Before the boys’ basketball game between host Bridgewater-Raynham and seventh-ranked TechBoston even began Friday night, the visiting team made it clear with chants of “Defense! Defense!” that it would come out aggressively.
When the dust settled, TechBoston (6-0) had caused 24 turnovers and held the Trojans to 6-of-23 shooting from 3-point range en route to a 70-63 win and the Larry Fisher Holiday Tournament trophy.
“Our main calling card is defense, playing man-to-man with pressure no matter what,” said TechBoston coach Johnny Williams. “We just hope that our opponents crack.”
Clearly disrupted by the active Bears’ defense, the Trojans (3-2) fell behind early while committing 11 turnovers in the first quarter. Tech Boston senior guards Walter Dew-Hollis and Maurice Works each had three steals in the first half, and helped their team gain a 46-26 lead going into halftime.
“That’s how we play TechBoston basketball, with up-tempo defense,” said Works, who led the Bears with 17 points. “We’re a small team, so everyone has to contribute on defense, and that’s really our identity.”
Bridgewater-Raynham upped its intensity after the break, outscoring TechBoston, 17-4, in the third quarter. But more turnovers, combined with an inability to sink open 3-pointers, drowned the Trojans’ hopes in the fourth quarter.
Dew-Hollis finished with six steals and 13 points, including a triple with under three minutes remaining that restored his team’s double-digit lead.
Trojans senior captain Doug Alves scored a game-high 32 points while his father and head coach, Doug, watched from the bench.
“They were real aggressive denying our wings, and I might have had us in the wrong offense, to be honest,” the B-R coach said. “We have to be tougher with the basketball, but it was obviously a good effort fighting back into it.”Henry Brechter can be reached at email@example.com.