The Lynn Classical boys basketball team fought its way back from a 26-22 halftime deficit to come back and defeat host Masconomet in the first round of the Division 2 North tournament, 49-46.
Lynn Classical was led by senior guard Moise Builou who tallied 13 points.
Masconomet 6-foot-1 senior captain and 1,000-point scorer Adam Bramanti was held to 13 points after scoring a combined 60 in two games at the Masconomet tournament last week.
"We played a triangle defense to shut him down," said Lynn Classical coach Tom Grassa. "They have a very high structured offense and when you make a kid work that hard on offense it takes away from his defense."
After suffering a shoulder injury in the third quarter, Bramanti wasnít able to help his Chieftains regain the lead as he was almost non existent on the floor from that point forward going 1-6 from beyond the arc in the second half.
Classical's Derrick Edmonds' fast break layup with two minutes left helped Classical pull away 43-41 and establish a lead that they would never give up.
"Trailing at the half, we knew we had to keep coming at him (Bramanti) with fresh legs," Grassa said. "Our boys played tough tonight, never gave up and the low-scoring game really showed that."
But, as the tournament continues, Grassa knows his players need to get ready for their next opponent.
"Our next game will be much different as we struggle more with teams that have a high structured, low tempo defense," Grassa said. "So if it's Brighton, then it'll be a shootout.
"Our focus all year has been to let our defense dictate the tempo and make that the main focus point," Grassa continued. "We have to work our tails off and keep our turnovers under 25 because thatís how you win games down the stretch."
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