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HARVARD — Brian McCullough’s 12-foot jumper with 2:30 remaining broke a 44-44 tie as Bromfield picked up its first victory of the season with a hard-fought 55-52 decision over Oakmont on Tuesday night.

Senior forward Jeff Yates (14 points, 10 rebounds) followed with a fast break lay-up, a free throw and a follow-up basket to give the Trojans a 51-44 advantage, but the Spartans wouldn’t go away. The visitors drew to within three points and, after a Bromfield turnover, had the final shot of the game, a three-pointer that didn’t fall.

“Oakmont plays good defense,” said Bromfield coach Tom Hill. “We did some nice offensive rebounding, but our shot selection was poor at times. Nick Ashe played strong defense for us and hit some big free throws down the stretch, and Matt Griffin and Ryan Kennedy played well off the bench.”

The Trojans came out of the blocks slowly, committing five quick turnovers and trailed 6-5 when it called a timeout with 2:29 left in the first quarter.

Bromfield did a much better job of protecting the ball and the Trojans closed the first quarter with an 8-2 burst to take a 13-8 lead after eight minutes. Ashe (eight points, three rebounds) converted a steal into a lay-up, Luke Broganer (13 points, three rebounds, three steals) hit a 15-footer, before McCullough (11 points, three rebounds, two steals) scored on a drive and added a lay-up after a steal.

Griffin opened the second quarter with a perimeter jumper to make it 15-8 and the Trojans held between a three- and seven-point lead during the second quarter. Luke Bakanowsky, who led the Spartans with 20 points, buried a three-pointer and added a fast break lay-up. Peter Allen’s three-pointer in the final seconds of the first half drew the Spartans to within 23-19 at intermission.

Bromfield played strong defense over the first 16 minutes, forcing Oakmont to take half of its shots from three-point range. The Trojans did a solid job of not fouling as the Spartans didn’t go to the free throw line in the first half and had only eight free throws in the game.

Three minutes into the third quarter, Broganer drained a three-pointer to put Bromfield on top 29-23, but Oakmont charged back into the game with a 12-3 burst to move in front 35-32 and force a Bromfield timeout with 2:58 left in the third quarter. Tim Baker (18 points, five rebounds, two steals) was the catalyst with a pair of baskets and strong all-around play.

Bromfield, which connected on 16 of 23 free throws in the contest, got a pair of freebies from both Ashe and Broganer to close to within 39-38 entering the fourth quarter.

The first four minutes of the fourth quarter was close with ties at 40-40, 42-42 and 44-44. Bromfield called a timeout with 3:41 remaining, setting the stage for McCullough’s clutch shot that put them on top for good.

Kennedy finished with three points and seven rebounds, including six at the offensive end. Griffin added four points, while Sean Thurston scored two points and hauled down six rebounds.

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