Souhegan falls to Bishop Brady

AMHERST – Good teams don’t usually need help finding ways to win games.

Unfortunately for the Souhegan High School boys basketball team, it gave Bishop Brady too many opportunities to take control of last Friday night’s game, and the Giants did just that.

After the Sabers made it a two-point game in the third quarter, Bishop Brady went on a 16-4 run to close the frame and cruised the rest of the way to a 76-60 win.

“It’s a tough loss because we were competing well into the third quarter,” Souhegan coach Peter Pierce said. “Part of it was our decision making. Good teams don’t need a lot of opportunity and that’s a good team.”

The Giants had just four players score, led by Aaron Svendsen’s 22 points and another 20 points from Jourdain Bell, but it was more than enough to give Bishop Brady its fourth straight win.

Alex Hill led the Sabers with 14 points while Jerrell Webster and Raju Gandhi had 12 points apiece.

Souhegan opened the second half with an 8-2 run to pull with 39-37 on a 3-pointer by Gandhi with 5:31 left in the third quarter. The Sabers had a chance to tie or take the lead after that, but missed a shot and the Giants turned a defense rebound into a basket by Joseph Bell to go up four.

The Sabers then turned the ball over on four consecutive possessions and the Giants capitalized, scoring 12 straight points to take a 51-37 lead.

“Souhegan came out and played hard the whole game and we needed to match that,” said Bishop Brady coach Cole Etten, who is a Hollis Brookline graduate and is in his first year as the Giants coach. “We were able to play defense well in the second half, and offensively, we were able to score a little more.

“The second half especially, we were able to get stops, and when we get defensive rebounds and make stops, we’re able to push the ball in transition. When we get out in transition a lot of good things happen for our team.”

Souhegan had answered every Bishop Brady run in the first half, but the Giants went into halftime up 37-29 after going on a 7-2 run to close the half.

The Giants led 55-41 going into the fourth quarter, and scored the first six points of the quarter thanks to a foul and technical foul on Souhegan.

“They played really well for 20 minutes,” Pierce said. “They were competing and they played well, and for the most part, they executed and they were engaged. I thought if we could play 32 minutes like we played 20 minutes, we’d be a lot higher in the standings than we are currently.”