January 17, 2007
Mariners Win Three Out of Four
The start of the 2006-07 high school boys' basketball season has been a kind one to Southampton, which improved to 3-1 last week with a 78-58 win against Port Jefferson last Thursday.
The Mariners, a team that went 8-6 in League VII last season, were led by seniors Nick Epley and Troy Pender. Southampton fought back from a 17-13 deficit at the end of the first quarter to outscore the Royals 65-41 for the remainder of the contest.
Epley, the Mariners starting small forward, scored 22 points while Pender, the team's starting All-Conference point guard dropped in 15 points and dished out a game-high 13 assists.
Max Byrne (2 three-pointers) also scored 15 points, a season-high for the player that stepped in and provided a solid third scoring option for Southampton this season while senior Jason Halsey added 11 points.
Port Jefferson was outscored 26-16 in the fourth quarter with the Mariners shot-making progressing as the game wore on. Southampton made six three-pointers in the game, two each by Epley and Byrne along with one trey from Pender and the other by Halsey.
A heartbreaking 46-44 loss to Babylon on January 9 derailed the Mariners plans to begin the League VII season with four straight wins as Panthers guard Steve Morvay's 10-foot jumper with 1.9 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter snapped a 44-44 tie. Steven Andrews tied the game at 44 with 18 seconds remaining when he buried a three-pointer from way outside the arc.
Southampton opened the season on January 3 with a 69-59 victory over Mattituck and then followed that win up with a 66-44 triumph over Hampton Bays on January 8.
Pender has averaged 13 points in the Mariners four league games while Epley (12 points per game) and Halsey (10 points) are close behind.
The Mariners host first place Wyandanch on Thursday at 5 p.m. before going on a 12-day hiatus.