The mythological Winged Beavers from Avon headed north to try and dam up the Bears on the Duryee Court this afternoon. The Bears were hungry for a win against this Class A rival and were ready to go after a few good practices. Tip off was at 4 sharp, and by 4:10, it appeared that the Winged Beavers had put some type of spell on the Bears, sending them back into hibernation as nothing was falling and energy was low. In fact, with five plus minutes left in the half, the Bears had only scored 5 points and were trailing by near double digits. Finally, they awoke from their mid-winter slumber to take the lead at half time, 21-20, as they finished the half strong. What could possibly be discussed during intermission? Main message: not to quit before the miracle, and be patient.
The second half saw the Bears shrug off their lethargy and begin to play in a manner more indicative of their potential, but Avon forgot to do their part and stayed right with us. Berkshire would go up by 2 points, then 4 points, but the Beavers would have none of that as they kept climbing back into the game, tying it several times and taking back the lead several times. Finally, with about three minutes left, the Bears took a six-point lead, 44 to 38, one they did not relinquish, in spite of some good shooting by Avon. They got that lead down to three, but some clutch foul shooting by Chris Gaynor and Kyle Kobis sealed a 51 to 46 point lead. In short, the Bears basically out-lasted Avon to get the win as they refused to lose on their home court, which was fun to watch but a nightmare to play and coach.
Line scores for the day saw Kyle Kobis lead the scoring with 21 points which included 3 three-pointers; Chris Gaynor followed with 12 clutch points, including a 5 for 7 effort from the charity stripe; Chris Cooke had 7, Eric Samuel 6, Mike Allen 3 and Pat Kelly 2. Everyone played and contributed some very solid minutes.
Next up is a Saturday night game against the Gunnery. Come out and support.