Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Bobcats Run Away From Wolverines

Bridgton Academy traveled to Endicott College for a quarterfinal match up in the NEPSAC Tournament with Brewster Academy. The Wolverines were looking for their second upset of the top ranked Bobcats within the last week. In the early going the two teams were closely matched, but Brewster soon pulled away for a convincing 94-59 victory, to end the season for Bridgton.

Alex Harris (Richmond, CA) came out hot and kept the Wolverines in the ball game early on. The two teams were tied 9-9 with 15:48 to play, all of the Wolverines points coming from Harris. Brewster then took over, going on a 21-2 run, with 11 of those points coming from Will Barton. The Bobcats closed the half up 18 with a 47-29 lead.

In the second half the Bobcats continued to use their athleticism and depth to put the Wolverines away. The Brewster lead ballooned to 30 with over six minutes to play and reached its largest margin at 36 with three minutes to play. It would end with Brewster running away 94-59.

Coach Lesure made the final analysis of the game by saying, "Brewster played very well. Sometimes in these situations one team overwhelms the other. In this case, we had no answers for their attack, to no fault of our players."

The tournament will continue Friday, with the championship being held on Sunday, of the remaining games Lesure said, "All top four seeds advanced so the semi-finals should be extremely competitive to say the least. I think there is a lot of excellent coaching in our league and more quality teams than ever. I would have to rate Brewster a slight edge if for no other reason than they beat us."

Bridgton concludes its season with an overall record of 11-17, but Coach Lesure looks to the remaining quarter of the school year saying, "We have always emphasized the value of the postgraduate year, not the basketball season per se. We take great pride in getting our guys to graduation May 8 and expect to see growth in the classroom, weightroom, and gymnasium during the next two months that typically pass by as quickly as any time period in prep school."

The basketball team would like to extend a special thank you to Wes Perkins, the team bus driver, for making the trips this winter safe and enjoyable.

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