foiled by the shot-blocking figure of the 6-foot-6 Jyles Etienne and superb all-around play from the 6-4 Mac Bohuny and Brandon Providence.
Greenport never truly found its rhythm, and coach Ev Corwin blamed himself.
“I take full responsibility for this,” he said. “I thought we were prepared, but we weren’t prepared enough.”
League VIII champion Greenport won both of its league games against Stony Brook, 70-43 on Jan. 11 and 55-50 on Jan. 27. But this time Stony Brook, appearing in its 10th county final in 11 years, was ready for the Porters.
“They were really pumped for this,” said Greenport small forward Darrius Strickland.
Greenport wasn’t prepared for Bohuny, who put up 19 points and 12 rebounds, shooting 7 of 14 from the field and nailing a pair of three-pointers. Or for the athletic Etienne, who blocked five shots to go with his eight points and 13 rebounds. “Even when he doesn’t block a shot, he alters it,” said Hickey. Stony Brook was leading, 45-34, when Etienne fouled out with 1 minute, 25 seconds to play. Providence, a 5-5 senior guard, scored 15 points.
Emil Vaughn is not usually a starter, but he got the start and was handed a mission: shut down Greenport freshman guard Ahkee Anderson. Vaughn was in Anderson’s face while the rest of the Bears played in a zone. “I knew how important it was to limit Ahkee’s touches and sometimes get in his head,” said Hickey.
Anderson was held to nine points on 4-for-9 shooting from the field, and he was Greenport’s top scorer.
Greenport never led. Even though the Porters had only 12 points to show for themselves at halftime, they were still down by only eight points.
Stony Brook stretched that lead to 33-19 by the end of the third quarter.
“They really played exceptional defense and they were out on every shot,” Corwin said. “They were on a mission defensively.”
A spectator from the Greenport section was escorted from the gym after getting into a verbal altercation with a clock operator with 6:28 left in the fourth quarter.
Shortly after that, Greenport edged to within 34-27 on an Anderson basket, but then Stony Brook restored its double-digit lead in dramatic fashion. Etienne made a two-handed dunk while being fouled by Julian Swan. He then sank the free throw for the three-point play. Greenport got no closer than nine points after that.
Greenport shot 29.2 percent from the field and was outrebounded, 34-20.
When it was over, the Bears hugged each other. The Porters were left to think about what might have been.
“We had every missing piece,” Sam Strickland said. “We had the guards. We had the shooting guards. We had the bigs.”
But Stony Brook was the one left holding the championship plaque.
I like a man who grins when he fights.
~ Winston Churchill
When you’ve been around enough sporting events, you can sense when it’s not your team’s day. It’s a feeling that wells up from the stomach and radiates out in nauseating waves. In the waning moments of the first half of Thursday’s Class C semifinal, that feeling began to infiltrate Swanson Gymnasium. Port Jeff, making their first playoff appearance since 2012, had surged to a double-digit lead behind a disruptive 2-3 zone defense and timely shooting. The Bears were having trouble finishing on one end and preventing the Royals from penetrating on the other. It felt like it was finally going to be the Royals’ day after six straight losses to the Bears.
At that moment, when the nerves of the Blue and White faithful were fraying, when Port Jeff was splashing 3-pointers, when the calls were not going our way, one Bear had a smile on his face: Mac Bohuny. In that moment, the senior captain perfectly embodied the words of Winston Churchill when he said, “I like a man who grins when he fights.” Some shy away from a challenge, others rise to face it and even enjoy the crucible it provides. At a time when hope was beginning to wane, the Bears’ Swiss Army knife–who currently leads the team in points, rebounds, and assists–instilled a confidence and belief that the Bears would need in order to earn their 10th trip to the County Championship in 11 years.
The Royals burst out of the gates with energy and determination, seizing a 9-0 lead in a blink. James Toney ended the run with his first 3-pointer of the season, but the Royals scored on back-to-back possessions to push the lead to 13-3. The Bears scored the last last four points of the quarter behind a hanging layup from Bohuny and a hook from Jyles Etienne who was also fouled on the play. Despite a mediocre first 8 minutes, the Bears trailed by just 6 heading into the 2nd quarter.
The Royals pushed the lead back to 10 points with a 3-pointer early in the second frame. Brandon Providence responded with a pretty floater, but the Royals still held a 9-point lead in the final minute of the half. Then, in the waning seconds of the quarter, Harry Zhu got his defender off balance with a shot fake and pulled up off the dribble for a huge 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the Brook into the break trailing 17-23.
The Bears have been a second half team all season long and hoped to make a run to begin the third quarter. Instead, the Royals drilled two 3-pointers to stretch their lead to 13. Etienne and Bohuny followed with four straight free throws, but each time the Bears looked poised for a run, the Royals answered. This time they scored a transition layup through a foul and connected on another 3-pointer to push the lead back to 13 at 34-21 with 3:39 remaining in the quarter. Improbably, when the Port Jeff offense seemed to be at its zenith, the Bears would hold them scoreless for the next 8 minutes and 25 seconds. In the meantime they unleashed an 18-0 run that would leave them up 39-34 with less than four minutes remaining in the game.
The spurt began with an offensive rebound and layup from Toney. Providence followed with 3 free throws to cut the deficit to 26-34; however, the Royals were still very much in control with an 8-point lead and possession of the ball with 12 seconds left in the quarter. The Bears were in need of a spark.
Emil Vaughn dropped a bomb.
The Bear defense caused the Royals to cough up the ball with 4 seconds remaining. It pinballed back and forth as both teams attempted to corral it, ending up in the hands of Vaughn with just enough time for an off-balance heave from 35-feet, with a defender in his face. Miraculously, the shot found the bottom of the cup, unleashing bedlam in the Blue Fan Group. Vaughn saved his first 3-pointer of the season for its most crucial moment as he carved the deficit back to 29-34. The lift the shot provided cannot be overstated as the Bears entered the fourth quarter with a belief and determination they had not displayed all game.
Bohuny stroked two free throws to open the half. Etienne followed with a jump stop and layup to cut Port Jeff’s lead to a point, the Bears’ smallest deficit of the game. On the ensuing play the Bears’ full court pressure caused a loose ball that Etienne, Vaughn, Providence, and a Royal pounced on, forcing a jump ball that gave the ball back to the Bears. In that moment, despite still trailing, it felt like the Bears were fully in control. The Bears made the most of the extra possession as Bohuny drained a corner 3-pointer to give the Bears there first lead of the game with 6:13 remaining. They wouldnever trail again.
After a Vaughn steal on the other end, Seamus Scanlon banked in a 3-pointer to push the Bear advantage to 39-34 and cap the 18-0 run. Port Jeff finally scored with 3:14 remaining, but Etienne and Bohuny combined for 4 free throws to seize a 7-point advantage with 1:35 left. Port Jeff scored a quick layup and fouled Bohuny who connected on both ends of a 1-an-1 to provide a seemingly insurmountable 7-point cushion with 49.2 seconds left. Port Jeff connected on just one of four free throws on their next two possessions and were forced to foul again with 36.4 seconds left. The Bears missed both shots from the line but Etienne grabbed the rebound and was fouled again with 34.5 seconds left. After the whistle a Royal was then hit with a technical foul, giving the Bears four free throws, all but securing the Blue and White victory. But the Bears would miss all 4 free throws. In all, the Bears missed 8 consecutive free throws in the final minute of the game, missing an opportunity to seal the victory and leaving the door open for the Royals to stage a comeback.
The Royals scored a layup to cut the deficit to 45-41, but Bohuny hit two free throws with 24 seconds remaining to stretch the advantage back to 6. On the next possession the worst case scenario nearly occurred as Port Jeff hit a 3-pointer while being fouled, sending them to the line with a chance to carve their deficit to just 2 points. They missed the free throw and Bohuny hit both of his with 15.9 seconds left for a 49-44 lead. Port Jeff responded with yet another difficult 3-pointer to trail 47-49 and Bohuny at the line with 7.9 seconds left. Bohuny connected on the first but was short on the second. The carom fell to the Royals who raced up the court. They got a decent look at a 3-pointer but it was well defended by Bohuny and Etienne. The shot missed the rim to give the Bears a thrilling 50-47 victory.
Bohuny was the high-scorer for the Bears with 18, despite connecting on just two field goals. He was an impressive 13 for 16 from the free throw line and scored 12 points in the pivotal 4th quarter. He added 16 rebounds, 7 of which came on the offensive glass. Etienne dropped in 13 points, pulled down a gaudy 20 rebounds (10 offensive) and blocked 8 shots, leaving him just 2 rejections shy of a triple-double. Toney (5 points), Providence (5), Vaughn (3), Zhu (3), and Scanlon (3) rounded out the scoring. Despite the impressive stat lines of Bohuny and Etienne, the Bears could not have won without Emil Vaughn. The back-up point guard came in for the first time midway through the 3rd quarter and his energy gave the Bears a crucial lift. His miraculous 3-pointer provided the highlight of the season and he spearheaded the Blue and White defense over the final 10 minutes.
With the victory the Bears move on to the Suffolk County Championship for the 6th straight year and have their sights set on a 5th straight title. They will face top-seeded Greenport on Sunday, February 19th at 5pm at Suffolk County Community College–Selden.
On Thursday afternoon the boys’ basketball team will face off against Port Jeff in the semifinals of the Suffolk County Class C Tournament. Here is what you need to know for the match-up.
- Date: Thursday, February 16th
- Time: 4:30pm
- Place: Swanson Gymnasium
- Admission: $4 or FREE with your Blue Fan Group shirt or Student/Faculty ID card
- This is the 17th straight playoff appearance for the boys’ basketball team, the second longest current streak in Suffolk County behind Amityville’s run of 36.
- The winner of Thursday’s match-up will play the winner of #1 Greenport vs. #4 Pierson in the Class C Final on Sunday, February 19th at Suffolk CCC–Selden at 5pm.
- The Bears have earned a place in the Class C Final in 9 out of the last 10 years, winning in 2007, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016. They have won the last four titles, the longest streak in the history of Class C.
- The Bears have won their last 6 match-ups vs. Port Jeff including a 54-44 win on December 15th. The Bears are 14-8 vs. the Royals under Coach Mike Hickey.
Port Jefferson Profile
Results: 11-8 (6-4)
- Dec. 1 @ Hampton Bays – W 46-39
- Dec. 3 @ Mount Sinai – L 44-67
- Dec. 7 vs. Westhampton – W 63-43
- Dec. 9 vs. Pierson – W 64-53
- Dec. 12 vs. Southold – W 60-48
- Dec. 15 vs. Stony Brook – L 44-54
- Dec. 21 @ Bridgehampton – L 51-70
- Jan. 4 @ Shelter Island – W 58-32
- Jan. 6 @ Greenport – L 37-49
- Jan. 10 @ Mattituck – W 42-35
- Jan. 13 vs. Babylon – L 41-48
- Jan. 18 @ Mercy – W 62-42
- Jan. 25 @ Ross – W 66-46
- Jan. 27 vs. Mattituck – W 67-44
- Jan. 30 vs. Center Moriches – L 43-68
- Feb. 1 @ Babylon – L 48-70
- Feb. 3 vs. Mercy – W 69-44
- Feb. 8 @ Center Moriches – L 40-71
- Feb. 11 vs. Ross – W 64-42
- Kris Cheslock – 13.2 ppg (27 threes)
- Josh McLaughlin – 9.4 ppg (2 threes)
- Brian Mark – 9.3 ppg (17 threes)
- Grant Calendrille – 6.8 ppg (7 threes)
- Sean Griffin – 6.3 ppg (30 threes)
- Jack Collins – 5.7 ppg (1 three)
- Thomas Mark – 5.4 ppg (4 threes)
- Dave Fuhrmann – 3.5 ppg (2 threes)
- Hunter Ginas – 3.1 ppg (5 threes)
- Peter Sorrell – 2.8 ppg (4 threes)
- Brian Webb – 2.8 ppg (2 threes)
- Zach Mitchell – 2.7 ppg (1 three)
- Billy Scanell – 2.7 ppg (2 threes)
- Brandon Kafieti – 2 ppg
Stony Brook Profile
Results: 11-9 (5-5)
- Dec. 2 @ Miller Place (Non-League) – L 51-61
- Dec. 9 vs. Ross (Non-League) – W 50-26
- Dec. 10 @ Mattituck (Non-League) – W 46-41
- Dec. 14 vs. Center Moriches (Non-League) – L 38-71
- Dec. 15 @ Port Jeff (Non-League) – W 54-44
- Jan. 4 @ Babylon (Non-League) – L 45-50
- Jan. 11 vs. Greenport – L 43-70
- Jan. 13 @ Pierson – L 62-63
- Jan. 14 vs. Rancho Solano (Non-League) – W 68-65 (OT)
- Jan. 18 @ Shelter Island – W 68-42
- Jan. 20 @ Bridgehampton – L 65-71
- Jan. 21 vs. East Hampton (Non-League) – W 47-45
- Jan. 24 vs. Mercy (Non-League) – W 39-26
- Jan. 25 vs. Southold – W 48-42 (OT)
- Jan. 27 @ Greenport – L 50-55
- Jan. 28 @ St. Anthony’s (Non-League) – L 27-58
- Feb. 1 vs. Pierson – W 69-49
- Feb. 3 vs. Shelter Island – W 83-40
- Feb. 8 vs. Bridgehampton – W 47-42
- Feb. 13 @ Southold – L 46-50
- Mac Bohuny – 13.5 ppg/ 13.0 rpg/ 3.0 apg/ 28 blocks/ 22 threes
- Jyles Etienne – 10.3 ppg/ 13.1 rpg/ 93 blocks
- Brandon Providence – 9.4 ppg/ 3.2 rpg/ 3.1 apg/ 25 threes
- Harry Zhu – 6.3 ppg/ 2.2 rpg/ 18 threes
- Seamus Scanlon – 6.1 ppg/ 22 threes
- John Eshirow – 4.7 ppg/ 6.2 rpg/ 2 threes
- James Toney – 4.1 ppg/ 5.0 rpg
- Emil Vaughn – 1.4 ppg/ 1.6 rpg
- Austin Amadio – 0.5 ppg/ 0.8 ppg
- Jerry Li – 0.2 ppg/ 1.0 rpg