BRADFORD – The Bradford Railroaders stayed perfect on the season with a 58-47 Friday night WOAC win over the visiting Ansonia Tigers.
“That’s a very physical basketball team,” Bradford coach, Jay Hall said of Ansonia’s play. “I give them guys a lot of credit. They play hard. Ansonia’s always had that reputation and I knew it was going to be this way coming into it tonight. They had a very successful football season and a lot of those kids are competitors and tip your hat to them. They came to play. I’m proud of our effort and how they responded.”
“Football did slow us down to get started but now it’s time to put those excuses in the past,” said Ansonia coach, Tony Overton. “Football season is over, now it’s time to turn into basketball players.”
Bradford took advantage of 30 Parker Davidson game points and 13 first quarter points including three treys to give the Railroaders an 18-10 lead after one period of play.
“We don’t run a bunch of set plays for him (Davidson),” said Hall. “He’s a smart player, he plays hard, guys look for him, he’s able to get open, he’s very good coming off reads, things like that – that’s just him.”
“Bradford is a very good team,” noted Overton. “The Davidson kid is very smooth. He’s a heck of a player.”
The Darke County teams played to a 12-12 second quarter score with Davidson accounting for six Bradford points sending the teams to the break with the Roaders leading 30-22.
Period No. 3 went to Bradford by a 15-11 score giving the home team a double digit 45-33 lead with three quarters in the book. Parker paced Bradford with 7-points including his forth triple of the night and Owen Canan canning two 3-pointers for 6-points.
“It was touch and go a few times where we could have packed it in and gave up a little bit and we didn’t,” Coach Hall said. “We fought through some adversity and ultimately came out the way we wanted to.”
Ansonia was 1-point better in the fourth taking the period 14-13 to give the Railroaders an 11 point Friday night conference win.
BRADFORD 58, ANSONIA 47
BRADFORD – P. Davidson 30, O. Canan 13, H. Hull 5, L. Wills 5, T. Miller 4, L. Monnin 1 – TOTALS 17 6-11 6 58
ANSONIA – I. Schmitmeyer 11, E. Reichart 6, T. Spence 6, T. Hemmerick 5, E. Moody 5, M. Barga 4, G. Stammen 4, L. Bowman 3, J. Creager 3 – TOTALS 11 16-22 3 47
Bradford 6 (P. Davidson 4, O. Canan 2)
Ansonia 3 (L. Bowman 1, T. Hemmerick 1, E. Moody 1)
SCORE by QUARTERS
18-12-15-13 58 Bradford
10-12-11-14 47 Ansonia