A tough season came to an end for the Falmouth High School boys basketball team at the Somerset-Berkley tournament on Wednesday, February 19. The Clippers lost both games that they played in Somerset and finished the year at 5-20 overall. Coach Paul Lundberg’s club played 17 of its 20 contests against teams that made their respective state tournaments, and this year saw the end of a Clippers’ streak that had lasted several years.
With plenty of young talent that was baptized by fire this season, it is a safe bet that the Clippers won’t be out of the state tourney mix for very long. FHS battled in every game, but a lack of depth and experience caught up with them after a solid start to the year.
S-B, which had to have a win to qualify for the postseason, beat FHS by a 78-58 score in the finale. In the first game of the tourney for FHS they took a good Hanover team to the wire before the Indians sunk key free throws down the stretch to win 55-47.
Charlie Dowick scored 19 against Somerset-Berkley and played well. Taylor Soares hit for 14 and Timmy Lang had 11, while Gerald Mahoney scored seven. Falmouth was down 15 early in the game and cut the Raiders advantage down to five before S-B turned it on late and scored the win. Lang was named to the all-tournament team. Freshman Jayden Bernhardt came off the bench to grab nine rebounds for the Clippers.
In the game against Hanover the Clippers almost scored the upset as Lang hit for 19 and Dowick had 16.
“The kids worked hard all year and was a great group to coach,” Lundberg said. “I told them that we played as hard or harder than most teams that we played, but other teams had more skills. They need to work on skills before next season.”