The Suffield Tigers came a-callin' on the Duryee Court on Saturday, probably thinking to themselves that this one was in the bank before they even headed through Winsted. Why not just mail it in as they had administered a pretty easy spanking of the Bears at the Loomis Holiday Tournament. Well, with a 10-zip lead, building then to 17-2 lead, it sure looked like more of the same. But hold on, not so fast, as the Berkshire group, which has been getting better every day in practice in spite some tough loses, showed their meddle by going on a 20 to 5 tear of their own against the number one-ranked Tigers. We eventually tied the game, only to stumble slightly in the last 1:34 minutes, allowing Suffield to finish the half with a 29-22 lead.
The second half was more of the same; the Tigers would make a surge and the Bears would follow with a recovery. Today this team showed a lot of courage, persistence and resiliency by hanging tough the whole game, finishing the game with the same 7-point deficit, 59-52. Suffield had to earn this one and the hope is that the Bears learned some very valuable lessons in this hard-fought loss.
Kyle Kobis continues to lead the team in scoring, contributing 23 points, including 2 three-pointers. His tally was followed by Chris Gaynor, who had one of his better efforts of the season by chipping in 18 with 2 three-pointers of his own. Eric Samuel added 4 with some stellar defensive play along with some huge boards. Christopher Cooke, Pat Kelly, and Cody (Tiny) Turner each had two.
Next up, the Bears host the Canterbury Saints in Class B game this Wednesday at 4 PM.