Bears Suffer First Loss in Heartbreaking Fashion

Packy Witkowski
Packy Witkowski

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Junior Hassan Williams scored and got fouled on an inbound pass with 2.2 seconds left and made the free throw leading Mitchell to an 84-83 win over previously unbeaten Coast Guard in the battle of New London schools.

Mitchell led 79-69 with 3:46 left before the Bears used a 14-2 run to regain the lead.

The Bears tied game 81-81 on a pair of free throws by J.T. Cox with 59.9 left before Packy Wikowski's jumper gave the Bears an 83-81 lead with 29 seconds left.

Coast Guard playing without its leading scorer Nolan Benson, due to illness, suffered its first loss of the season to drop to 7-1 overall while the Mariners are now 3-3 on the year.

Witkowski led the Bears with 21 points to go with six rebounds while Justin Kane added 18 points and a team-high eight boards. Tyler Perez (17) and Noah Baldez (12) also finished with double figures for Coast Guard.

Domenico Santiago had a game-high 27 points and 19 rebounds while Williams finished with 20 points.

It was a slugglish start for the Bears, who trailed 12-4 four minutes into the game before Witkowski knocked down bac k-to-back treys to start an 11-2 run as Coast Guard took a 15-14 lead with 14:17 left in the half.

The Mariners would later use a 10-2 run to open up a 31-24 lead with 7:20 left in the opening half and Mitchell led 48-42 at the break.

Mitchell shot 56.8 percent in the first half (21-37) and made 3 of 6 from 3-point range while the Bears were 17 of 37 (45.9 percent) from the floor and hit 5 of 13 from behind the arc in the first half.

The Mariners shot 51.5 percent in the win (35-68) while hitting just 4 of 16 from 3-point range. Coast Guard shot 42.9 percent (33-77) while making 8 of 24 from downtown.

The Bears are back in action on Dec. 28th when they play host Shenandoah at the Shenandoah Tournament at 7:00.

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