Spencer's 29 points leads Bristol Central boys basketball to third consecutive win in victory over Plainville

Published on Tuesday, 9 January 2018 22:30


BRISTOL - With a 9-6 lead midway through the first quarter, Bristol Central’s Jaekwon Spencer caught fire behind the arc, knocking down three 3-pointers in the first quarter to help the Rams set the tone early against Plainville.

The 11-point first quarter from Spencer and a pair of 3-pointers from teammate Noah Plantamuro led Bristol Central to a 24-10 first quarter and the Rams never looked back in a 74-59 win on Tuesday night.

“Our number one goal tonight was to dictate tempo,” Bristol Central head coach Tim Barrette said. “You could see their strategy right off the bat was they wanted to hold the ball, move the ball, hold the ball, and you can’t do that once we get the lead, so that run early allowed us to play ahead and allowed us to play at a much faster pace than Plainville wanted to tonight.”

Spencer finished with a game-high 29 points and featured an all-around offensive game by scoring from wherever he wanted and playing unselfish basketball, looking for his teammates.

“I normally … don’t come out as good as I did tonight,” Spencer said. “So I usually need to start out on the inside. But I came out good on the outside, so they came out and I took the advantage to go right by them and finish in the inside.”

Plantamuro added 16 points for Bristol Central including five 3-pointers.

“[Plantamuro] doesn’t take a drill off in practice,” Barrette said. “He shoots every shot in practice like it’s a game shot and it’s paid off for him in the first seven games this year.”

In the second quarter Bristol Central had five different players score as the Rams outscored the Blue Devils 17-12 in the frame.

Plantamuro added another six points in the second.

Plainville’s Pierre Ramirez scored five points in the second and knocked down a three.

The Rams led 41-22 at the end of the half.

To begin the second half, Plainville came out strong with a bucket from Dane Stephens, followed by a nice pump fake by Ben Dougherty drawing Spencer out of position as Dougherty drilled a three to get the Blue Devils out to a 5-0 start in the quarter.

However, whenever Plainville generated any offensive momentum, the early deficit came back to hurt as the lead was too much to overcome.

“We don’t match up with them in a lot of different positions,” Plainville head coach Jim Dinello said. “Basketball is a game of matchups and we tried zone, a little bit of man, a little bit of three quarter, trap, and they had an answer for everything, but that’s what talented, well-coached teams do. They deserve a lot of credit.”

The Blue Devils outscored the Rams 18-14 in the third quarter and then played an even fourth quarter, 19-19, behind 13 fourth quarter points from Dougherty, who finished with 25 points for Plainville.

For the Rams, it wasn’t the best defensive effort down the stretch, but the win is the third straight for Bristol Central, which is now 4-3 on the season.

“Defensively tonight we were poor,” Barrette said. “I wasn’t pleased with the effort. I didn’t think we rebounded the ball well. I got a lot of guys some minutes tonight and we have a game tomorrow, so we were trying to spread out some minutes tonight.”

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Central on Tuesday, 9 January 2018 22:30. Updated: Tuesday, 9 January 2018 22:33.