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Varsity Basketball vs. Hotchkiss School

Event Type: Regular
Advantage:Away

Date: December 4, 2017

Result:Loss
Score:59-70

Event Recap:

Bearcats Come Back to Beat Knights

Less than 48 hours after a Saturday-night loss to Avon Old Farms, Salisbury was back on the road for the short trek to the Mars Athletic Center and a Monday-afternoon tilt with Hotchkiss. After leading for much of the second half, the Knights fell victim to a Hotchkiss surge and walked off the court at the final buzzer with a 70-59 loss.

The Salisbury offense consisted mostly of Bryce Daley (27 pts.) and Brandon Roughley (17 pts.), who combined for 44 points – 75% of the Knights’ total output. As talented as the Berkshire County duo is, the team will need to find other reliable offensive contributors if it is going to be competitive. On Monday, no other player reached double-figures for the Knights.

Not that the team didn’t have effective ball movement and good looks near the basket. As head coach Harlan Dodson lamented after the game, “A mixture of poor shot selection and a lack of finishes around the rim doomed us.”

As they demonstrated on Saturday night, say what you will about the second-half shooting, this is a team that battles. They demonstrated their determination at several junctures in Monday’s action. “We got off to a bad start,” Dodson noted, by way of illustrating his team’s tenacity, “but battled back to trail  by just a point, 23-22, at the break. Then we led for much of the second half,” Dodson continued, “by as many as 5 points, but Hotchkiss went on a big run around the midway point of the half, and we couldn’t respond, as the shots stopped dropping.”

Salisbury will look to reverse its fortunes on Wednesday when they play their first game of the season in the friendly confines of the Flood Center. Tip-off time with Berkshire is 3:00. 

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