PARK SLOPE, BK- Adam Kochman’s hot shooting turned a close game into a comfortable win for the Berkeley Carroll JV Boys, who posted a 48-29 victory over St. Ann’s at the BC Athletic Center in Park Slope Thursday.
He nailed five triples finishing with a game high 19 to help lead the Lions to the ACIS playoffs. They still don’t know who they’ll play next Monday with tomorrow’s season finale at home versus United Federations helping determine who the road quarterfinal opponent will be.
Early on, Kochman’s teammates helped build a 9-2 lead with a finally healthy starter Rob Paller contributing a couple of his 10 while running the offense. With guard Jesse Chalfin finishing off a tough lay-in while getting fouled at the end of the first quarter, BC was firmly in control up double digits.
But St. Ann’s slowly chipped away playing an inspired second quarter with one of their players doing most of the damage inside to spark them all the way back. They outscored the Lions by 11 with a teammate draining an uncontested trey with two seconds left to give them a 20-19 halftime lead.
Following another three to start the second half, fill-in coach/AD Joe Wood saw his team respond well to the adversity outscoring their opponent 29-6 the rest of the way.
In particular, Kochman’s torrid shooting changed the game. After working a nice give-and-go with Paller cutting for a 15 footer, he then went to work nailing a three from the left wing. He would make St. Ann’s pay with a couple of more daggers.
Also contributing was Milo Ben-Amotz, who came off the bench forÂ six including a big three from the key off a nice pass.
The hot perimeter shooting proved to be too much for St. Ann’s to overcome. The Lions continued to execute in the final quarter breaking a full court press with ease getting uncontested lay-ups from a host of players including Blaise Cohen.
Center Mike Andria flashed and found trailers helping the host club pull away.
Varsity Boys Earn Home Playoff Game: The Varsity BC Lions completed a successful final couple of days of the regulat season with road wins over Loyola and St. Ann’s earning a home playoff game versus Packer Monday.
The two ACIS league rivals who split the season series will be meeting in the quarters for a third consecutive year on the Lions’ home court. Two years ago, Packer stunned them with a come from behind win thanks to a last second three but last year,Â Berkeley Carroll returned the favor advancing to the semis before falling to eventual league champ Dwight.
It should make for an intriguing rubber match at the BC gym with tipoff scheduled for 4:30 PM.