For the second time this year the Falmouth High School boys’ basketball team got all it could handle from Nantucket in another game that went down to the wire, and beyond it. FHS rallied from five points down in the final minute to send the contest to overtime, but dropped a heart-breaking 62-58 decision on the island on Tuesday, February 5.
“It was almost a miraculous comeback,” coach Paul Lunberg said. “I was very proud of the way that the team competed and executed the entire game.”
Juniors Charlie Dowick and Timmy Lang made clutch plays late in regulation that forced the extra session. Dowick, who finished with 14 points in the game, hit two free throws with just under a minute to go to make it a one possession game.
After a stop on defense, guard Timmy Lang tied the score with a three-point bomb with just 20 seconds left in the contest. Lang, who finished with 16 points in the game, knotted the game up at 53-53. FHS then got a stop on defense to extend the game to an extra period.
In overtime the Whalers had one more surge in them, and the Clippers could not match it. Torane Burton knocked in a big three-pointer in OT for the Whalers and finished up with 18 for the home team. Davonte Usher was a force all game long, putting in 20 for the night.
The game was nip-and-tuck all night long. The teams were tied at 15 after one period and Nantucket edged ahead 27-24 at the half. After three NHS led 42-38 and had that lead up to six with four minutes to go. Falmouth fought back late, riding a big game from Gerald Mahoney (18 points), who netted 11 points in the second half.
The loss dropped the Clippers to 5-10 overall on the season as they lost their ninth game in a row. The reeling club will have to win all five of its remaining games to qualify for the MIAA state tournament, starting with a home game against rival Barnstable at the Antonucci Field House this evening, Februrary 7, in Falmouth. Game time is set for 6:30 PM. The play their final home game of the 2020 season on Tuesday, February 11, against Sandwich High before finishing up with three straight road games.