Bears Rout Tigers Behind Hot Shooting

Xiang in action earlier this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

Yesterday afternoon, the boys’ basketball team improved to 3-1 in league play in a dominant, 90-36 win over Lawrence Woodmere. In the first match-up between the teams, the Bears and Tigers were locked at 13-13 after the first quarter and separated by just nine points at the half before the Brook used a big third quarter to put the game away. Yesterday, the Bears had no trouble grabbing control early, despite being down two starters.

The Bears got the scoring started in the opening seconds when Anthony Zajac scored a layup out of the jump ball. Randolph Logan then connected on three straight 3-pointers as the freshman consistently found himself open against the Tigers’ zone defense to stake the Brook to an 11-4 lead. Consecutive 3-pointers from Zajac and Gustav Skogsjo pushed the Bear advantage to 19-7 as they used five trifectas in the opening frame to fuel a 23-14 lead after one.

Three straight Bear layups opened the second as Osazee Alapa, Logan, and Skogsjo extended the edge to 29-14. A Woodmere free throw broke the run, but Skogsjo and Jacob Lippe sandwiched a pair of threes around a Woodmere shot clock violation to surge to a 35-15 edge. Logan hit another 3-pointer in the quarter to finish with 18 in the first half and give the Bears eight long balls at the midway point. A pair of Alapa free throws capped the first half scoring as the Brook took a 48-17 lead at the break.

The Bears opened up the third frame with 12 straight points, fueled by their defense, as the contest turned into a rout. The Bears carried a 74-26 lead into the fourth before cruising to the win. Logan led the Bears with a career-high 26 points while pacing a balanced scoring attack: Alapa (16), Skogsjo (14), Zajac (9), Oskar Humpert (9), CJ Edwards (4), Kenny Grigoletto (4), Lippe (3), Sam Ribeiro DiCanio (3), and Michael Xiang (2).

The Bears are back in action on Thursday in a league match-up vs. Portledge at Island Garden.



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