Brunswick School began the new year in style, getting its first win of the season Saturday — a 64-35 victory against visiting Hopkins School in an FAA basketball matchup.
Forward Graham Pierce scored a game-high 14 points for the Bruins (1-7), who received a balanced scoring effort and built a comfortable first-half lead.
“Getting that first win feels great,” Bruins first-year coach Steve Juricek said. “Hopefully, we can build on this win and pick up where we left off today in our next game.”
Guard/forward Jack Molloy added 10 points, while guard Tristan Joseph had 10 for Brunswick, which entered halftime with a commanding 33-10 lead. Leading 21-9 after the first 12 minutes of play, the Bruins quickly extended their advantage.
Point guard Nacho Nwana’s layup off a steal and forward Brennan Troy’s fastbreak layup put the Hilltoppers in a 27-9 hole at the 2:10 mark of the opening half. Pierce’s pass in transition to Nwana led to another layup for the Bruins, who forced numerous turnovers with their effective man-to-man defense. They also a full court press to disrupt Hopkins’ offense.
“We got our hands in the passing lanes and forced a lot of turnovers,” Juricek said. “Our pressure on the ball also resulted in us making a lot of steals.”
The home team continued to flourish on both ends of the court during the second half, eventually building its lead to more than 30 points. John Atkins led Hopkins with 11 points.
“We had a lot of good spacing, which allowed us to execute well offensively,” Juricek said. “The second half, we didn’t let down, we kept executing and we were very aggressive on defense.”