The Bedford High School Buccaneers returned from Stoughton on Friday night with a dramatic and gratifying boys’ basketball 77-68 win in double overtime.
The Bucs had control for most of the game. They led 30-20 at the half and increased the margin after three quarters to 49-37.
But the Black Knights, led by senior swingman Jayden Costa-Haywood (39 points), roared back and actually took the lead before the Bucs tied it at 61 at the end of regulation time. Each team managed only five points in the first overtime. Bedford outscored Stoughton 11-2 in the second OT.
“I switched to a match-up zone towards the end of the fourth and in overtime due to foul trouble and to protect from their dribble drives in the lane,” said Head Coach Anthony Halls. “The zone was effective in helping to contain them.”
“My guys responded well and we were poised down the stretch,” said Halls. “They were tired, but we are conditioned very well to play in these types of situations.”
Baskets from Justice Buchannan, Justin Liberman, and Camdyn Shoesmith and clutch free throws and rebounds from Eric Miles propelled the Buccaneers to second-overtime success.
Bedford’s scoring was led by Liberman, a junior who came off the bench to collect 22 points, including a pair of key three-point baskets – one in the fourth quarter and the next in overtime.
The junior captains, Buchannan and Shoesmith, scored 18 and 13, respectively. Freshman Mekhi Volcy added 14 points “and continues to improve every game,” said Halls.
Bedford plays its fourth consecutive road game on Tuesday with a varsity tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m. at Weston.