(January 6, 2015) The RFH Bulldogs took down the Shore Blue Devils in an exciting back and forth game tonight, by a score of 56-46. In a game marked by runs on both sides, it was the Bulldogs who pulled ahead, coming away with a big rivalry victory. Brendan Barry had another great game for RFH, pouring in 25 points, five rebounds, and six assists, pushing his season scoring average to 21.5. Thomas Famulary had a good game of his own, scoring 12 points and dishing out five assists.
The Bulldogs took the early lead, quickly going ahead 4-0 on athletic layup by Barry and Alex Geiger. A Barry-three pushed the RFH lead to seven, however, Shore soon responded with a run of their own. The Blue Devils immediately scored 10 unanswered points, and went ahead 10-7. That was followed by a 5-0 run by the Bulldogs to end the quarter, and after one, RFH owned a 12-10 lead.
The beginning of the second period saw more back and forth action, with neither team able to break away. The squads matched each other bucket for bucket before, late in the second, a Famulary-three pushed the Bulldogs ahead by five. Alex Geiger, Morgan Maguire, and Famulary each scored four in the quarter. Going into halftime, RFH owned a 27-22 lead.
The third quarter saw the Bulldogs start fast offensively, the team going on a 6-0 run to begin the half. The quick run, a three-pointer each by Barry and Geiger, caused Shore to call a timeout just two minutes into the third. The timeout did little to slow RFH, and with 2:45 remaining until the fourth, the Bulldog lead was 14. The double-digit lead was short lived, however, and the Blue Devils responded with six straight points to end the period. Barry added two more three-pointers in the quarter, and entering the final period, the Bulldogs owned a 42-34 lead.
The opening two and a half minutes of the fourth saw Barry hit his sixth and seventh three-pointers of the night, and another run by the Bulldogs caused Shore, down 14, to call a timeout. As expected, the Blue Devils weren’t done just yet. A five-minute long stretch saw Shore hold RFH to two points during the run, and the Blue Devils cut the Bulldog lead to six with 52 seconds left. That was when Barry made his biggest play of the night, cutting off a Shore pass and going the distance for a game-clinching layup. Geiger added two free throws for good measure, and RFH walked away with a big 10-point victory.
The Bulldogs’ next contest is another divisional matchup on Friday the 9th against the Holmdel Hornets. The game is away in Holmdel and tip is scheduled for 6:30pm.