An 82-67 win over Mattituck in the consolation game of Center Moriches’s invitational boys basketball tournament last weekend was viewed as “a breakthrough” by East Hampton’s coach, Bill McKee, and his assistant, Bob Vacca.
“We got cremated by Westhampton,” Vacca said of the Bonackers’ 53-36 loss in that tournament’s first round.
During its most arduous workout of the season, a series of timed intervals totaling 2,200 yards, at the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter’s pool Friday, Craig Brierley, who coaches East Hampton High’s boys swimming team, said he thought his 31-strong squad had a legitimate chance to win a first-ever league championship.
“What I’m trying to teach them,” said Brierley, “is how to stay engaged mentally [and thus to retain their form] when they’re in a race and haven’t anything left.”