BHS Boys Topple 12-1 Waltham, Head for Cambridge

February 5, 2024
BHS Boys’ varsity basketball earned 49-41 win against a tough Waltham team on Sunday. The Bucs head to Cambridge Rindge and Latin on Tuesday. Photo by Finn Harte

It was a statement boys’ basketball win during the weekend, but the Bedford High School Buccaneers don’t have much time to savor it.

After shutting down 12-1 Waltham in a make-up game on the Hawks’ court on Sunday afternoon, 49-41, the team prepares for another away game on Tuesday evening vs. the Dual County League’s premier opponent, Cambridge Rindge and Latin.

“Cambridge is always a tough place to play,” said BHS Head Coach Anthony Halls. “We’re just trying to take one game at a time.” 

Senior Camdyn Shoesmith score 16 points and had 18 rebounds in Sunday’s Waltham game. Photo by Finn Harte

Until Sunday, the Falcons were the only team to beat Waltham – and that took double overtime.

On Sunday, the Hawks’ star point guard Steph Barnes scored 26 against Bedford, but the Bucs pretty much shut down the rest of the attack. Indeed, only two other Hawks managed to score. 

“It was a collective defensive effort,” Halls said. “It was really good help defense, getting to their open shooters.”

Bedford, now 12-2, led at the half, briefly relinquished the lead in the third quarter, and then held off Waltham for the win with senior Justin Liberman (12 points) burying two key three-point shots late to solidify the outcome. Camdyn Shoesmith led the scoring with 16 points and controlled the boards with 18 rebounds. 

Bedford returns home on Friday evening against Boston Latin. The team will honor its seven seniors.

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