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Concord Patch Article: LS vs CC

Posted Sunday, January 09, 2011 by Website Admin

C-C Basketball Gets Bounced by Lincoln-Sudbury

Concord-Carlisle Proves Reluctant Hosts to Mitchell Perez's Three-Party.

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Lincoln-Sudbury High School’s boys’ basketball team trounced Concord-Carlisle High School on Friday night, serving the Patriots a 65-32 rout on its home court.

The Patriots (2-5) were able to compete with the Warriors (6-2) through the first half, taking an early lead.  But once Mitchell Perez found his shot, L-S took command of the court and the game.     

“ C-C’s a good team,” said Lincoln-Sudbury coach Patrick Callahan. “They have a bunch of real athletes, and normally when we get behind like that we struggle to fight back. We really found it — had a real coming out party.”

The L-S party got off to a slow start. The Patriots jumped out to an early 8-0 lead.  They executed their offense effectively against the Warrior’s zone, zipping the ball through the defense.

And turnovers on the offense didn’t make the Warriors defense seem any more effective. Henry Bumpus and Brima Rogers led the Patriots early party crashing ways with streaking fast breaks and great ball control. Rogers, who scored 16 points on the night, sunk four of Concord-Carlisle’s first six shots, and wove through the Warriors to set up some great shots for others on the team.

However, Mitchell Perez, L-S’ captain, wouldn’t allow the game to slip away from his team.  Perez sank three early 3-pointers to bring Lincoln-Sudbury back and eventually tie the Patriots halfway through the first at 13-apiece.

From then on, the teams traded shots until halfway through the second quarter.  Tied at 21-21, the Patriots seemed to tire, but Perez had found his groove and wouldn’t let himself roll out of it.  Perez sank two more 3s in the first quarter, only missing two in the first half, and pushed the Warriors to a 36-24 lead at the break.

With the lead and their confidence back, the Warriors were voracious.  Dennis Cakert and Casey Bereszniewicz seemed to build their confidence off of Perez’s success.

Cakert scored 16 on the night and Bereszniewicz adeptly orchestrated the team’s later successful offensive schemes.

Despite the efforts of Zach Dowd, who made a few key 3-pointers to keep the Patriots’ hopes alive, the Warriors stifled Concord-Carlisle’s offense to start the second and went on a 16-0 run.

Once the gap between the teams widened, the Patriots lost their vigor and eventually fell behind by 27.

Perez finished with 28 points for Lincoln-Sudbury.

“Perez really brought it all together tonight,” said Callahan after the game. “That performance he put together was special.  He really found his shot and didn’t let it go.  The bench was good too.  Casey (Bereszniewicz ) was great tonight, and I’m excited to see what we can do going forward.”

The Patriots return to the courts to reclaim their swagger on Tuesday against Boston Latin.

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