Bourne Boys' Basketball Upended By Greater New Bedford Voc Tech
By: Dan Crowley, February 6, 2014
It was a tough loss for the Canalmen Tuesday night as they fell to Greater New Bedford Voc Tech 68-53.
“We were down 23-9 at the end of the first quarter,” coach Scott Ashworth said, “and then Marquesse [Rhodes] hit a 3-ball at the buzzer, but we were down 33-24 at the half.”
Bourne made a run in the third quarter led by Parker Freedman, who scored six points to cut the GNBVT lead to three points.
“We cut the lead, but then they went on a 7-0 run,” Ashworth said. “We were down 52-42 by the end of the third.”
Bourne had no answers in the final eight-minute stretch as they couldn’t catch the Bears.
Jacob Ashworth led BHS with 15 points. Freedman had 10 points and Connor Schaefer, who played well underneath for the Canalmen, finished the night with eight points.
After trading baskets with visiting Apponequet throughout the first half Friday night, the Canalmen turned up the defense in the third quarter forcing nine turnovers, while outscoring the Lakers 22-10 on the way to a 69-63 victory.
The Lakers scored the opening basket of the game, but then didn’t see the lead again until early in the third quarter, before the Canalmen hit the gas. Shamere Smith set up his brother Sharief underneath to open the Bourne scoring and Chris Davis followed up with a jumper to put the Canalmen on top. A steal by Jacob Ashworth set up Shamere Smith under the hoop and then Sharief banked one in off the glass for an 8-2 early lead.
Davis hit a jumper and then backed it up with a 3-pointer late in the first quarter, Shamere Smith stole the ball and raced the length of the court for a lay-up and Freedman and Rhodes hit down the stretch for a 21-13 BHS lead at the end of the first.
Five turnovers in the first two minutes of the second quarter by the two teams combined got the scoring off to a slow start. The Lakers tied the game at 23-23 midway into the second and then kept it close until Schaefer hauled in a rebound and hit Shamere Smith on a break for a lay-up. On Apponequet’s next possession, Shamere Smith stole the ball and launched a deep pass to Ashworth for a BHS basket at the buzzer for a 33-30 halftime lead.
The Lakers took their second lead of the night two minutes into the third quarter on a jumper by Joshua Fickert. Ashworth let them have the lead for 48 seconds before burying a 3-pointer from the top of the key to tie the game at 38-38.
With 3:45 to play the Canalmen defense tightened the press, while offensively Bourne went on a 17-2 run. Defensively Bourne got very aggressive, forcing the Lakers into bad shots and holding them to a single shot per trip down the floor. Bourne’s quickness forced Apponequet to lose the ball, and on every occasion, the Canalmen reaped the rewards.
Davis set up Sharief Smith with the opening salvo of Bourne’s 17-point run. Davis then stole the ball and dished it to Shamere Smith down low for two more points. Ashworth came up with another steal and banked it in off the glass and then flew to the net with a pretty one-handed, underhand lay-up.
Before the Lakers could put the brakes on Bourne, Rhodes came off the bench and hit a jumper. Schaefer then won back-to-back battles off the boards and put the ball back up for four more points. The Lakers broke their 2:36 scoring drought with a lay-up by Jacob Kakar, but with three seconds left in the quarter Ashworth set up at the arc and drained another 3-pointer giving Bourne a 55-40 lead.
Apponequet came back in the final quarter with tougher defense, forcing the Canalmen to turn the ball over six times, but the BHS lead proved too much for the Lakers. Bourne’s lead grew to 19 points midway through the final quarter when Ashworth again took the ball away and raced the length of the court for a lay-up and a 65-46 lead.
Ashworth led the all scorers with 19 points, including two 3-pointers. Shamere Smith came up big for Bourne with 18 points, nine rebounds. Davis had 11 points and Rhodes finished with nine. Schaefer, who ended the night with four points, pulled in seven rebounds.