FITCHBURG -- Bromfield came into Monday night's Monty Tech Summer Basketball League game against Mid-Wach D rival Ayer Shirley riding high after a win last Wednesday against Monty Tech.
With a crack at sole possession of first-place in Division 2 hanging in the balance, Bromfield rose to the occasion.
The Trojans opened the game on an 11-3 run and never looked back as they downed Ayer Shirley 42-33. Bromfield junior center Tommy Jackovitz recorded a double-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks.
"We did a good job keeping Christopher Patano in check by using the double team," Bromfield summer league head coach Ed Frackiewicz said. "Tommy is a bit taller than Patano and he used his reach advantage to defend him effectively. It's a good friendly rivalry when we play Ayer Shirley -- a lot of the boys play on the same AAU teams."
Jackovitz scored six of the Trojans' first 11 points in the opening eight minutes. Jackovitz dominated inside and used his long frame to draw contact.
Ayer Shirley head coach Mark Jenkins burned a time-out with 11:48 remaining in the opening half after the Trojans grew their lead to eight. Ayer Shirley emerged out of the time out reinvigorated.
Patano swished back-to-back baskets, including a three-pointer from the right elbow to bring the Panthers back within three with 10:25 remaining in the half. However, that is as close as Ayer Shirley would get. Bromfield outscored Ayer Shirley 11-7 in the final minutes of the half.
Jon Durban helped the Panthers remain within striking distance with key baskets. The Panthers trailed 27-16 at the half, but it opened the second on a 4-0 run. Durban made it a seven-point game with a powerful finish inside, he drew the contact, but was unable to convert the three-point play.
Mark Schwiegershausen helped the Trojans retain its double-digit lead with back-to-back lay-ups to make it 38-26 Bromfield with seven minutes remaining.
Jake Frackiewicz scooped up an Ayer Shirley turnover and ran the length of the floor with a lay-up to extend the Trojans' lead to 14, at 40-26. The Panthers cut the game to nine points on a Durban three-pointer with under two minutes remaining, but it was not enough.
The Bromfield defense held its ground to secure the win. Bromfield improves to 5-1 in Monty Tech Summer League play and locks up the number one spot.
Jake Frackiewicz scored a team-high 11 points and ripped down four rebounds. Durban paced the Panthers with 10 points, a steal and a block.
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