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Bears Overcome Flu to Top Mercy

January 25, 2017

Most pre-game talks are used to motivate players, discuss strategy, and highlight keys to victory, but yesterday afternoon Coach Mike Hickey spent a fair chunk of his time in the waning minutes before the game discussing the benefits of hand washing.

The flu has ripped through the team in recent days, sidelining three key members of the boys’ basketball team, including two starters. With a depleted roster, the Bears still found a way to top Mercy, 39-26, featuring less than half the combined output of last season’s game, a 78-60 victory for the Brook.

Mac Bohuny put the Brook ahead in the opening seconds, securing the tap and cruising in for a layup. From there the Bears would never trail. Back-to-back scores from Bohuny pushed the Bear lead to 8-4 in the early going before a pair of free throws by Seamus Scanlon extended it to 10-4. The Bears again held a six-point lead after John Eshirow corralled an offensive rebound and scored, but Mercy closed the quarter with a 5-0 run, leaving the Brook up 12-11 after one.

In the huddle Coach Hickey was not pleased with the defensive effort, despite the depleted ranks. It was clear that this game was going to be about guts–who wanted it more. The Bears responded by holding Mercy without a field goal until the closing seconds and just 3 points in the quarter. The Bears scored 10 points in the frame, punctuated by an Eshirow 3-pointer, to carry a 22-14 lead into the break.

The Bears’ defensive commitment continued in the 3rd quarter as they took control of the game. They held the Monarchs without a point while putting up 11 of their own, thanks to 7 points from Scanlon, to take a 33-14 lead into the final quarter.

Over the final eight minutes Coach Hickey was able to rest his regulars, who put in a yeoman’s effort, to cruise to the 36-29 victory.

Scanlon led all scorers with a career-high 15 points while Bohuny (8), Eshirow (8), Etienne (5), Austin Amadio (4), and Emil Vaughn (1) rounded out the scoring.

The Bears hit the hardwood again this afternoon in a key match-up with league rival Southold.

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