A great basketball season for the Roslyn Bulldogs has come to an end.
The Bulldogs, Nassau County ABC-I conference champs, traveled to Farmingdale last Friday to take on East Hampton for the Long Island title.
A Long Island crown would be a first in Roslyn basketball history, but it wasn't meant to be as East Hampton took an early lead and held onto it all throughout the game to take a 57-48 win.
The game was closer than the final score indicates. East Hampton jumped out to a 9-7 lead at the end of the low-scoring first quarter, before outscoring Roslyn, 15-8 to take a 24-15 advantage at halftime.
Going into the final frame, East Hampton had a comfortable 41-27 lead, But the Bulldogs, as they have throughout their exciting playoff run, played up to their nickname, battling back from a 45-29 deficit to make one final run at the Long Island title.
Roslyn's two top scorers, George Beamon and Jordan Richman, led the Bulldogs' fourth quarter charge. Free throws by Richman and a jumper by Beamon pulled the Bulldogs within 10 points of the lead. After East Hampton opened up a 13-point advantage, the Bulldogs went on a furious 13-3 tear over the next three minutes, putting them on the brink of a tie.
During that run, Beamon led the way nailing down two huge three-point shots. The first one put Roslyn within seven points, and a three-pointer with 1:31 to go in the game pulled the Bulldogs to within three points.
However, East Hampton bounced back, scoring on a layup and then forcing a turnover that sealed their lead and the game.
A key to East Hampton's win was holding Beamon, the top scorer in all of Long Island, to only 13 points. Jordan Richman was the Bulldogs' top scorer with 21 points. Tariq Forte added 12 points.
The defeat hardly diminishes what was the best basketball season in Roslyn High School history.
As the Bulldogs progressed through their amazing run through the playoffs, toppling teams with better records, Head Coach Jeff Risener praised the team's "togetherness, spirit, and unity." Risener also singled out team star George Beamon's work ethic for setting a good example for the rest of the squad.
Indeed, the road to Farmingdale was a dramatic one. Roslyn entered the Nassau County tournament as the number three seed, but ended up winning the school's first ever Class ABC-I Nassau County title.
Those wins included an overtime triumph over Westbury, 71-64, and a come-from-behind victory over South Side, 69-61.
In the win over Westbury, the Bulldogs held off a furious Westbury rally to send the game into overtime, where Roslyn prevailed by a seven-point margin.
George Beamon was top scorer with 31 points. Three other Bulldogs scored in double figures: Jordan Richman (15), Jake Ansel (13), and Dan Lip (10.) Richman also had a career-high 15 rebounds and five blocked shots, while Lip chipped in with five assists.
In the Nassau County title contest, the Bulldogs displayed the same tenacity with the game on the line. Roslyn rallied from behind in the fourth quarter to defeat top seeded South Side, 69-61.
Beamon again led the way with 33 points. He was assisted by Dan Lip who scored 16 points, and Jordan Richman who had 12 points. Lip's contributions were especially noteworthy. Most of Lip's scoring came from the three-point line. Playing in high-stakes competition, Lip knocked down an incredible five three-pointers. Beamon had three three-pointers, along with eight field goals and eight free throws.
During the season, Beamon had 673 total points, 124 rebounds, and 43 assists. His offensive output included 193 field goals, 34 three pointers, plus 185 points from the charity stripe.
Beamon was assisted on the offensive side by Dan Lip who had 210 points, including 42 three-pointers. Jordan Richman had 215 points, plus 117 rebounds. Richman's point total included 80 field goals.
The Roslyn High School girls' basketball squad season came to a disappointing end on Feb. 13 with a 52-24 loss to Division in the first round of the Nassau County Class A playoffs.
Despite the loss, the girls' squad had an outstanding season, finishing the regular season with a 9-8 record, going 8-4 in Conference ABC-III play.
Carolyn Fann was the regular season star for the Lady Bulldogs, contributing on both ends of the court.
Fann had 320 points, including 107 field goals and 22 three-pointers. She also pulled down 64 rebounds.
Stephanie Klapper also had a big year, scoring 194 points, with a team-high 90 rebounds. Nina Hadzibabic chipped in with 145 points, including 17 three-pointers. Ashley Levy added 91 total points, plus 56 rebounds.