The end result may have been another loss in a season that’s had more than its share of them, but the effort that the Falmouth High School boys’ basketball team gave down the stretch against Sandwich High Thursday, February 13, was championship caliber.
Down by 22 points in the third quarter, Falmouth (5-12) turned up the heat and began a momentous comeback. The Clippers closed the gap to 15 by the end of the third and whittled it all the way down to three points in the final minute before Sandwich finally closed out a 55-49 win at the Antonucci Field House.
Gerald Mahoney (14 points) drained a corner three-pointer with 58 seconds to play that drew FHS to within three, 52-49. The Clippers then got a stop on the other end, but the referees ended a key possession late when Mahoney went up for an offensive rebound and came down with it cleanly, only to have the refs whistle a jump ball. SHS got the ball back with 30 seconds left and were able to kill much of the rest of the time before JP Downes hit three of four free throws in the final moments to close it out.
“We just couldn’t score early and then finally we did. Gerald hit a three... and Timmy (Lang) got a few, he hit some shots. The whole year’s been like that. They keep playing (hard),” coach Paul Lundberg said. “The biggest lesson these kids will learn is show up, keep working and play hard. Keep playing, and they’ve done that. Even when we were down 22, we came back.”
SHS jumped to an early lead early, leading 24-6 at the end of a quarter and had it up to 33-19 at the half. That lead expanded in the third to 22 points before FHS started to rally back. They held the Knights to just one field goal in the fourth quarter.
FHS visits D-Y tonight, Friday, February 14, and has two games left after that.