Devon Hughes came to the bench before the second half began against Hull High School on Monday, December 23, and admonished himself for playing so poorly over the first two quarters. He told no one in particular that the second half was going to be different.
The senior followed through on his promise.
Scoring 10 points in the third quarter, Hughes helped spark a second half run by the Falcons that allowed them to take a tight game and blow it open. Hughes finished with 14 points, all after halftime, as the Falcons rolled to a 57-38 win over the Pirates.
Kendall Rose led the Falcons with 20 points in the game, scoring 13 in the second half. Nick Santos had a team-best 12 rebounds.
Mashpee improved to 2-2 overall on the season and earned its first league win. The team is 1-1 against the South Shore League, having dropped their first game of the year to a very good Abington team.
The third quarter was the difference for the Falcons. The two teams slugged it out through an ugly first half, with Mashpee clinging to a 21-19 edge at the break. In the second half that changed as Mashpee began to create turnovers with its defense, and put the ball in the bucket. Hughes had two surged with a three and a lay-up to help the team pull ahead, and by the end of the third quarter Mashpee led by a 38-27 score.
MHS coach Justin Clark credited his team’s willingness to focus on what was important for getting things headed in the right direction after halftime.
“Guys were just tired of feeling like they were worrying about this thing or that thing and came together as a team,” Clark said. “They got out of their own heads and felt like they were free to play. Holding each other accountable, they wanted that out of each other.”
Ryan and Cyrus Hendricks each brought a great deal of energy after halftime for the Falcons. Ryan Hendricks ended the game with five assists and both cousins showed leadership with their willingness to get after loose balls and push the tempo.
After battling with Falmouth earlier in the week at home, in a tough and emotional loss, and then taking care of business with Hull, the Falcons look to build on their positive momentum December 27 when they hit the road to take on West Bridgewater High School in a non-league game. The Falcons will visit WB for a 1 PM contest.