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Boys’ Basketball Crushes Bridgehampton

January 15, 2011

The boys’ basketball team improved to 3-0 in League VIII with a dominant 77-32 victory over Bridgehampton last night in a rowdy Swanson Gymnasium. Tim Pandolfi led the way with 29 points to up his season average to 27.7 points per game, good enough for first place on Long Island’s scoring list.

1st quarter

The way the quarter started was in no way an indication of how it would finish for the Bears. We missed our first three shots and did not score until 5:13 remained in the quarter when Farqu Taylor’s and-1 made it 3-0. His score seemed to wake the boys up as they went on a 21-2 run over the next five minutes to grab the game’s momentum by the jugular. The spurt was highlighted by two incredible plays by Tim Pandolfi. The first brought the crowd to its disbelieving feet as he drove, hesitated to get his defender off balance, blew past him, spun in traffic, elevated, hung in midair, and finished with an acrobatic layup to make it 7-2. Just two possessions later, Pandolfi again elicited screams from the mob as he glided past two defenders on the baseline, then beat a third when he leapt and seemingly suspended himself in flight to finish a difficult up-and-under layup. The Bears showed great tenacity on defense stealing the ball six times in the quarter, five courtesy of Marco Masakayan. | 21-4

2nd quarter

The defense secured three more steals in the frame, Pandolfi dropped in 7 points, including one drive in which he sliced through four defenders for a layup, and the Bears won the quarter, 17-8. Pandolfi put the exclamation point on a productive first half by drilling a 3-pointer that beat the buzzer. | 38-12

3rd Quarter

There were a number of great contributions in the third as the boys continued to cruise. Taylor’s defense on Bridgehampton’s Caanan Campbell was suffocating. Everywhere Campbell was so was Taylor as he did a great job of disrupting the Killer Bee’s rhythm all night. Jerome Washington firmly established himself as he tore down a number of rebounds and scored two difficult baskets, including an and-1 after he out-muscled his man for the offensive rebound. Alex Zhang made a great play by grabbing a rebound, taking the ball coast-to-coast, faking the pass and laying it off the glass for two, but the play of the quarter belonged to Masakayan who, after receiving a heady outlet pass from Spencer Cannon, drilled a 30-footer as time expired. The Blue and White defense continued its aggressive play, evidenced by five more steals in the frame | 56-20

4th Quarter

The starters sat for most of the quarter, allowing others to gain some valuable experience. Both Zhang and Anuraag Sah exhibited great hustle and each barely missed hitting a layup while drawing a foul. Forrest Hull had the most productive quarter of the game, at one point scoring 9 points in a row as he hustled for offensive rebounds and posted up well on the block. The play of the quarter again belonged to Masakayan who with 16 seconds left converted a very difficult and-1, drawing the foul and flipping it off the glass and in to the delight of the student section. | 77-32

Impressions

The boys battled an inferior opponent tonight; however, it was by far their most complete team victory of the season. It was not just the usual suspects who contributed to the outcome as Hull, Cannon, Zhang, and others turned in solid performances. The most exciting part of how the boys played was their defense. At times this team looks like they really enjoy shutting the other squad down and using their defense as a way to galvanize the offense. The defensive MVP was Taylor. Campbell, Bridgehampton’s best player, scored 17, but he dropped in only 10 when Taylor was guarding him. That kind of defensive effort could take us far this season. The first real test for the Bears will come on Tuesday January 18 in Southold @ 6:30pm in a rematch of last year’s thrilling County Championship which the Brook pulled out, 50-48.

Notes

The win was the 227th of coach Mike Hickey’s career as he earned his thirteenth career win against Bridgehampton… Tim Pandolfi is now 80 points away from the 1,000 point milestone… Jerome Washington is 2nd on Long Island in rebounds per game with 12 and Richie Armand is 2nd on Long Island in assists per game with 6… the junior varsity defeated Smithtown Christian, a team that included several seniors, 49-42.

Box Score

Pandolfi29 points, three 3-pointers
Hull11 points, 3 steals
Masakayan10 points, one 3-pointer, 7 steals
Washington9 points, 14 rebounds
Taylor6 points
Armand4 points, 2 steals
Cannon4 points
Zhang4 points

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