West Bridgewater was able to have its way against the Mashpee High School boys’ basketball team on December 27 as the Falcons back-and-forth start to the season continued with a 63-47 loss at WBHS. Mashpee hung around for most of the game, but the Wildcats put them away in the fourth quarter to win going away and drop the Falcons to 2-3 to start the year.

Mashpee’s season has been the definition of up-and-down to start the season. The Falcons dropped their opener, won the next game, lost game three, won game four and now have lost game five. They’ll look to get back to .500 Friday, January 3, when they visit Carver for a South Shore League game.

Forward Kendall Rose played through the game despite an injury, but it kept him from being consistent from the field. He finished with nine points on 3-for-12 shooting from the floor. Rose’s seven rebounds were tops on the team, as were his four assists. Devon Hughes led the team with 12 points, but he also struggled from the field, shooting at a .333 clip (5-for-15).

West Bridgewater’s defense kept the Falcons from getting good looks, as they protected the rim and harassed the MHS shooters all night long. Mashpee finished the night shooting the ball just 28 percent (14-for-50) from the field in the game.

Despite their woes from the floor, Mashpee hung around and hung around. The team trailed by just three entering the second half, and the deficit was just six after three quarters, giving them a chance to pull the contest out at crunch time. West Bridgewater, though, was the team that put things together in the final frame and ran away at the end.

“We didn’t have enough offense against a West Bridgewater team that was very physical and able to click on the offensive side in the fourth quarter,” Mashpee coach Justin Clark said.

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