SHIRLEY — Balance was the byword for Bromfield as the seventh-grade boys basketball team rolled to a 47-29 win over Shirley. The Trojans started quickly and never looked back, building a 27-11 halftime lead.
Ray Dunn paced Bromfield with a strong overall effort, scoring 12 points, hauling down 15 rebounds and making two steals. He was joined in double figures by teammate Avery Berriman, who finished with 11 points. Tyler Phelan added nine points, while point guard Brian McCullough did an outstanding job of running the offense and on the defensive side of the ball with eight points and five steals. Will Byler chipped in with five points and hauled down seven rebounds, keying Bromfield’s 34-20 edge off the backboards.
Andrew Campbell led Shirley with ten points, while Andrew Stiling added nine points and seven rebounds. Sammy Holmes handled the ball well and chipped in with five points, including a three-pointer.
Dunn set the tone early as Bromfield jumped on top, converting after grabbing an offensive rebound and scoring on a drive. When McCullough converted a steal into a lay-up, Bromfield led 6-0.
After Stiling got Shirley on the board with a mid-range jumper, Bromfield scored five unanswered points to build an 11-2 lead. McCullough and Dunn both scored on drives before Byler tacked on a free throw.
Shirley fought back and drew to within 13-8 on a 15-footer and a pair of free throws by Andrew Campbell, but Bromfield shifted gears and finished the half with a 14-3 run to take their 16-point lead to intermission. Byler came up big off the glass with a pair of follow-up baskets, while Berriman provided an outside presence by draining a three-pointer.
Dunn finished the opening 14 minutes with a double-double with ten points and ten rebounds as Bromfield owned an overwhelming 20-6 rebounding edge, including ten at the offensive end.
After Bromfield’s Clayton Galeski opened the second half with a perimeter jumper, Shirley drew to within 29-16 when Stiling finished off a drive, and Holmes buried a three-pointer, but that would be as close as they would get.
Shirley played hard throughout, cutting a 19-point lead to 13 at 41-28 with three minutes left when Campbell swished a runner.
Dunn quickly answered by scoring after hauling down an offensive rebound, before McCullough followed with a 15-footer to rebuild the lead to 17.
Hunter Siegrist and Jack Michaels turned in strong defensive efforts for the Trojans.
Cedric Gray and David Campbell each added two points for Shirley.