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Bears Escape Bee Hive

December 21, 2017

Yesterday evening the boys’ basketball team improved to 7-1 on the season and escaped the infamously tiny court at Bridgehampton with a 62-58 victory, despite missing starting point guard Emil Vaughn.

The Bears built an early 11-4 lead behind two buckets apiece from James Toney and Seamus Scanlon, but a 10-0 surge by the Killer Bees gave them a 14-11 lead after the first quarter. The Blue and White responded in the second quarter, outscoring Bridgehampton 16-8 thanks to six more points from Toney, five from Jai Narain, and four from Rex Eshirow.

Bridgehampton’s Elijah White caught fire in the third quarter, scoring nine of his game-high 37 in the frame as he pulled the Bees within 42-46 heading into the fourth quarter. Antonio Rizzo paced the Brook in the third, scoring eight of his ten points and drilling two 3-pointers.

The Bears opened the final frame with an 8-2 run that swelled their lead to 54-44 with 4:43 left. They still held an 8-point margin with 2:25 remaining when the relentless Bridgies used a 6-0 spurt to pull within a bucket with 1:23 on the clock. The Bear defense came up clutch down the stretch and Eshirow and Scanlon each hit a free throw in the waning seconds to seal the win.

Toney (18 points/ 12 rebounds) and Narain (17 points/ 6 assists) were the tip of the spear for the Brook while Rizzo (10), Eshirow (7), Owen Sobel (5), and Scanlon (5) shouldered the rest of the scoring.

The Bears next take the court on January 15th in a home match-up with Pierson.

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