The Birth of Basketball
Last night in the Beehive we bore witness to a spectacle of athleticism, speed and skill that made clear why the legend of the Killer Bees basketball program looms so large on Long Island. After two minutes of play it was clear this was going to be more than just a win for the Bees, it would be a display of haves against have-nots. In this case the having was all about hoops. Bridgehampton has it; Ross does not. In the wake of the Killer Bee’s massacre of the outmanned, outgunned Cosmos of the Ross School, one might wonder where this fantastic and dazzling game of basketball originated?
Many of you have heard it was concocted by James Naismith in 1891 as a way for soccer players to stay in shape in the winter months. In the years since the game has evolved into the fast-paced ballet practiced by the Bees and teams all over the globe.
The New York Times ran an excellent refresher course in today’s paper with the story of the game’s invention complete with a rare radio interview with Dr. James Naismith himself. It’ll put you in the mood to head to Bridgehampton this evening for another contest in the Hive, where the Bees will look to remain undefeated against league opponent, Port Jefferson. You can expect another dazzling performance. A work of art that must be witnesses in real time to be appreciated.
Will the 5-0 Bees manage to maintain their perfect record? Yes, we are here to tell you they will. It will be more of a test than Ross, but this is another mismatch. However in the mismatch one gets to see the Bees play loose, fluid basketball that allows all of their talent, skill and yes, artistic prowess, to ooze from every pore. The crowd will be large so get there early to see the finest entertainment the East End has on offer.