The Cape Tech Crusaders made the mistake of coming to town when Mashpee was playing an even-numbered game on its schedule. Entering play last night, January 9, the Mashpee High boys had lost games one, three, five and seven on the season. Their wins had come in the even-numbered games, and number eight played out a lot like the second, fourth and sixth as the Falcons routed Cape Tech 63-30.
A surge late in the first quarter all but put the game out of reach early on. Up 9-2 with four minutes to go in the first, Mashpee closed out the period with an 11-0 run as they began to hit shots that had not been falling earlier. The run and gun style that the Falcons employed forced Cape Tech to try to keep up, and they were not constituted to do that.
Mashpee’s defense harrassed the ball-handlers from Cape Tech consistently. With guards Devon Hughes and Ryan Hendricks taking advantage of some lenient refereeing, which allowed for contact, Mashpee (4-4) turned over the Crusaders time and again, which led to fast break points.
Hughes was a main beneficiary of those turnovers, leading the team with 10 points in the first half as the Falcons built a 41-12 lead by the intermission. Physical forwards Matt Bowen and Ryan Santos also feasted at the expense of the visitors, with each scoring nine points before halftime. Hughes would finish the game with 10, Santos got to 12, Bowen had nine and Kendall Rose led the team with 13, most of which came in the third quarter.
The third quarter was more of the same. Mashpee slowed the tempo down, opting to play more half-court sets and make the extra pass, but they still increased their lead, pushing it to 53-17 by the close of the quarter. The fourth quarter was mostly backups and junior varsity players for both sides as MHS closed the game out, winning by 33. Freshman call-up Aidan MacDougall had the crowd behind throughout the fourth as he scored six points.
Mashpee will attempt to break out of their back-and-forth results by posting their first winning streak on Tuesday at Norwell. The Clippers and Falcons will tip off at 6:30 PM.
Cohasset 47, Mashpee 39
A dominant first half by the Cohasset Skippers was the difference on Tuesday, January 7, as the home team ran out to a huge lead on Mashpee High and never looked back. Despite a late rally by MHS to make the score look respectable, it was all Skippers in a 51-42 win by the home team.
Cohasset bothered every shot attempt that the Falcons took in the first half and allowed MHS to score just three field goals in the first 16 minutes of play. By the half the Skippers led 31-13. No one on the visiting team had more than either one field goal or one set of free throws at the half. Zach Rogers knocked in three freebies and Nick Santos hit a three-pointer to lead the Falcons at the break.
Coho, on other hand, was getting the job done. The Skippers lived at the foul line early, hitting 10-of-11 from the charity stripe in the first half. Part of the Falcons’ late rally in the game was aided by Cohasset’s poor free throw shooting after the break. After knocking down over 90-percent in the first half the Skippers were just 10-for-26 at the line in the second half.
“It took us a long time to get comfortable (against their size and strength),” coach Justin Clark said.
Once Mashpee did get comfortable they were able to make things look respectable. Kendall Rose hit for 18 of his 20 points in the second half, with 11 in the fourth quarter. He hit four second half threes. Devon Hughes was the second top scorer in the game for MHS with seven. All of his points came after halftime.
Mashpee made a run late in the game to cut the gap from 18 points to eight, scoring a 10-0 run in a little over a minute’s time, but that was as close as they got. Cohasset held off the Falcons from there to pick up the win.