Bulldogs remain unbeaten
MANCHESTER -- With about a minute and half remaining in the game and Burr and Burton Academy in possession of the ball, segments of the crowd began to chant "Na Na Na Na, Na Na Na Na, Hey, Hey, Hey, Goodbye."
BBA held the ball and ran out the clock to defeat Brattleboro (8-6) 69-54 and remain undefeated (15-0).
The win came before a near capacity crowd at E.H. Henry Gym and also took place on the night the program was celebrating their 100 year anniversary.
The Bulldogs' Joey Shehadi led all scorers -- dropping 31 on the Colonels in the victory. Led by Shehadi -- who had 15 points at the break -- the Bulldogs had a narrow 34-29 lead going into halftime.
"I felt we got a little bit sloppy in the first half and we could have gotten more of a lead," said BBA coach Dave Shehadi. "But we came out in the second half and played very well I'm very proud of the kids."
Brattleboro seniors Chris McAuliffe, Issac Roach (13 points) and Bobby Righi (11 points) helped keep the Colonels in it.
McAuliffe led the way for the Colonels with 19 points.
"I thought he played really well. I thought he was getting fouled consistently when he went to the basket and the calls didn't happen," said Brattleboro coach Joe Rivers. "I thought he did well under those circumstances."
Joey Shehadi -- who scored 12 of his 16 second half points in the third quarter -- opened the period with a 3-pointer to put BBA up 37-31.
About midway through the quarter Roach hit one of two from the line to make it 39-38 BBA.
But that's when Joey Shehadi and Conor Harrington (13 points) went to work. Shehadi hit a pair of 3-pointers and Harrington scored 6 points before the quarter came to a close to give BBA a 56-40 lead going into the final stanza.
Tyeshawn Gadson opened up the scoring in the fourth. After coming away with the ball on the opposite end, Gadson went coast to coast for a layup. A minute in a half later Gadson -- who had 12 points on the night -- crossed up his defender who fell to the floor. Gadson stepped back and calmly knocked down the 3-pointer to put BBA on top 63-48.
"Tyeshawn, he got into some foul trouble but he made some big plays for us," said Dave Shehadi. "So a great team effort again. Again, these guys like each other and they play well together. We didn't think we'd be where we are, so we're happy."
Burr and Burton Academy will be back in action again on Monday when they travel to Bennington to take on Mount Anthony. The game begins at 7:30 p.m.
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