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On This Day In History | 1995

February 3, 2011

The Bears | Litman (Back, 2nd from left), Mattimore (Back, 3rd from left), J. Meserole (Back, 2nd from right), Marvin (Front, 2nd from left) & C. Meserole (Front, 3rd from left)

On this day 16 years ago the boys basketball team earned an historic victory over Bridgehampton in a 62-60 nail-biter.  It was coach Mike Hickey’s 1st victory at the “Bee Hive” and it came against a very good Killer Bees team that after the 1994-1995 season would win 3 consecutive Class D State Championships.  The Bears wasted no time in building a lead.  After Bridgehampton scored the first 3 points, the Brook reeled off 12 unanswered, punctuated by back-to-back 3-pointers from Chris Meserole and Robbie Marvin.  The Bees would answer back, but the blue and white still took the opening quarter 18-14.  The Bridgehampton offense began to click, but Marvin helped the Bears keep pace by drilling another 3-pointer and scoring 7 in the quarter to give him 14 at the break.

The Brook clung to a precarious 1-point lead as the 2nd half began, but the Killer Bees’ Terrell Hopson caught fire in the 3rd, scoring 12, to give the black and gold a 5 point edge entering the decisive frame.  Staring down a 5-point deficit is usually not a daunting prospect but in the “Bee Hive,” where the length of the floor is so short that the back courts overlap and the width is so narrow that the 3-point arc ends somewhere on the sideline, it is a different proposition altogether.  However, with the pressure on both familiar and unlikely heroes emerged.  Marvin connected on his 3rd 3-pointer to signal that the Bears were not about to capitulate.  With 2:31 remaining the Bees still held a 56-51 lead when Jeremy Meserole and Matt Mattimore combined forces on a 6-0 run to give the Brook a slight 57-56 advantage with 1:01 left.  The Bees took the lead back with 44 seconds remaining on 2 free throws, but Mattimore responded on the very next possession with his 3rd straight score to give the blue and white a 59-58 lead with 32 ticks left.  In need of a stop the Bears’ defense came through and had possession of the ball as the seconds waned.  If you were to ask coach Hickey prior to the game who the hero of the game would be, he may have given you 5 names before mentioning Peter Litman, but the reserve came through with a score while drawing the foul with just 15 seconds on the clock.  He converted the free throw to push the lead to 4 and seal the huge victory.  Marvin finished with 21 points and Mattimore, who scored 8 in the pivotal 4th quarter, added 20.  Jeremy Meserole added 8 points while Litman, the unlikely hero, chipped in 6.

 

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