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Feb 5, 2015 3:43 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Bridgehampton's Lamison Hits 1,000-Point Mark

Feb 10, 2015 4:37 PM

Most basketball players never come close to scoring 1,000 points in their high school careers. And those who do usually don’t achieve the milestone until they’re seniors.

Josh Lamison got it done a year early.

The Bridgehampton junior forward became part of an elite club on Tuesday, February 3, in his team’s 74-37 win over Stony Brook. Lamison went into the game needing only four points to reach 1,000—and he hit the mark in the second quarter. He finished the game with 10 points, and then broke out for 28 points and 16 rebounds in a 77-57 win over Shelter Island the next night, making 13 of 15 shots from the field that night.

On February 6, the Killer Bees wrapped up the League VIII title and an undefeated season in league play with a 68-36 win at Southold, bringing their record to 14-0 in league play, 17-1 overall. Lamison had 11 points and 18 rebounds in that win, while Charles Manning Jr. led the team with 21 points, Elijah Jackson had 18, and Tylik Furman had 12.

Lamison became just the fourth player in Bridgehampton history to reach 1,000 points as a junior, an impressive feat considering how many great players have come through the powerhouse program. Bridgie alums Maurice Manning, Bobby Hopson and Duane White also reached 1,000 points in their junior seasons.

Lamison said he wasn’t aware that he was on the cusp of 1,000 points until the game prior to the Stony Brook win. “I was surprised,” he said. “I thought I was maybe 100 points away.”

While joining the 1,000-point club was a big moment for Lamison, he said he hopes to be sharing another big moment later this season with his teammates. The Killer Bees have their best chance to win a state championship since they won three in a row from 1996 to 1998. Lamison’s uncles, J.P. and Marcus Harding, played on those teams. Also on those teams were the fathers of current players Charles Manning Jr. (Maurice Manning) and Tylik Furman (Charles Furman).

“They expect us to win it,” Lamison said of the older generation of players.

Lamison’s continued fine play will certainly be necessary if the Bridgies want to achieve that goal. In his four years on varsity, Lamison has made the transformation from an overweight and inexperienced frontcourt player, who scored in double figures just once during his first varsity season as an eighth-grader, to a sleek but strong frontcourt player who routinely outhustles and outmuscles opposing players in the paint.

His abilities as a scorer are well-established, and include a 50-point performance in a game last year as a sophomore. But his rebounding capabilities are just as impressive, and it’s not rare for him to pull down close to 20 boards per game.

“He just matured,” Bridgehampton head coach Carl Johnson said of Lamison’s development as a player. “He’s really put in the work. In the last two seasons, he’s been one of the best players in the league, if not the best.”

While the Bridgies have no shortage of scoring weapons with Lamison, Manning Jr., point guard Tylik Furman, and fellow starters Elijah Jackson and Matt Hostetter, Johnson said Lamison has been the heart and soul of the team. “The offense really goes through Josh,” he said. “He makes it easy for the rest of the guys. Out of all the players, I lean on him the most.”

Lamison said he’d like to play basketball in college and major in sports management. For now, however, he and his teammates have one thing on their minds—bringing home the New York State Class D Championship.

That journey will start on Monday, February 16, when the top seeded Killer Bees host Smithtown Christian for the county ‘D’ championship. Bridgehampton is the heavy favorite in that game, having beaten Smithtown Christian by overwhelming margins in both regular season games. Barring a major upset, the Bridgies will not play another Class D game after that until March 13, when they take on the winner of the Section I vs. Section IX game in the Southeast Regional Final at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood at 5 p.m. The Killer Bees would get time on the court before then, however, in the Suffolk County playoffs, which pit the winners of each class against each other to decide an overall county champion. Bridgehampton would square off against the county Class C champ on February 21 at noon at William Floyd High School. The winner of that game will take on the Class B champion on February 24 at Suffolk West (Brentwood) at 5 p.m. The winner of that contest will face the county ‘A’ champ for the Small Schools Championship at Farmingdale State College at 5 p.m. on March 2. And, finally, the winner of that game will face the county ‘AA’ champ for the overall county title on March 6 at Walt Whitman High School at 6 p.m.

There is a chance that the battle for the Small Schools title will be an all-East End affair. East Hampton qualified for the playoffs in Class A after finishing tied for second in League VI; Southampton (Class B) was the co-champion of League VII, along with Babylon, and has just one loss; and Pierson is the number-two seed in the ‘C’ bracket, behind top seed Stony Brook, a team it lost to twice this year but by a total of just four points.

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By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Feb 5, 15 4:33 PM
and also kudos to Mr. Manning for his stellar performance this year. GO BRIDGIES KILLER BEES!!!!!!!
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Feb 5, 15 4:41 PM