Lamison lead B'hampton to Suffolk 'D' crown
Bridgehampton's stunning second-half rally turned Shelter Island into Shudder Island and almost into Shutout Island.
The Killer Bees held the Indians scoreless for the first 5:14 of the fourth quarter and 6:30 overall in a 17-0 run that led to a solid 53-40 victory Thursday in the Suffolk D championship played at Westhampton.
Freshmen Josh Lamison (16 points, 15 rebounds) and Tylik Furman (15 points, seven in the fourth quarter) led Bridgehampton (10-8) into the state regional semifinals against the Section IX winner on March 5 at a Suffolk site and time to be announced.
"Josh was the key with his offensive rebounding," Bridgehampton coach Carl Johnson said of Lamison, who scored four baskets on putbacks in the second half.
The first of those broke a tie at 30 with 28 seconds left in the third quarter and the Killer Bees started swarming to the boards and to the rim. Shelter Island (7-10), in the playoffs for the first time in 12 years, led 19-16 at halftime and twice held six-point leads in the third quarter. Nathan Mundy led the Indians with 13 points.
But Bridgehampton turned out the lights with the 17-0 run. "We started crashing the boards," said Lamison, who scored six of those points. "Every time a shot went up, I tried to get it."
Furman, who had five during the game-turning burst, also did his damage in the lane. "We were looking to penetrate more," he said. "When we penetrated, they couldn't stop us, and that's a fact. We definitely turned up the defense and started looking for higher-percentage shots."
By the time Riley Willumsen sank two free throws with 2:46 remaining to end the Shelter Island drought, it was 47-32 and the Bees had things under control.
"Josh woke up in the second half," Johnson said of the 6-foot Lamison, who plays bigger because of his intensity and wingspan. "With those long arms, it's like he's 6-4."
The Killer Bees, who have won two consecutive Suffolk Class D titles, also have a date with Class C winner Stony Brook on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Patchogue-Medford in the Suffolk Small Schools bracket.