BRIDGEWATER - Bridgewater opened up a 16-point lead in the second half and held off Apprentice School down the stretch to take an 82-73 victory Saturday afternoon in the final game of the Don Glick Classic.
The Eagles overcame a sluggish start and held a 47-39 lead over the Builders at halftime. Bridgewater led 50-43 with 16:36 left in the game before an 9-0 spurt put the Eagles ahead by 16 points.
Big man Sami El-Rafey started the run with back-to-back buckets and AJ Horde added two free throws to put the Eagles up 56-43. After the Builders missed an inside shot, Dimetri Chambers knocked down a 3-pointer to make it 59-43 with 13:25 left.
The lead evaporated quickly as a 12-0 surge by the Builders sliced the margin to four, 59-55, midway through the second half. William Wilcox with five points and Romello Anderson with four fueled the Apprentice run.
The teams traded buckets over the next three minutes and the Builders inched closer when a jumper by Anderson made it a two-point game, 64-62, with 7:33 still left on the game clock.
The lead was three, 69-66, when a 15-footer by Horde and a 3-pointer by Chambers gave the Eagles some breathing room at 74-66 with 3:49 to go. A 3-pointer by Anderson pulled the Builders to within five, 78-73, with 51 seconds remaining, but the Eagles hit their free throws down the stretch to close out the 82-73 victory.
Chambers led the Eagles with 23 points and Horde added 18. Josh Cammon turned in a solid effort with nine points and eight rebounds. Bridgewater also received strong play off its bench as the reserves contributed 28 points and 27 rebounds. El-Rafey just missed a double-double with eight points and nine rebounds. Ken Stanciel had his second straight stellar effort as he finished with eight points and eight boards. Chandler Murray and Davrion Grier scored six points apiece.
Anderson led the Builders with his second 30-point game of the weekend. The Builders' forward followed up a 30-point performance Friday against Eastern Mennonite with a 31-point outburst Saturday against the Eagles.
In Saturday's other contest, Eastern Mennonite pulled away late to defeat Keystone College 109-88.
With the victory, the Eagles even their overall record at 4-4. Bridgewater returns to action next weekend with a pair of games at the Hampden-Sydney Holiday Classic.