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Notre Dame Prep broke open a very tight game with five minutes remaining in the contest to capture the 2nd Bridgton Winter Classic tournament. In the first half, it was a similar story as the visiting Crusaders edged out to a 38-30 lead at the half with a couple key buckets in the final minute. The Wolverines stayed close throughout most of the second half reducing the deficit to one on several occasions but some costly errors with the ball and hot shooting by Notre Dame Prep allowed the margin to widen in the final minutes. Todd Mayo led Notre Dame with a game high 22 points and virtually willed his team to victory. Donnie Hale (New Albany, IN) was again solid for the Wolverines on both ends and paced the scoring attack with twenty and he had plenty of help from guards Corey Spence (Baltimore, MD), Kareem Canty (New York, NY), and the front court tandem of Ryan Martin (London, England) and Daniel Franca (Sao Paulo, Brazil).
Coach Lesure pointed out the plays that Notre Dame made to close the game out as the difference on the afternoon. “ They finished some plays extremely well, and showed their mettle down the stretch. I was comfortable with the position we put ourselves in but there is no question we have to learn from this and close games with better execution. I really don’t fault our effort too much. We can play harder, but our team concept is better right now than it has been in a while. Hats off to Athletic Director Joe Sawicki for the development of the Winter Classic, and to the many people behind the scenes for helping to showcase Bridgton Academy and the Lakes Region to the participating teams and spectators. And congratulations to ND Prep for winning their second consecutive Winter Classic tournament," said Lesure.
In the consolation game, St. Thomas More broke open a tight game at halftime to defeat NEPSAC rival MCI.
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