The Crimson Knights from Salisbury, the defending New England Class A Champions and a team that had already handing the Avon Winged Beavers a severe shellacking last week, came calling this afternoon on the Duryee Court How would the Bears handle this talented team was the question. What was not in question was the energy of the team following two great days of practice, just if they would handle the up-tempo and athletic play of the Knights. Well, they responded with a very high energy game, even in defeat. The team did not give up, nor did they give in, even when they were down by more than twenty at a few points. The end of the first half saw a Salisbury five that was on fire, having 5 three-pointers by mid stanza, along with some high percentage shooting that gave them a 37-21 point lead at the half. Most impressive in the second half was the Berkshire fives’ effort; they played hard right until the final horn by putting up 31 points in the second half. It was a great effort against a very good team that will surely pay great dividends as the season progresses. Even the Salisbury coach commented on how hard our team played, which is always great to hear, even in defeat.
Line scores saw Chris Gaynor lead our scores with 15, including three three-pointers; Eric Samuel had a 13-point effort and played some stellar defense, in spite of playing with four fouls for the last eight minutes; Kyle Kobis chipped in 8; Mike Allen also had 8 and played hard on both ends of the floor; Chris Cooke played some huge minutes, adding 5 points and several great assists; Sam Friedman contributed some high energy play, along with Pat Kelly, Zeiko Lewis, Marquis Carr, Jack Benham and Cody Turner. Next stop is Saturday against the Highlanders of Gunnery.