MANCHESTER >> The Mount Anthony Union High School boys basketball continued its storied season on Friday night, defeating rival Burr and Burton Academy to complete the series sweep between the two programs.
In the second matchup between the two teams, MAU fought off a hungry Bulldogs squad looking for an upset win, with a resilient 69-55 victory.
From start to finish, the Patriots got the best shot from their rival Bulldogs.
To start off the game, BBA came out throwing the first punch with a three pointer by Griff Stalcup and took an early 5-2 lead.
MAU seeing that BBA was going to make this game a old-fashioned battle, came back with a punch of their own led by senior Damon Burgess, who knocked down a three from way downtown to tie the game up at 5-5.
The three-pointer just the beginning of Burgess's great first quarter. The senior scored seven points in the quarter and help MAU get out to a 19-11 lead going into the second quarter.
In the second quarter, MAU seized full control of the contest, thanks to the terrific play of senior Jonas Parker.
Parker was unstoppable in the second quarter, scoring 10 of his 16 first half points in the frame, including throwing down two monster slam dunks on fast breaks to get the Patriots out to a 35-20 lead.
"I thought in the second quarter we really took control of the game," said MAU coach Dan Sleeman. "We changed a couple of things on offense and I think that really opened the floor us to get good shots and fast break opportunities."
Parker was just a force offensively, but defensively as well. The senior had three blocked shots in the second quarter. He had a game-high five blocks in the contest as well.
MAU looked like they were going to go into the half with a 20-point lead until Carter Vickers go things going for BBA.
The Bulldogs captain went off for six points in the final three minutes of the first half to help cut the MAU lead to 36-24 at halftime.
In the first minute of the third quarter, BBA continued to work on lowering the MAU lead, cutting it to 10 with about five minutes to go in the quarter.
That's where Mr. Parker once again took over.
The senior bullied his way through defenders to get putbacks on offensive boards and slamming down a fast break dunk, getting MAU a 45-30 lead by the two minutes of the third quarter.
Leading BBA 53-37 going into the fourth quarter, MAU got off to a hot start to begin the final frame thanks to senior Hunter Davis, who nailed a three-pointer from the left corner and a layup of his own steal to go on a 5-0 run to extend the Patriots lead to 58-37.
BBA though wouldn't quick down 21, and again led by Vickers were able to cut the MAU lead 61-44 by mid way through the fourth quarter.
After s defensive rebound on the next possession, Vickers ran down the court and knocked down a three from the top of the key and it look like BBA could have a late comeback brewing, but MAU had an answer.
That answer this time was Davis, who after Vickers three-pointer came down the court and hit his third three-pointer of the night that took the wind out of the BBA bench and sealed the win for the Patriots.
Davis had 11 points in the contest, all coming in the second half.
Parker had a game-high 29 points, while Vickers scored a team-high 26 points for BBA before fouling out with two minutes to go. Vickers scored 15 points in the second half for the Bulldogs, who are now on a season-high three game losing streak.
"I thought our kids played hard tonight and gave MAU everything they could handle," said BBA coach Dave Shehadi. "To beat MAU though you have to play a perfect game and we didn't do that tonight."
With the win MAU improves to 14-3 on the season, while with the loss BBA falls to 10-8 on the year.