FITCHBURG — Bromfield opened the first half of Monday’s Monty Tech Summer Basketball league on an 8-0 run behind the shooting of Tate Edmonds (5 points) and Mark Schwiegershausen (6 points, 3 rebounds).
Point guard Jake Frackiewicz helped lead Bromfield to a 37-25 victory over neighboring Parker Charter.
“We lost a couple of games last week without Jake here,” Bromfield summer league head coach Ed Frackiewicz said. “It could have been a 20-point lead in the first half, if we had converted on some missed lay-ups. It is a good win for us, and we hope to keep improving as the summer progresses.”
Bromfield’s offense slowly found its rhythm a little over two minutes into the game, when Schwiegershausen found the wide-open Edmonds under the basket to tie the game at 2-2.
Bromfield allowed one free throw on the ensuing Parker possession to Kyle McNamara, but that would be all the Panthers could muster for the next four minutes of play. The Trojans’ lead quickly grew to six points, but Parker’s Chris Turnbull potted a baseline jumper to halt the Trojans’ run.
Frackiewicz swished a three-pointer from atop of the key to put Bromfield up 12-8.
Two possessions later, it was Turnbull with a step-back three in the corner to bring Parker within one with 8:00 left in the half.
Bromfield capped off the first half on a 6-2 run behind solid shooting from Frackiewicz and Schwiegershausen. The difference-maker in the first-half was the Trojans’ ability to pass the ball into traffic with precision. Bromfield carried a 21-14 lead into the half.
The Trojans cobbled together a stunning 13-0 run behind the right hand of Frackiewicz.
Frackiewicz stole the ball at half-court and dropped it inside the cylinder as he was swatted on the arm. Frackiewicz was unable to convert the three-point play, but he did on the next Bromfield possession to put the Trojans up 24-14.
Bromfield kept its foot on the accelerator and went up by as much as 20 points, following a strong drive and finish at the cup by center Tommy Jackovitz. Trailing 34-14 with 11:00 remaining in the game, McNamara swished a three-pointer in the left corner to halt Bromfield’s run.
Parker put together a mini-run of its own — scoring six unanswered to cut the lead to 13 points.
Bromfield closed the game with solid defense to hold off the Panthers.
The Trojans improve to 6-4 on the season, and currently sit in first-place in the Monty Tech Division 2 Summer League standings.
“I liked our intensity tonight,” Ed Frackiewicz said.
“Our core group of juniors has been playing together since they were in the fourth-grade, so there is a lot of chemistry between them.
“Our goal is to qualify for the playoffs at the end of the summer season. We are happy to come out of here with the win. So far, the kids look good.”
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