Bristol sails by Mathews, will challenge Newbury
By JIM FLICK
WARREN -- Three players scored in double figures for Bristol High Saturday night, as the Panthers blasted Mathews 66-48 to advance in the Division IV boys basketball tournament at Warren G. Harding Fieldhouse.
Bristol's next opponent will be Newbury, which defeated Mogadore 65-58 in Saturday's first game.
Junior guard Joe Harkelrode led the Bristol offense with 14 points, while Nick Brown tallied 12 and Richard Benchia came off the bench to add 10 points. Mitch King, the team's leading scorer, scored nine points, while Justin Oviatt added eight points.
Mathews' Josh Collier led all scorers with 19 points, while Tarin Brown contributed 17 points to the Mustangs' efforts.
Saturday's game marked the third time this season Bristol (14-8) defeated Mathews (4-17).
Despite his team's multi-faceted offense, Bristol coach Mark Giesy said "playing hard defense and rebounding" were the keys to his team's win.
Bristol took control from the outset, and held a 23-11 lead after the first quarter. Early in the game, the Panthers relied on three-point shots. Four of Bristol's first five field goals were three-pointers.
Nick Brown contributed heavily to Bristol's earlier deluge scoring 12 points in the first quarter.
Bristol extended the lead in the second quarter, outscoring Mathews 12-7 to take a 35-18 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Panthers extended the lead to 54-34 as they outscored Mathews 19-16.