BRHS boys’ basketball suffers rare playoff miss

By: Sean Moylan
   For three quarters, the Bordentown Regional High School boys’ varsity basketball team held its own against a solid Holy Cross squad last Thursday evening at Bordentown.
   In fact, the Scotties and Lancers went into the final quarter all knotted up at 35-35.
   But unfortunately, Holy Cross gained control with a 21-12 fourth quarter to win the contest, 56-47.
   Still there was a Herculean 13-point effort by Thomas Knapp in defeat, which could not easily be forgotten. Moreover Danny Sasso popped in a couple of three pointers on his way to scoring nine points. While Tom Gutowski (nine points), Mike Pracko (eight points), Brandon Fraser (three points), Kevin Cumming and James Brotherton (two points) all tallied for Bordentown too.
   Bordentown led 9-5 after a quarter, but it didn’t have enough firepower to close it out.
   Unless they re-scheduled several more games in the interim, for the first time in Mark Drew’s great coaching career the Scotties will not qualify for the state tournament.
   But Coach Drew is doing other things with his squad, including giving several underclassmen some valuable playing time. Bordentown has rarely had to rebuild before because it was always winning and forever preparing for the playoffs. But for the remainder of this season, Coach Drew can experiment with his squad to find the right chemistry for next year’s team. At the same time he can give the upperclassmen the minutes they deserve while trying to win as many games as possible.
   Bordentown (4-11) postponed this past Tuesday’s scheduled home game versus Burlington City because of inclement weather.
   Bordentown is scheduled to host Delran today (Thursday). Tomorrow (Friday) Bordentown is scheduled at Riverside. Then on Tuesday, Bordentown is scheduled at Burlington Township.