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HSBBB: Quickstart Helps Bridges Resist JPII

Bridges Prep boys basketball picked up a solid road victory Wednesday at John Paul II, fending off a second-half comeback by the Golden Warriors for a 60-54 win in an out-of-region game.

The Golden Warriors stumbled in the first quarter as the Bucs took a 16-7 lead after one quarter, but JPII settled in and cut the lead to 32-24 at halftime. Bridges cut the lead to 15 late in the third quarter, but James Keefer and Jackson Ogden sparked a fourth-quarter comeback to bring JPII back before falling short.

Damien Bee set up another impressive stat line for Bridges with 16 points, eight rebounds, nine assists and four steals, while Zaire Nelson scored 18 points and grabbed four steals, and Jeremiah Ponder hit a 3-point trio in route to 10 points. . Davion Washington had eight points and 11 boards, and Tony Jones had eight points, 10 rebounds and three blocks to help the Bucs control the paint.

Jackson Ogden led JPII with 19 points and four assists, while Mark Knight had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and James Keefer had 12 points and four assists.

Bridges Prep (14-4, 3-2) returns to regional play at Allendale-Fairfax on Friday. JPII (5-2, 1-0) travels to HHCA for a regional game on Friday.

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