Jason Hopson leads Bridgehampton over Stony Brook School in Class C-D playoff
Just call him Jason "Slash" Hopson. As in point guard/shooting guard/power forward. He is Bridgehampton's man for all positions.
"Whatever coach tells me to do," Hopson said Wednesday after he scored 26 points, from inside and outside, grabbed 12 rebounds and led Bridgehampton to a 54-42 victory over the Stony Brook School in the Class C-D playoff game that is a quarterfinal of the overall Section XI tournament.
What coach Carl Johnson wanted Hopson to do was . . . well, everything. "He's my point guard. He's my shooting guard. He's my power forward," Johnson said with a laugh. "He brings a lot to the table."
For appetizers, Hopson brought the ball upcourt. For the main course, he slashed for layups and sprinkled in a couple of treys. For dessert, he blocked three shots and cleaned up on the boards. "From game to game, we see where we can use him and look for mismatches," Johnson said of the 6-4 Hopson.
In the first half, Stony Brook (15-4) tried a smaller defender, and Hopson posted him up to the tune of 12 points. In the second half, the Bears tried a taller defender and Hopson beat him off the dribble for 14 more points, including nine in the third quarter when Bridgehampton (10-8) built a 41-32 lead.
When Stony Brook cut the deficit to 44-38, Hopson sparked a 10-2 game-breaking run with a coast-to-coast foray that ended with an artful up-and-under layup and a three-point play. "I like playing off the ball," Hopson said. "But I let the game come to me. When I'm on, I try to do as much as I can."
Up next for the Bridgies is Friday's game against Class B winner Babylon at Longwood at noon. The Killer Bees also are alive in the state tournament and will play a regional semifinal on March 5, as will Stony Brook, the Class C qualifier from Section XI.