It was a tale of two halves for the Boston Blazers as they beat the Shady Dunkers94-89. The Boston Blazers were fortunate that they led by 20 points at halftime as they watched their lead almost slip away.

Despite priding themselves on defense the Boston Blazers had a tough time handling the youth and speed of the Shady Dunkers. Aaron Gray took advantage of this advantage as he scored a game-high 41 points while Kennsy Marte chipped in with 30 points of his own.

“They’re a young team,” Boston Blazers forward Corey Strickland said. “A bunch of 19, 20-year-old kids running with a bunch of 28 year-olds for 40 minutes. That’s how it looked at the end.”

Even though Gray and Marte combined to score 71 of their teams 89 points, it was the balance of speed and size that led to the Boston Blazers win.

The speed of Ade Bright and Terrence Gallo helped to offset the size that Jermaine Patterson, James Mitchell and Peter Varjabedian bring.

“I think it’s really good,” Bright said about having a balance of speed and size. “I try to penetrate to the hoop and find someone open or go all the way. It was working both ways tonight with assists and finishing at the basket.”

Bright sped into the lane all night long and also got out into transition as he went on to score a team-high 28 points. Varjabedian also had a great game as he scored 13 points as he shot 3-of-6 from three.

When it comes to being a good team it does not always come down to skill but also the team cohesion. The player that keeps the atmosphere positive for the Boston Blazers is Strickland who is constantly encouraging his teammates both from the sideline and on the court.

“I am like the troll of the Legacy Leagues,” Strickland said. “I like to get on people’s nerves.”

The Boston Blazers will look to get on the nerves of the Ozone Boys next week at 9 p.m. while the Shady Dunkers will play Good U at 10 p.m.

“We had a fun night,” Strickland said. “We like to have fun. Our team comes out and we have fun every week.”