With every game gaining more and more importance as they push for a spot in the MIAA state tournament, the Falmouth High School boys’ basketball team cannot afford to take anyone for granted, and they nearly learned that lesson the hard way on Tuesday night, January 24, at the Antonucci Field House in Falmouth. Playing against their rivals from Sandwich, who are in the midst of a rebuild filled with growing pains, the Clippers had to plug away for every single point they could muster in a game when neither team allowed any easy buckets.
Both teams played stifling defense all night long, but in the end the Clippers were able to make enough plays in the second half to ward off the Knights in a low-scoring affair, 37-25.
“It was ugly. We looked like we had cement blocks on our feet. There was no flow to the game,” Coach Paul Lundberg said after his team scratched its way to its eighth win of the year. Falmouth improved to 7-4 and won for the fourth time in its last five. Sandwich dropped to 1-9.
The game went according to the plan Coach John Tzimorangas drew up for the Knights, with the exception of shots falling through the cylinder. His squad set out to make the game uncomfortable for Falmouth’s offense and did that well.
“We worked on our man defense and help-side for the past few days. The players executed on that plan for all 32 minutes, but we could not literally throw the ball in the ocean tonight. Dominic Bruni and Cam Murphy did an excellent job on Jack Watson, making him work for every shot,” Coach Tzimorangas said.
Watson was the high scorer in the game, netting 12 tough points. Myles Peterkin kicked in seven for FHS, and Andrew Plourde had six. For Sandwich, Cole Rodgers had eight, with four rebounds. Luke Rodgers had six points and three boards.
With a raucous crowd cheering on the Clippers, the first half was tight, albeit sloppy. FHS owned just a 9-7 lead after one, and the game went to the half tied at 16-16.
With the Clippers’ zone defense stepping up in the third, Falmouth allowed just two points to the Knights in the third quarter and were able to open up some breathing room. FHS led by nine at the end of three and were able to carry that lead to the end.
Falmouth 64, Barnstable 50
On a night that was dedicated to kindness, in honor of the Team Chase Foundation’s “Chase Kindness” initiative, the Falmouth High School boys’ basketball team was not all that nice to its rivals from Barnstable on the scoreboard last Friday, January 20. Dominating the first half, the Clippers built a big lead and never looked back as they schooled their rivals 64-50.
Falmouth’s zone defense gave the Hawks fits over the first half of the game. BHS was held to just three field goals as they shot the ball poorly and could not ignite any type of transition game against FHS, which was happy to play the game at a more leisurely tempo.
While BHS struggled to find the range in front of the packed house at the Antonucci Field House, the Clippers were dialed in from the get-go. Keifer Ryan knocked down two first-quarter threes, and Andrew Plourde had one as well as Falmouth got out to a lead and never looked back. FHS was up 15-5 by the end of the first quarter and got the advantage over 20 in the second quarter. At the half they led 30-9 and never looked back.
“It was great. The kids shot it well, and playing in front of a crowd like that brought a lot of energy,” Coach Paul Lundberg said.
Jack Watson helped Falmouth to get to the finish line strongly. The junior, who led all scorers in the game with 23 points, got to the foul line over and over in the second half. He shot 10-for-12 from the charity stripe in the game and was a perfect 8-for-8 in the fourth quarter.
Andrew Plourde was the second leading scorer for the maroon and white with 10. Jax Falcone and Brendan Mahoney each had nine points for FHS, and Ryan scored eight.
Kavan Desa led Barnstable with 14 points. He knocked down four three-pointers in the second half to help the Redhawks make the score more respectable.
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