2021 Home and Home Series: Boys Basketball ~ Game 1 at Weston, Game 2 at Bedford on Friday

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One of the few advantages of the virus-shortened high school basketball season is teams don’t have to wait long for a rematch. The Dual County League schedule is a weekly series of home-and-home matches.

And that’s motivating Coach Ryan Kilian’s Buccaneers, who host the Weston Wildcats Friday and hope to avenge a 71-70 loss earlier this week. That was the boys’ first loss of the season.

The game will be live streamed on Bedford TV’s YouTube channel beginning at 6 pm. There will be no spectators in the BHS gym.

“We are building a nice little rivalry,” Kilian observed. “It always seems to be a battle lately when Bedford and Weston lock horns — thrilling endings, overtime classics. We lost in OT last year at Weston and it was a heartbreaker.”

Tuesday at Weston was no different. Trailing for most of the game, the Buccaneers caught fire in the second half, but the Wildcats caused a couple of turnovers and converted some key shots late to survive.

For Bedford, Senior Co-Captain Matt Mulligan was on fire from outside the arc, making six 3-pointers on his way to a career and game high of 24 points. Junior Co-Captain Bryan Aweh-Kisob added 19 points and junior Co-Captain Dylan DiGangi and junior forward  Matt Forman led the team in rebounds and provided some big plays.

Co-Captain Max Alper, a junior guard, scored 12 points and added seven rebounds and five assists, continuing his all-around great start to the 2021 season. Another junior, Mikey Delia, was a big lift off the bench, providing some much-needed, tough defense.