The Bedford High boys basketball team has a 6'9" sophomore, a 6'8" senior, a 6'8" junior, a 6'7" sophomore and a 6'4" freshman. Pelham meanwhile doesn't have anyone taller than 6'1". However Pelham showed that size does not matter, and that speed, skill and aggressiveness will beat size. They not only beat Bedford, but they completely dominated them, winning 64-25 on Thursday night in front of a packed crowd at the Snake Pit in Pelham.
Pelham led 18-2 at the end of the 1st quarter. They forced 32 Bedford turnovers, while only turning it over 5 times themselves. And despite giving up about a foot of height at every position the Pythons still managed to out-rebound the Bulldogs. They were quicker to the loose balls and to the rebounds. They were able to speed up the pace of the game, and Bedford just couldn't keep up with Pelham in an up-tempo game. They also did a great job of denying the post and making it difficult for Bedford's big guys Trevor Fahmy, Collin MacManus and Roger Larrivee to get good looks inside.
Led by their all-state back court of Derek Defranzo (8 points, 6 steals, 5 rebounds and 5 assists) and Brett Bailey (a game-high 18 points), Pelham made a statement that they're a team to be reckoned with in Division II. The other 3 starters - Anthony Spirou, Erik Nystrom and Jake Vaiknoras were also very good as well as Brian Finney and Kevin Cheam coming off the bench.