BRISTOL – When the Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern freshmen boys basketball teams clashed on Monday, Feb. 18, the Rams got the better of the Lancers.
Central sprinted out to a big lead and eventually wrangled up a 57-32 victory from the Charles C. Marsh Gymnasium – getting contributions from up and down the line-up.
Carson Rivoira led the balanced scoring attack with 11 points, several rebounds, and blocked his share of shots while Gavyn Green-Campany coolly splashed in three 3-pointers for nine points.
Michael Murray added seven points while Damion Glasper, Axjaivion Evans, Jelani Walton, and Jared Clark scored five points apiece in Central’s victory.
Eastern only had six players suit up for the game; but the squad gave a scrappy effort in defeat.
Omar Ortiz led the team with 11 points to go along with three rebounds while Cameron Lamothe added a near double-double of nine points and a team-high 15 rebounds.
Devin Gonzalez went for five points, six rebounds and three assists; Elijah Borgelin added four points and two assists; while Christian Cloutier hit a three and grabbed three boards.
Central kept substituting fresh bodies into the contest; but a tired Eastern squad still battled to the final horn.
A pair of free throws by Glasper gave the Rams an 8-0 start. Even as Borgelin hit a hoop and canned a pair of free throws, it was a 15-4 game with the home team leading at the 1:26 mark of the first period.
Walton and Lamothe exchanged threes to open the second period but Central went on a 10-3 run – capped by a lay-up from Zach Vanasse. The Rams led 30-10 with 90 seconds to go in the half.
After Borgelin found Gonzalez for a hoop, Green-Campany splashed in back-to-back triples to propel Central to a 36-12 cushion at the half.
Midway through the third tilt, Gonzalez and Ortiz dropped in three-pointers. But Carson added in two straight hoops – plus a foul – and with 2:13 left in the stanza, it was a 29 point game at 47-18.
Central pushed the lead out to 31 midway through the final quarter. But Eastern ended the contest with a 7-2 run as Lamothe and Ortiz hit shots. Cloutier ended the contest with a three. But in the end, the home team prevailed – pulling out a 57-32 win to open the first of three games on the day on the plus side.
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