After coming out of the gate hot in the first half, the Bears’ scoring stalled in the second, making for a tense battle with the Highlanders.
It seemed that the three-pointer was the shot of choice to start the game for the Bears, with a number of players, both guards and big men, taking chances from beyond the arc. Senior leader Seyoon Lee was able to connect, as was freshman Pat Frey; a surprising third three went in off the hands of Jack Nash ’13 from the corner, a bucket that would put the Bears up comfortably in the first half. Bradley Keum ’12 continued his impressive play underneath the basket with six points, and guards Justin Donowa ’15 and Andres Gimenez-Valdes ’13 each put two points of their own on the board. Gunnery closed the gap a bit going into halftime, and the Bears only led 21-16 after the first sixteen minutes.
The sharpshooting of the first half was nowhere to be seen in the second for Berkshire. Donowa, Milton Martinez ’15, and Andrew Johnson ’13 were able to put in two points apiece, while Keum and Gimenez-Valdes got to the foul line with good takes to the basket. However, the Bears were abysmal from the charity stripe, missing many opportunities to extend their lead over the tough Highlander team. Seyoon Lee did add another three-pointer late in the half, and the Bears’ defense held, securing a 33-27 victory as time expired and vaulting the Bears over .500 for the season. They look to keep the train rolling when they return from break against Taft on Wednesday.