In his second game back in a Canalmen purple jersey, senior center Cam Dunbury helped fuel a furious comeback as the Bourne boys’ basketball team raced by Nauset in a non-league content.
Dunbury scored a game-high 23 points to go with his game-high 22 rebounds as the 6-foot-9 big man was no match for the Warriors in the Canalmen’s 67-52 win on Monday, December 30, in North Eastham.
The visitors were hit hard early by Nauset, which jumped out to leads of 13-2 and 18-4 to begin the game. Bourne remained composed and turned the tempo in its favor, closing the first quarter on a 20-7 run to take a 22-20 lead.
“Perseverance,” Bourne head coach Scott Ashworth shared on Twitter following the game. “We were down [early], then we started playing Canalmen basketball.”
In the second quarter, the Canalmen extended their narrow lead to six points, 38-32, at halftime. Over the course of the final two quarters of play Bourne limited the Warriors to 20 points in that span, highlighted by impressive defensive play from senior Wyatt Ream.
Chris Darcy scored seven of his 12 points in the fourth quarter. Freshman guard Trey Merritt, coming off the bench, played a key role at the point guard position for Ashworth. He scored five points, five rebounds and nine assists in the game.
Nauset senior guard Bobby Joy led the Warriors with 20 points.
Bourne 57, Dartmouth 52
In their second meeting of the young season, the Canalmen found themselves on the winning end of a tight contest with the Indians.
Hosting Dartmouth on December 27 in a non-conference game, Bourne scored its first win of the season, 57-52, in Cam Dunbury’s return in a Canalmen uniform. Standing at 6-foot-9, Dunbury was given a number of opportunities in the post early on that opened up outside looks for his opponent. He finished with nine points in his first game back with Bourne after missing the first five games of this year and playing for Falmouth last year.
Senior co-captain Steve Barmarshi had a team-high 17 points, including nine points from beyond the arc, while Merritt had 11 points from the point guard position. Darcy added nine points while Mo Khan, Ream and Branden Anderson played well off the bench.
Bourne led 28-23 at halftime and turned that into a 10-point lead entering the fourth quarter. Ten missed free throws in the game didn’t help Dartmouth in its comeback attempt.
The Indians were led by Eric Viera’s 16 points and eight points apiece from Myles Silva and Ethan Risgin.
Bourne (2-5, 0-0 SCC-Gold) opens SCC Gold Division play Friday, January 3, against Fairhaven at 6:30 PM.