BEVERLY — Beverly High basketball coach Scott Lewis spent yesterday wondering how his undefeated team would stack up against a quality opponent like Lynn English.
The first conclusion he would reach after a 70-52 blowout loss at home was that the Panthers (2-1) have a long way to go.
But on the plus side, there’s a lot of basketball remaining and Beverly did show some promise despite the lopsided outcome.
“It was a learning lesson,” said Lewis. “It was disappointing (that the Panthers weren’t more competitive). They’re one of the best teams in the league and I wanted to see how we’d respond. We’re just not used to seeing this kind of team. We were a little nervous and it showed in the way we missed layups and free throws. But that’s a very talented team that we played.”
The Bulldogs played the role of aggressor and were rewarded with a game-changing 13-0 run that turned a 25-20 contest into a 38-20 lead shortly before halftime. Beverly would slice it to eight in the third quarter, but that was as close as it would get.
Quite simply, Lynn English (2-1) was superior in every facet of the game. The Bulldogs had more offensive weapons and knew how to use them. They pounded Beverly on the offensive glass, especially in the first quarter while grabbing 20-13 lead, and their full court press and trapping game never allowed the Panthers offense to turn comfortable. A 5-for-16 performance at the foul line also undermined Beverly’s cause.
“That’s not like us; we’re usually better than that at the line,” said Lewis. “But we didn’t break their press and I thought that was the key to the game. They’re a team that can wear you down with all that pressure.”
Lynn English showed a lot of creativity and variety on offense. Junior guard Fred Hogan, who is clearly the leader/orchestrator for coach Mike Carr, finished with a game-high 19 points, including three trifectas. Sophomore guard Erick Rosario added 14 points and impressive-looking freshman Anthony Silfa chipped in 12 points off the bench, matching Hogan with three 3-pointers.