Basketball: Bearcats escape, Lions coast and more

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Hotchkiss (5-2) 63-60 Millbrook (1-10)

The Bearcats escaped with the slim win over Mustangs, who came up just short in almost handing them only their third victory of the season.

Hotchkiss maintained a steady lead throughout the majority of the contest, getting off to a 15-5 lead after capitalizing off of four early Millbrook turnovers. Although the Mustangs were prolific from beyond the arc, scoring nine from behind the arc on the day, they were unable to keep up with their opponents.

They pulled in close nearing the end of the game, with a score of 59-60 with just over two minutes to play. Despite their sudden surge of hope, their scoring stayed stagnant for the rest of the game. Two critical pairs of free throws by O’Shea and Greene of Hotchkiss pushed their lead to three, and that ended up being the difference between the two.

The Mustangs were led in scoring by Will Rayman who dropped a healthy 23 points on the Bearcats. Hotchkiss’ Matthew Greene was the hero on the day for the Bearcats with 26 points and 13 rebounds.

Both Millbrook and Hotchkiss get back on the hardwood against Kingswood-Oxford in the next week with Millbrook making a Saturday away trip to West Hartford to tip off at 3:00PM. Hotchkiss will clash with KO next Wednesday to seek back-to-back victories.

Kent (5-3) 75-58 Salisbury (4-5)

The Kent Lions walked away from Salisbury, CT with a solid win over the Crimson Knights.

Despite a great day from Salisbury’s Tyrell Arnum (24 points, 8 rebounds), it was Kent whom enjoyed the majority of the success on gameday.

Kent’s last four games have been streaky, with the Lions going 2-2, giving up an average of 62 points, and netting 63.25 over that span. The Lions high-octane offense is keeping their season on track thus far, but they will need to tighten the screws on defense as their offense might not be able to bail them out tomorrow against a Loomis Chaffee defense that is allowing only 49 points over their last three games.

Salisbury returns to action in a grudge match against Trinity-Pawling, who took the honors earlier in the season with a 54-69 win in Pawling, NY. Ball tips at 7:00PM.

Choate (3-3) 70-32 KO (unknown record)

The Wild Boars coasted to a win over Founders League foes in Kingswood-Oxford to move back to .500. Choate has struggled for consistency this season so far, but should find another win today as they travel to Hamden Hall Country Day School at 5:00PM today.

KO’s struggles on the hardwood continue, and life could get tougher as the Wyverns take on a Millbrook team that just gave Hotchkiss a run for its money in their last game out.