Boys Focus on One Basketball Game at a Time

January 9, 2024
The BHS varsity boy’s basketball team advances to 6-1 after a 61-54 win at Lincoln-Sudbury. The Bucs take on Wayland in the Bedford High School gym, Friday at 7 p.m. Photo: bedfordhsboysbball

The Bedford High School varsity boys’ basketball Buccaneers have won six of their first seven games this season. But Head Coach Anthony Halls says that’s simply a product of a more focused goal: “We want to be 1-0 after each game – put your ‘all’ into this game.”

The next chance will be in the BHS gymnasium against longtime Dual County League rival Wayland on Friday at 7 p.m.

“Each team presents a different challenge for us,” Halls said, particularly on “things we want to focus on defensively.”

Through seven games, no opponent has scored more than 56 against Bedford. The most recent win, 61-54 at Lincoln-Sudbury last Friday, featured a fourth-quarter comeback with key contributions at both ends.

Bedford trailed 45-43 after three quarters, then outscored the home team 18-9 over the final eight minutes. 

There are plenty of games left on the schedule to watch the 6-1 Bucs play. Schedule: bedfordhsboysbball/

“Cam Shoesmith had a huge fourth quarter,” Halls said, while “the team elevated their defense.”  

The coach cited key defensive plays by Justice Buchannan, Justin Liberman, and Jameson Baer.

Seven Buccaneers scored in this game, and Halls thinks that’s significant. 

“We are probably going to see a lot of zone defense coming up. We have to combat that and make sure we are prepared,” he said. 

Shoesmith finished with 23 points and 20 rebounds. Buchannan added 12 points and assisted on eight baskets. Kersten Paul came off the bench for some key first-half points.

Last Tuesday, the Bucs won at Newton South, 57-52, defeating the Lions for the second time. Shoesmith, who missed the first game with an illness, led the Bedford scoring with 17 points. Buchannan and Liberman had 12 apiece and Mekhi Volcy added 11.

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