The East Hampton High School boys basketball team played, according to its coach, Dan White, its “best game thus far” in defeating Bridgehampton 57-40 in the consolation game of the Holiday Classic tournament at Suffolk Community College-Selden last Thursday.
The Bees, who had narrowly lost the night before to Sachem East in a first-round game, by the score of 59-56, were said to be “flat” versus the Bonackers, who were still smarting from an 87-53 loss to Southampton — the eventual champion — in the first round.
“I was disappointed with our overall effort against Southampton — we didn’t compete — but against Bridgehampton we rebounded well, were unselfish on offense, and played solid defense,” White said.
East Hampton was to have played at Southampton Tuesday night, and White said he was “looking forward to it. Southampton’s good, but I’m hoping we can give them a better game.”
Jack Reese, the junior point guard, led East Hampton with 22 points in each of the Classic’s games. Elijah Jackson scored 18 for the Bees versus Sachem East, but was held to 9 by the Bonackers.