January 17, 2007
Porters Take Round One From Bridgehampton
Creighton Hangs Triple Double on Bees
The Greenport boys' basketball team made a definitive statement on Friday night when they handed League VIII opponent Bridgehampton one of its worst losses in the history of what has now become a storied Long Island rivalry.
The Porters kept their League VIII win streak intact, improving to 5-0 after defeating the Bees 70-45 in a game that was dominated by Greenport from the opening tip.
Sophomore Ryan Creighton further reestablished himself as the best player in League VIII by posting a rare triple-double on Friday night, scoring 33 points, grabbing 17 rebounds and registering a career-high 10 steals in front of a capacity crowd at Greenport High School.
Like former Greenport standouts before him, including Al Edwards, the current Porters coach who just so happens to be the school's all-time scoring leader, along with Gerald Crenshaw, arguably the best player to ever wear a Porters uniform, Creighton gave a standout performance against Bridgehampton when his team needed it the most.
With no legitimate second scoring option, although Wally Sorenson also had his best game of the young season, scoring 14 points and making a pair of three-pointers, Greenport lives and dies with each performance from their sensational sophomore forward. His performance against the Bees was one of the best individual games that a Greenport basketball player has ever posted and the result of Creighton's efforts doesn't bode well for Bridgehampton's chances of another chase to the Class D championship game.
The Bees slipped to 3-2 in league play with the loss as Greenport took a 14-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and led 30-23 at the half before putting the game out of reach with a 17-9 third quarter surge and a strong fourth quarter finish that saw the Porters outscore Bridgehampton 23-13.
The Bees offense was paced by Irving Fayman, who scored 25 points. Brandon LaPointe added 11 points in his first game back from an ankle injury in December. Only four Bridgehampton players were able to score in the contest. Fayman, LaPointe and Terrence Hires (7 points) accounted for nearly all of the Bees points, with a two-point basket from CJ Shank attesting for Bridgehampton's remaining points.
In their previous game, the Bees edged Southold 78-68 on January 9 at the fabled Beehive. Fayman led the way, scoring nine of his 31 points in a first quarter that was dominated by Bridgehampton, 22-8. Terrence Hires was the top-point producer for the Bees in the opening stanza, scoring 10 points and finishing with 24. Max Spooner also looked impressive shooting the ball, registering his best offensive game of the season as he connected on a pair of three-pointers on his way to a sparkling 16-point performance.
Now, the schedule only gets tougher for Bridgehampton as the Bees were to host Bishop-McGann-Mercy (4-1 in League VIII) this past Tuesday before traveling to Stony Brook (3-1) on Thursday. Bridgehampton lost to Mercy 56-41 back on December 21.
The Bees are well aware that it will take seven League VIII wins to qualify for the postseason and if they fail to record a win against Mercy, Stony Brook or Greenport, Bridgehampton will need to gain wins over Ross, Shelter Island, Southold and Pierson in order to return to the playoffs.