Strong second half leads Bobcat boys to win


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

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ELIJAH MACON slams home two points during Brewster’s win at Holderness on Nov. 28. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
December 03, 2012
HOLDERNESS — Using strong long-range shooting, the Holderness boys' basketball team hung tough with the defending national champion Brewster Bobcats on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

However, the Bobcats turned up the defensive pressure in the second half and turned a six-point halftime lead into a 74-43 victory.

Out of the gate, Holderness held strong, shooting well from the outside and keeping the Bobcats from building a lead.

The Bulls opened the scoring with a three-pointer, but Brewster's Jared Terrell hit two free throws and Kyle Washington hit a pair of hoops, the second on a nice feed from Terrell to up the lead to 6-3 for the Bobcats.

After another three-pointer and a field goal from the hosts to retake the lead at 8-6, Washington continued his strong play with another hoop to tie the game at eight.

Robert Champion buried a three-pointer to put the Bobcats up 11-8, but the lead didn't last long, as the Bulls drilled two long bombs to take the lead at 14-11.

Patrick Wallace and Elijah Macon hit back-to-back buckets to give Brewster a 15-14 lead and Macon followed that up with another hoop on a nice feed from Terrell for a 17-14 lead.

Holderness bounced right back, hitting another three-pointer to tie the score and then draining two free throws for a 19-17 lead. A rebound and hoop from Ron Patterson tied the score at 19 and a jumper from Terrell gave Brewster a 21-19 lead and the Bobcats never looked back.

The Bulls did hit a free throw to cut the lead to one, but The Bobcats scored eight of the final 11 points of the half, with Martez Harrison getting a hoop and Washington hitting three hoops to finish the half with a 29-23 lead for the Bobcats.

Holderness scored the first point of the second half to cut the lead to four, but a hoop from Terrell, a three-pointer from Kevin Zabo and a free throw from Chris McCullough after a big block from Washington opened up a 10-point lead at 35-25. The Bulls drained another three-pointer, but two free throws from Zabo kept the Bobcats up by nine. Holderness cut the lead to seven, but Washington pushed the lead back to nine off a great feed from Zabo. A free throw from Washington and a bucket from Terrell gave Brewster a 42-30 lead.

After Holderness was able to cut the lead back to 10, a rebound and hoop from McCullough pushed the lead back to 12. The Bulls hit two more hoops to cut the lead to eight, but then the Bobcats really turned up the defensive pressure.

Brewster went on an 18-0 run, sparked by stellar pressure defense, which kept the Bulls from getting down the court on numerous occasions.

Wallace got the run started on a great feed from Harrison and Patterson and Washington followed with buckets. McCullough hit back-to-back hoops, the second off a nice steal from Terrell and a Terrell hoop upped the lead to 20 at 56-36.

McCullough, Terrell and Patterson rounded out the run, stretching the lead to 62-36 before Holderness finally got on the board again. After the Bull hoop, Patterson converted a three-point play and Holderness came right back with a hoop and a free throw.

Macon hit back-to-back hoops, Champion drained a hoop and John Edwards sunk a three-pointer to up the lead to 74-41 before the Bulls hit the final hoop of the game.

For the day, Washington led the way with 17 points, while Terrell had 12 points. Both McCullough and Patterson chipped in with nine points and Macon added eight points.

The Bobcats will be in action this weekend when they host their annual Brewster Invitational. The Bobcats open Friday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. against Champlain College (Canada), followed by Notre Dame Prep vs. Kingdom Hall Prep at 6:30 p.m. The tournament continues on Saturday, Dec. 8, with the consolation game at 2 p.m. and the championship game at 3:30 p.m.

The Bobcats also host Leadership Prep on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m.

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

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