With North Babylon’s loss to Deer Park and Bellport’s win against West Isliip, the Clippers are the lone champions of League III, their second consecutive title, but they’re all by themselves this time around.
Regardless of the result of the Deer Park-North Babylon game, Bellport needed a win to ensure at least a tie and repeat their league title. They did it without leaving anyone any doubt, defeating the Lions 95-39. They rolled right off the bat, outscoring their opponent 41-9. They controlled the pace and the rhythm in the first half, which lead to a 52-13 lead at halftime. In the second half, they applied the same textbook defense, limiting their opponent to 26 points while scoring 43.
Jarell White made history, becoming the 12th player on Long Island to score over 2,000 points in their high school career. He finished with 28 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, a block and a steal. Devon Balfour finished with another double-double, nailing 19 points and 11 rebounds along with four assists, two blocks and a steal. Kyle Climan had his highest scoring game of his high school career, finishing with 12 points, three boards and five dimes. Jaylen Trent had 15 points and three rebounds. Andrew Veit had six points, five rebounds and four assists. Shaliq Cochran and Jeffrey Stewart had three points each, while Sean Vargas, Donald Henderson and Mike Alvarado combined for nine points and nine rebounds.
With the Clippers winning their game, they awaited the result of the North Babylon-Deer Park game. After North Babylon built a 10-point lead in the the third quarter, they were outscored 31-13 in the fourth. Malik Edmead, D’Andre Edwards and Jordan Rios scored 28 of the Falcons’ 31 points in the fourth quarter. Edmead and Edwards finished with 25 points each.
Bellport finished with a 15-1 record, while North Babylon finished second with a 14-2 record. The Clippers sacrifice, sweat and extra hours at the gym earned them this league title. They finished the season averaging 77 points per game and allowing 57 points.
Bellport will be the third seed for the Class AA tournament, and their first game will be today against 14th seed Central Islip at 5 p.m. at Randy Smith Basketball Court. With a win, the Clippers would play the winner of the matchup between sixth seed Deer Park and 11th seed Smithtown West this Saturday at noon at Bellport High School.