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Etienne’s Double-Double Helps Down Porters

January 24, 2015

 

Despite beating Greenport 68-33 on December 15th, the Bears were under no delusion that last night’s game would be easy.

The Porters are always a dangerous team on their home floor and are the type of squad that can be hard to slow down once they knock down a few shots and get rolling. The result was another battle on Front Street, where the Bears have not lost since 2011.

The boys got out to what has become a patented quick start, outscoring the Porters 22-10 in the opening quarter. As expected, the Porters did not back down in front of their boisterous home crowd, carving into the Bears’ lead to be down by just 5 going into the half. The game remained close from there, but the Blue and White was able to edge Greenport 16-15 and 19-14 over the final two quarters, again showing their ability to finish down the stretch in a 62-51 win.

Free throw shooting was one of the stories of the game. In a physical contest, the Bears connected on 26 of their 36 free throw attempts, including a clutch 15 of 18 in the fourth quarter. Robbie Colarusso again rose to the challenge in a big game, scoring a game-high 18 points to go with 6 assists. Jyles Etienne, who tormented the Porters in the last meeting with 17 points, 15 rebounds, and 8 blocks, finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds to give the Bears a dominant post presence. Luke Meyer scored 14 points, including 9 clutch free throws, and added 5 assists. Other contributors were Chester Kayonga with 6 points, Luke O’Connor with 5, and Mac Bohuny with 2.

With the win, coach Mike Hickey’s all-time record vs. Greenport improves to 28-21. The Bears have now won six straight games over the purple and gold.

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