After a nice restful long weekend and a good day of practice, the Bears headed south to face a tough Class A opponent in Trinity Pawling. This Pride team is ranked second in the A’s and is undefeated in the Tri-State league so our work was cut out for us. No worries, as the team played a very good first half on both ends of the court, defending against a very talented group while shooting the lights out from the floor. The only problem on the horizon was foul trouble; at intermission, several players had three fouls and Trinity Pawling had made 12 shots from the charity stripe. Still, at the half Berkshire maintained with a one-point lead, 36 to 35.
What would the second half bring? Better yet, what would the Pride bring to defend their home floor, and how would we respond to their inevitable push? Once again, there was that mysterious obstacle that can neither be identified nor surmounted. TP slowly started to creep away in spite of our efforts. We just could not sustain our first half efforts and watched another team pull away from our best efforts. It was frustrating to say the least, as once again we were not able to finish the deal. It was a great showing against a tough opponent, but not good enough for the win. When will the Basketball Gods see fit to grant us a win for our efforts? Maybe this Friday against Hotchkiss is what the Bears are thinking. Come up to the Duryee Court to see how it all plays out.
Eric Samuel had his best game of the year, scoring 18 points along with some stellar play on the boards on defense; Kyle Kobis, now a marked man, only had 11 today as TP was waiting for him, but that opened the door for Cody Turner and Chris Gaynor to chip in 10 apiece; Chris Cooke had 7 and Pat Kelly’s two buckets rounded off the score. Everyone played, and played hard, so there is no quit in this group and the last eight games will be fun.