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Basketball - Boys Varsity
|Date:||February 7, 2014|
|Score:||Berkshire 41 - Hotchkiss 48|
The team headed to Lakeville for a Friday afternoon tilt with the tough Hotchkiss Bearcats, a team with only two losses. Two good days of practice with a new game plan in hand to see if we could stop a train wreck. Simple plan, if they do not have the ball they cannot score and if we can contain their star point guard Mason we can cut off the head of the Cat. Well it worked to near perfection in the first stanza as the Bears had a six point lead 29 to 23 while holding Mason scoreless for the first half. The second half saw more of the same as the team kept the tempo of the game in their favor with one major exception in this half, we forgot to attack the basket to score which allowed Hotchkiss to claw back into the game eventually taking the lead. The team was right in the game until the final two minutes of the game when the Bearcats took a six point lead that we could not surmount as time became the issue. Final score, 48 to 41. The game plan worked for almost all of the game as we had the Bearcats on their back haunches dazed and confused, while only allowing Mason to score 4 points in the second half, unfortunately they had just enough of a run to pull ahead to seal the victory in the end. It was a very good effort today against a very tough team, a team we have a rematch with in a week to see if we can contain them on the Duryee Court.
Cyrus Rothwell-Ferraris gets the game ball as his dogged defense on their point guard was the key to the teams excellent effort he also chipped in 3 points; Troy Pierre-Louis lead all scorers again with 19 which included 4 three pointers; Lavante Wiggins had 13 and Chris Cooke had 6. Team play was limited today in an all-out effort to win the game but rest assured they all lent their spirited support from the bench in a very hostile environment. Tomorrow the Saints of Canterbury come marching in and the Bears are ready to redeem themselves from last week’s loss in New Milford.