HSBBB: Quick start helps Bridges hold off JPII

Bridges Prep boys basketball picked up a solid road win Wednesday at John Paul II, holding off a second-half comeback from the Golden Warriors for a 60-54 victory in a non-region matchup.

The Golden Warriors stumbled out of the gate in the first quarter as the Bucs ran out to a 16-7 lead after one quarter, but JPII settled in and narrowed the gap to 32-24 at halftime. Bridges pushed the lead back to 15 by the end of the third quarter, but James Keefer and Jackson Ogden sparked a fourth-quarter comeback to get JPII back in it before falling short.

Damien Bee put up another impressive stat line for Bridges with 16 points, eight rebounds, nine assists, and four steals, while Zaire Nelson scored 18 points and snagged four steals, and Jeremiah Ponder hit a trio of 3-pointers en route to 10 points. Davion Washington racked up eight points and 11 boards, and Tony Jones recorded 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 region play at Allendale-Fairfax on Friday. JPII (5-2, 1-0) travels to HHCA for a region matchup Friday.

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