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On This Day In History | 1994

January 22, 2011

The Bears | Roban (#5), Mandungu (#54), Fischer (#34), Mattimore (#33) & Spooner (#30)

On this day 17 years ago the boys basketball team eked out a win against league rival Pierson to improve to 5-1 on their quest to repeat as League VIII Champions.  Matt Mattimore and Jonas Fischer combined for 12 points as the Bears grabbed a 17-14 edge after one.  Mattimore continued to heat up in the 2nd frame as he scored 13 of the Brook’s 17 points, but the Whalers’ offense found their rhythm and took a 2-point advantage into the break.  5 different Bears scored in the 3rd frame, but Fischer, shackled by foul trouble, did not manage a single point in the 2nd half.  The Whalers won the 3rd quarter 18-14 and led 54-48 heading into the 4th quarter.  The boys needed a comeback to stay in the hunt for the league title, but hope dimmed when Pierson scored the first 4 points of the period to take a 10-point lead with 6:41 remaining.  With their feet to the fire the blue and white went on a 12-2 run, during which Nkumu Mandungu scored 7, to knot the game at 60 with 2:42 left.  A score by the Whalers gave them the lead back, but a free throw by Mattimore and 2 more free throws by Jimmy Roban gave the Brook a 63-62 advantage with 1 minute left.  The Whalers tied the score with a free throw at the 23 second mark, leaving the Bears with a final possession to win the game.  The hero proved to be reserve player Matt Spooner, who with 9 seconds remaining sank 2 free throws to provide the winning margin in a huge 65-63 victory for the home team.

It was a remarkable 4th quarter in which the Bears outscored the Whalers 17-9.  The offensive tandem of Mattimore and Fischer yielded only 4 total points, meaning the rest of the offense found a way to scrape together 13 to steal the win.  Pierson’s 2 leading scorers on the day, Tyler Radcliffe and and John Schroeder, who scored 19 and 18 points respectively, were limited to just 4 total points in the final frame by the ferocious Bears’ defense.  The win also avenged a 57-61 defeat against the Whalers on January 5th.




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