SOUTH LANCASTER -- Head coach Ryan Kilian's Bromfield Trojans are still searching for their identity 17 games into the regular season. Bromfield has shown flashes in both full and half-court sets, but the young team has had its share of growing pains throughout the season.
On Monday night, Bromfield traveled to South Lancaster Academy in a nonleague makeup contest. The Trojans were led by sophomore point guard Jake Frackiewicz, who finished the night with a team-high 15 points. Frackiewicz also added four steals and six assists in the win.
"At this stage as a program we will take the wins," Kilian said. "We just need to get better. Sometimes I think it is because we are a young team.
"We were missing a few seniors tonight, they were sick," he said. "We are still making big strides to get W's. South Lancaster came out and played us pretty hard. We are struggling playing man-to-man right now. We still don't have an identity. That's what I want to get out of this season."
Bromfield started the game on a 11-2 run behind the strong play of Frackiewicz and sophomore forward Mark Schwiegershausen. The Trojans continued to put the heat on South Lancaster defensively. Bromfield limited the speedy Crusaders' offense to six points and lead 15-6 after one. The Crusaders came out of the second quarter break and caught Bromfield under the jaw with a pair of three-pointers by their sharp-shooter Lucas Raposo (21 points). Raposo knocked down consecutive three-point baskets from the left elbow to bring South Lancaster back within three to 15-12. Bromfield closed the second on a 11-6 run to take a 26-18 lead into the half.
The Trojans came out of half-time and outscored the Crusaders, 17-4, in the third quarter. Key baskets from junior center Kevin McCauley and Schwiegershausen helped the Trojans' lead blossom to 43-22 at the end of three. Bromfield went into cruise-control in the fourth and grew its lead to as much as 26 points following a turn-around jumper by Ben Veno. Raposo hit a half-court shot as time expired for the Crusaders. Raposo led South Lancaster with 21 points, 15 of which came from behind the three-point arc.
McCauley poured in a season-high eight points and ripped down five rebounds .
Schwiegershausen finished the night with 10 points and three rebounds. Veno also had five boards.
"Jake and Mark are going to be strong in the back-court for us next season," the coach said. "We have some post kids who are young in Ben Neville and Ryan Bowman who was sick tonight. If they can keep getting better, we will be okay. Kevin came in and played big for us. He got some good rebounds and tough points."
The Trojans will play its next three games on the road at West Boylston, Maynard and Worcester North before returning home to wrap up the season on senior night against Tahanto.