HARVARD -- Coming into Friday night's game, Bromfield's opponent, West Boylston, was winless in its first seven games.
The Lions put its winless woes behind it and took advantage of Bromfield's mishandling of the ball, as the Trojans fell 61-46.
Bromfield's defense allowed West Boylston to gallop out to a 10-0 run to end the first quarter, behind the lights-out shooting of Tyler Peters, who finished with a game-high 21 points. The Trojans had trouble hanging onto the basketball, turning it over 22 times in the game due to errant passes and overall sloppy play. On Wednesday, Bromfield took one step forward as it hung with Littleton and fell by 12, but on Friday, whatever lesson it had learned against the Tigers went in one ear and out the other.
"Honestly, they beat us in every facet of the game," first-year head coach Ryan Kilian said. "At the end of the day, I told them they have to dig deep and give 100 percent. We've got to get better from the coaches all the way down to the last guy. It's a roller coaster of emotions as a player and as a coach. In Basketball, no disrespect to West Boylston -- they out-coached us and out-played us -- they wanted it more than we did tonight."
West Boylston streaked out to a quick 5-0 run, as Max O'Day swished home a baseline three-pointer 35 seconds into the game. Bromfield battled back. Sophomore point guard Jake Frackiewicz buried a three-pointer from the top of the key off a nice pass from Ben Veno to cut the deficit to one, 7-6. However, Bromfield retook the lead after back-to-back baskets from Ben Neville and Frackiewicz made it 13-7. West Boylston started to heat up as the quarter came to a close. The Lions went on an 8-0 run to end the first with a 15-13 lead.
In the second quarter, it was all West Boylston. Bromfield trimmed the Lions' lead to 19-16 after Frackiewicz finished strong at the cup with a coast-to-coast lay-up. West Boylston led 28-21 at the half. Bromfield continued to scrap in the third quarter, but wild passes and dropped rebounds continued to plague the Trojans. West Boylston made the Trojans pay in transition with Peters and O'Day converting on powerful drives to the basket. West Boylston's lead rapidly morphed to a 13-point spread after Peters swished home a mid-range jumper.
Bromfield went on a 7-2 run to end the third trailing West Boylston 41-31. Bromfield cut the lead to single digits midway through the fourth at eight, but West Boylston ended the game on a hot-streak. The Lions rode Peters and O'Day to the end and picked up its first win of the season. With the loss, Kilian's Trojans fall to 1-7.
"We all have to look ourselves in the mirror -- not just me, but the boys as well," he said. "We need to reevaluate and keep working hard. We are not going to make excuses. It's the accountability factor -- we're a young team. Everyone knows what they need to do to get better." Frackiewicz led the Trojans with 18 points.