Bulldogs Pull Away For Northern Title

 

Photo: Tough defense by Bulldog senior veteran John Massaad. (Photo by John Rogers).

Outscore SA 23-13 In Second Half To Collect 43-31 Victory

Senior veteran James Mersereau entered the Machias Bulldog’s Northern Regional Championship against a tough SA squad, which boasted five veteran seniors, determined to win the championship and then played the entire 32-minutes with that goal in mind. Both teams were 17-1 on the regular season with Machias a lone loss to Greenville and SA a loss to Fort Fairfield. 

In the opening eight Machias nudged ahead by a lone point as Mersereau and Jacob Godfrey hit 4-each and Jordan Grant added a single basket, ending 10-9. It was a same scenario in the second period as senior John Massaad and Mersereau each hit 4 and Godfrey made two free throws to enter the lockers with the Bulldogs leading 20-18. 

Tough “D” in the third frame limited the Warriors to just 4-points while Machias had Mersereau again hitting 4-points and Massaad and Mark Anthony each collecting a hoop, spread the 24-minute advantage to 28-22. 

During the final stanza James Mersereau continued to battle, hitting 2-baskets and 4-free-throws for eight points, John Massaad nailing 5 of 6 free throws, and senior Camon Johnson connected for a basket while the Machias defense held the Warriors to just 9-points giving the Bulldogs the 2017 Northern Class D Championship by a 43-31 finish! 

In a great team effort that was paced by a superb evening by senior Captain James Mersereau who scored 20-points, pulled in 17-rebounds, and had 3-steals, the Bulldogs are headed to the States. John Massaad was big earning 11-points with 7-boards and 2-assists. Senior guard Camon Johnson had a bucket, 2-steals, and 4-assists in the win. Senior captain Mark Anthony was big on the boards pulling in 6-rebounds and scoring 2-points. 

Junior captain center Jacob Godfrey hit 6-points with 9-rebounds. Senior Nolan Altvater was big for the SA Warriors scoring 18-points with 4-steals and 8-rebounds.

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CONGRATULATIONS MACHIAS BULLDOGS - BRING HOME THE GOLD NEXT SATURDAY!


 

Junior Alex Marotta controlling the action out front. (Photo by John Rogers).