Fourth-quarter run drive BBA over Otters

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MANCHESTER — Down seven points heading to the final quarter against Otter Valley, the Burr and Burton boys basketball team needed someone to step up and take control.

For three quarters, BBA had never found a rhythm. Whether it was missed shots, stalling from the Otters or a multitude of foul calls, the Bulldogs couldn't string consistent possessions together.

After struggling for three quarters, sophomore Nasier Camp took matters into his own hands, especially on the defensive end.

One block and the crowd at E.H Henry Gym roared.

Another block and the student section got even louder.

A crucial rebound and the gym came unglued.

Camp's effort fueled his teammates forward and a clutch Tommy Baker three-pointer was the dagger that gave the Bulldogs a lead they wouldn't give up in a 44-38 win at home.

"It all started on the defensive end for [Nasier]," said BBA coach Eric Green of Camp's play. "If he can play like that and be as disruptive as he was in the fourth quarter and get out and run and hit the glass like that, a lot of teams are going to have trouble with that. He's very athletic and he's very gifted."

Camp scored seven points in the game, all in the fourth quarter. He added seven rebounds as well, most of which coming in the final frame.

Camp wasn't the only person putting in a strong effort to pull BBA ahead. It took five guys to claw back and each guy played a crucial role.

Whether it was Baker hitting a pair of 3's, River DeFelice hitting the boards hard and putting in a crucial putback or Patrick Forstmann draining some crucial free throws, each guy played their part.

"We have a bunch of fighters. That's what we talked about for 10 minutes in the locker room [after the game]," Green said. "We were down seven or eight with two minutes to go and we never looked like we were going to lose. We refused to lose tonight."

The Bulldogs outscored Otter Valley 23-10 in the final frame.

The Otters had a great chance to leave BBA in the dust early in the second half, but couldn't do it. With the referees calling a ton of fouls throughout the game, it didn't take long for Otter Valley to get into the bonus.

When the Otters went to the line, they failed to take advantage. In the second half, Otter Valley shot 8-for-23 from the foul line. That followed a first half, when they missed just one from the charity stripe.

Baker led the way for Bulldogs with 11 points, while draining three 3's.

Will Frank had a really strong effort, especially on the boards, pulling down 15 rebounds. He scored eight points on the day, with most of those points coming off putbacks from his rebounds.

Delshon Norwood led all scorers with 13 points for the Otters, including a pair from behind the arc.

The win pushes BBA's record to 6-2 and extends its win streak to four games.

The Bulldogs will take on Mill River on the road Wednesday. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.

Adam Aucoin can be reached at aaucoin@benningtonbanner.com and followed at @AAucoin_Banner on Twitter.


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