Monday, January 18, 2010

BA Pulls Off 108-104 2OT Thriller Over South Kent

The Bridgton Academy Wolverines played host to the South Kent Cardinals on Sunday afternoon. The battle of perennial powers lived up to the hype, as it took extra time to settle it. The Wolverines were able to pull out a 108-104 win in two overtimes.

Coming into the game the Wolverines had dropped two consecutive games and were looking for a much needed NEPSAC victory. South Kent had won two of its previous games including victories over Winchendon School and Brewster Academy.

The two teams came out shooting as it was a fast paced, high scoring affair. In the back and forth first half no team held a lead greater than six points and the Wolverines went into the break with a 54-48 advantage.

South Kent used a quick 6-0 run to eliminate the BA lead. Bridgton used key contributions off the bench to keep the Cardinals from running away with the win. South Kent extended its lead at the end of the half only to see Bridgton get timely buckets, and key stops to pull even. South Kent missed a shot with three seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into its first overtime, 91-91.

#23 Chance Jones converts in traffic on his way to 28 points in a 108-104 (2OT) win over South Kent

After the first extra session it was still knotted, 98-98. In the second overtime Ruben Kanya (Hamilton, Ontario) knocked down critical free throws, Paul Dick (Belfast, Ireland) and Chance Jones (Knoxville, TN) also added late baskets to seal the thrilling victory 108-104.

#1 Alex Harris came up with a steal and break away dunk.

Alex Harris (Richmond, CA) lead Bridgton with 30 points, Jones added 28. J.J. Moore, a Pittsburgh commit, for South Kent, led all scorers with 33 points.

After the game Head Coach Whit Lesure said, “There is no way to downplay the significance of a key victory for us at this stage in our season. We made plays late in regulation and in the overtimes to give ourselves a chance. Anyone who saw the game appreciated the team effort.”

The Wolverines improve their record to 2-3 in NEPSAC play and 5-6 overall.

Coach Lesure said, “The game ranks with the most exciting we've had here. If you were one of the lucky ones to see this game today, you saw a good one.”

Bridgton is back in action on Wednesday as they take on New Hampton, home at 6:00 PM.

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