The Rhinos arrived at the appointed time on the Duryee Court for the rematch from last week’s tough tilt in Watertown. The weather outside was frigid while inside it was toasty and nice, perfect for a hoop game. The Bears came out firing on all cylinders again leading right from the opening tip, at one point up by seven. The Rhino’s finished the half with a run of their own coming within two 34-32 at the end of the stanza.
Second half was more of the same as the Bears kept clawing up by three, then four, then the Rhinos tied it up and took a lead late in the half but the Bears were on a mission and kept rebounding to take the lead. And, you guessed it, it happened. This time the fatal wound was self-inflicted as an untimely loss of composure resulted in a technical foul and a six point possession by Taft giving them a lead which was not relinquished. The Bears got it down to two after a great three pointer by Chris Cooke and were the last team to possess the ball failing to score as the buzzer sounded; Taft 66 Berkshire 64. Thus ending a hard fought, spirited game by both squads. The short version is this one the Bears lost as it was ours to win if we finished in the appropriate fashion. No rest for the weary as Saturday the Bears face the seconded ranked Suffield Tigers on the middle court at the Basketball Hall of Fame. A fun venue for sure.
The game saw the best distribution of scoring as six players got in the book with points. Troy Pierre-Louis lead the team again with 21 points as well as taking four offensive fouls; next Lavante Wiggins and Cyrus Rothwell-Ferraris each had 12; Chris Cooke chipped in 11 with two three pointers; Will Fortenbaugh had 5 and Ben Brigham rounded off the scoring with 3. The whole team played with great energy which will help in the upcoming games.