When Tidell Pierre scored the first eight points for Hempstead in its boys basketball game Monday, Tigers coach Ted Adams knew his senior swingman was in for a big game.

Pierre went on to score a career-high 49 points as Hempstead topped Syosset, 85-59, in a Nassau Conference AA-I contest.

Pierre scored 19 of his 49 points in the fourth quarter when Hempstead outscored the Braves, 33-14.

Said Adams said of Pierre's first-quarter performance: "That was the indicator that he was going to have one of those games."

Pierre's total was the second highest in program history, behind Alden Scott's 51 in 2007.

"He was aggressive around the basket," Adams said of Pierre, who also had 12 rebounds.

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"He's strong on the boards, a good ballhandler, and a good midrange shooter. He's the total package," Adams said.

Tywan Watson added 17 points and eight assists, Baquan Lewis had 11 points and John Blocker had 10 rebounds for the Tigers, who improved to 7-10 overall, 5-7 in conference play.

Zach Greenspan had 17 points for Syosset (3-14, 0-12).