Bartlett's Akeem Belnavis (L) and Evan Anderson (R) get instructions from coach Tony Paranto
Text and photo by Steev Riccardo
WEBSTER – The Bartlett Indians led from start to finish and toppled the David Prouty Panthers 74-49 in Southern Worcester County league action on Wednesday in front of a raucous crowd at the Bartlett High School gymnasium.
Senior co-captain Akeem Belnavis and sophomore center Jacob Mailloux helped the Indians establish an early inside-outside presence, which led to a quick 22-13 lead after one quarter.
The Panthers tried to battle back in the second quarter but Alex Givins-Perry joined the Indians scoring parade and connected on three hoops and helped the Indians take a commanding 41-26, 15-point lead to the locker room at the half.
Despite being outscored 14-13 in the third quarter, the Indians were still in control heading into the final stanza and the defense of Mailloux put a huge stamp on the result.
The 6’4” sophomore was outstanding in the early part of the quarter blocking 3 of his 6 shots on the night and helping the Indians set the defensive tone, while Belnavis, Givins-Perry and junior Evan Anderson took care of the offense.
Anderson played brilliantly in the fourth quarter, scoring 11 of the Indians 20 points while playing his consistently great defense.
Belnavis led the Indians in scoring with 19 points, while Givins-Perry had a huge night with 18 points and 13 rebounds.
Mailloux continued to impress by filling up the box score with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and those 6 enormous blocks. Anderson finished with 13 points and 7 assists.
The Bartlett jayvees lost to the Panthers 61-47. Jacob Simonis led the Indians with 14 points, Justin Speights added 9 points, and Justin Pepka had a great overall game with 9 points.