Matt BeltCappellino helps Shelter Island to first Class D title
The ferries between the North and South Forks were busy Saturday. That's because many of Shelter Island's residents traveled to Longwood to catch a little hoops history.
The No. 2 Indians rode the 24 points of senior Matt BeltCappellino and the 21 points of sophomore sub Billy Boeklen to defeat No. 1 Greenport, 73-66, and capture the school's first Suffolk Class D championship.
"We had a great performance. We had our best second half of the year," BeltCappellino said of Shelter Island's 42-point outburst that included an 11-0 run in the third quarter featuring five from sophomore Tristan Wissemann (18 points). "We've always talked about this -- the seniors and the younger players. We said, 'We'll put a banner on the wall!' We'll be proud of this for a long time."
"Unity, common goal, common purpose. It's a beautiful thing," coach Mike Mundy said of the unselfish Indians. "This is a huge thing for Shelter Island."
Greenport (9-11) also had a large contingent of fans from their tiny waterfront town that enjoyed senior Gavin Dibble's 22-point effort to finish with exactly 1,000 career points.
Shelter Island advances to the Suffolk C-D game against Stony Brook on Wednesday at Northport at 1 p.m. and faces Friends Academy in a regional semifinal at Farmingdale State on March 4. "That was our goal," Mundy said. "To play basketball in March."
Stony Brook repeats. Asaiah Wilson sank five three-pointers and scored 18 points and Bryce Jackson had 12 points Stony Brook School easily won its second straight Suffolk C title, 62-36, over Pierson (13-6) at Longwood. The Bears (17-1) advance to the Suffolk C-D game against Shelter Island on Wednesday and to a state regional semifinal against the Section I winner on March 4.