Thursday, March 3, 2011


Bridgton Academy traveled down to Endicott College MA on Wednesday afternoon and was defeated by New Hampton 106-78 in a NEPSAC AAA Quarter-Final playoff game. Both teams started the game a bit slowly but New Hampton gained energy, built a comfortable double digit lead, and things got only worse for the Wolverines as the bottom fell out in a first half that couldn’t end soon enough facing a huge deficit 50-20.

BA mounted an intriguing comeback effort in the first ten minutes of the second half, cutting the lead to 18 with more than fourteen minutes to play in the contest. With a couple chances to pull closer, missed shots and clutch 3’s by New Hampton ended the desperate hopes and ultimately the season for Bridgton Academy. The team’s final twenty minutes was certainly a small bit of consolation but larger dose of personal pride for the young men who scrapped through a roller coaster season.

Coach Lesure was disappointed in the overall performance but offered praise for his team. “It doesn’t always go the way you hope, and while I wouldn’t anticipate the start to this game, it happens, and our guys re-grouped at halftime and showed commendable intelligence and courage in the second half. We approached it like a special situation, a crisis, and we tried to manage it the best we could”.

In the NEPSAC AAA Semi-finals on Friday night, New Hampton will face St. Thomas More, while MCI will take on Brewster.

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