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Balanced Attack Buries Greenport

January 26, 2016

In their first match-up with Greenport on January 14th, the boys’ basketball team eked out a 49-44 win. Tonight the Bears had no such problem as they blitzed the Porters in the opening quarter on their way to a 74-56 win.

The Bears got off to a slow start, coming up empty on their first handful of possessions before Luke O’Connor got the scoring started with a 3-pointer. Several missed layups followed as the blue and white tried to shake off a first quarter funk. After a pair of free throws from Harry Zhu, coach Mike Hickey unleashed the press and when the dust settled after four minutes of mayhem, the Bears had command of the game with a 21-point lead. The run began with a steal and score by Zhu. After a Greenport bucket, Mac Bohuny scored his first points of the game followed by a steal and score by O’Connor that put the Bears up 11-3. The Porters responded with a trifecta, but a Bohuny 3-point play, sandwiched between scores from Chester Kayonga, pushed the Bears’ edge to 20-6 in a blink. The Porters cut the deficit to 12 with a bucket, but 9 straight points from the Brook on an O’Connor 3-pointer, a Jyles Etienne layup, a Bohuny free throw, and a Zhu 3-pointer gave the blue and white a commanding 29-8 lead. Greenport beat the quarter buzzer with a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 29-11 after one.

Greenport awoke in the second frame and beat the Bears 19-18 over the 8 minutes. While the blue and white seemed to lose their edge with a comfortable lead, Bohuny was a monster on the offensive boards, battling inside the paint and prolonging possessions. After grabbing 5 offensive rebounds in the first quarter, he snagged 2 more in the second, one leading to a 3-pointer from Kayonga that gave the Bears a 36-17 advantage. After an O’Connor steal and score (his third of the game) the Brook held a 38-17 advantage and looked poised for the kill. Greenport responded with an 11-5 run to carve their deficit to 15. John Eshirow closed the half with a basket just ahead of the buzzer to put the Brook up 47-30 at the break.

Bohuny began the second half with his 8th offensive rebound and a putback to put the Bears up 49-30. The Porters counterattacked with a 9-0 run to cut the Bear lead to 10. Kayonga and Greenport traded 3-pointers to keep the margin at 10. It was as close as the Porters would get the rest of the way as Kayonga splashed a 3-pointer from the corner, Etienne hit a free throw, and O’Connor drilled a 3-pointer to mushroom the Brook lead back to 17. After two Greenport free throws, Bohuny and scored a layup and O’Connor beat the buzzer with a tough runner to leave the Bears up 63-44 with one quarter to play.

The second team played most of the fourth quarter and were edged by the Porters in the frame, 12-11. Highlights of the period included 6 points from Eshirow, a 3-pointer from James Toney, and a steal by Louis Wang. With the win the Bears improve to 11-2 overall on the season and 8-0 in League VIII.

Tonight was the first time all season the Bears had five players in double-figures. Only one other game (Dec. 5th vs. Rocky Point) did the Bears have at least four players with double-digit point totals. O’Connor led the way for the Brook with a game-high 19, followed by Kayonga (16), Zhu (12), Bohuny (11), and Eshirow (10). Bohuny also snared 12 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.

The Bears are now 30-21 vs. Greenport under coach Hickey and have won 9 straight over their east end foes.

The boys will take the floor again Friday night @ 7:30pm vs. Port Jeff. Coach Thom Brownworth will be honored at halftime for his many contributions to the basketball program over the years.

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