BRISTOL - Coming into the game against Bristol Eastern, the Bristol Central girls basketball team knew it was up against a tough team, as the Rams haven’t seen any success against the Lancers in many years.
It was no different on Thursday night, as Bristol Central fell 49-31.
“They’re a good team,” Bristol Central head coach Steve Gaudet said. “They’re well coached. It’s like every game. I’ve used this analogy before. We’re holding off a dam. We get to that 8-10 point lead and then it bursts. We can only hold them off for so long.”
While the game ended in an 18-point deficit for the Rams, it was a close game for all but the final seven minutes, when Bristol Eastern took over and went on a 13-0 run.
“They went on a run which ran it right to 16 points,” Gaudet said. “It was a turnover and an unforced pass, an unforced error that led to a bucket. Turnover again, they hit a three and they scored again. That was the turning point.
“That put us over the hump, but we probably weren’t going to be able to come back.”
Throughout the game the Rams were the beneficiaries of the Lancers’ offensive struggles.
Bristol Eastern had plenty of opportunities to put the game away early, but kept the Rams in it by not capitalizing on the chances.
Forcing Bristol Central to knock down free throws was part of the Lancers’ game plan, as the Rams have struggled doing so throughout the season.
“We shot 8-for-21 or 22 in the first half [from the free throw line],” Gaudet said. “It was an 11-point game. If we make our free throws, it’s a whole different ball game.”
Bristol Central is still seeking its first win of the season, now 0-12 on the year and having troubles in crucial parts of the game.
The effort has been there. The results haven’t.
“We’re playing hard,” Gaudet said. “We’re doing some good things. I was pleased with the effort I saw tonight. I’m not pleased when we lose, but I can’t question my kids’ effort tonight.”
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