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Hawks can’t get happening offense, drop part championship to Bridgeport

MORGANTOWN — The final time the College boys’ basketball workforce took on Bridgeport previous to Friday evening’s Class AAAA Area I, Part 2 championship, the Hawks performed one in all their greatest video games of the season, whereas the Indians limped down the stretch simply two weeks in the past on Feb. 16.

UHS walked out with a 24-point win – now a forfeited loss for the Hawks — then, however two weeks could make a giant distinction.

Whereas each groups struggled offensively Friday, it was BHS that discovered a bit extra pep of their step whereas the Hawks simply couldn’t achieve sufficient momentum to recover from the hump because the Indians claimed the sectional title with a 45-36 win at UHS.

“Should you would have instructed me that we’d maintain them to 45 factors, then we had been going to win,” UHS head coach Joe Schmidle stated. “We simply couldn’t get something going. We couldn’t end, couldn’t hit any mid-range. We did have some good open appears to be like however we couldn’t knock them down.

“You’re not going to win many video games scoring 36 factors.”

The Hawks had been 11-38 from the ground and solely made 5 pictures within the second half.

Going into the fourth quarter, they trailed by simply three factors at 31-28, however couldn’t get it going offensively. UHS (14-11) made three pictures within the last body, two of which got here with lower than 45 seconds to go down double digits.

Whereas the appears to be like had been there, Schmidle credit the Indians’ protection and energy.

“Don’t get me unsuitable, Bridgeport had loads to do with that. I believed they performed rather well with superb protection,” he stated.

“They performed with much more power tonight, which I knew they’d, than the final time we noticed them. I don’t assume we matched their physicality. It was a really bodily recreation and I believed they had been throughout us and we simply didn’t deal with it effectively.”

The Hawks had only one end with double-figures – James Fortney-Garbart with 10.

Bridgeport (20-4) coach Dave Marshall sat on the opposite aspect of the aisle, praising his squad’s bounce-back from the final time these groups met.

“Two weeks in the past — and we don’t make excuses — however we actually had two wholesome guys on the roster,” he stated. “We didn’t complain or moan and groan about it. They confirmed up, however we had zero power that evening. We didn’t struggle via it very effectively. [UHS] shot it very effectively they usually simply kicked our butts.

“That in all probability helped us put a chip on our shoulder and we confirmed that tonight, particularly defensively.”

Landon Sanders sparked the Indians within the first half, scoring 13 of his game-high 16 within the first two quarters, together with three 3-pointers. Phoenix Sickles completed with 12 factors.

BHS will now host Wheeling Park within the Area I co-final, whereas the Hawks will journey throughout city to tackle Morgantown within the different co-final. The Mohigans gained each regular-season conferences by a median of 35.5 factors.


Bridgeport 45, College 36
BHS 13 7 11 14 – 45
UHS 9 9 10 8 – 36
Bridgeport (20-4) — Sanders 6 0-0 16; Sickles 5 2-2 12; Z. Ayoob 0 3-4 3; Currey 1 6-8 8; Bifano 1 1-2 3; Spatafore 1 0-0 2; McDougal 0 1-2 1; Michaelis 0 0-0 0. Totals: 14 13-18 45.|
College (14-11) — Brown 0 1-2 1; Fortney-Garbart 3 4-4 10; Ford 1 0-0 3; Hudson 2 1-2 6; Coleman 2 0-0 5; Jackson 2 4-7 8; Lewis 1 1-2 3; Henderson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 11 11-17 36.
3-pt objectives: BHS 4 (Sanders 4). UHS 3 (Ford, Hudson, Coleman).