Sloniecki Basket Wins It For Bourne
By: Dan Crowley
Cody Sloniecki stepped to the free throw line Tuesday night with two seconds on the clock and the game tied at 50-all.
“All he needed was one,” Coach Scott Ashworth admitted.
Fouled in the final seconds on a shot from outside the arc, Sloniecki had three chances to make that one. He missed the first two shots. It was unlikely that Apponequet would be able to get the ball down the court in two seconds. A successful free throw by Sloniecki would win it for Bourne.
One his third try he hit and the Lakers didn’t have the time to answer in a 51-50 BHS victory.
“It was a great team effort,” Ashworth added. “Brendan [Cudhea-Andrade] and [Mike] McMahon were sparks off the bench and Drew [Girouard] and Cody held their own off the glass.”
BHS held a 23-21 lead at the half thanks to late three-pointers from Jimmy Halliday and Cudhea-Andrade. Sloniecki led the scoring for BHS with 15 points.
Bourne (6-2, 5-1 SCC) fought off the Bears Friday night. Overcoming a Greater New Bedford Voke Tech lead after one quarter of play, BHS bounced back and rolled into the half on top 29-23 on the way to a 55-52 victory.
“We had some very good scoring opportunities from the floor,” Ashworth said. “We had a height advantage and made a concerted effort to push the ball inside.”
The Canalmen shot 22 for 39 from the free throw line.
“Our free throw shooting could have been better,” the coach noted. “We are forgetting that foul shooting is called free throw for a reason; there is no defense. We have to do better from the line.”
Halliday and Sloniecki led the Canalmen with 16 points each, followed by John Page who ended the night with eight.
The Bears landed a half dozen three-pointers as the BHS defense did a nice job of keeping them out of the paint. Halliday hit once from outside for the Canalmen.
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