Dominant third propels BBA past MAU

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MANCHESTER — After three consecutive Marble Valley League losses, the Burr and Burton boys basketball team desperately needed a game to right the ship.

With rival Mount Anthony coming to town Friday night, BBA made an emphatic statement, getting back on track with a 62-35 win over the Patriots.

"It feels like 100 wins for us right now," said Bulldogs coach Eric Green about snapping the losing skid. "It's important to get momentum going. We hadn't been playing our best basketball and it's a long season. There's ups and downs and we just worked our way out of a down."

Much of the first half was a tight contest. BBA outscored MAU by one in the first quarter and by two in the second, but it was the third quarter where the Bulldogs truly separated themselves.

Fueled by some great ball movement, BBA's offense caught fire, outscoring the Patriots 20-6 in the frame. Five different guys scored for the Bulldogs, as the team knocked down four three-point shots.

Defensively, BBA was even more locked in, allowing just three field goals to MAU.

With their dominant effort in the third, the Bulldogs entered the fourth well in control, up by 17 points.

"It was all about execution and defensive intensity," Green said. "We hit a couple shots and got it going. We were able to get good looks and turn them over and run a little bit."

Big men Nasier Camp and Will Frank played a major role in keeping MAU in check within the paint. Frank had a trio of blocks, while Camp had a pair of his own.

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Quintin McIntire led MAU with 13 points. Patriots forward Gavin Johnson was in a bit of foul trouble in the first half and that slowed him a bit. He ended the day with 11 points, as the Bulldogs did a nice job defending him all night, not allowing the sophomore to find a rhythm.

"[Gavin] is such a strong player inside the paint. We just wanted to limit his touches within the paint," Green said. "If he was going to hit jump shots, then so be it, but we were going to minimize his touches in the paint. I think we did a pretty decent job of that."

BBA put the final touches on a big win in the fourth, outscoring MAU 19-9 before the final buzzer.

The Bulldogs play their best when their offensive attack is balanced and that was on display Friday night. Patrick Forstmann led the way with 15 points, while Jake Nicholson had 14. The two combined for eight 3's.

Frank and Camp both had eight points, while Tommy Baker had seven.

The Patriots pulled off a big upset of BBA at Kates Gym when the team's met last, so it was important for the Bulldogs to right that wrong Friday night.

"We knew we were capable of playing better than we did against them last time," Green said. "We wanted to come out and prove that. Our energy was much higher today. We shot a lot better."

BBA improves to 12-6 with Friday's win, while MAU falls to 2-16.

Adam Aucoin can be reached at aaucoin@benningtonbanner.com and followed at @AAucoin_Banner on Twitter.


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