Bombers Drop to 2-3 on Spring After Loss to Blue Bears
|Sayreville’s Jahsim Floyd goes up for a layup late in the first half against Barringer II on Wednesday night in the Kean Spring League. Barringer II won the game, 56-42.|
UNION, NJ–After defeating Barringer’s other squad, Barringer I on Monday night at the 2016 Kean Spring League, Sayreville returned to action on Wednesday with a match-up against Barringer II. This time, the game produced a different result. In a back and forth, fast paced game that also included a bit of physical play at times, Barringer produced key runs at the beginning and end to the second half to come away with a 56-42 victory.
The Blue Bears, which led almost throughout the contest, broke away from a 32-27 halftime lead with a 12-3 spurt over the first seven minutes or so of the second half, and then after a 7-0 run by Sayreville closed the gap again to single digits with just under eight minutes to play, Barringer II put together a 12-2 run for a 56-39 to put the game away. Barringer opened the game strong with 7 of the first 9 points over a span of a little over four minutes.
Sayreville, which got its only points of the contest early on from two free throws by Opeolwa Olaloko, got back into the game thanks to Ryan O’Leary, who knocked down a three pointer from the left corner to close the gap to 18-12 at the 12:29 mark and then made a layup that narrowed the deficit to 19-15 with 10:59 remaining in the first half. The Bombers continued to chip away at the deficit with a 7-6 run that included five straight points. Hendersen Mautes connected on a floater and O’Leary converted a three point play to highlight the run.
The Bombers eventually took a 27-26 edge after a 5-1 spurt that included a layup by Jahsim Floyd, but the lead didn’t last long. Barringer II struck for a three pointer with about two minutes to play in the half, and another three before the end of the period for a 32-27 advantage at the intermission. The Blue Bears continued to pull away at the start of the second half by scoring 9 of the first 12 points including a breakaway two handed jam for a 41-30 lead at the 15:17 mark. Barringer II added a three for a 44-30 lead a short time later before Sayreville showed signs of coming back to life.
O’Leary led the charge with all seven points during a 7-0 spurt over a span of over five minutes. The junior guard began the rally with a three pointer from the right wing, and then followed that with a two handed jam, and a bank shot in transition to pull the Bombers within single digits again at 44-37 with 7:49 remaining. Sayreville would get no closer though. Instead, Barringer put the game away with a 12-2 spurt over a span of 6:56. Highlighting the run was several transition layups and an emphatic two handed jam for a 56-39 lead with under a minute to play.
Sayreville scored the final three points including a outback by Olaloko with only six seconds to play. The defeat dropped the Bombers to 2-3 on the Spring at Kean. Sayreville’s wins were against Roselle and Barringer I while its losses have come at the hands of Millburn, Verona and Barringer II. The Bombers will be back in action next week with games on Monday and Wednesday night against Newark Arts and Watchung Hills. For details such as the game times, check out Sayreville’s schedule at Kean in the blog.