The Berkshire Bears hosted Taft on a cold, wet, wintery Wednesday. Coming off a big win over Millbrook, the Bears were looking to start a winning streak, ultimately, the day belonged to Taft as Berkshire ran out of steam.
The game began (as expected) with Taft applying unrelenting full-court pressure. The Bears had practiced against this press the day before, and while Taft created a couple turnovers early, Berkshire did a nice job of breaking the press on a consistent basis. Matt Licata, Will Fortenbaugh, and Creedy Acosta did a nice job of staying calm under pressure and methodically moving the ball up the court. The Bears took the lead for the first time right before the half, but let in two quick baskets to enter halftime down 28 - 24. Nim Farhood stood out in the first half as he created many fast break opportunities and finished well at the rim.
Berkshire went into the half energized and with momentum on their side. Unfortunately, as the second half progressed, we simply ran out of energy. Easy shots began to rim out, and we stopped talking on defense. At the end of the game, the scoreboard read 48 - 36 in favor of Taft.
The first half was the best basketball the team has played all year, and we look forward to playing Taft again next Wednesday.