The final score was 58-53 in favor of Chapel Field Christian of Orange County over Bridgehampton's Killer Bees on Tuesday night in a New York State Class D semifinal boys basketball game. It reminded Ron White, the Bees' head coach, of last year's game — same opponent, same playoff round, same outcome.
"I think we match up, skill-wise, with almost every team we play," White said yesterday. "Chapel Field, hats off to them, they were easily stronger than us and bigger than us. You can beat a team like that, but you have to have more fight, being the smaller team."
Alex Davis, a freshman guard, scored a game-high 26 points for the Bees. Another freshman guard, Jai Feaster, added 14 points, and a senior forward, Dylan Fitzgerald, had 11 rebounds, a career best for him. The lead changed hands at least 10 times, White said.
Bridgehampton ends the season at 16-6. Despite losing at least three key players in Fitzgerald, Kris Vinski, and Scott Vinski, who will graduate this year, White looks forward to seeing what Davis and Feaster can do next season, along with another strong freshman, Sae'vion Ward, and Mikhail Feaster, a junior.
"With youth and lack of experience sometimes it's hard to see this, but from a coaching standpoint, I understand that these guys are well on their way," White said. "We can't forget this feeling."