Kevin Lawrence was magnificent, scoring 28 points and pulling down 11 rebounds to pace the Huntington basketball team to a 58-35 win over East Hampton in Louis D. Giani Gymnasium on Wednesday night.
Lawrence nailed a series of high arcing shots, including a pair of three-pointers to lead Huntington’s offense. The Blue Devils jumped out to a 23-11 lead after eight minutes of play and never looked back.
Huntington was effective on both ends of the court, keeping up a fast paced style of play that forced numerous turnovers. The Blue Devils led at halftime, 30-19 and extended their advantage to 46-27 heading into the final frame.
Head coach Brian Carey was determined not to let his team’s large lead evaporate, calling strategic timeouts and making several on court adjustments down the stretch to keep the Blue Devils comfortably ahead.
Huntington outscored the visitors over the final eight minutes, 12-8. The victory evened the Blue Devils’ record at 1-1. Huntington plays a non-league game on Saturday at Northport at noon. The Blue Devils host Centereach next Tuesday night in the league opener. Tipoff is set for 5:45 p.m.
Lawrence scored 25 points last Saturday against Brentwood, which topped Huntington, 67-47. The teenager proved that performance was no fluke with his heroics on Wednesday night.
“I feel like I played a good game on both sides of the court, but my teammates were the ones that helped me play the way I did,” Lawrence said. “It was a good team win. We played great defense, which led to our team getting great opportunities on the offensive side.”
Mekhi Harvey had 10 points for Huntington and Taqwan Gooden-Hill added seven points. James Shea connected for six points. Max Angstadt had three points. Mike Abbondandelo and Nick Inman each scored two points.
The Blue Devils entered the season with plenty of question marks. Some have been answered, but others are still open. The team should come into better focus over the next three weeks.