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Isaiah Johnson leads Southampton to first small schools title since 1999-2000 season

Southampton's Isaiah Johnson takes a shot during the

Southampton's Isaiah Johnson takes a shot during the Suffolk Class A-B championship against Bayport-Blue Point at Farmingdale State College on Monday, March 2, 2015. Photo Credit: James Escher

Isaiah Johnson loves his body -- all 6-3 and 250 pounds of it.

What the Southampton senior forward likes the most about his size is how it helps him score seemingly at will.

Johnson dominated in the paint, using his body and an elusive spin move to score 28 points as Southampton beat Bayport-Blue Point, 67-53, on Monday in the Suffolk small schools championship game at Farmingdale State.

"I really love my body," Johnson said as he pointed to his stomach while laughing. "I use everything I have here because I know that if I use it the way I'm supposed to, no one can guard me."

It's the first small schools title for Class B winner Southampton since the 1999-2000 season. The Mariners (21-1) will play Class AA champion Brentwood for the Suffolk overall championship at 5 p.m. Friday at Whitman. Then they'll face Malverne for the Long Island Class B championship at 6 p.m. March 10 at LIU Post.

Nasies Fulford had 11 points and eight rebounds and Zach Cummings also scored 11 points for the Mariners. Israel Johnson, Isaiah's younger brother and the team's slender 6-1 junior point guard, had eight points, eight rebounds, seven assists and five steals.

Doug Niblock scored 16 points for the Class A champion Phantoms (17-4), who will play Saturday's Floral Park-Valley Stream South winner at 2:30 p.m. March 14 at Farmingdale State for the Long Island Class A championship. Timothy Darby added 12 points.

The score was tied seven times in the first half and was knotted at 32 at halftime.

Isaiah Johnson made a layup off an assist from his brother to give Southampton a 37-36 lead with five minutes left in the third quarter. With Bayport-Blue Point's leading scorer and rebounder, George Riefenstahl, on the bench because of foul trouble, the Mariners were able to dominate on the boards.

Nobody did a better job of rebounding than Isaiah Johnson, who racked up eight points on four putbacks in his 13-point third quarter because of his ability to box out mostly anyone else.

"I felt like if I was getting the ball then, I'd score every single time," Johnson said. "My coaches told me since the beginning of the season that as long as I get in the paint, I should be able to score and lead our team."

Johnson, the team's sixth man last season, added that he's focused on making sure Southampton is the team that represents Long Island in Glens Falls later this month. He plans on using his size to make that happen.

"I love his girth," Southampton coach Herm Lamison said. "There are not many kids with his size. He's a tough person to handle because he's a lot moving around for anyone. His size and touch around the basket enables him to do good things. He's 6-3, 285 pounds, so that's a lot to handle."

Wait, what?

"I'm not 285," Johnson said with a smile. "Coach just likes to joke with me about that. I'm definitely like 250, and I love every bit of it."

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