BRIDGMAN — The New Buffalo boys basketball team bounced back from its first loss off the season (an 80-64 setback at Niles Brandywine on Jan. 28) by holding off Bridgman 66-56 the next night.
The victory keeps the Bison atop the BCS White Division standings.
The Bison led by a single point (15-14) after one quarter as Kaden Parmley scored six early points for NB while Riley Gloe knocked down a trio of three-pointers for the host Bees.
The game remained a close one through the third quarter, with baskets by Mark Shaw and Jeremiah Mitchell (a three-point play) using the New Buffalo lead to 39-33 midway through the third.
Jayce Warren reeled off seven quick points for Bridgman to forge a 39-all tie at the 2:41 mark of the third.
The Bison answered by finishing the quarter on a 9-1 run as Zack Forker, Parmley, Ryan Vinson and Shaw powered the strong finish.
New Buffalo took charge early in the fourth frame with Vinson’s bucket, an Anthony Anderson three-pointer and a steal and lay-up from Shaw forging a 55-43 margin.
The Bison maintained a solid lead thanks to scores by Vinson, Shaw and Jeremiah Mitchell.
Warren and John Sanderson led a late charge by knocking down consecutive three-pointers that cut the lead down to five points (61-56).
Anderson shut the door by sinking a “3” with 44 seconds remaining to make it a 64-56 ball-game.
“It’s under pressure, it’s a tough shot, I knocked it down, that’s all that matters,” Anderson said.
Bridgman coach Mike Miller said the Bees gave up 20 offensive rebounds.
“You cannot win a basketball game giving up 20 offensive rebounds.”
New Buffalo coach Nate Tripp said of the Bison-Bee rivalry “it’s real, it’s alive.”
He said the Jan. 29 victory was a nice bounce-back after the team “just didn’t show up to compete” against the Bobcats.