Thursday, March 15, 2012

Too Much Size for Bedford in Semi-Final Win Over Hanover

6'8" forward Trevor Fahmy had a huge game for Bedford, and he got help by fellow big men Collin McManus (6'10"), Roger Larrivee (6'7") and Samuel Thomas (6'8"). Together they dominated the boards and were consistently able to score in the paint. Fahmy had 21 points, 20 rebounds and 8 blocks, and the #5 seed Bulldogs defeated #1 seed Hanover 54-46 on Wednesday night in the second D-II semi-final game at UNH.

It was a great match-up inside with Fahmy going against Hanover's 6'5" forward Dan Gorman. Both players are seniors and potential first team all-state players in D-II. They battled each other all game, and Gorman had 16 points and 14 rebounds. They both played great, but the difference in the game was the 10-0 run that Bedford went on to begin the 2nd quarter. During that run Fahmy, McManus and Larrivee were too tough inside and junior guard James Caparell did a nice job of pressuring the Hanover guards defensively, making a couple of nice steals.

After a slam dunk by McManus (12 points and 9 rebounds) the Bulldogs built up a 40-25 lead in the 3rd quarter. Hanover refused to give up and showed good character by making a late run to cut the lead to 48-43 with 1:15 left in the 4th quarter on a 3-pointer by Ryan O'Rourke. But Bedford was able to hold on from there for the 54-46 final. Hanover was making their 5th trip to the final four in the last 12 years.

In just their 4th year of having varsity sports at the still new Bedford High, Bedford has now made the title game in both football and basketball this year. In Saturday afternoon's final they will take on Portsmouth, the same school which beat them in the D-III football title game just four months ago.

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