Bulldogs outmuscled by Brattleboro
MANCHESTER >> The past week and a half have been terrific for the Burr and Burton Academy boys basketball team. The Bulldogs have been firing on all cylinders, scoring points in bunches with their explosive offense and keeping their opponents to less than 45 points with their full-court pressure defense.
That span of great play for BBA slowed on Friday night, when the Bulldogs ran into Brattleboro.
BBA lost to the Colonels, 55-43, ending its three-game winning streak.
Early on, it looked like the Bulldogs would going to continue their streak when they got out to a 6-2 lead to begin the game.
Things changed when Brattleboro coach Joe Rivers called a time-out to get his team situated and from that point on the Colonels led BBA by one at the end of the first quarter.
That would be the closest BBA would get for the rest of the night, as the Colonels outscored the Bulldogs 15-5 in the second quarter to go into halftime with a 28-17 lead.
"They played harder than us and took advantage of their size on us their in the first half," said BBA coach Dave Shehadi. "When you only score 17 points in the first half, it's not most of the time going to be good enough to win games, so we need to find a way to fix that up next time around."
BBA's Griff Stalcup and Camden Bunker combined for 14 of the 17 points in the first half as only three players scored for the Bulldogs.
To start the third quarter, BBA's offense continued to struggle and the defense could not stop the force that was Brattleboro junior Eli Lombardi in the paint.
The junior was a monster inside, scoring 14 of his game-high 22 points in the second half to keep Brattleboro up by double-digits.
"Their size was a huge issue for us in the paint," Shehadi said. "They controlled the boards all night and forced us to make some bad layups."
BBA wouldn't go down without a fight.
Thanks to a couple free throws and a lay up by junior Eric Fenton, BBA was able to get their offense going and cut their deficit to six going into the fourth quarter.
Then the Brattleboro lead would be cut to four after a Carter Vickers layup and BBA looked to be back in the game, but then Dylan DeJordy, who been shooting lights out from three-point range all night, came up big for the Colonels.
The spunky junior hit a dagger from downtown to give Brattleboro a seven point lead and ultimately ended the Bulldogs hope for a comeback victory.
DeJordy had 12 points on the night, including three 3-pointers, to help Brattleboro finish the win.
"We kept fighting and some guys off the bench gave us some good minutes, but unfortunately it wasn't enough," Shehadi said. "We allowed their two best players, DeJordy and Lombardi, to continue to control the game in the second half and that was the reason we couldn't get back in the game."
In the loss, both Vickers and Stalcup had a team-high 11 points for BBA. Bunker had 10 points as BBA dropped to 9-5 on the season.
The Bulldogs will try again to get their 10th win of the season, when they travel to play Fair Haven on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
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