Friday, November 5, 2010

Wolverines Open Competitive Season With Scrimmage Win

Bridgton Academy opened its winter basketball season with a successful 89-85 victory over the Class Acts, a Portland ME based Mens’ Club team. BA started the contest with good energy and solid team play on both ends of the court and quickly built a lead in the first half. The Wolverines pushed their advantage to 18 points at one point, before settling for a 49-40 halftime lead.

The Class Acts battled back immediately to begin the second half and with just over ten minutes to go took their first lead of the game at 64-63. The two teams played evenly down the stretch with BA breaking a 75-75 deadlock with three minutes remaining. The home team held off several late game attempts by the visitors with key stops and intelligent offensive possessions.

The backcourt play was led by guards Kareem Canty (New York, NY), Cory Spence (Baltimore, MD), Tommy McDonnell (Durham, NH), and Nebby Exantus (Apopka, FL) while the front court was anchored by Donnie Hale (New Albany,IN), Ryan Martin (London, UK), Alex Dobrovic (Podgorica, Montenegro), and Daniel Franca (Sao Paulo, Brazil). Brendan Allen (Windsor, CT), Josh Altman (Rockport, MA), Corey Shaw (Gainsville, FL), and Marko Varaklic (Milton, CA) made contributions as well. Soccer-basketball standout Ryan Rogers (Falmouth, ME) was in uniform but did not see time in the contest.

BA Coach Whit Lesure was pleased with the overall effort. “It’s a start…I thought our conditioning was good…We have discussed the importance of roles; that it’s a long season, and we need every guy to be improving…The fact is that all these guys were the best players on their high school teams and now face a very different landscape”, Lesure added.

With a change in scheduling the home game this weekend against Edison Job Corps has been cancelled. The Next contest the Wolverines will face is on November 11th at 6:00 P.M. as they take on Robinson Academy at home.

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