The red-hot Southampton Mariners boys' basketball team just keeps winning.
Saturday Herm Lamison's charges added the Suffolk County BCD title game and a berth in the County Small Schools championship game.
Southampton, now 17-4, faced a stern test in Stony Brook, which lost for only the third time this season, but prevailed 65-56. Stony Brook broke on top but Southampton, simply put, wore down the Bears and pulled away in the second half. It's now seven wins in a row for the streaking locals.
As usual, Shaundell Fishburne, the Mariners' brilliant senior guard, led the way. His work line looked thusly: 21 points, five assists, nine rebounds and oh yeah, some stifling defense that put the brakes on the hot-shooting Bears. Nasies Fulford contributed 15 points and grabbed nine boards, Taylor Sanford scored 11, Isiah Johnson had eight assists and Lyle Smith 10 rebounds for the winners. Southampton is now 17-4 on the season.
Asaiah Wilson (21) and Andrew Daniel combined for 38 points for the losers. Wilson was on fire in the first half, nailing six treys and confounding the Mariners with his long-range acumen. Lamison changed up the defensive assignments in the second half, however, and Fishburne and company did not allow Wilson to score again. Fishburne, on the other hand heated up as the game wore on, going off for 11 fourth quarter points as the Mariners outscored the Bears 19-13 to secure the victory.
Yesterday the Mariners played a regional semifinal game in the New York State Class B tournament.
The Bears are very much alive as of this writing in the State Class C tourney, and played yesterday as well. The winners of those games will play in the regional finals Friday at Beacon High School against opponents to be announced.