By James Casey
The MassBay Buccaneers won in dramatic fashion Saturday afternoon in Framingham against UConn-Avery Point, despite blowing a lead late in the second half.
The Bucs got off to a fast start, taking the early lead behind some outstanding 3-point shooting. Jerome Hardy went 3 for 6 from behind the arc in the first half, and Didier Mathelier chipped in with a few field goals and 12 rebounds. But the bulk of the scoring came
from Colin Myers, of Framingham, who shot 6 for 10 from 3-point land and had 24 points just in the first half.
Cha’mon Davis helped out with 13 points on 4 for 5 shooting, and the Bucs went in to the locker room at the half up 58-43.
Unfortunately, the 15 point lead the MassBay had built for themselves would be squandered in the second half. UConn-Avery Point came out with a vengeance, chipping away at the Bucs lead and taking control of the ballgame.
UConn-Avery Point took the lead for the first time all afternoon with under 5 minutes remaining in the second half, but the Bucs managed
to prevent the visiting squad from pulling away.
Some late game heroics by Myers and Hardy helped erase a 5 point deficit with under a minute left in regulation, and the Bucs managed to
The extra frame went favorably for MassBay, as the UConn-Avery Point squad looked exhausted and depleted in the final minutes. A couple of clutch free throws in the closing minute by Hardy sealed the deal for the Bucs, as they went on to win 117-112
Jerome Hardy had an outstanding performance, going 10 for 15 from beyond the arc and putting up 39 points.
Colin Myers added 30 points of his own along with 8 rebounds and 3 assists, and Didier Mathelier was a rebounding machine, pulling down 18 boards to go along with 14 points.
Cha’mon Davis chipped in a respectable 22 points and 5 assists, while Adrian Lopez had 8 points and 4 steals off the bench.
The MassBay Buccaneers next game is Tuesday at Holyoke, and they’ll return home to play Massasoit on Thursday at 7 p.m. in