Senior co-captains Connor Reidy and Des Nascimento responded in a big way following a hard-fought home loss by the UCT boys’ basketball team earlier in the week.
The two scorers combined to account for 40 of their team’s 64 points as the Rams opened Mayflower Athletic Conference Small Division play on the road against Cape Tech on Wednesday, January 15.
Reidy posted a game-high 22 points while Nascimento wasn’t far off with 18 of his own as UCT won by 30 points, 64-34, against the Crusaders in Harwich.
The win comes just two days after the Rams lost an energetic, defensive-minded battle with Sturgis East, 39-35.
In the rematch of the battle between two brothers, the Storm’s Nathan Nawoichik lifted his team to a defensive-minded win against the Rams boys’ basketball team and his younger brother, Jared.
The elder Nawoichik sank four free throws in the final minute, breaking a 35-35 tie that Jared had forced with a free throw of his own, leading Sturgis East to the non-conference win on Monday, January 13, and avenging a home loss to the Rams earlier this season.
Nathan finished the game with 12 points for the Storm in a game where scoring came at a premium. Neither team shot the ball well, instead exerting extra effort on defense. The Rams held a 9-8 lead in the first quarter and even less points were scored in the second quarter, as UCT led 14-13 at the break.
The visitors pulled away early in the fourth quarter, but the Rams battled back to eventually tie on a Nascimento jumper and Nawoichik’s free throw before his brother sealed the win for Sturgis at the charity stripe.
Nascimento was held to just five points, and had the opportunity to hit his third game-winning shot of the season. Reidy had a team-high 12 points and Drew Brightman added nine for the Rams.
UCT 70, Bristol-Plymouth 25
Following its first loss of the season, the Rams responded with 45-point home win against the Craftsmen on Friday, January 10.
Nawoichik paced the Rams early on, scoring 10 of his team-high 15 points in the opening eight minutes en route a 33-7 first-quarter lead.
Reidy and Nascimento, two senior co-captains, combined to score 17 points in the first quarter as UCT was able to cruise through the next three quarters. Reidy finished the game with 11 points while Nascimento had 13.
Teven Landers scored his first varsity points while Owen Hanson contributed five points off the bench as the Rams rested their starters and tested their depth for the remainder of the game.
UCT (7-2, 1-0 MAC-Small) continues Mayflower Athletic Conference Small Division play on Friday, January 17 when the Rams host South Shore Voc-Tech at 6:30 PM.
Girls’ Basketball Wins MAC Opener
For just the second time this season, the Upper Cape Tech girls’ basketball team was on the right side of the scoreboard when the game ended.
All nine players found their way into the score book as the Rams defeated visiting Cape Tech, 39-26, on Wednesday, January 15 in their Mayflower Athletic Conference Small Division opener.
Junior Lacy Butland led the charge offensively with nine points while senior Zoe Janicki had six points and Paige Bourgault had five. Nicaeyla Pires, Haley Wilcox, MaKenna Vary and Claire Wurlitzer all finished the game with four points in what was a balanced offensive night.
UCT (2-7, 1-0 MAC-Small) travels to Hanover to meet South Shore Voc-Tech on Friday, January 17 at 6:30 PM.