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Kayonga’s Dagger Fells Southold

January 8, 2015

The boys’ basketball team, currently the #6 ranked team in New York State’s Class C, remained undefeated in league play tonight, gutting out a 57-53 win at previously unbeaten Southold.

Tonight’s game may have signaled a return of the great rivalry the Bears and Settlers enjoyed throughout the first decade of the new millennium. A Stony Brook/Southold playoff match-up was something that could be penciled in on the calendar a few months in advance, but the rivalry had tarnished a bit in recent years. The Bears had won five games in a row dating back to 2012 by an average margin of 25 points, including a 43-point drubbing two seasons ago.

Tonight would follow a different script; however, as the Settlers battled the Brook from tip to buzzer in another memorable battle on Oaklawn Avenue. The Bears led early and carried a 4-point lead into halftime, but the Settlers caught fire in the third, connecting on all six of their three-point attempts to carry a 6-point edge into the fourth.

The Bears battled back, but Southold retook the lead thanks to an offensive rebound, grabbing a 52-50 lead in the final minute. Chester Kayonga, who came up with a huge assist in the final minutes against Pierson on Tuesday night, again answered the call and connected on a three-pointer with 30 seconds remaining to give the Brook a lead they would not relinquish. The blue and white defense got the stop they needed on the ensuing possession and Robbie Colarusso salted the game away with four free throws over the final 15.6 seconds to help the Bears improve to 4-0 in League VIII, one of only two remaining undefeated teams.

Colarusso finished with a game-high 19 points, adding 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal. Kayonga scored 16, connecting on 3 three-pointers and grabbing 8 rebounds. Luke Meyer played another well-rounded game with 12 points and 6 assists, while Jyles Etienne gathered 9 points and 10 rebounds.

The Bears are back in action at home on Tuesday for a pivotal match-up with the only other remaining unbeaten team, Bridgehampton.

Southold’s final lead of the night came when a followup shot by Anthony Siracusano made it 52-50 in the final minutes of the game. Stony Brook did not become a team of its stature without having the ability to come up with answers, though.

~ The Suffolk Times

Notes

This is the Bears’ 18th straight win over League VIII opponents… the boys have not lost to a league opponent in 386 days… with the win Coach Mike Hickey improves to 26-11 all-time vs. Southold… the Bears have not lost to the Settlers since 2012 (6 in a row)…

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