Bedford cruises past Central to quarterfinals

Behind a game-high 29 points from Luke Soden, #2 Bedford cruised to an 88-55 win over visiting #15 Manchester Central on Wednesday night in first round action of the NHIAA Division I State Tournament.

The Bulldogs advance to the quarterfinals where they will take on #10 Alvirne at Saturday at 7:00 pm.

Bedford came out firing as Soden (10) and Brady O’Connell (9) combined for 19 1st-quarter points to give the Bulldogs a 24-14 lead after one. Suffocating defense in the 2nd quarter limited the Little Green to just 7 points and Bedford took a commanding 44-21 lead to the break.

The Bulldogs were led by Soden, while O’Connell added 19 and Austin Kasyjanski had 15. Pacing Central was Izaya Diaz with 13 points.

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