Southampton, in League VII, and Pierson, in League VIII, appeared to have the inside track at league titles — until last week.
On Thursday Babylon came into Southampton with a sparkling 8-1-league mark, second only to the Mariners' perfect 9-0. But the Panthers walked out in a first place tie, upending the locals 69-60. Credit Fernando Vasquez, who exploded for career high 32 points in addition to dishing out for nine more scores.
Devon Trent led the losers with 17, Lyle Smith scored 14 and Travon Smith added 11. The Mariners will look to regroup against Hampton Bays tomorrow at 4 PM at home.
Over in League VIII Pierson was also rolling along undefeated, winning its first eight games. That ended Friday, when the Whalers traveled to Greenport (5-3, 7-5 overall) and ran into a buzz saw, dropping a key matchup, 59-49, and falling a game behind Stony Brook.
Austin Hooks was the difference for the Porters, scoring 17 and grabbing 12 rebounds. Matt Dibble tallied 15 and Billy Doucet added 11. Jake Bennett paced the visitors with 16. Forest Loesch (11) and Joey Butts (10) also reached double digits. Pierson plays at Southold tomorrow and at the Beehive in Bridgehampton on Tuesday.
Riverhead (8-3, 11-3) moved into a first place tie in League III, besting East Islip 71-57 on the losers' court. Markim Austin drilled three treys en route to a game high 25 points. Jeremiah Cheatom chipped in with 19 and Brandon Tolliver scored 15. Riverhead plays at Smithtown East tomorrow and hosts Smithtown West on Tuesday.
East Hampton, 4-4 in League VI and 9-5 overall, kept its playoff hopes alive with a hard fought 48-40 victory at Miller Place. Rolando Garces notched 15, Thomas King, 14, and Brandon Hughes, 12. Bonac plays at Glenn tomorrow and gets Amityville on Tuesday.
In other local action Southold (2-7 in League VIII) topped Ross School (1-7) 72-56. Liam Walker had 23 points for the winners. Roosevelt Odidi was a one-man wrecking crew for Ross, going off for 30 points.
Mattituck, 3-7 in League VII, lost to Center Moriches 77-56 Thursday. Tyler Connel scored 12 in defeat.