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Tyshie Williams drives to the basket against Shelter Island Friday night. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Tyshie Williams drives to the basket against Shelter Island Friday night. (Credit: Garret Meade)

PORTERS 65, INDIANS 62

Late heroics by Willy Riggins and Tyshie Williams averted a possible controversial result and pushed the Greenport boys basketball team to victory over Shelter Island on Friday night.

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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | An off-balance Angel Colon putting up a shot for Greenport during its county semifinal victory over Bridgehampton on Wednesday night.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | An off-balance Angel Colon putting up a shot for Greenport during its county semifinal victory over Bridgehampton on Wednesday night.

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS D SEMIFINAL | PORTERS 55, KILLER BEES 52

Good shooters are made, not born. Gavin Dibble is no exception.

Dibble made himself into the shooter that he is. The Greenport High School senior said he shoots baskets every day.

“Repetition and practice,” he said. “It’s hours and hours of work. Usually in the off-season I shoot about 500 shots a day. That’s what it takes.” (more…)

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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | The ball should be in Timmy Stevens' hands a lot more now that he has moved from playing on the wing to guard.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | The ball should be in Timmy Stevens’ hands a lot more now that he has moved from playing on the wing to shooting guard.

It would be hard to find someone who appreciates good shooting more than Greenport’s new head boys basketball coach, Ev Corwin. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that Corwin thinks highly of his two sharpshooting guards, Gavin Dibble and Timmy Stevens.

“We have two of the better ones right here,” Corwin said. “I mean, these guys can light you up real quick, and I give them the green light. I think they like that. I yell at them for not shooting it.”

While Dibble, a senior, has already made a name for himself as a bona fide scorer, Stevens is a lesser known quantity — to those who don’t watch Greenport play regularly. But to those who follow the Porters, there is no questioning the value the junior brings to the team.

The query was posed to Corwin: Is Stevens an unsung hero?

“I think people who follow it know what his big strength is: scoring and just really playing exceptionally hard,” the coach answered. “If that’s unsung, then I guess. I just think that if you watch enough of our games, he just sticks out.”

Greenport’s regular back court last season was manned by Gavin Dibble and his older brother, Matt, who has since graduated. Stevens, who was a wing player, has been moved to shooting guard, which means the ball is in his hands more these days.

“I take the challenge,” he said. “I accept it. I just have to work on my ballhandling. Once I get that down, it shouldn’t be a problem.”

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Greenport's Angel Colon was at the center of a free-for-all for the ball during Thursday night's game against Westhampton Beach.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Greenport’s Angel Colon was at the center of a free-for-all for the ball during Thursday night’s game against Westhampton Beach.

Stevens is hardly a newcomer to playing alongside Gavin Dibble, though. In addition to two varsity seasons as Dibble’s teammate, the two have played ball in the same park for years, so familiarity is not an issue.

In the same back court, they help take pressure off each other. And they both have undoubted offensive ability.

“We both can shoot the outside jump shot,” Stevens said. “We both can take the ball to the rack.”

Corwin recalled a scrimmage against a good Riverhead team once when Stevens was on fire. Just about everything he threw up fell through the basket. The coach figured Stevens netted a dozen 3-point shots in that scrimmage.

“Sometimes I’m just feeling it, [and] it just seems like I can’t miss a shot,” Stevens said. “Sometimes it goes down, sometimes it doesn’t. When I’m off, I’m off bad, really bad.”

It’s not as if Stevens is a one-dimensional player, though. He brings a lot of other qualities to the table, particularly his endless hustling.

“He does a lot of the little things,” Dibble said. “He’ll get in there, rebound, take a charge, get some steals. Yeah, he does a good job with that stuff.”

Stevens said his game has improved, but he believes he can progress a lot more.

How about Dibble? Have there been any changes in Dibble’s game?

“Nope, the same Gavin,” Stevens said. “He scores in bunches, man.”

In a Town of Brookhaven Summer League game on Thursday night at Eastport/South Manor High School, Dibble poured in a game-high 23 points in a 43-41 win over Westhampton Beach.

At times Dibble looks unstoppable, such as when during Thursday’s game he charged into the lane, whirled and twirled through a maze of defenders, and made a layup.

“They used three or four different guys on him,” Corwin said. “He was frustrating that coach. He goes from shooting three steps beyond the 3-point line to beating you to the hole. I mean, that’s a good skill set.”

It was an impressive performance by the Porters (5-5) against the first-place Hurricanes (8-2). Austin Hooks provided Greenport with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Stevens had 5 assists to go with 5 points, 4 steals and 2 rebounds.

Greenport took the lead for good on a basket by Byron Rivas that made the score 31-29 early in the second half, opening an 8-2 run.

Westhampton Beach managed to cut Greenport’s lead to 41-39 when Luke Dyer made a free throw with 7.5 seconds remaining. But the reliable Dibble, who shot 8 for 10 from the foul line, sank both ends of a one-and-one with 6.2 seconds to go, essentially sealing the result.

“The effort these guys gave tonight, for a coach, that’s all you can ask,” Corwin said. “They played so hard. Up and down the floor, they don’t get a rest these guys. They just busted their tail. They got to be exhausted. I’m exhausted and I didn’t do anything.”

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01/28/13 9:30pm
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PORTERS 62, COSMOS 52

Typically, Billy Doucett can tell what kind of a shooting night he’s going to have by how the pregame warmups go for him. The pattern, however, isn’t what one might expect. If Doucett’s shots are dropping during warmups, they don’t in the basketball game. And, conversely, if his shooting during warmups is off, it will be on at game time.

Doucett described his warmup shooting Monday night as “alright,” so it might have been harder for him to gauge what his shooting would be like for Greenport’s game at The Ross School in East Hampton. Well, it was certainly a lot better than “alright.”

Doucett drilled five 3-point shots and struck for a career-high 33 points as Greenport prevailed, 62-52, clinching a playoff berth in the process.

“If I’m scoring, I’m going to keep shooting the ball,” Doucett said, “but I don’t know, if we win, we win.”

The senior forward and team captain scored 25 of Greenport’s first 34 points, stroking one shot after another.

“He was unbelievable,” said Ross coach Kevin O’Halloran.

Greenport guard Gavin Dibble dished out 8 of his 10 assists to Doucett. As Dibble saw it, the Porters were playing smart basketball by feeding the hot shooter.

“You got to hit the hot man, that’s all you got to do,” he said. “I’ve never seen him shoot that well. That’s a lot of points. Bill made my job easy. I just had to give him a nice little pass, and there it was.”

Whatever the records of the two teams may have suggested, Monday night’s game was anything but easy for Greenport (9-5, 7-3 Suffolk County League VIII). At times the Porters made things harder for themselves, and Ross (1-13, 1-9) didn’t play like a one-win team.

“It’s all about matchups,” Dibble said. “They might not be the best matchup for us because they have [senior Roosevelt Odidi]. Any team like that is never just going to lay down. They have something to play for. They play for their pride.”

Greenport took the lead for good about midway through the third quarter when a Doucett basket off a pass from Matt Dibble made the score 40-39.

In the fourth quarter, Doucett knocked down his fifth triple to bring Greenport’s lead to double digits for the first time at 52-42. Later in the quarter, Greenport twice stretched its lead to 11 points.

The Porters must have breathed a sigh of relief when Odidi fouled out with 31.6 seconds left. Odidi joined teammate Aubrey Jowers, who received his fifth personal foul 50 seconds into the fourth quarter, on the bench.

Odidi, who is projected as an NCAA Division III player and regarded by some as possibly the best player in League VIII, is a handful. He led Ross with 26 points and 13 rebounds.

“He always plays hard,” Doucett said. “When he fouled out there were a couple of smiles.”

Greenport coach Al Edwards said: “Odidi, he keeps them in the game. We played tough defense on him, but he just goes up over everybody and knocks down those short, little 10-footers. It’s hard to do anything about that, you know.”

Odidi caused some other damage. With 4:14 left in the fourth quarter, he fell on Gavin Dibble’s right leg, leaving a bruise on the inside of Dibble’s knee. Dibble said he would be fine and would play against Southold on Wednesday night when Greenport will retire the No. 34 jersey that Ryan Creighton used to wear for the Porters.

Greenport hit 7 of 17 attempts from 3-point range while Ross had no treys to its credit. But the Porters, who sank 19 of 20 free throws in a win over Pierson on Friday, shot a shabby 11 of 22 from the foul line on Monday night.

The Porters gained their fourth win in five games with the aid of 8 points and 11 rebounds from Austin Hooks, and 8 points from Timmy Stevens.

Jiahui Guo had 11 points for the Cosmos, who lost their sixth straight game.

The shaky foul shooting and some lax defense at times made things more interesting for Greenport, perhaps, than Edwards would have liked, but in the end the Porters got the result they were looking for and a guaranteed place in the postseason. Edwards said Greenport has reached the playoffs every year since 1990.

“That’s a good feeling,” Edwards said. “Sometimes you have your doubts about whether you’re going to make it or not, but we came through. We had some good spurts. We still have a whole lot of things that we need to improve on as a team.”

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01/04/13 9:32pm
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DANIEL DE MATO PHOTO | Matt Dibble of Greenport attacking the heart of the Southold defense and the basket during the third quarter.

PORTERS 66, FIRST SETTLERS 31

Sometimes the shots just about always seem to go in for a basketball team, and sometimes no matter what a team does, the ball refuses to go into the basket. When two opposing teams experience those contrasting fortunes in the same game, the result is predictable: a blowout.

Greenport shot consistently well and flew out to a 36-9 lead in its Suffolk County League VIII game against Southold on Friday night before winning by 35 points.

“I knew if we came in here focused, we could put them into the ground,” Greenport guard Gavin Dibble said after his team’s 66-31 romp at Southold High School.

Greenport (5-3, 3-1) knocked down five of its first seven shots, and the Porters were off and running. The score was 11-0 before Southold (2-7, 1-3) got on the scoreboard, courtesy of a Liam Walker layup 4 minutes 21 seconds into the game. The First Settlers didn’t reach double figures until Walker hit a foul-line jumper 35 seconds into the third quarter.

“We started off the game real sharp,” Gavin Dibble said. “We’re hitting outside shots. We played good defense, and we kept them off the boards. That was a big thing.”

For the game, Greenport connected on 57.8 percent (26 of 45) of its field-goal attempts. Southold shot 37.5 percent (12 of 32) from the field.

“That’s been our thing,” Southold coach Phil Reed said. “We just haven’t been able to put the ball in the basket.”

Gavin Dibble turned in a complete game. In addition to his game-high 17 points, he generated 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. He also nailed down three of his team’s seven 3-point shots. Timmy Stevens supplied 12 points. Matt Dibble, Gavin’s brother, had 11 points in his second game since returning from a knee operation.

The presence of both Dibbles on the court gives opponents a lot to handle.

“He’s getting back into the flow a little bit,” Gavin Dibble said of his brother. “It lets me play off the ball a little bit. It definitely helps having someone else that can bring up the ball, and he brings energy on defense. He makes some acrobatic plays and stuff. It’s good to have him out there.”

Walker scored 10 points for Southold, which suffered its third straight loss.

Unlike the more seasoned Porters, Southold has a young team that is short on experience. The First Settlers’ starting lineup included three sophomores — Shane Johnson, Alex Poliwoda and Walker.

Southold soon found itself outmatched by arguably the best offense in the league. The differences between the teams were striking. Southold’s cold shooting carried over to free throws, with the First Settlers going 3 of 11 from the foul line.

Rebounding was another issue for Southold. The First Settlers managed only 4 offensive rebounds, and were outrebounded altogether by 32-16.

“We don’t box out enough,” Southold’s glum-looking guard, Kenji Fujita, said afterward. “Turnovers, it gets out of hand. We just got to cut down on them.”

Yet, even a game like this brings some value for Greenport. Greenport coach Al Edwards said his team’s focus was on pressure defense, not allowing free looks on 3-pointers, boxing out and grabbing offensive rebounds.

“We still have some things that we need to work on,” he said. “We’re kind of slacking on offensive rebounds and putbacks.”

Meanwhile, defense was another disappointment for Southold. Reed wasn’t happy with his team’s play on that end of the court, either.

“I just think you need to take a little more pride in playing defense because think about this: This was a tough loss, a very, very tough loss,” he said. “They scored 31 points in a whole game. That’s not going to get it done.”

As for its shooting woes, there isn’t much more that Southold can do other than continue to plug away.

“It just seems like teams come in our gym and shoot, and we do the opposite,” Reed said. “That’s the way that the ball bounces. Shooting is contagious. You got to shoot to stay in games. I’m not going to tell David [O’Day] not to shoot. I’m not going to tell Kenji not to shoot. I’m not going to tell any of our players not to shoot because eventually it will start dropping.”

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DANIEL DE MATO PHOTO | Southold cheerleaders provided halftime entertainment that involved ballet-like moves.

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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Gavin Dibble brought Greenport 12 points, 7 assists, 5 steals and 4 rebounds in its season-opening win over Port Jefferson.

PORTERS 50, ROYALS 32

Returning from a three-year sabbatical, Keith Buehler was courtside again as the Port Jefferson boys basketball coach on Monday night. After his Royals opened a new season with a non-league game at Greenport High School, Buehler was asked what was the biggest thing he learned from the evening’s proceedings.

“That I should have stayed home,” he answered, tongue in cheek.

Seriously, Greenport didn’t make things comfortable for Buehler or his Royals. The Porters, who had faced a discouraging setback before the season started with knee injuries to their first-string point guard, senior Matt Dibble, enjoyed a healthy dose of encouragement with their play in the season opener. Looking almost surprisingly sharp in the first half, Greenport ran in front from the beginning, all the way to a 50-32 result in its favor.

“I think it was a pretty good first game,” said Greenport guard Gavin Dibble, who turned in a typically reliable performance with 12 points, 7 assists, 5 steals and 4 rebounds. “We came in here with a purpose, and we executed.”

Indeed, the Porters had a lot to feel good about. Austin Hooks, showing an assortment of low-post moves, produced a game-high 16 points. Timmy Stevens, making his first varsity start in place of the injured Matt Dibble, supplied 9 points, all from 3-pointers. Billy Doucett had a nice game as well with 8 points and 10 rebounds.

Defensively, Greenport forced 19 turnovers and held Port Jefferson to 33.3-percent (9 of 27) shooting from the field. During one stretch, Port Jefferson missed seven straight field-goal attempts, a cold spell that was broken in the third quarter when a Cody Steiner basket made the score 34-17.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Greenport’s Austin Hooks, who led all scorers with 16 points, pulling down a rebound.

Jasper Rubin-Sigler was the only Port Jefferson player to score in double figures; he had 11 points.

“It’s basketball season, baby,” Gavin Dibble said. “There’s a lot of adrenaline flowing. Everyone’s excited, the first game. We were pumped up. It’s the first game, but it’s something to build off of, definitely, you know, give us some momentum, you know, see if we can keep going.”

Hooks scored 7 points in helping Greenport jump ahead, 13-6. The Porters never lost the lead and twice built 21-point leads in the second half at 38-17 and 46-25.

“We’re scoring the ball well,” Hooks said. “We’re playing good defense, an all-around good performance.”

Aside from Rubin-Sigler, Port Jefferson’s two other main scoring threats, Steiner (7 points) and T. J. Lewis (1), were contained.

“Defensively, I wasn’t that upset,” said Buehler, who had been Port Jefferson’s coach for nine years before Mike Riley ran the team the past three seasons. “Offensively, I was a little concerned. We looked tentative.”

The game was played the same day that Matt Dibble, Gavin Dibble’s older brother, underwent surgery for knee injuries. It is uncertain when he will be able to return to the team.

“We’re going to surely miss him,” said Greenport coach Al Edwards.

In Matt Dibble’s absence, the bulk of the ballhandling duties fall to Stevens and Max Eggiman. “Other than that, you got to dig pretty far to find somebody who’s going to bring the ball up for you,” said Edwards.

It wasn’t all roses for Greenport on Monday night, though. The Porters’ playing level dropped in the second half. Edwards said improvements can be made in free-throw shooting (6 of 13), weakside rebounding and ball control in the halfcourt.

All in all, though, the coach couldn’t complain about too much.

“It was a good season opener,” he said. “We just have to keep improving. Seventeen more games to go.”

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