The Bourne High School freshman boys’ basketball team (6-11) opened the season December 13 with a 54-21 victory over neighboring Upper Cape Tech. The season opener saw everyone play as first year coach Tom Grady rotated his squad on and off the floor.
“Jacob Murphy hit three 3-pointers for us and Nick Kozlowski led the team in scoring, “Coach Grady said. “Cyrus Briand did a nice job off the glass with about 13 rebounds.”
The team hit the road on December 18 with a trip to Greater New Bedford Voc Tech, where they came up short 52-35.
“They came out in a zone and we didn’t have an answer,” the coach said. “They were running by us.”
Andy Chen led the scoring for the Canalmen with eight points.
Back home again on the 21st Bourne took on Apponequet. Trailing the Lakers 29-26 at halftime, Apponequet had a big second half winning by a score of 72-34. Nick Pavalonis led the BHS scoring with 13 points.
On December 26 the Canalmen traveled to Seekonk where they got back into the win column with a 42-37 victory over the Warriors.
“Andy Chen played what was by far his best game of the season,” Grady said. “He finished with 21 points. David Moriarty came off the bench and hit a 3-pointers with two minutes left to ice the win.”
The team wrapped up the month of December on the 28th with a 60-27 loss to visiting Sandwich.
“Steve McCarthy is usually a JV player, but he joined us and had a nice game,” Coach Grady pointed out. “Steve finished with six points and Travis Johnston had 11 points.”
January opened at home for the freshman squad with a 59-41 loss to Fairhaven.
Chris Inzalaco did a nice job on the boards for the Canalmen, played well defensively and added four points to the total.
The team headed to Sandwich on the 5th where they suffered a 10-point loss to the Blue Knights.
“Andy Chen had a nice game for us,” Grady noted, “and Liam McKenzie came off the bench and gave us some good minutes.”
On the 8th of January the team crossed the bridge to take on Wareham and ended up falling to the Vikings by a score of 72-36.
“Reed Dusseault had a good game,” the coach said. “He is a great on the ball defender and had four points. We just couldn’t stop their press.”
Chen led Bourne with 12 points.
On the 11th the Canalmen hosted Old Rochester and got back into the win column with a 57-39 victory over the Bulldogs. Pavalonis led the scoring with 24 points and Kozlowski tossed in 14.
“Xavier Cruz had a good game off the glass,” Grady said. “He’s a big kid and also had some blocks.”
At home again on the 18th the Canalmen once again faced GNBVT. After losing to the Bears by 17-points in their first meeting of the season, the Canalmen played a much improved game losing by just four points, 63-59.
“I think this was the first time the kids started to buy into the program,” the coach said. “They beat us by a lot more the first time.”
Briand led the way for Bourne with 11 points.
“Jarret Coe came off the bench and gave us some valuable minutes in our press,” the coach said. “Jarret finished with four points.”
Bourne traveled to Apponequet on the 22nd dropping a 73-41 decision to the Lakers. Josh Schroeder had a big game for the Canalmen off the bench with six points.
“Josh kept us in it at the half,” the coach said. “Andy Chen led the scoring for us with 13 points.”
Back home on January 25 the Canalmen dealt Seekonk a 52-51 defeat. “This was another good game for Chen, who had a game high 19 points,” Coach Grady recalled, “and Liam McKenzie played good defense for us and added six points.”
The team had an exciting end to the month on the 29th with a 59-54 overtime victory on the road against Dighton-Rehoboth.
“D-R tied the game at 54-54 with four seconds left,” Grady explained. “Going into the OT all we talked about was holding them right where they were at 54 points. In the OT Nick Kozlowski scored all five of our points and we did just what we wanted to do—we held them scoreless.”
Michael Brito played strong defensively off the bench for the Canalmen and Pavalonis ended the day with a game-high 19 points.
February opened with another meeting with Fairhaven and a 43-35 loss. Travis Johnston led the Canalmen with 11 points and James Gallerini came off the bench doing a nice job for the squad off the glass and adding four points.
On the 7th Bourne hosted cross-canal rival Wareham in a see-saw battle that ended in favor of the Vikings.
“At one points we were up by 13 points and then we’d go down by 12,” the coach said. Pavalonis played well for us, finishing with 11 points.”
Back on the road on February 13 the team suffered a 50-47 overtime setback to Old Rochester. Tied at 46-46 at the end of regulation, the Canalmen couldn’t hold off the determined Bulldogs in the OT.
“Pavalonis had a game high 15 points,” Coach Grady noted, “and Travis Johnston hit four 3-pointers.”
The season came to a close on the 15th at Upper Cape Tech with the Canalmen ending with a 53-40 victory over the Rams.
“It was a two-point game with three minutes to play,” Grady explained. “It was 42-40 when Esmael Mendes came off the bench for us. Esmael hadn’t scored all year. He was saving his best for the end. He came in and with one minute left he lined up a 3-pointer and hit it putting us on top.”
Pavalonis ended with a game high 16 points.
Coach Grady was assisted by Coach Mike Osgood this season.
“I like to offer a special thanks to Mike for all he did for us this year,” Grady added. “This season was one of the best experiences I’ve had on a basketball court, I really enjoyed spending three months with these kids. They were a great group, there was no complaining, no problems, we were a team. Bourne basketball should look forward to the future with a great freshman class like this.”