Sunday, February 27, 2011


Bridgton Academy completed its regular season by playing one of its best games of the year in defeating Winchendon 91-75 on Saturday afternoon. BA took advantage of a fast start and led throughout the first twenty minutes enjoying a double digit advantage at the half 44-32. Winchendon rallied several times in the second half but the Wolverines responded each time and used a 25-28 performance at the free throw line to seal the victory. Donnie Hale’s season high 35 points paced the offense, with Ryan Martin (24 points) and Nebby Exantus (17 points) adding balance to the attack.

Coach Lesure was complimentary of both teams afterwards in the locker room. “We have a ton of respect for how those guys have competed all year, and we certainly did not want to drop our last home game. Our guys played hard and executed pretty well for most of the game", said Lesure.

One Wendesday the team will travel to Endicott College for the first round of their league tournament to play at 5:00 P.M.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Wolverines Fall to Lee Academy 80-61

Bridgton Academy traveled up to in-state prep rival Lee Academy on Saturday afternoon and lost 80-61. The Wolverines started the game falling behind by ten mid-way through the half but kept within striking distance at the break trailing 39-31. BA trimmed the deficit to four immediately to begin the second half but was never able to gain the lead in the game. The Wolverines made several efforts in the second half to tighten the game but were thwarted by missed opportunities, and timely shooting by the home squad.

Coach Lesure was disappointed with the way the second half played out in the contest. “I can manage the losing, I just don’t like the way we lost, especially after working hard enough to make it a game…But give Lee and Andrew (Coach P.) a lot of the credit….They have improved themselves, and I don’t see too many teams beating them in their gym...I know we haven’t a lot”.

The Wolverines have two games remaining in the regular season with a road game at Brewster Academy on Wednesday and a final home contest with Winchendon on Saturday afternoon.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Bridgton Academy 84 - Harvard University J.V. 82

The Wolverine Basketball Team traveled to Harvard University Wednesday to play their J.V. squad. Coach Lesure went with a different approach to the game playing all 14 players and leaving it up to Tommy McDonnell (Durham, NH) and Kareem Canty (New York, NY) to lead the team.

Bridgton took a three point lead at halftime, as Donnie Hale (New Albany, IN), Ryan Rogers (Falmouth, ME), and Nebru Exantus (Apopka, FL) played extremely well. The Wolverines came out to start the second half in a full court press. BA fell behind and later came back to tie the game to go to overtime.

In OT, baskets were exchanged as the score remained tied. The Wolverine's had the ball for the last possession of overtime. Rogers took two dribbles into the lane, hopped, and threw up a floater to fall through the cylinder to win the game at the buzzer. Rogers finished the game with a season high 12 points.

After the game, Coach Lesure was happy with the way the team came together. "We had guys step up and take a more leadership role," Lesure states, "I'm happy for Rogers (Ryan). He hasn't had a lot of opportunities, but our guys know what he can do, and he knows how to win."

Monday, February 14, 2011

Bridgton Starts The Weekend Off Strong

Bridgton Academy started the weekend off at South Kent in a NEPSAC conference game. Bridgton had a slow start as they were down 5-0 and battled back to have a 3 point lead at halftime. Donnie Hale (New Albany, IN) had his best performance of the year so far shooting better than 80% from the field.

The game came down to the final minute where Bridgton had the lead and struggled from the free throw line to keep South Kent in the game. Kareem Canty (New York, NY) hit the final two free throws of the game to give the Wolverines a three point lead and the win. Hale and Canty combined for 54 points for the Wolverine's 81-78 win.

Coach Whit Lesure states, "I am proud of the way we competed. Our execution was much better. We brought good energy and communication on the road."

Bridgton then headed to Winchendon to play their final contest of the weekend. After a great win just a day before, the Wolverine's jumped out to a great start, taking a 25-8 lead over the Green Wave. Bridgton then got a little too comfortable allowing Winchendon to take a one point lead at halftime.

The team was upset that they allowed the Green Wave back into the game and came out cold to start the second half. Poor decision making and effort cost the Wolverine's at the end which lead to a Bridgton Academy loss 73-66. Hale had the team high 22 points followed by Canty's 16.

"We were beat by a more determined team. Our start was terrific but we became complacent, missed shots, and played tired. Missing shots is okay but the rest is not," commented Coach Lesure.

Up next the team will travel to Massachusetts to take on Harvard University’s J.V. squad on Wednesday the 16th at 8:15 P.M.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Bridgton Academy 81 - South Kent 78

The basketball team started off their weekend road trip with a nice 81-78 win over South Kent. Check back later for the full story.

Friday, February 11, 2011


Bridgton traveled to MCI on Wednesday night and got beaten 92-61. A slow start to the first half and poor finish to the half contributed to the whole on the road. It was a thirteen point game with a few minutes left in the first half but an MCI run extended their lead to more than twenty at the break. Bridgton was unable to mount a significant comeback in the second half. Coach Lesure saw his team face another NEPSAC rival playing very good basketball. “They are a good club. The pieces fit together well. And everyone knows that the coaches do an excellent job with them every year”.

Up next the basketball team will travel to South Kent on Saturday to play at 4:00 PM and continue their travels to the Winchendon School to play at 2:00 PM on Sunday.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

New Hampton Tops Bridgton Academy 86-70

New Hampton outlasted Bridgton 86-70 at New Hampton on Wednesday night. New Hampton jumped on top early building a 17-2 lead before the visiting Wolverines responded to narrow the gap 36-28 at halftime. The home team extended their lead again in the second half, with BA closing to ten but never closer during the game’s final minutes. Kareem Canty (New York, NY) led the Bridgton attack with 20 points. BA Coach Lesure credited New Hampton’s team play with the victory. “They have improved significantly during the last month, while our team is struggling right now to regain our swagger. Losing in any competitive conference compounds things a bit, and our league is no different. We’ve been a bit snake-bitten with injuries and illness, but those are usually the kinds of feelings that go a long with losing. Somehow we need to create a break for ourselves that sparks some positive momentum,” said Lesure.

Up next the team will travel to MCI to play on Wednesday at 6:00 PM.

Monday, February 7, 2011

New Hampton makeup game today

Bridgton Academy will take to the road today to square off with New Hampton in a game rescheduled from last Wednesday. Game time is 6:00 PM.

BA Drops 79-49 Contest in URI Showcase

Bad weather and difficult playing conditions were evident this weekend at the NPSI Event in Rhode Island. On Friday a talented Princeton Day Prep team coached by ex-Patterson and prep legend Chris Cheney took a part the Wolverines who seemed to take the game a bit lightly. The Wolverines led early in the contest but relinquished the lead and never made a serious game of it. All BA players saw the floor for equal minutes in the contest.

Coach Lesure discussed the unique rotations afterwords saying, “we have many players making college decisions and this was an opportunity to let them showcase their skills in front of the college coaches and talent evaluators on hand as the spring approaches”.