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03/08/14 3:31pm
Shelter Island senior Nathan Mundy leans in for a short jumper against Coleman Catholic Saturday. (Credit: Beverlea Walz)

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Shelter Island senior Nathan Mundy leans in for a short jumper against Coleman Catholic Saturday.

CLASS D REGIONAL FINALS  |  COLEMAN CATHOLIC 73, SHELTER ISLAND 46

As the reality began to set in, that one of the finest seasons in Shelter Island history had reached its end, the large contingent of Islanders in the SUNY New Paltz gym rose to their feet.

As Coleman Catholic celebrated its Class D regional final win Saturday afternoon and prepared to accept its trophy, the Shelter Island crowd erupted with a “Shelter! Island!” chant, filling the small upstate gym. (more…)

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03/07/14 4:00pm

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Matthew Dunning going for two on the break in Shelter Island’s victory Tuesday over Clark Academy in Westchester County.

Preparing for an unknown opponent is akin to putting together “a jigsaw puzzle.”

Such has been the task for the Shelter Island coaches as the boys basketball team prepares to face Coleman Catholic Saturday afternoon in the Class D regional finals with a trip the state Final Four in Glens Falls on the line. Through newspaper articles, video clips and any other information they can find, the Island coaches have been busy setting up their game plan for tomorrow’s historic game.  (more…)

01/18/13 9:40pm
GARRET MEADE PHOTO | David O'Day of Southold, driving past Shelter Island's Hunter Starzee, scored 24 points.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | David O’Day of Southold, driving past Shelter Island’s Hunter Starzee, scored 24 points.

INDIANS 70, FIRST SETTLERS 63

Suffolk County League VIII has some good, young basketball players who are making a name for themselves this season. Possibly the one with the longest name of them all, Matt BeltCappellino, may have shined the brightest of them all on Friday night.

Junior BeltCappellino scored 19 first-half points before finishing with a career-high 29 for Shelter Island in its 70-63 defeat of host Southold. He bettered his previous game-high total by 8 points.

“The ball was just feeling good off my hand,” said BeltCappellino, who also had 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. “I was getting good shots. The team was getting me open. I was taking my time, following through, and it was going in.”

Meanwhile, Southold had a sophomore putting up big numbers. Liam Walker registered 24 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists for his side. A Southold senior, David O’Day, also produced 24 points.

Aside from the fact that BeltCappellino is a forward and Walker is a guard, the two players share some notable similarities. They both wear the same uniform number, 12, and they both have undoubted scoring ability. Like BeltCappellino, Walker recently turned in a career-high scoring total. In Southold’s previous game, a win over Smithtown Christian three days earlier, he scored 36 points.

“It’s a boost, yeah,” Walker said. “It’s more like a boost of confidence.” He added: “It felt like I can do that every game. I have to expect that out of myself more and more.”

Southold coach Phil Read said Walker struggled early in the season, but “he’s on now.”

As is BeltCappellino, whose efforts have helped put Shelter Island (5-6, 5-3) on a pace to reach the playoffs. In addition to being one of the top students in his class, he also has the basketball smarts and shooting ability that the Indians need.

“He’s not forcing it at all,” Shelter Island coach Mike Mundy said. “He’s only taking good shots. He’s getting good looks, and when he’s on, he’s on. He’s actually stepped up for us. In games where he needs to step up, he’ll step up.”

Friday night was one of those times.

Three days earlier, Shelter Island led Greenport for three quarters and most of the fourth before succumbing and losing. That loss, Mundy said, turned Friday night’s game into a “must win.” Every league game is precious as far as playoff implications are concerned.

Shelter Island led by as many as 19 points three times in the third quarter. Southold, however, worked its way back, pulling to within 6 points of Shelter Island during a 17-6 run in which O’Day scored 9 points. When O’Day nailed a 3-point shot from the top of the key, it made the score 66-60 with a little over 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

“We’re not as talented as a lot of teams, but you know, we go out there every day and we give it our all,” Read said. “I can’t ask for more from any group of guys.”

Shelter Island secured the victory with two free throws each by Myles Clark and BeltCappellino down the stretch.

“We had a good first half, but the second half we let them crawl back in,” BeltCappellino said. “I give them credit. They’re a good, scrappy team. They hit some shots, but we got the last word.”

A big factor in the game was the rebounding department, where Shelter Island held a 40-25 advantage. Hunter Starzee (16 points, 16 rebounds) was a major contributor. Riley Willumsen had 8 assists for Shelter Island, which made good on 60 percent (24 of 40) of its field-goal attempts.

Southold (3-9, 2-6), which lost for the sixth time in seven games, received 11 assists from Kenji Fujita.

“I thought we worked really hard,” Walker said. “We didn’t shoot the ball well, but we still scored, but we have to key in on defense. Seventy points isn’t going to cut it. We should be winning games when we’re scoring over 60.”

But Southold’s better days are to come. The team is two losses away from being eliminated from playoff contention, but the future looks bright with sophomores like Shane Johnson, Alex Poliwoda and, of course, Walker.

Shelter Island’s future doesn’t look bad, either.  “We have options,” Mike Mundy said. “Everybody knows their role, too. Nobody complains about their playing time, it’s what’s best for the team.”

Two wins from its final six league games would earn Shelter Island a coveted ticket to the postseason.

“We’re fulfilling our expectations,” BeltCappellino said. “We thought we could be in this position, which is right where we want to be.”

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02/24/12 6:00pm

The Greenport boys basketball team didn’t grab a league championship when it defeated Shelter Island last week but it did earn a new individual record for the most 3-point field goals in a game.

Greenport’s bid for a share of the Suffolk County League VIII title last Wednesday night, February 15, became an afterthought, thanks to a phenomenal shooting display by Gavin Dibble. The Greenport sophomore guard knocked down one 3-point shot after another with astounding accuracy. A school record that had stood for 23 years finally fell.

Dibble stroked a Greenport record of 10 3-pointers and rang up a career-high 39 points as the Porters whipped the visiting Indians by 51 points, 81-30, on the final night of the regular season.

“It’s really the best feeling that I ever had,” Dibble said. “It’s the best game I ever played in my life.”

Dibble had five 3-pointers and 19 points by halftime but his work was not nearly completed. By the time it was all over, he had played the game of his young life, shooting a sizzling 14 of 17 from the field. He also had 7 assists, 7 rebounds and 4 steals.

“Amazing,” Greenport guard Sean Charters said. “He was on fire. … He missed, what, three shots? That’s incredible. You have no clue as a defender what to do when a guy is just not missing anything like that.”

When the game ended, Gavin Dibble raised a fist in the air and was hugged by teammates. Fans congratulated him, and a teammate asked him to sign one of his sneakers.

Following the euphoria, though, there was disappointment for the Porters. In order to clinch a tie for the league title along with the Stony Brook School (11-7, 11-3), Greenport needed Stony Brook to lose to Bridgehampton last Wednesday night. The result of that game was not known before Edwards and his players left the gym.

Later, their hearts must have sank when the final score flashed across the TV screen: Stony Brook 50, Bridgehampton 34.

A 4-point loss to Shelter Island last month ended up costing Greenport a league crown, but the Porters enjoyed some payback last Wednesday.

“We wanted to prove a point tonight that we shouldn’t have lost that night,” said Charters.

A volunteer assistant, Jim Colligan, coached Shelter Island (4-13, 3-11) in the absence of its coach, Michael Mundy, who was out with cellulitis. Colligan couldn’t have liked what he saw from start to finish. Gavin Dibble scored 7 points in the first quarter as the Porters jumped out to a 12-point lead. The lead grew and grew. It was 42-8 after a foul shot by Jimmy Read with 1 minute 32 seconds left in the second quarter. Nineteen seconds later, the Indians finally reached double figures on a pair of free throws by Nathan Mundy.

Matt BeltCappellino was Shelter Island’s leading scorer with 10 points.

Some tough defense by Greenport held Shelter Island to 20.5 percent field-goal shooting.

It will be remembered as the night that Gavin Dibble shot the lights out and entered his name in the Greenport record book.

“When you can shoot like that,” he said, “it’s just the best feeling in the world.”

02/15/12 9:11pm

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Gavin Dibble shot 14 of 17 from the field, knocked down a school record 10 3-point shots and scored a career-high 39 points for Greenport.

PORTERS 81, INDIANS 30

The Greenport boys basketball team didn’t grab a league championship, but it does have a new individual record for the most 3-point field goals in a game.

Greenport’s bid for a share of the Suffolk County League VIII title on Wednesday night became an afterthought thanks to a phenomenal shooting display by Gavin Dibble. The Greenport sophomore guard knocked down one 3-point shot after another with astounding accuracy, and a school record that had stood for 23 years finally fell.

Dibble stroked a Greenport record 10 3-pointers and rang up a career-high 39 points as the Porters whipped visiting Shelter Island by 51 points, 81-30, on the final night of the regular season.

“It’s really the best feeling that I ever had,” Dibble said. “It’s the best game I ever played in my life.”

Dibble eclipsed the previous record of eight treys that Ev Corwin set in a game against Hampton Bays in 1989, eight years before Dibble was born. Corwin, one of Greenport’s assistant coaches, watched from the bench as Dibble toppled his record. Afterward, Corwin shook Dibble’s hand and congratulated him.

“That was quite a performance,” Greenport coach Al Edwards said. “I saw it in his eyes. He had the eye of the tiger.”

Dibble had five 3-pointers and 19 points by halftime, but his work was not nearly completed. By the time it was all over, he had played the game of his young life, shooting a sizzling 14 of 17 from the field. He also had 7 assists, 7 rebounds and 4 steals.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Matt Dibble of Greenport preparing to shoot while Shelter Island's Nathan Mundy (10) and Hunter Starzee (20) defend.

“Amazing,” Greenport guard Sean Charters said. “He was on fire. … He missed, what, three shots? That’s incredible. You have no clue as a defender what to do when a guy is just not missing anything like that.”

With four minutes to go in the game, Edwards tried to substitute Matt Dibble for Gavin Dibble, but Matt Dibble opted to sit out in order that his hot-shooting brother could continue playing.

When the game ended, Gavin Dibble raised a fist in the air and was hugged by teammates. Fans congratulated him, and one teammate asked him to sign one of his sneakers.

Gavin Dibble delighted the home crowd with each 3-pointer that he drilled. He broke Corwin’s record early in the fourth quarter after receiving a pass from Ted Stevens.

Charters, who played in his final game in Greenport’s gym along with the team’s other senior, Mike Reed, turned in a good game with 13 points, hitting 5 of 9 attempts from the field as well as a free throw. But Gavin Dibble stole the show.

Gavin Dibble’s previous single-game bests were four threes and 26 points.

Following the euphoria, though, there was disappointment for the Porters. In order to clinch a tie for the league title along with The Stony Brook School (11-6, 11-3), Greenport (12-6, 10-4) needed Stony Brook to lose to Bridgehampton (7-11, 7-7) on Wednesday night. The result of that game was not known before Edwards and his players left the gym.

Later, their hearts must have sank when the final score flashed across the TV screen: Stony Brook 50, Bridgehampton 34.

“Ten and four is a good season,” Edwards said before the result of the Stony Brook game was known. “If that wins the league, that’s fine. I’d love to have another banner up there, but if it doesn’t happen … whatever happens happens.”

Charters said: “It’s tough. You can’t blame it on Stony Brook if they win. It’s our fault because we blew a couple of games.”

A 4-point loss to Shelter Island last month ended up costing Greenport a league crown, but the Porters enjoyed some payback on Wednesday.

“We wanted to prove a point tonight that we shouldn’t have lost that night,” said Charters.

A volunteer assistant, Jim Colligan, coached Shelter Island (4-13, 3-11) in the absence of its coach, Michael Mundy, who was out with cellulitis. Colligan couldn’t have liked what he saw from start to finish. Gavin Dibble scored 7 points in the first quarter as the Porters jumped out to a 12-point lead. The lead grew and grew. It was 42-8 after a foul shot by Reed with 1 minute 32 seconds left in the second quarter. Nineteen seconds later the Indians finally reached double figures on a pair of free throws by Nathan Mundy.

Matt Belt-Cappellino was Shelter Island’s leading scorer with 10 points.

Greenport shot 55.2 percent from the field and was even deadlier from 3-point range (no small thanks to Gavin Dibble) where it went 14 of 24 (58.3 percent). Some tough defense by Greenport held Shelter Island to 20.5-percent field-goal shooting.

It will be remembered as the night that Gavin Dibble shot the lights out and entered his name in the Greenport record book.

“When you can shoot like that,” he said, “it’s just the best feeling in the world.”

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