Source: The Independent

SPORTS : Islanders In The Playoff Hunt

by Rick Murphy

January 23, 2013

Donít look now but tiny Shelter Island is on the precipice of a Long Island championship and a berth in the state playoffs.

On Friday the Indians traveled to Southold and pulled off a stunning 70-63 victory to improve to 4-3 in League VIII play. A winning record will get Shelter Island in the county playoffs. More important, as one of only a handful of Class D schools on the island, the locals will qualify for the state tournament as well and should no other Class D team qualify, the Indians will become Long Island champions.

Credit Matt Belt-Capollino, who drilled home 29 points, and Hunter Starzee who scored 16 and swept the board, recording 17 rebounds. David OíDay and Liam Walker proved a potent one-two punch for Southold, combining for 27 points in a losing cause. The Settlers dropped to 2-6 in league action. Shelter Island plays at Smithtown Christian, another Class D school, on Friday. Southold gets Ross School at home Friday evening.

Never count Bridgehampton, the nine-time state Class D champions, out. After a slow start that included an unfortunate forfeit against Shelter Island, the Bees have regrouped. Friday Jason Hopson (15 points) and Tyleke Furman (15) led their team to a 48-38 victory at Greenport. The win gave the locals a 3-4 League VIII record and kept their playoff hopes alive.

Greenport, a Class C school this year, dropped to 5-2 on the season. Bridgehampton plays at Stony Brook Friday and at Smithtown Christian on Tuesday.

Greenport gets Pierson at home on Friday.

Pierson is making a run at the League VII title, sitting only one game behind undefeated Stony Brook. Friday the locals opened up a 31-11 halftime lead and coasted to a 64-53 win on the loserís court. Forrest Loesch scored 17 points, Jackson Marienfeld added 12 and Patrick Sloane tallied 10 for the winners, Marienfeld also grabbed eight boards and had five steals. Pierson is 7-1 in league action.

The Southampton Mariners are the class of League VII. Friday Shaundell Fishburne scored 26 to lead the locals past Center Moriches 77-69. Fishburne saved most of his heroics for the fourth quarter, when he exploded for 18 points. He also recorded five assists in the game. John Krause added 17 points and Trav Smith had 13 points including three treys and added four assists. Babylon comes to town tomorrow for a 4:30 affair; the Mariners travel to Wyandanch Tuesday.

East Hampton dropped a heartbreaker at home to Mount Sinai Thursday, 53-49, to drop to 3-4 in League VI play. Danny McKee led the locals with 16 points, Rolando Garces tallied 15 and Thomas Nelson contributed 12. Bonac get Shoreham-Wading River at home at 6:15 Friday.

Riverhead dropped into a tie for second Thursday when the Wave lost at Newfield, 64-63. Markim Austin (17), Ryan Blitzer (13), and Quinn Funn (11) all hit double digits in defeat. The Wave travels to East Islip tomorrow for a 4:30 tip off.