With three quality big men doing damage, Mount Hope High School (Rhode Island) was able to knock off Falmouth in the consolation game at the Barrington Holiday Basketball Tournament on Wednesday afternoon, 57-46.
Despite having to contend with superior size and some strong shooting, the Clippers hung around to the end before a late fourth quarter surge by Mount Hope made the final score look a bit more decisive than the win really was. Falmouth was in the game the whole way, and trailed by just a basket at halftime, 23-21.
Jack Watson led the FHS scoring in the game, hitting for 16 points. Big man Jayden Bernhardt had his best game of the season, banging hard against the big men and making them work. He finished with 11 points. Brendan Mahoney chipped in with eight points off the bench and Marcus Cardoza chimed in with five.
“We stayed with them, but Mount Hope hit a few late shots and a lay-up at the buzzer,” Coach Paul Lundberg said. “It was good to play over vacation and they’re getting better, which is good.”
FHS will be back in action on Thursday afternoon at 5:30 PM at Cape Cod Academy. CCA is considered by many to be the premier team on Cape Cod this year.
East Greenwich (RI) 48, Falmouth 46
For a coach like Paul Lundberg, it was a nightmare. A big part of Coach Lundberg’s successes over the years have come from his ability to scout a team and figure out how to play against them. Not knowing until the day before that they would be facing Greenwich High School on December 28 left the coach without his favorite arrow in the quiver.
Had Lundberg been able to get some notes on Greenwich prior to the game, things may have been different. Without having any real background on their opponents, the Clippers fell behind by as many as 15 points in the fourth quarter, but rallied all the way back to send the game into overtime before dropping a two-point decision, 48-46.
A 16-0 run in the fourth allowed FHS to erase a 39-24 deficit and take a one-point lead. Brendan Mahoney, who had 10 points in the game, hit several key buckets during that stretch and Jack Watson hit for some of his 17 points as FHS sprinted to take the advantage. Marcus Cardoza hit a bunny from the baseline late in the quarter to put the team up two points in the final minute, and then Watson hit one of two at the line a bit later, but Greenwich nailed a three right before the horn to get the game into OT.
In overtime East Greenwich jumped to the front and stayed there. Falmouth rallied to tie it up late on a three from Vinnie Varano, but then EGHS countered with a bucket with four seconds left to go up by two. Having to go the length of the court, FHS triggered a play that got the ball to Watson near midcourt. He dribbled to the three-point line and got a good look at a potential game-winner, but the sophomore’s shot hit the front of the rim and bounced off to prevent the Clippers from pulling out a great comeback win.
Varano finished with seven in the game. Cardoza had four points, all in the fourth quarter and overtime. Jayden Bernhardt had six and Mahoney finished with 10.