Surging Basketball Buccaneers to Honor Seniors on Tuesday Night

January 30, 2023
Five Seniors from the BHS Boy’s Varsity Basketball Team will be celebrated at Tuesday night’s game against Lincoln-Sudbury. Top (L-R) Jamie Buchannan Jr., Jayvon Williams, Bottom (L-R) Andrew Blunt, Ryan Cohen, and Eric Miles. Images: bedfordhsboysbball/

The Bedford High School boys’ basketball team will bid a reluctant goodbye to January with a home game vs. Lincoln-Sudbury Regional at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Tuesday will be the penultimate game of the regular season, and the Bucs and their fans will recognize the team’s five seniors before the action on the court.

Since Jan. 1, Bedford has won six of seven games – indeed, since losing two of their first three, the Bucs are 10-4 and trying to position themselves for a home game in the MIAA post-season tournament.

The Bucs are also undefeated in the Dual County League. 

“We still have three more league games so we will see how we finish down the stretch,” said Head Coach Anthony Halls. 

Last week, Bedford went on the road and returned with two victories. Friday’s 50-46 win at 9-3 Waltham went back and forth with seven points, the largest lead by either team.

The Bucs taking their post game shot after a taking a W against Waltham 50-46 on Friday night. Image: bedfordhsboysbball/

“As usual when these teams play, it comes down to the final minutes to decide the winner,” Halls said. 

Justice Buchannan with a late bucket and key rebounds from Jamie Buchannan, Jr. and Camdyn Shoesmith helped seal the win.

“Everyone had a hand in this win,” Halls said, including Jamie Baer’s key three-point corner basket in the fourth quarter and solid defense throughout by Ryan Cohen and Eric Miles. 

Last week on Tuesday at Boston Latin, the Bucs broke up a close game in the second quarter and cruised to a 61-37 victory.

Shoesmith led the balanced attack with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Justin Liberman and Justice Buchannan chipped in with ten and nine points, respectively. 

Reflecting on his five seniors leading up to Tuesday’s recognition, Halls noted that Cohen, Jamie Buchannan, and Miles all were DCL football all-stars, and Jayvon Williams, playing varsity basketball for the first time, was also a key part of the 9-2 team. 

“These guys give our team an added toughness,” he said.

Halls also lauded his sole senior who didn’t play football, Andrew Blunt, a two-year varsity Buccaneer. “He has continued to improve this year. All five seniors have contributed to the team this year and I’m proud to be their coach.”

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