Boys’ basketball returns to Bedford High School Friday evening for the first time in 2022. It’s actually a triple-header, with the freshman team scheduled to lead off at 4 p.m., followed by the junior varsity around 5:3o and the varsity action close to 7.
The varsity Buccaneers return from the road with a record of 7-3, the latest a 73-53 win at Weston that was closer than the final margin of victory.
Friday’s opponent will be Boston Latin, which hasn’t played competitively in more than four weeks. The surge in Covid-19 led to the suspension of interscholastic sports at all Boston public schools on Dec. 23. Practice resumed on Tuesday.
That was the day the Bucs found Weston a tougher opponent than the first time they met in December. “I knew Weston would come out strong, and they did,” said Head Coach Anthony Halls. “I kept telling my guys this team will be ready and we must withstand an early run from them.”
And that’s what happened. The Bucs emerged from the first quarter with an offensive onslaught and led 24-12. The Wildcats chipped away, and BHS took a 39-30 advantage into the break.
In the second half, Bedford outscored the host team, 34-23. “I thought our defense was outstanding in the second half,” said Halls. “We were able to make some shots, which helps ignite our defense.”
The Bucs were led by seniors Matthew Forman and Bryan Aweh-Kisob with 18 and 12 points respectively. Sophomore Justice Buchannan chipped in with 12 points and 7 rebounds. The team totaled 15 steals.
The BHS girls travel to Boston Latin School for a 7 p.m. march Friday.
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