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Bobcats best Notre Dame in tourney finals

Home team takes Brewster Invitational title

by Joshua Spaulding
Sports Editor - Granite State News, Carroll County Independent, Meredith News, Gilford Steamer, Winnisquam Echo, Plymouth Record-Enterprise and Baysider

THE BREWSTER boys’ basketball team celebrates its win in the Brewster Invitational on Saturday. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
December 10, 2012
WOLFEBORO — After losing on their home court for the first time since 2009 just a couple days earlier, the Brewster hoop boys bounced back to capture the Brewster Invitational on Saturday with a 78-66 win over Notre Dame Prep.

The win was no walk in the park for the Bobcats, as the Crusaders led early and never went away, even after the Bobcats built up an 18-point lead late in the second half.

Out of the gate, a Kyle Washington rebound and hoop got Brewster off and running and after a Crusader bucket, a Ron Patterson hoop put the Bobcats back in front. However, the Crusaders hit a three-pointer and a field goal to take a 7-4 lead and didn't fall behind until later in the first half.

A Elijah Macon bucket cut the lead to one, but Notre Dame answered. After Macon hit a free throw, the Crusaders hit a hoop to push the lead to four. Macon got back-to-back buckets to tie the game at 11, but Notre Dame hit another hoop to retake the lead.

After a Washington hoop tied the game at 13, the Crusaders got a three-point play to go back in front. Washington hit a free throw to cut the lead to 16-14, but Notre Dame scored the next six points to up the lead to 22-14.

Patterson and Jared Terrell answered with consecutive hoops to cut the lead to four and after a Notre Dame free throw, Terrell hit another hoop and Patterson followed with a hoop to cut the lead to one at 23-22.

A Terrell steal and slam put Brewster back in front and from that point on, the Bobcats didn't trail again.

Chris McCullough hit a hoop and Macon hit three hoops in a row. The Crusaders had an answer for the first three hoops, but Macon's third hoop upped the lead to 32-29. Robert Champion hit two free throws and Patterson put back a rebound to give the Bobcats a 36-29 lead at the halftime break.

Washington and McCullough opened the second half with back-to-back buckets before the Crusaders answered by hitting two hoops of their own.

McCullough, Terrell, Patterson and Macon then stretched the lead to 48-33 with consecutive hoops. After a Notre Dame bucket, Macon hit two free throws and Champion hit a hoop for a 52-35 lead. A field goal and three-pointer pulled Notre Dame to within 12 at 52-40, but Macon hit two free throws and Martez Harrison drained a hoop to push the lead back to 16.

After another Crusader hoop, Champion hit a basket and Macon hit two more free throws to push the lead to 60-42. Notre Dame hit another field goal, but Patterson put home a rebound to keep his team up by 18 points. After a Crusader bucket, Harrison hit a hoop to make it 64-46.

The visitors hit the next three hoops in a row, including a three-pointer, cutting the lead to 64-53 before McCullough hit a free throw. Another three from the Crusaders cut the lead to single digits at 65-456 before Harrison hit a hoop to push the lead back to 11.

Notre Dame got another three to close within eight at 67-59, but Washington and Patterson drained back-to-back buckets to push the lead back to 71-59. Another Patterson hoop made it 73-59 before a pair of Notre Dame baskets cut the lead to 10 again.

Patterson hit two free throws and Harrison drained three from the line down the stretch, counteracting a Notre Dame three-point play and the Bobcats walked off with the 78-66 win.

For the day, Macon finished with 21 points to lead the Bobcats, while Patterson chipped in with 18. Washington and Harrison each had nine.

The Bobcats advanced to the championship with a convincing win over Champlain College (Canada) on Friday, while Notre Dame defeated Kingdom Hall Prep in a double-overtime game on Friday. In the consolation game, Champlain defeated Kingdom Hall Prep.

The Bobcats will be at Nortfield Mount Hermon on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. and will return home to host Rise Academy on Monday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m., the final game before the holiday break.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at sportsgsn@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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