Three-pointers can't save Bulldogs in defeat
Trailing by three midway through the fourth quarter, BBA senior Carter Vickers nailed a 3-pointer from three feet behind the arc to tie the game at 42-42.
The Bulldogs were on fire from three for most of the contest, knocking in a total of seven in the game.
"We have been working on our inside-out game a lot recently and that really helped us get going from three-point range tonight," said BBA boys basketball coach Eric Green. "We have seen a lot of teams really collapse on us when we drive into the lane this season and that opens up guys on the outside for us."
Vickers then made his presence known on defense, stripping the ball from a Fair Haven player and passing it up to Jake Nicholson, who drove in for a layup to give BBA its first lead since the first quarter of the contest.
The Bulldogs though couldn't hold on to their lead for long when Cameron Coloutti knocked in a tough fall away layup to tie the game at 44-44.
After BBA came up empty on its next possession, Fair Haven grabbed the lead back as Drew Eddy nailed a triple in his only basket of the night to give the Slaters a 47-44 lead with 1:31 remaining.
BBA got the ball right back into Vickers' hands and the senior powered his way into the lane, where he was fouled and sent to the line.
Vickers, who started the game 5-for-5 from the free-throw line missed his first free throw and ended up going 1-2 from the line to make it a two-point game with under a minute to go.
Fair Haven went on to play keep away on its next possession, forcing BBA to foul to set up a 1-and-1 situation for the Slaters with Dylan Ellis going to the line.
Ellis went on to make both free throws to extend the Fair Haven lead to four.
BBA tried to cut its deficit, but Vickers' three hit the rim and the Slaters grabbed the rebound and forced BBA to foul again.
Fair Haven extended its lead to six with a perfect effort from Jordan Phillips at the line with 12 seconds left to the play and that ultimately led to the Bulldogs dropping to 7-10 on the season.
"There were a couple baskets there that didn't go our way at the end and that unfortunately cost us," Green said. "Fair Haven had a couple players step up for them there at the end and you have to tip your cap to them for that."
Vickers finished with a team-high 16 points on the night for BBA, scoring 14 of them in the second half.
Nicholson knocked in 11 points for the Bulldogs in the loss.
Darren Brown scored a game-high 20 points for Fair Haven.
Coloutti finished with 12 points in the win for Fair Haven, while Ellis knocked in 10.
With the loss, BBA is now on a four-game losing streak.
"Were going through a tough stretch right now, but I really liked the effort from our team tonight," Green said. "We played a much better game then we did in our last game against Fair Haven and rebounded well from our tough loss to Brattleboro on Tuesday night. We just have to get better at executing our stuff on the court and then we will have a chance to get back in the win column."
The Bulldogs will try to snap their losing skid when they travel to play rival Mount Anthony on Friday at 7 p.m.
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