‘We didn’t shoot the ball well but I was very happy with the way we moved the ball, and how we played defense.’ – Scott Hoffman, Bromfield boys basketball coach
AYER — On a night when their field goal shooting was as cold as an ice cube in the middle of an igloo in the Arctic Circle, the Bromfield boys basketball team found there is more than one way to skin a Panther.
The Trojans connected on just 20 of 71 shots from the field, but compensated with domination in all other departments as they cruised to a 64-36 win over Ayer on Friday night.
Bromfield owned the backboards, holding a 55-32 rebounding edge, including 22 at the offensive end. The Trojans won the turnover battle, commiting just 12 to Ayer’s 20. Also, Bromfield shot very well from the free throw line, connecting on 24-31, while the Panthers finished 6-12.
“We know we are going to be smaller than everyone we play, but we have got to take better care of the ball and to get a good look on each possession,” said Ayer coach Justin Lamoreaux. “Bromfield pressured the ball and disrupted us. I think that their experience showed, and our inexperience showed.”
Bromfield set the tone early, holding the Panthers scoreless for five minutes and jumping out to a 12-0 lead. Fast break baskets by Rob Southworth and Josh Lyvers got the run started, before Ian Rothkopf hit two free throws, Southworth scored on a drive, Rothkopf converted after grabbing an offensive rebound, and Lyvers added two free throws.
The closest Ayer would get in the second half was 13 points when a Racca three-pointer made it 29-16 with 13:23 left, but an 8-0 blitz by the Trojans over the next two minutes put the game out of reach. Lyvers (16 points, eight rebounds) finished off a fast break with a lay-up, Reed Harasimowicz (eight points, eight rebounds) buried a 17-footer and converted a steal into a lay-up, before Ben Brown sank a pair of free throws. Brown finished with six points and ten rebounds.
“Josh Lyvers and Reed Harasimowicz played strong all-around games, and Toby Frost and Jon Fricchione played well off the bench,” said Hoffman, whose team improved to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in MidWach D with the win.
Southworth finished with eight points, six rebounds and five steals for the Trojans, while Frost added six points and six rebounds, and Nick Sugai five points and two rebounds.
Racca paced the Panthers with eight points, three rebounds and two steals. John Shivo added six points and four rebounds, Jon Bollinger five points, two rebounds and two steals, Will Comerford four points, seven rebounds and two steals, and Kenny Rollins four points and three rebounds.
“Jon Bollinger has been playing better and was aggressive tonight,” said Lamoreaux.