BEACON, N.Y. - Shaundell Fishburne, the Southampton basketball star who made a habit of slashing to the basket at will for four years, stared at the scoreboard one final time with tears in eyes.
It didn't end the way he wanted it to Friday, but the senior forward's career ranks among the best in the school's history.
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"He's our best player," said coach Herm Lamison before Southampton lost to Greenburgh-Woodlands, 73-47, in a Class B Southeast Regional final at Beacon High School. "And he's been our best player for four years. He started as a freshman and he has to have more than 1,400 career points. He's been so good."
Fishburne scored 18 points, and Nasies Fulford added 11.
"It was still a great run for us. Ever since I was a little kid, I wanted to bring a championship to my hometown. I've lived in Southampton my whole life and I've been on varsity for four years and this year we [won the Long Island Championship]," said Fishburne, who added he will likely play Division-II basketball next year.
Southampton (17-6), a team that was accustomed to racking up points, struggled to score early as Woodlands' relentless 3-2 zone forced a slew of tough shots. Southampton was unable to incorporate hot-shooting senior guard Taylor Sanders, who nailed 7 of 10 treys in the Long Island championship Tuesday.
Southampton trailed 41-25 at halftime and had no answer defensively for Woodlands' Brandon Johnson, who finished with 27 points, or Ross Joseph, who added 18.
"They just wanted it more, it seemed, from the opening tip," Fishburne said. "We were prepared for this game and we also wanted it, but it just didn't happen for us. But even with this loss, I'll still remember this season and what it meant to me."