BRISTOL CENTRAL 61, BRISTOL EASTERN 43
from Bristol Central High School
Bristol Eastern 7 10 13 13 – 43
Bristol Central 13 14 17 17 – 61
BRISTOL EASTERN (43): Mitch Roy 0-0-0, Austin Dias 1-0-2, Evan McGinley 0-0-0, George Taylor 4-4-15, Dante Collins 0-0-0, Alex Hunter 5-5-16, Quentin Bensavage 1-0-2, Jared Rokosa 0-0-0, Riley Mason 1-0-2, Tyler Tefoe 2-2-6, Khaliq Ali 0-0-0, Ronte Cooper 0-0-0, Mike Rivera 0-0-0. Totals 14-11-43.
BRISTOL CENTRAL (61): Jamill Tolliver 9-2-20, D.J Dort 0-0-0, Denzel Miller 3-0-6, Mike Lemke 1-0-2, Ricky Lemke 2-0-4, Ty Rodriguez 2-0-4, Jason Severino 1-0-2, LaTroy Dale 7-2-16, Eddie Rodriguez 1-0-3, Andrew Marcantonio 1-0-2, Jerry LaPenta 2-0-4, Shawn Caron 0-0-0. Totals 28-4-61.
Three-point goals: Bristol Eastern – 4-for-17 (Hunter 1-for-6, Dias 0-for-1, Taylor 3-for-7, Roy 0-for-1, Jared Rokosa 0-for-2); Bristol Central 1-for- 15 (Rodriguez).
Rebounds: Bristol Eastern 34 (Hunter, 8); Bristol Central 54
Assists:Bristol Eastern 6 (Dias, Taylor, 2); Bristol Central 14
Blocks:Bristol Eastern 2 (Tefoe, Dias, 1); Bristol Central 5
Steals:Bristol Eastern 17 (Dias, 6); Bristol Central 10
Turnovers:Bristol Eastern 22; Bristol Central 17
Stat of the Game: The Rams out-rebounded the Lancers by 20 while Central hit for double the field goals makes than Eastern.
By MICHAEL LETENDRE
BRISTOL – The Bristol Central boys basketball junior varsity team is an impressive bunch.
With size and speed, the squad has the ability to not only rebound the ball, but put it in the hoop with zest and authority.
And on Friday, Jan. 24, the Rams took on the Lancers in a big crosstown challenge from the Bristol Central gymnasium.
The Lancers were up to the task. But the Rams proved to be the tougher team as Central wrapped up a 61-43 win.
Eastern was out-rebounded by 20 in the contest and that was due in part to all five players from Central crashing the glass.
Central’s Jamill Tolliver amped up 20 points, easily tallied a double-figure total in rebounds, and slammed home a nasty dunk midway through the first period of play.
LaTroy Dale chipped in 16 points and attacked the hoop with authority as well.
There was good balance throughout as four players for Central notched between four to six points.
Denzel Miller notched six points while Jerry LaPenta, Tyshawn Rodriguez, and Ricky Lemke all added four points apiece in the winning effort.
For the Lancers, Alex Hunter led the squad with 16 points and eight rebounds while George Taylor added 15 points, six rebounds, and two assists.
Tyler Tefoe pitched in six points and four rebounds while crafty Austin Dias nabbed a half dozen steals in the losing effort.
Eastern’s defense zipped up 17 steals. But turning those miscues into offense proved tough.
Central’s defense limited Eastern to only 23-percent shooting from the field. But early in the contest, the visiting team hung around to make it a game.
Hunter hit a three-pointer and Tefoe put in a hoop as the Lancers led 5-4 early in the contest before a 9-0 run by the Rams – highlighted by that thunderous jam by Tolliver – propelled Central to a 13-5 edge with 43 seconds left in the stanza.
Two free throws by Taylor ended the first period and kept Eastern within striking distance as the Rams led 13-7 after one.
A jumper by Dias and a three-pointer from Taylor cut the deficit to 15-12 with 4:51 left before the half before another Central run opened things up a bit.
This time, an 8-0 Rams’ jaunt saw Dale net three consecutive hoops while Rodriguez flipped in a shot. Central was in charge at 23-12 with 2:48 left in the second period.
Hunter scored the final five points for Eastern to close the half. But off buckets by Miller and Tolliver, the Rams edge at the half was ten, 27-17.
In the third, Hunter again attacked, hitting the Lancers‘ first four points as Eastern was within striking distance again. But another Central string of hoops was about to unfold.
Tolliver hit two free throws and made a put-back. Jason Severino found Dale for a lay-up. With 5:32 left in the third, the Rams were leading by a 35-21 push.
The Lancers eventually cut the deficit back to single digits off a hoop by Tefoe but another Central jaunt – finished off by a Dale lay-in – made it a 44-30 contest with one period left to play.
Central salted the game away to open the fourth tilt as a Dale basket, a huge three-pointer by Eddie Rodriguez, and a Severino make made it a 51-30 game with 6:14 left to go.
It was the biggest lead in the game for the home team. That deficit proved to be too great for the Lancers to overcome.
Taylor hit Eastern’s next seven points in the game while Hunter and Riley Mason hit late hoops. but a successful attempt by Andrew Marcantinio and a final field goal from Mike Lemke ended the game as the Rams picked up an impressive 18-point win from its home gymnasium.
NOTES…In the freshman game, Eastern pulled out a 41-40 come-from-behind victory as Justin Blake’s drive and hoop with three seconds left gave the Lancers the lead for good.