Seniors Camdyn Shoesmith and Justice Buchannan combined for 44 points and 18 rebounds, powering the Bedford High School Buccaneers to a 70-47 boys’ basketball win over Acton-Boxborough in the 2023-24 season opener on Friday.
Shoesmith, with 26 points, seemed unstoppable once he established position in the low post, and besides eight baskets, he sank 10 of 13 from the foul line. Buchannan, slashing and penetrating to the basket, added 18.
The Bucs entertain Lowell Catholic on Tuesday with the varsity game scheduled to tap off at 6:30 p.m.
Head Coach Anthony Halls was gratified that the team began Friday’s game with “great intensity. We always preach ‘energy, effort, and attitude.’”
The Bucs led after one quarter, 22-9, thanks to the defense (A-B took nine shots and turned the ball over eight times) and sophomore Mekhi Volcy, who scored nine points, seven of them follow-ups from offensive rebounds. At one point Bedford had a 12-0 run.
For the rest of the night, the A-B Revolution never got closer than 11, missing 29 shots and turning the ball over 22 times.
The Bucs won comfortably despite missing 13 of 15 shot attempts from outside the arc. “Tonight, we didn’t need it; we had an advantage on the inside. But there are times when we are going to have to find other ways to win,” Halls acknowledged. He added, “When we play solid defense, we always will have a chance to win.”
Justin Lieberman added nine points for the Bucs. Halls played eight Buccaneers for most of the game, although Trevor Forman departed during the first half with an apparent ankle injury.