BBall Recap: Saints topple Bearcats, TP notches another W and more

The action around the Founders League this week saw a couple top dogs clash in Hotchkiss and Canterbury, and Trinity-Pawling snuck a close one at home.

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Here’s how the action played out:

Hotchkiss (8-3) 53-65 Canterbury (9-2)

It was a battle of the heavyweights as Hotchkiss traveled to Canterbury this Wednesday afternoon. Both teams boasted very impressive 8-2 records.

In the end, it was the hosts that were victorious in this contest. The entire game was very nip-and-tuck, but Canterbury proved to have the cutting edge needed to win this one. This victory was their fourth in a row and moves Canterbury’s record to 9-2.

Canterbury travels to Millbrook during weekend action, and Hotchkiss hosts a Westminster side coming off a big win against Loomis.

Avon Old Farms (3-9) 51-55 Trinity-Pawling (9-2)

After a hard-fought, scrappy contest, it was The Pride that walked off the basketball court as victors.

Trinity-Pawling started strongly, and the Beavers looked like they had a case of bus legs for the first few minutes. However, both teams were very streaky; Avon ended their poor start with a series of consecutive baskets to bring the scores level.

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The scores were close at halftime, with the hosts leading Avon 24-21. It was more of the same after the halftime break. The streakiness of the sides continued, but both teams drove to the basket more deliberately. The back-and-forth style of play caused quite a hectic ending, but the hosts were able to add the W to their record.

Avon will feel hard done-by with this loss, but will look to reply to their loss with a win against a strong Williston Northampton team this weekend. Trinity-Pawling travels to Taft and will surely look to continue their winning ways.

Loomis Chaffee (5-5) 50-55 Westminster (4-7)

This Wednesday saw a struggling Westminster side take down a Loomis team that has also been struggling recently. In their past five games, the Pelicans have recorded 1 win and 4 losses, although Westminster has not been much better recording 6 losses in their last 7 games.

Of course, this game was incredibly important for both sides. It was an opportunity for both teams to end a losing streak. However, only one team can walk away from the match with the win, and the Martlets showed the strength and determination needed to turn their losing streak on its head.

Westminster will hope that this game marks a turning point in their season and will travel to Kingswood-Oxford this weekend. The Pelicans, on the other hand, are still looking to end their current slump and hope to do so against Choate on Saturday.

Taft (7-4) 57-38 Berkshire (2-10)

After a deflating loss against Berkshire just a few days earlier, Taft put together a composed and purposeful performance on the road against Berkshire.

The Rhino’s meant business from the start, and immediately established a comfortable 12-2 lead. This quick start set the tempo for the remainder of the game; the Rhino’s were there to win. Each player executed his job well, and they worked together as a team to ensure that Berkshire never came closer than 8 points behind their lead.

The performance was professional and meaningful, and Taft will hope they can replicate this kind of success against a strong Trinity-Pawling team this Saturday. Berkshire will look to bounce back against Kent this weekend.

Williston Northampton (10-1) 76-47 Salisbury (5-8)

After dominating the entire match, the Bobcats unsurprisingly emerged successful over a tired Salisbury side.

From the start, Williston Northampton asserted their dominance over the hosts, which is evident by their 33-12 lead at halftime. Although Salisbury did come back from the halftime break reinvigorated, they could not overcome the sheer talent and strength of this Williston Northampton team. The Bobcats will surely look back at this match as one of their strongest performances of the year.

The Bobcats take on Avon Old Farms next, and Salisbury faces West Point Prep on Monday night.