The Magical Mystery Tour took its show on the road again this Monday afternoon when the Bears traveled down to Lakeville for their rematch against Hotchkiss, the memory of last Monday’s debacle fresh on everyone’s mind. Which team would get off the bus was the question. Well, it did not take long to recognize that the right team suited up for the game as they played hard, with passion, and some resolve, trying to show Bucky the Bearcat their stuff. It was a very well-played first half as both teams played some good defense while taking away each other’s running game. A time out was called with 1:24 left on the clock and a one-point Berkshire lead, 24 to 23. Simple talk in the huddle, can we finish this half, which has been a huge nemesis all season? Well, you guessed it: the hoop gods found Hotchkiss’ gym just in time to put the hex on us again, sending us to the locker room at half time trailing 28-24. This was a lead that we never were able to overcome in the second stanza in spite of some very spirited play. Once again the same old refrain was rehashed: they work hard, they never give up, but dang, they never seem to be able to pull one of these close games off - and time is running out on the season. We had it down to six with three minutes left, but the tank was empty and Bucky the Bearcat finished with a similar flurry in the second half, closing the game off with a 77 to 63 win. There are only two more games left on the schedule, but rest assured, this group will not give up, nor quit working hard, a true testimony to their grit. So come and support the team on the Duryee Court as the last two games are at home and some much needed home court warmth is requested.
Kyle Kobis had 22 points and played some great defense all game. Chris Gaynor had six three-pointers for a total of 18 points, quite a feat for sure. Christopher Cooke had two three-pointers and a total of 12 points, and Eric Samuel contributed a seven-point effort. Cody Turner and Mike Allen rounded off the scoring with two points each.