Facing his former team, senior Connor Campbell returned to Sandwich High School with Dennis-Yarmouth emblazoned across his jersey. With good-spirited heckling from the student sections, the former Blue Knights’ boys’ basketball captain did just about everything in his first meeting against his old team.
Campbell scored 15 points, pulled down eight rebounds (four offensive), stole six balls, assisted on two more and blocked two shots. He also racked up five fouls, forcing him to the bench for the final minute of action as he watched his Dolphins hang on for a 50-43 win on Tuesday, January 7.
The former Blue Knight was a natural catalyst for the Dolphins, doing a little bit of everything on both sides of the ball and getting to the free throw line with regularity. He nearly outshot the entire Sandwich team from the charity stripe, going 8-for-10 from the line while the Blue Knights shot 9-of-13 on their freebies.
Sandwich trailed for the majority of the game, even if by a slight margin, before D-Y pulled out in front, 34-22, after three quarters of play. After being quieted by the Dolphins’ defense for much of the game, junior co-captain Chris Cronin took the game over in the fourth quarter. He erupted for 18 of his team’s 21 points in the final frame as he shifted from playing on the perimeter to in the paint.
The switch worked as Cronin sparked a 10-2 single-handedly to dissolve D-Y’s lead down to four points, 36-32, with 4:16 left in the game. About a minute later, senior JP Downes scored the only other non-Cronin points in the fourth quarter, a crucial 3-pointer that gave the Knights a narrow lead, 37-36, with 3:04 left. The lead didn’t last long, however, as Campbell immediately answered back with a dagger three from the wing to retake the lead, 39-37, and never relinquished it.
Junior center Colby Leighton did not score any points in the game, but he made a huge impact on keeping the Knights close throughout. He pulled down six rebounds, blocked five shots and dished out five assists for Sandwich. Downes finished with 10 points while Cronin posted a game-high 25 points as well as four rebounds, two assists and three steals.
The Dolphins were led by Campbell’s team-high 15 points and Alex Stowe’s 12-point, 14-rebound performance.
Plymouth North 54, Sandwich 51
Another game, another back-and-forth nail-biter for the Sandwich boys’ basketball team.
Cronin scored a game-high 23 points, but only four other Blue Knights found their way into the scorebook as they came up just short once again against the Eagles last Friday, January 3.
Plymouth North jumped out to a 16-10 first-quarter lead before Sandwich battled back to close the gap to four points, 25-21, at halftime. Coming out of the break, Cronin caught fire, scoring 12 of his team’s 20 points that frame. Downes contributed two 3-pointers, six of his 11 points on the night, to add to the offensive outpour. The trouble was, the Eagles also scored 20 points in the third quarter to keep the Sandwich deficit at four points, 45-41, entering the final frame.
Sophomore Sean Lansing scored five of his nine points in the fourth quarter, including one of the team’s seven made 3-pointers, as the Knights won the quarter, 10-9, but not by enough.
Jack Mandy had six points while his brother, Matt, added two points.
The Eagles scored a 68-53 home win against Sandwich to open the season on December 13. In Sandwich’s four losses on the season, the average margin of difference is seven points, with two games being decided by one possession.
Sandwich (1-5, 0-2 C&I Atlantic) travels to Barnstable for its first meeting of the season with the Red Raiders tonight on Friday, January 10,at 6:30.