A leaky roof allowed rainwater to drip onto the court periodically Tuesday night at Suffolk CCC-Brentwood. A sticky defense and opportunistic offense allowed Bridgehampton to produce a deluge of early points.
The Killer Bees, defending state Class D champions, closed the first quarter on a 14-0 downpour and the second quarter on a 17-0 cloudburst on their way to a 75-45 victory over the Stony Brook School in the Suffolk County C-D game.
“We jumped out early. Our defense was unbelievable and so was our transition offense,” Bridgehampton coach Carl Johnson said. “This gives us a boost of confidence.”
The Bees (17-3) advance to Friday’s B-CD game at Suffolk CCC-Selden against the winner of Tuesday night’s Babylon-Southampton game. Stony Brook (14-4) will play East Rockaway in a state Class C regional semifinal on March 1 at 5:30 p.m. at Suffolk CCC-Selden. Bridgehampton also plays at the same location at 3 p.m. in a state Class D regional semifinal against an opponent to be determined.
“We know we have a target on our backs because we are the number one Class D team in the state,” said point guard and defensive sparkplug Tylik Furman, who scored 14 points. “It’s hard to beat us when we get going. A game like this reminds us of how good we can be.”
The Bees were plenty good Tuesday night, right from the opening drip. Elijah Harding scored seven of his 13 points during the game-breaking 14-0 surge while Josh Lamison scored four of his 15.
The points kept coming in buckets in the second quarter as Furman scored four transition baskets during the half-closing 17-0 run. The Killer Bees held a 40-7 halftime advantage and Johnson said, “The difficult part is too keep up the intensity. We came out a little flat in the second half, but we tried not to be too sloppy.”
Chester Kayonga scored 14 points for the Bears who picked up their offensive pace considerably in the second half.
“For us, the mindset was to keep our foot on their throats and keep playing defense,” said Furman, who is playing with a brace on his right knee from what he said was diagnosed as a bruise above his meniscus. “The brace supports it and I don’t feel any pain once the game starts. When it’s over, I feel it and start applying heat and ice.”
Right on cue, a trainer delivered a bag of ice to Furman. Drip, drip, drip.