There were four local high school basketball teams still alive and kicking as The Independent went to press this week.
The Southampton Mariners boys' team was to have played Wheatley for the Long Island Class B championship yesterday. Shelter Island squared off in a Class D regional semifinal against the Section I champion.
The Pierson/Bridgehampton girls hit the court yesterday as well, in a Class C regional semifinal game. The Hampton Bays girls were to have played Oyster Bay yesterday in the Long Island Class B title game.
Southampton was eliminated last Wednesday from the Suffolk County tournament. In the county, different classification schools compete against each other until an overall champion is crowned.
Southampton succumbed to Glenn 61-52 in the County Small School title game, aka ABCD game.
Glenn had been eliminated by Amityville days earlier but the Warriors were subsequently disqualified when Glenn complained Amityville used an ineligible player, an eighth grader.
According to Section 11 rules eighth graders can play varsity, but they must pass a six-point exercise to deem they are physically mature enough to play against older children.
In this case the youngster, a junior varsity player, didn't complete the necessary tests and though he played only a few seconds the disqualification was mandated.
Naises Fulford scored 16 for Southampton and all-everything guard Shaundell Fishburne was held to 13.
The state tournament is single elimination. If Southampton prevailed yesterday the locals will play at beacon High School Friday. If Shelter Island wins, the Indians will travel to SUNY New Paltz Saturday.
If Hampton Bays and/or Pierson/Shelter Island wins, they will move on the regional finals Saturday at New Rochelle.