Bellport keeps it rolling

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(By Andres Rivas, The Long Island Advance 12/28/17)

Bellport remains untouchable as they took on Comsewogue, Eastport-South Manor and Riverhead this past week.

Bellport began away at Comsewogue, who entered this game with a 4-2 record.  In the first league game for either team, Bellport came out on top with an 81-72 victory.  After one quarter, the Clippers had a three-point lead and in the second quarter, they outscored 21-12 to build up a 12-point lead at halftime.  In the third quarter, the home team outscored the visiting Clippers 24-18 to cut the lead and in the second quarter, they outscored 21-12 to build up a 12-point lead at halftime.  In the third quarter, the home team outscored the visiting Clippers 24-18 to cut the lead to six heading into the fourth quarter.  In the fourth, the Clippers scored 19 more points to hold on to the victory, their fifth of the season.  Jarell White led all scorers with 25 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists.  Teandre Rountree had 19 points and six dishes, Kyleim Robinson had 15 points and seven rebounds, Jaylen Trent added 12 points, Kavon Brown had eight points and eight rebounds and Andrew Veit had two points.

With five consecutive victories, Bellport aimed for number six Thursday against Eastport-South Manor, where they obtained a 93-54 victory.  It was a one-point game after one, but the Clippers outscored the Sharks 78-40 in the remaining three quarters of the game for their 39-point victory.  White had his first career triple double with 28 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.  Robinson had 24 points, Rountree and Trent had 10 points each, Veit had six points, Carter Vandiekieft had six points, Karl Charles and Devon Balfour combined for five points, while Brown had four points and 11 boards.  

With two victories in hand, Bellport swept the week with a seventh consecutive win.

Riverhead visited Randy Smith Basketball Court, where the Clippers obtained that seventh consecutive victory of the season, 86-74.  Riverhead began the game on a 10-0 run, catching fire in the opening minutes.  However, the Clippers fought back, cutting the distance little by little, and were only down one after one.  In the second quarter, both teams were going at it back and forth, six lead changes happening.  Robinson hit a three with a minute remaining to hold a one-point lead at halftime.  In the third quarter, Bellport outscored the Blue Waves by five points, the whole team playing with each other and playing well on the defensive end, racking up seven steals in this quarter.  With a six-point lead and a little over three minutes remaining, Robinson once against hit another 3-pointer to build a six-point lead.

From there one, the Clippers clinged to that lead and it ended in a double-digit victory.  “It feels great.  We have to keep it up,” said White.  “We’re going to rest, refocus and stay together.  The stats don’t matter.”

“We have to remain focused, humble and keep working,” said Robinson.

Bellport (7-0) remains one of six teams (Babylon, Amityville, Bayport-Blue Point, Westhampton and Northport) that remain undefeated.  The Clippers will now face Westbury (4-3) on Saturday.  (Courtesy of The Long Island Advance)