BRISTOL - Down just three points midway through the first quarter, the Plainville boys basketball was holding its own against Bristol Central.
But the Rams finished the first frame on a 12-2 run and hit six 3-pointers in the quarter as the Blue Devils trailed 24-10 going into the second quarter.
That deficit led to the 74-59 loss for the Blue Devils on Tuesday evening.
Each time Plainville would discover an offensive rhythm and get something going, Bristol Central would answer with their explosive offensive attack.
“We don’t matchup with them in a lot of different positions,” Plainville head coach Jim DiNello said. “Basketball is a game of matchups and we tried zone, a little bit of man, a little bit of three quarter, trap and they had an answer for everything but that’s what talented, well coached teams do. They deserve a lot of credit.”
In the second quarter, Plainville allowed five different Bristol Central players to score and the Blue Devils were outscored 17-12. Plainville’s Pierre Ramirez scored five points in the second and knocked down a 3.
Noah Plantamuro added six points in the second for the Rams as the Blue Devils trailed 41-22 at the half.
Plainville came out strong to begin the third quarter with a bucket from Dane Stephens followed up by a nice pump fake by Ben Dougherty drawing Bristol Central’s Jaekwon Spencer out of position and Dougherty drilled a 3 to get the Blue Devils out to a 5-0 start in the quarter.
However, whenever Plainville generated any offensive momentum, the early deficit came back to hurt as the lead was too much to overcome.
As a team, the Blue Devils outscored Bristol Central in the second half 37-33, a bright spot for the young Plainville team against a more experienced Rams group.
“They’re just growing every day and that’s the big thing,” DiNello said of his players. “Every day we go to practice, we have one goal and that’s to get better.”
Dougherty put on a show offensively in the final quarter of play scoring 13 of his 25 points.
Spencer had 29 points for the Rams in the game and was a challenge all night long for the Blue Devils on the defensive end of the floor.
Along with Dougherty’s 25 points, Brady Callahan added 19 points and showed off some strong moves to get into the lane including a nice ball fake in the second half that got him to the hoop for a pair.
Pierre Ramirez finished the game with 11 points as the other Plainville scorer in double figures.
But the Blue Devils gave up 10 3-pointers on the night and the ball movement for Bristol Central hurt as the Rams consistently found and hit open shots around the perimeter.
“We couldn’t chase the ball,” DiNello said. “They didn’t really do much off the dribble per say, but they’re big so they could afford to miss some shots. They didn’t but if they did we would’ve had a hard time on the glass with them even though we were battling but absolutely their ball movement hurt us. They played great.”
For Plainville it’s a tough start to the season, now sitting at 1-4 but the one win is already an improvement on the winless year last season.