The Warriors used an 11-3 run over the final two minutes of Tuesday’s game to beat Bedford, 66-55, and clinch a share of the Dual County small title for the third year in a row.
“We finished strong tonight which was good,” said coach Dennis Doherty. “We weren’t able to do it last week, but did it tonight.”
On Feb. 12, the Warriors were up by 6 before dropping the 55-47 decision to Concord-Carlisle. Doherty feared the same happening as Bedford erased the 10-point halftime difference.
Senior guard Mark Bonner, playing in his third game since returning from an ankle injury, put Wayland (14-3) up by 4 with two minutes left to trigger the final run. Senior Dan Karp came off the bench and hit two free throws with 1:40 on the clock.
“It was a game of run. We kept getting a lead and they’d chip away at it,” Doherty said. “They made a bunch of runs but we didn’t break.”
The Warriors were led by senior guard Jaleel Bell’s 20 points and Bonner’s 19.
The win clinched a share of the Dual County League regular season title. A victory over Waltham on Feb. 21 would give the Warriors sole possession of first place in the conference.
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