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Maloughney, St. Bernard’s pull away from Trojans in second half of opener

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Last modified: Wednesday, December 14, 2005

‘I think that we learned a lot about ourselves tonight and that we build from this.’ – Scott Hoffman, Bromfield boys basketball coach

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

St. Bernard’s 64

Bromfield 51

By Derek Blanchette

dblanchette@nashobapub.com

HARVARD — While the outcome wasn’t what he was looking for, Bromfield Coach Scott Hoffman had to be pleased with his team on Tuesday night. The Trojans opened their season by hosting perennial Division II power St. Bernard’s and fought hard to the final whistle. But in the end, it wasn’t enough as the Bernardians posted a 64-51 victory.

“We played to win but came up a little short,” said Hoffman. “They (St. Bernard’s) are as good of a team as we will see all year long and we give then a fight. It was a solid all-around effort.”

The difference in the game was the defensive adjustments that the Bernardians made. In the first half, Bromfield’s standout guard Rob Southworth went for 17 points on a variety of shots. When the second half began, St. Bernard’s went to a box-and-one with Brian Morin drawing the assignment of slowing the senior down. The result was a scoreless second half in which Southworth attempted only three shots.

“In the second half, they went to a lot of box-and-one and some triangle-and-two on Rob,” said Hoffman. “We were unable to get Rob the ball in position to do anything with it.”

A Southworth jumper broke a four minute scoring drought for the Trojans and sparked an 11-0 spurt. Josh Lyvers and Ben Brown each had lay-ups, but it was Southworth who was the catalyst, scoring seven points including a long trey off an Ian Rothkopf look that made it 20-18.

Over the remainder of the half, the teams traded punches as the Bernardians’ lead stayed between two and six. Maloughney scored the final six points of the half for St. Bernard’s while Southworth closed out a solid first half with a three-pointer that made it 30-27 heading into the intermission.

Lyvers came out firing early in the second half for Bromfield. The sophomore forward hit his first three shots, including a three-pointer off a Reed Harasimowicz look that made it 36-35 with 13:20 left to play. But that would be as close as the Trojans would get.

A 12-0 run over the next four minutes by the Bernardians put the game away. Grady sparked the run with aggressive drives to the basket that resulted in six points. Maloughney added three points as the lead grew to 13 at 48-35.

The Trojans could not put together a run of their own to get back into the game. Every time it seemed that Bromfield was gaining momentum, Maloughney came up with a bucket. The junior forward scored 20 of his game-high 30 points in the second half as St. Bernard’s coasted to the win.

“We did a poor job of keeping them off the boards and that led to some easy baskets for them in the second half,” said Hoffman. “I think that we learned a lot about ourselves tonight and that we build from this.”

Along with Southworth’s 17 points, Lyvers finished with 16 points, nine rebounds and a pair of blocks. Ben Brown had a solid game in the post with eight points, 16 boards and two blocked shots while Rothkopf chipped in six points and seven assists.

Maloughney added 13 boards and a pair of blocks to go with his 30 points. Grady added 14 points, nine rebounds and four assists while Gray scored seven points, grabbed 10 boards and blocked six shots.