Whether or not Tylik Furman, the Bridgehampton High School boys basketball team’s sophomore point guard, will be able to play this season remained in doubt Monday morning as his coach, Carl Johnson, and the school’s athletic director, Mary Anne Jules, awaited the results of a second doctor’s opinion.
Furman suffered a meniscus tear this past summer that requires arthroscopic surgery, though there was as of Monday said to be a slight chance that he would be cleared to play this season with a brace, with the surgery to come later in the school year.
With Furman, who’s started the past two seasons, serving as an outside threat and Josh Lamison, a hard-nosed sophomore scorer and rebounder, inside, the Bees can be given a good chance to make the playoffs. Without Furman, though, the road to the playoffs becomes far rougher.
There are four other Class D schools, a list headed by Greenport, with which Bridgehampton must contend this winter.
Bridgehampton, with Lamison scoring 20 points, lost a nonleaguer at Mattituck Saturday by a score of 83-60.
“People think high school coaching is about Xs and Os,” said one of Johnson’s assistants, Joe Zucker. “Actually, it’s about getting kids to play.”
The good news, said Zucker, is that “we’ll have four potential starters coming back next year. We should be good for the next two or three years.”