It took five extra minutes of overtime to do it, but Bridgton Academy earned a hard fought 93-85 victory over Robinson Academy (NJ) Thursday evening at the Wolverdome. Robinson Academy forced overtime with a late three point bucket, as a last second play out of a time-out by the Wolverines rimmed out at the end of regulation buzzer.
The first half saw Bridgton Academy extend a lead to 16 points (30-14) before the visitors dug in and forged a 38-38 deadlock at the intermission. Center Daniel Franca led the first half attack with ten points. In the second half the game went back and forth with Robinson taking a five point lead with just under five minutes remaining. BA guard Tommy McDonnell ignited the home rally with a deep three point basket and the two teams went back and forth in the final minutes.
In overtime BA seized the lead behind some stellar play from guard Kareem Canty, and the front court tandem of Donnie Hale and Ryan Martin. Five Wolverines scored in double figures for the evening to pace a balanced attack led by Ryan Martin’s game high 22. Donnie Hale added 17 and Canty 16 for the 1-0 Wolverines. BA coach Whit Lesure was pleased with the overall play of team. ..”I’m not sure it was technically pretty, but we showed some guts down the stretch and that is something positive to build on”, Lesure said.