The Highlanders from Gunnery came for a Saturday night visit on the Duryee court with hopes of avenging an early season overtime loss to the Bears. Both teams had high hopes for the 7 PM game as an earlier match-up between the two rivals included both the best and worst play of the season for the Bears, depending on which half you watched. The Bears hoped to play a full thirty-two minute game, not a sixteen-minute effort like the first event.
Well, a nice crowd came to support and was treated to a very entertaining game as both teams came to play. There as a lot of back and forth in the first half before the Bears finally sneaked ahead to a 24-17 half time lead. It was a great defensive effort by the Berkshire quintet. The only problem on the horizon was the poor shooting effort on the offensive end.
The second half saw more of the same as Berkshire kept the lead, pulling ahead by 8, only to relinquish the lead when the Highlanders refused to give up or give in. With only two minutes left, the Bears once again relinquished another lead, 9 points, to let the Highlanders creep within four. Finally, in spite of 38% shooting from the floor, the Bears went 12 for 13 from the charity stripe to seal the win. Sounds like a lot of shooting is on tap for practice this week, don't you think?
Line scores saw Kyle Kobis continue to lead on the offensive end with 24 points and 4 assists; he had 2 three pointers and was six for six from the foul line. Chris Gaynor chipped in 10, with two three-pointers and 2 timely foul shots near the end of the game. Chris Cooke and Eric Samuel each had 6. Cody Turner had a great defensive game and four points, and Jack Benham rounded off the scorers with 2. Some very valuable defensive minutes were given by Zeiko Lewis, Sam Friedman, and Mike Allen. Our next game is against a tough Taft five in the confines of the Duryee Court.