The Buccaneers, now 10-4, host Newton South at 7 p.m. Friday, when the BHS seniors will be recognized before the game
The Patriots, who trailed by as many as 11 in the second quarter Tuesday, outscored the Bucs 8-1 over a three-minute stretch in the fourth quart6er to open up a 52-45 lead with two-and-half minutes remaining.
Three Matt Forman foul shots and follow-up baskets by Dylan DiGangi and Max Alper kept it close, but Bedford never found the equalizer.
C-C trailed 29-24 at the half after going on a 10-4 run over the last four minutes. The Patriots came out in the second half with full-court defensive pressure, and the Bucs were held to 10 points while committing eight turnovers in the third quarter. They had only six in the entire first half.
But they still led, 39-38, going into the final period. The score was 44-44 when the Pats went on their decisive run.
The Patriots also cut back on the long-range shooting, to their benefit. They missed 14 of 17 in the first half and only attempted eight in the second half, when they scored 34 points on just a pair of three-pointers.
Nine different Buccaneers scored; Alper was the only one in double figures with 11. The Bedford bench outscored its C-C counterpart, 24-4. Bedford was almost perfect from the foul line, hitting 13 of 15, but the Patriots were almost as good, shooting 8 for 10.
The Buccaneers had their hands full with Junior forward Benjamin Brown. He scored 27 for the Patriots, 18 in the second half.
Mike Rosenberg can be reached at [email protected], or 781-983-1763