The Upper Cape Tech boys’ basketball team opened the game by nearly scoring 30 points in the first quarter and rode a big, early lead to a Mayflower Athletic Conference Small Division road win.
Visiting Norfolk Aggie in Walpole on Wednesday, February 12, they jumped out to a 27-13 win after the first eight minutes of action as the Rams’ reserves took over en route to a 68-45 win.
Senior co-captain Des Nascimento scored all of his team’s 13 points in the first quarter, matching the host Rams’ offensive output in that same time span. Sophomore Jared Nawoichik had 12 of team-high 16 points in the first—following up a record-setting performance on Monday, February 10.
Senior Kemrin Glover finished the game with 11 points for UCT while Tucker Lopes (seven points), Joe King (six points) and Tevan Landers (four points) all contributed big minutes off the bench.
UCT 83, St. John Paul II 41
It was a record-breaking night for Nawoichik, the sophomore sharpshooter.
The second-year wing not only broke the program record for most-made 3-pointers in a game with 11, but ended the evening also setting the program record for points scored in a single game.
Nawoichik scored 38 points, nearly outscoring the entire St. John Paul II roster, as the Rams routed the Lions, 83-41, in Hyannis on Monday, February 10. He opened the game with a spot-up trey from the wing and made at least three 3s in the first three quarters.
“He shoots like that in practice a lot,” UCT head coach Billy Macuch said. “Then he gets in the game and he can be too unselfish at times. Being down a player, we pretty much set a mandate for Jared to shoot five shots a quarter. And he finally had a breakout game.”
Nawoichik went into halftime with 20 points and added 18 points in the second half, ending his night the same as he started it—with a spot-up three. In fact, with his catch-and-shoot mentality and a knack for getting free off screens, the sophomore sniper likely had more points than dribbles.
“He moves really well without the ball and finds the open space. There was no hesitation from him last night,” Macuch said.
The 11 three-pointers and 38 points eclipsed the previous school-best performance from Ryan Delgado, who sank nine 3’s and finished with 35 points in 2008.
As for the rest of the game, UCT jumped out to a 14-0 run in the first quarter and lead 17-10 after the opening eight minutes. That turned into a 45-24 lead at halftime and 71-33 after three quarters.
Even up 40 late in the fourth quarter, players were still diving on the floor for loose balls and attempting to poke the ball free on defense—something Macuch loves to see out of his team. Key reserves like Kyle Sprague, Owen Hanson and Jon Brightman have taken pride in keeping up the intensity late in games.
“Those three guys are practice warriors,” Macuch said. “We have a log jam at those positions and they don’t get the minutes they deserve. Instead of these kids being upset about it, it drives them. And it shows.”
Reidy, whom Macuch described as the Marcus Smart of the team, finished the game with 13 points while Nascimento added 10.
UCT (14-4, 6-2 MAC-Small) completes its regular season with a home game against Old Colony on Tuesday, February 18, at 6:30 PM.