Over the river and through the woods, the Bears took a Saturday night trip to play Kent at the Gowan Gym on the banks of the Housatonic River. Two teams trying right their ships - which one would get the oars in the water first? The Lions came out roaring, and words like mauled, over-powered, and manhandled do not accurately describe the first half. Kent’s defense did everything right, which meant the Bears were reduced to mere cubs by the tenacious Kent Lions. By the end of the first stanza, Kent had seven three-pointers, were 12 for 13 from the foul line, and shot lights-out, scoring 50 points by half time while limiting Berkshire to only 17. While it was not fun to experience from our perspective, a tip of the cap has to go to Kent’s stalwart defense as they did everything they needed to do to earn the win, bringing us to our knees in rapid fashion. The rest of the games prior to winter break offer no reprieve for the Bears, so there is lots of work still to do.
Obviously, line scores were limited, due to Kent’s play. Kyle Kobis did manage to put up 16 points, scoring 12 of them from the charity stripe as he was a marked man; Christopher Cooke and Eric Samuel added 8 apiece, TJ Stewart chipped in 3 and some high energy play, and Cody Turner added 2. Everyone played and got to experience firsthand the wrath of the roaring Lions. In the long run, meeting that kind of energy can only serve us well as we go forward, which we must.