The Greenport boys basketball team got what they wanted, a rematch of last year’s Suffolk Class C championship. The result was what they wanted, too: A resounding 71-41 win over Stony Brook at Suffolk-Selden.
“It’s a big weight off our back after last year,” said coach Ev Corwin, whose team suffered a 49-35 upset loss to Stony Brook in last year’s final. “We all took a beating after that game, and it’s nice to finally get past this game and settle back down and breathe again.”
Greenport (19-2) made sure to avoid another upset by playing the same style they have all year: ignite the fast break and find an open teammate.
“I don’t try to micromanage them too much, they flow really well together,” Corwin said. “Just share the ball, do what we do and get as many easy buckets as we can”
Ahkee Anderson, who had 21 points and six assists, kept the pace going through the entire game and never slowed down. The sophomore scored nine first-quarter points as his team got out to a 25-9 lead.
After taking a 40-25 halftime lead, the Porters didn’t let up in the second half. Anderson scored seven straight points during a 11-2 stretch in the third quarter, and Jude Swann (19 points, 16 rebounds) scored eight in the frame as the lead ballooned to 21 entering the fourth.
“He does it all,” Anderson said of Swann. “He’s a great passer, too. We have every piece, so when we start to get going, it’s really fun.”
Stony Brook played strongly in the paint (15 offensive rebounds), but shot just 11-for-25 from the foul line.
Jordan Fonseca had 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds for Greenport and Jaxan Swann added seven assists and three steals. The Porters had 23 assists on their 34 made field goals.
“They just have so much chemistry together,” Corwin said. “They’re all buddies. They grew up together, played basketball together and it really shows out on the court.”
And they learned how to bounce back.
“Last year was a learning experience,” Corwin said. “We almost had to have it. It left a terrible taste. So they all worked their butts off this past year with that in mind.”
Anderson, smiling, added: “This is what revenge feels like. This feels good.”