Basketball - Boys Varsity
vs. Williston Northampton
|Date:||February 14, 2014|
|Score:||Berkshire 71 - Williston 68|
A long Friday afternoon ride down I 90 to face another acid test against the Williston squad with hopes of avenging a 16 point loss from early December. How would it all pan out was the question? Well, the term never got off the bus applied early in the game as Williston jumped to a 12 to 2 early lead. With current lessons firmly in hand the Bears did not panic and slowly climbed into the game getting it to 20 to 16 with 2 plus minutes left in the first stanza and a time out with the ball. Finish the half is the order, run the next play and don’t let them go on a run. Well, run the play we did, miss the shot we did, and allow a run by Williston we also did leaving at half time down 10, 32 to 22. Lots of soul searching in the locker room, time to see what we had in the tank and then, the emotional, inspirational speech behind closed doors by Will Fortenbaugh prior to the return to the court. And then it happened, all five guys clicked and started to play as one. Slowly but surely closing the lead, down to eight, down to five then a flurry of three’s by Chris Cooke, a bunch of lay ups by Lavante and Troy and we were tied. The last two minutes saw some clutch shooting on the line by Troy Pierre-Louis and Lavante Wiggins, and the comeback was complete as the team won a very hard fought contest by three 71 to 68. The group scored 49 points in the second half to earn this gritty win. Well done Bears.
In the first contest the team was lit up by two players but not today as Jay Ma and TJ Stewart handled their assignment by playing some stellar defense. Troy Pierre-Louis lead all scorers with 26; Chris Cooke’s three straight three pointers turned the tied and helped him get 16; Lavante Wiggins was a monster on the boards while chipping in 16, one foul shot which put us ahead 69 to 68; Jay Ma had 9; TJ had 2 and Will Fortenbaugh our new motivational speaker had 2. This win was a real testimonial to this group’s grit and resilience as they have yet to quit. A quick rest as the Winged Beavers come to town tomorrow night at 7 for another rematch. One more acid test to pass.