HARVARD -- Bromfield found themselves outmatched when the Littleton Tigers paid a visit last Tuesday night to the Bromfield High School Gymnasium.
The Trojans trailed by 12 at the half, but Littleton came out of the break with fury, outscoring Bromfield 50-12.
The Trojans were paced by freshman guard Jake Frackiewicz with 12 points.
Matt Griffin chipped in a double-double with 12 points and 12 boards in an 89-37 loss to the Tigers. Ryan Sullivan lit up the scoresheet with a game-high 22 points and 11 rebounds.
"Littleton got really good penetration in the lanes, which started in the second quarter," said Bromfield interim head coach Ed Frackiewicz. "They were able to really get the ball outside for the three-point shooting. We wanted to play some really good defense and did a good job in the first half. We just don't have the horses to play a good fast senior-laden lineup."
Littleton off the opening tip showed their speed and quickness, knifing through the Bromfield defense with precision. Littleton's Chris Murray swung a pass to Sullivan who buried a three from the left elbow with 6:03 remaining in the first quarter.
The Tigers broke the game open on a 9-0 run highlighted by baskets from Danny Johnson and Murray, putting Littleton out in front 12-3. Bromfield wouldn't hit a shot from the field until Granville found Griffin atop the Key for three to cut the Tigers lead to seven, 15-8. The Tigers closed the quarter on a 5-0 run, with a
Littleton's lead would continue to mount to 16 after another three-point bomb by Murray with 7:00 remaining in the second quarter. Ten seconds later, Frackiewicz pushed his way into the lane with a step-up crossover jumper.
The third quarter appeared to be a trading of baskets, as the Tigers outscored the Trojans in the quarter 19-17. Bromfield was still very much in the hunt at the end of the third, trailing 39-25, but in the fourth quarter the Tigers went in for the kill.
The points just continued to fall for the Tigers as Bromfield managed just 12 points in the second half. Bromfield was outscored in the third quarter 26-5, with their only baskets coming from Frackiewicz and Kennedy.
Frackiewicz mesmerized the Littleton defender with a ball-fake and flushed a three-pointer from the top of the key with 7:40 remaining. Tuesday's game was a tough one, and Frackiewicz believes that his team showed great grit and heart.
"Our seniors -- in even getting hammered by one of the top schools in central Mass. -- they played with great passion, even with the score being run up on us," said Frackiewicz. "Matt Griffin had a double-double. Our leading rebounder, Ryan Kennedy, fouled out, and that is when the floodgates opened."
Bromfield will get a shot at revenge with the Tigers when they travel to Littleton on Feb. 13. The Trojans showed great pride, despite trailing by more than 40 points in the second half. The Trojans are still very much in the district playoff hunt if they win four out of their remaining six league games.