Bedford beats Alvirne for first win of season

The Bedford Bulldogs fended off Alvirne on Friday night, picking up their first win of the season, 55-52, in overtime.

With an offensive surge right out of the starting gate, Bedford opened the game with a 12-0 run. The Bulldogs thrived on a patient perimeter game while senior Cameron Meservey and junior Ryan Brown did more than enough in the opening half.

Meservey hit a 3-pointer as time expired in the first quarter. Brown did most of his scoring around the rim but was able to dish two assists inside to junior center Samuel Stanton on quick looks. Meservey and Brown combined for 20 of Bedford’s 31 first-half points.

Alvirne had bright spots in the first half triggered by Tyler Brown’s steal at mid-court and breakaway dunk. Brown cleaned up the glass on a missed lay-up just seconds later for consecutive baskets. Alvirne was held to just 14 points after two quarters.

“We came out a little flat, but we were positive at halftime,” Alvirne head coach Seth Garon said. “We kept it positive and chipped away at it.”

Alvirne did indeed chip away at the Bedford 31-14 halftime advantage. Sophomore Danny Brown and senior Tommy O’Hearn connected on early second half 3-pointers. The Broncos were able to hold Bedford to just eight third quarter points.

“We started out great but we let them back in,” Bedford head coach Mike Fitzpatrick said. “Some of our shot selection in the third quarter was not good and what we worked for to build that lead, we abandoned.”

Maservey, who finished with a game-high 25 points, went on a personal 6-0 run to start the fourth for Bedford. However, Alvirne wasn’t finished.

Tyler Brown was able to convert on a three-point play, which brought the Bedford lead to nine, with 4:38 remaining. Brown led Alvirne with 13 points on the night. Little by little, the Broncos were able to cut it to a four-point game.

Brown drove into the lane and got fouled. He would hit two free throws cutting the Bedford lead to 48-46 with 29.7 seconds left. Bedford turned the basketball over and with the ensuing possession, Danny Brown knocked down a mid-range jumper to tie the game and force overtime. Brown scored all 10 of his points in the second half.

The only field goal of the bonus frame came from a drive and feed from Ryan Brown to Thomas O’Rourke. The rest of the offense came from standard trips to the free throw line. Bedford held on to win.

“I don’t think we knocked down enough of our open looks,” Garon said. “They were very efficient with their offense, but looking ahead we need to play all four quarters.”

“This should give them some confidence,” Fitzpatrick said. “You can’t win 12 before you win one.”