Bridgehampton High School's boys basketball team, the Killer Bees, were swatted by Southampton in the county B-C-D game Tuesday at Walt Whitman High School by a score of 59-34.
An estimated 1,700 South Forkers made the long trip to Huntington Station to see the game, which some said, since it involved two East End teams, ought to have been played closer to home.
It was close in the beginning -- only 3 points separated the cordial foes at halftime -- though a blowout thereafter as Charles Manning Jr. and Josh Lamison, the keys to the Bees' fortunes, were shut down by the 3-2 zone that Southampton settled upon after having tried out a few other defenses.
"Southampton's a very good team -- they've got three or four guys capable of scoring in double figures," said one knowledgeable observer. "They choked off the middle with that zone and Bridgehampton couldn't do a thing."
The Mariners, who were led by Isaiah Johnson's 21 points and Nasies Fulford's 20, outscored the Bridgies 19-3 in the fourth quarter to win by 25. Manning led the Bees with 16 points, Lamison had 7, Tylik Furman, the point guard, had 8, and Elijah Jackson had 3.
Though ousted from the county tourney, the Bees are confident that they can attain their first state Final Four berth since 1998.
To play at the Glens Falls Civic Center over the March 20-22 weekend, they'll have to beat the Westchester-Rockland Class D champion at Suffolk Community College-Selden on March 13.
Carl Johnson, Bridgehampton's coach, is to scout the Westchester finalists, Martin Luther King Jr., of Hastings-on-Hudson, and Clark Academy, of Dobbs Ferry, tomorrow, and intends, he said, to attend the Rockland Class D final as well next week.