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Thirds Basketball v. Bement

It was a wild and crazy Wednesday afternoon matchup versus the cross-town rivals Bement. The result was an entertaining and well-fought loss, 25-37. The Brookies were already depleted, entering their third game in five days, with key injuries to sharpshooter Jeffrey Moon and low-post legend Leo Shi. But that was just the start of the afternoon’s dramatic play of events. Within the first few minutes of the game, point guard Nate Roachford took a tumble on a drive to the basket, troubling his ankle. The trainer was quickly at the scene and Nate was up quickly but done for the day. 
 
Despite the sudden loss, the Brookies rallied, pulling out to an early lead. Daniel Coffy and Chris Markowski traded off the primary ball handler role, with the former contributing a pair of threes. Good offensive and defensive positioning was key to the early success, as Paul de Bruyn Kops and Meredith Bedell found themselves in the right place at the right time for key points and stops. Liam Shea wins the Hustle Award for hitting the deck to win the 50/50 balls. Twin towers William Kim and Jules de Beauport were game-changers beneath the boards, using their height to alter shots and shut down passing lanes. And Frank Zhang and Kodai Goodrow proved pesky defenders, getting in the face of the scheming Bement backcourt.
 
The game got away from Eaglebrook in the second half. Bement strung together shot after shot. When Meredith went down to injury toward the end of the game, the already-depleted Brookies seemed to lose their rhythm. Eaglebrook completes its intense 3-game stretch with a 1-2 record, enjoying highs and lows, and learning from the loss to fight another day.
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