Harborfields Could Face Glenn In Semis
The Harborfields Tornadoes erased a small halftime deficit to defeat the East Hampton Bonackers 82-61 in the Class A boys basketball quarterfinals Wednesday.
Harborfields’ win sets up a possible semifinal showdown with the John Glenn Knights, a longtime crosstown rival.
Trailing 34-31 at the half, Harborfields alleviated some of the halftime anxiety in the packed home bleachers by starting with a 7-point blitz in the opening minute. Doug Gaffney scored a pair of layups on a rebound and a turnover, while Chris McCullough followed with a 3-point basket after he scooped up another East Hampton turnover. They closed the quarter with a 58-48 advantage.
Harborfields coach Chris Agostino said the boys worked hard to shut down East Hampton’s scoring opportunities in the latter stages of the game.
“I just got at them defensively and made sure we were doing all the right things,” he said.
The balance of the game was never in doubt, as Harborfields built an insurmountable lead in the final minutes. The aggressive, demonstrative McCullough ended with 24 points and was matched by Gaffney with his total. They were followed by Tanner Morrow, who scored 22 points – 15 of them in the first half.
“They played hard, they got after it and they did what they were supposed to do in that second half,” Agostino said.
The Tornadoes came into the playoffs on top of the stack with an 11-1 League V record and 15-2 overall, earning them a No. 2 seed in the Suffolk County Class A finals bracket and their sixth consecutive league title.
The Tornadoes locked in their stellar league record with a 75-65 win over Sayville Friday. Morrow led Harborfields to victory with 20 points and 10 rebounds, and was one of four Tornadoes to score 10 points or better. McCullough was a fearless presence on the court, showing no signs of a concussion sustained earlier in the season as he powered his way to 15 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds. Gaffney followed with 12 points, while Malcom Wynter added 10.
A clash of rivals is now possible – it all depends on the outcome of an upcoming quarterfinal matchup between a resurgent No. 3-seed John Glenn and No. 6-ranked Sayville. The teams were scheduled to play at John Glenn High School Thursday.
Whomever they face, Agostino is confident in their ability.
“It’s not really as big a rivalry as you think – we haven’t played in many years,” he said. “But, you know what? I don’t mind whoever we play. Savyille or John Glenn – I’ll be ready.”