Sunday Afternoon Basketball at TD Garden – BHS and CCHS Take their Game to Town

At the TD Garden – Image (c) Dan Brosgol, 2017 all rights reserved – Click to view larger image

By Dan Brosgol and Jeff Hoyland

Shootin’ hoops on the Celtics’ parquet – Image (c) Jeff Hoyland, 2017 all rights reserved – Click to view larger image

On Sunday afternoon at the TD Garden in Boston, the 5-1 Bedford Buccaneers boys’ basketball team took the fabled parquet floor against archrivals Concord-Carlisle as a part of the Good Sports Invitational. The high school basketball action began at 8 am with Austin Prep playing Lowell Catholic and continued all day until the Bucs and Patriots took the court shortly after 5 to renew their traditional rivalry in the 7th game of the day.

 

 

The old foes played an exciting, up-tempo game from the opening tip. The Patriots raced out to an early 9-2 lead, but the Bucs cut the gap to 16-11 after the 1st quarter. The first half ended with C-C up by the slimmest of margins, 27-26, behind 10 points from senior center David Poor, whose play in the paint was the story of the game; Poor dominated the area near the basket and put on a clinic with his footwork and soft shooting touch. For Bedford, freshman Malachi Hazelton paced the Buccaneer attack with 9 first-half points of his own, scoring on three-pointers, mid-range jump shots, and aggressive drives to the basket.

Below, three images by Dan Brosgol – Click to enlarge each one

Below, three images by Jeff Hoyland – Click to enlarge each one

And, to get the full sense of the afternoon, check Jeff Hoyland’s images posted to his Bedford Snapshots page on Facebook

 

Following the halftime break, which featured both C-C and Bedford youth basketball players doing layup drills and 3-point drills on the Celtics’ home floor, the two teams kept up the frenetic tempo in the third frame. Bedford senior guard Tim Cowen’s buzzer-beating three-pointer to close out the 3rd quarter made the score 42-39 and set the table for a thrilling final eight minutes.

The 4th quarter saw C-C pull ahead again, and Bedford claw back to narrow the gap to 3 points down the stretch, but in the end the Bucs had no answer for either Poor, who finished with a game-high 26 points, or his teammate Spencer Patenaude, who added 22 points of his own, including making 5 five 3-pointers. Despite 19 points from Hazelton, 12 from Cameron Shelmire, and 10 points from Cowen, the Bucs came out on the short end of a 64-56 score-line.But for the over 300 Bedford fans who packed the north side of the stands at the Garden, the Bucs played a game many of them will fondly remember.

With the loss, the Bucs dropped to 5-2, but are well-positioned for a playoff run in late winter. Their next game is Friday night at home against Boston Latin.

Editor’s Note: The Bedford Citizen thanks Jeff Hoyland and Dan Brosgol for their outstanding coverage, and hopes that they will join forces for future collaborations.


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