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Bamba, BArT Pull Out Narrow Victory
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
04:28PM / Wednesday, February 06, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The BArT basketball team Tuesday closed its regular season in style, earning a 69-64 win over Westfield’s White Oaks Charter in a back-and-forth game at the Armory.
 
Isaac Bamba scored 29 points to lead Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School, which trailed by as many as four points in the second half and was down, 62-61, with two minutes left to play.
 
Brandon Bamba backed up Isaac with 16 points, and Owen Brady added 18 as BArT wrapped up its home slate and final tune-up before next week’s River Valley Athletic League playoffs.
 
The turning point came with 43 seconds left, when White Oaks was whistled for a bench technical foul.
 
The whistle gave BArT the ball and a pair of free throws with a 65-64 lead.
 
Brandon Bamba sank one of the free throws. And Isaac Bamba scored in the post with an assist from Matt Lizzo on the ensuing possession to make it 68-64.
 
Brandon Bamba got to the line one more time in the closing seconds and hit the front end of a one-and-one to provide the final margin of victory.
 
White Oaks jumped on top early, 12-5, but BArT battled back, drawing with in a point by the end of the first quarter when Brady put back an offensive rebound in transition.
 
The homestanding Wolfpack took its biggest lead of the game midway through the second quarter with a 21-3 run that started and ended with Isaac Bamba baskets and left BArT on top, 36-22.
 
White Oaks whittled the lead back down to four at half-time, and neither side led by more than six in the second half.
 
The visitors took their last lead, 62-61, with about two minutes left.
 
But on BArT’s next possession, Brady put back a rebound to give his team the lead for good. Isaac Bamba added a bucket in transition with 1 minute, 8 seconds on the clock, but White Oaks answered with a score at the other end.
 
After BArT missed the front end of a one-and-one, the technical foul gave the hosts back the ball, and they put the game away.
 
More photos from this game here.
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