Bonny Eagle 62
In a very evenly matched contest between the Bonny Eagle and Scarborough High School boys basketball teams, it was the Scots who came out on top, 62-60. Scott Proudman led the way for Bonny Eagle with 19 points. And the game was every bit as close as the final score indicates.
Bonny Eagle opened the game with a three-pointer from Ben Delcourt before Scarborough scored two straight baskets to grab a 4-3 lead. The teams traded the lead two more times on consecutive possessions before the Red Storm added to their lead once again. And so it went almost all evening with the teams staying within one or two baskets of each other.
“I think our constant level of play is getting higher,” said Bonny Eagle coach Rick Simonds. “I’m trying to get us away from playing (up and down). Not that we’re playing way up, but we’re playing a little higher each time. And that’s what you want; you want to be a little more consistent.”
The Scots got themselves a little bit of daylight and led by three after one quarter, holding a 16-13 advantage.
The second quarter played out much like the first. Scarborough never took the lead, but they did tie the game three times. The Scots opened the period with another three from Delcourt to take a six-point advantage. The Storm bounced back with six straight points from Jim Hiltner and Chris Hughes.
“We’ve been preparing a lot better,” said Proudman. “Before we were practicing a little sloppy so we weren’t playing so well. But we’re getting a lot better; we’re starting to work together more and just starting to play as a team.”
The Scots pulled out to a five-point lead later in the second when Proudman hit two free throws and Delcourt hit a jumper. Scarborough was able to keep it close with help from Jordan Hicks and Garrett Alofs. At the break, Bonny Eagle led 32-28.
In the third quarter Bonny Eagle benefited from a number of Scarborough fouls. The Red Storm got into foul trouble early in the quarter and that gave the Scots some breathing room. The Scots took their biggest lead of the game during the third quarter at nine points.
The Scots were able to hold onto their lead in the third quarter by grabbing most of the rebounds and not letting the Storm get any good looks at the basket. When the horn sounded, Bonny Eagle led, 50-44, with just one quarter left to play.
Bonny Eagle pulled out to an eight-point advantage early in the quarter and seemed poised to run away with the win. But The Red Storm weren’t ready to roll over.
“We just have trouble closing games,” said Simonds. “We keep both teams in the game the whole time. We’re going to be the cardiac kids there’s no question.”
Scarborough got three straight points to pull within four. Two free throws from Hicks got them within two points.
“I don’t know, late in the game we seem to not play as well,” said Proudman. “We make too many mistakes. We’ve got to start playing well the entire four quarters. We just try going one on one too much. We’ve got to work as a team. Too many kids on our team have been on other teams where it has just been themselves. So we’re just used to taking it to the basket instead of looking to pass.”
All of the mistakes coupled with some stingy Scarborough defense kept the game close. Bonny Eagle managed to pull out to another six-point lead very late in the contest.
“I think over the course of a long game and a long season our athleticism pays great dividends,” said Simonds. “What happens unfortunately is because our guys are better athletes in some instances than they are basketball players, that’s why we turn it over late in the game and that hurts us a little bit. In the long run we’re well conditioned, we’re ready to play, it’s just difficult sometimes to put it away because we don’t dribble as well as we could. If we could just run up and down the court with the ball tucked under we’d be pretty good.”
Logan Oliver pulled the Red Storm to within four points with two seconds left but it was too late. Hicks added two more as time expired but the Scots had held on for their third win of the year. They are now 3-3. Scarborough drops to 3-2.
Bonny Eagle’s next regular season game will be against Massabesic.
Scarborough will play Windham when the regular season resumes next week.
“I was very concerned coming into this game because we played two tough games in a row,” Simonds said. “I know Scarborough has been playing very well and we were on the road. I talked about how in the NFL they have trap games in the middle and I said ‘we can’t allow this to be a trap game.’ We certainly didn’t play up to our optimum but we played hard and we played well enough to win.”