After a first half in which Southampton played defense in the suburbs while Stony Brook's Asaiah Wilson established residence downtown, the Mariners changed neighborhoods.
Wilson, who sank six three-pointers in the first half, was held scoreless in the second half and Southampton took advantage to rally for a 65-56 victory Saturday in the Suffolk B-CD playoff game at Farmingdale State.
"We knew the kid could shoot so we had to change our defensive strategy," Southampton coach Herm Lamison said. "I credit our kids in the second half. We held them to just four points in the third quarter."
That's the quarter in which the Mariners (17-4) erased a 39-34 halftime deficit to take a 46-43 lead, which they expanded in the fourth quarter with more defensive pressure. Southampton's leading scorer, Shaundell Fishburne, scored 11 of his 16 in the fourth quarter.
"That's what gifted players do," Lamison said -- but he had plenty of help before then. Taylor Sanders scored 16 and Nasies Fulford 15, plus four blocked shots.
"We weren't closing out in the first half," Fulford said of Wilson. "In the second half, we pushed out on him. We switched to man and didn't let down."
Wilson scored all 21 of his points in the first half. Andrew Daniel contributed 17 points for Stony Brook (18-2).
Southampton will face Amityville on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Farmingdale State for the Suffolk Small School Championship. Both teams will play in the Long Island Championship on March 4. Southampton will face Wheatley at 7:30 p.m. for the LI Class B title and Stony Brook plays Friends Academy at 5 p.m. for the Class C crown.