BRISTOL - Manchester outscored the Bristol Central boys basketball team 14-1 over the last three minutes of play to pull out a 50-37 win in the season opener for both teams at the BCHS gym on Saturday.
The game was tied at 36 with three minutes to play when the Indians converted a 3-pointer by Yamil Valdes and a quick basket off a turnover to take a five-point lead and the Rams were never able to recover, as the Indians pulled away at the free throw line down the stretch.
Bristol Central managed to score just four points in the final quarter in a tough defensive struggle, with neither leading by more than five until the closing minutes. The game was tied at 24-24 at the half and the Rams led 33-32 after three quarters.
Jaekwon Spencer led the Rams’ offense with 18 points, despite numerous missed opportunities in the closing minutes.
Jevin Frett had 14 to lead Manchester.
Bristol Eastern 59, RHAM 35: The Lancers took a 9-0 lead in the early going and never looked back in the season opener for both teams in Bristol.
Carter Dziedzic led Bristol Eastern with 22 points, while Nate Filba added 15 and Camryn Tate and Mac Goulet scored six each.
No individual RHAM players scored more than eight points.
E.O. Smith 54, Bristol Eastern 45: A big second quarter from the Panthers proved to be too much to overcome for the Lancers.
Bristol Eastern entered the second half down five points, but was outscored 17-6 in the third quarter.
Hannah Maghini scored a game-high 24 points for the Lancers, while Miranda Janick added eight and Meredith Forman netted five.