On this day four year ago, the boys’ basketball team topped Southold in the final game of the regular season, 58-46. Here is the recap of the game from Bob Liepa of the Suffolk Times.
Despite Valiant Effort, Settlers Fall Short of Playoffs
It was Mission Improbable.
In order to stick its foot inside the playoff door, the Southold High School boys’ basketball team, playing its final game of the regular season on Thursday night, needed to upset The Stony Brook School — as in defending Long Island Class C Champion Stony Brook. That is all.
Outsized and with the odds stacked heavily against them, the First Settlers turned in a tremendous effort, played possibly their best game of the season and made things interesting, but fell short in the end. Visiting Stony Brook, with 19 points from Asaiah Wilson and a double-double by Andrew Daniel, clinched sole possession of first place in Suffolk County League VIII and extinguished Southold’s playoff hopes with a 58-46 result. The Bears (15-1, 14-1), winners of 11 straight games, have eight league titles to their credit, all engineered by coach Mike Hickey.
Southold (8-10, 7-9) had a better chance of gaining entry into the playoffs for the first time in three years two days earlier, but a 58-43 home loss to Smithtown Christian was a crusher. It meant that if the First Settlers were going to reach the postseason, they had to somehow, some way, find a way to beat Stony Brook, something only Pierson has been able to do this season.
That was asking for a lot, but the First Settlers put up a tremendous fight, nonetheless. Perhaps most shockingly, they even outrebounded Stony Brook by 51-37, and 21-11 on the offensive boards.
Before the game, Southold’s six seniors were honored in a Senior Night ceremony. Following the tribute to the seniors, the First Settlers played inspired basketball and the home fans cheered them on loudly. They charged out to a 7-3 lead as Stony Brook had trouble getting its shots to drop.
The Bears did take the lead for good when an Elijah Davis free throw snapped a 7-7 tie, but it was a competitive game until the final couple of minutes. Stony Brook closed the game on a 9-0 spurt. Wilson, a senior transfer from Bishop McGann-Mercy, canned his sixth 3-point shot in the final seconds for the game’s final points, giving Stony Brook its third double-digit lead and largest of the contest.
Try as they did, the First Settlers couldn’t avoid ending their season with a fourth consecutive loss.
Daniel finished with 13 points and 16 rebounds and Davis added 15 points to help lead Stony Brook to their third straight League Championship. The Bears would go on to win a second consecutive Suffolk County crown.