The Falmouth High School boys’ basketball team has overachieved to start the season, thanks in large part to work ethic and grit on the defensive side of the ball. The one shortcoming that the Clippers have had to deal with, which had not hurt them too badly during their 4-0 start, was a lack of size.

On Friday, December 27, that shortcoming was too big a problem to overcome. Barrington High School used its superior size to score a 60-45 win in the final game of the Barrington Boosters Christmas Tournament, handing FHS its first loss of the season.

Falmouth is now 4-1 overall. They look to rebound with a game at home Friday, January 3, against visiting Silver Lake High School.

“They were just too big,” coach Paul Lundberg said of the home team, which had the Clippers out-sized at every spot. “We couldn’t score inside and we turned the ball over too much when we should have scored on the break. There are turnovers, and there are bad turnovers, and those were bad.”

Looking to play as big as possible, senior forward Jack Stewart got the start at forward and he had his best game of the year for FHS. The feisty forward scored 13 to lead the team. Charlie Dowick had 10 points, but he and Gerald Mahoney (6 points), both fouled out of the game as they had trouble with the bigger Barrington players. Taylor Frye finished with 10 points in the game for the Clippers as well.

Senior guard Brendan Conaty led the home team with 15 points in the victory. His senior backcourt mate, Ryan Bonneau, and the team’s other senior guard, Willian Rywolt, each had 12 points for the home team.

The Clippers hung around for a while in the game, but Barrington was able to build and build on its lead. Falmouth trailed by five after a quarter and the Eagles increased their advantage to nine by the half, 27-18. FHS was unable to threaten them again after that.

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