Logan Murphy finished off a career-best night with the shot of his career to give the Sandwich High School boys’ basketball team a win at the buzzer in South Yarmouth on Wednesday night, February 17. Murphy’s 3-pointer as time expired swished through to give the Knights a 59-56 victory over Dennis-Yarmouth on the road, on the Dolphins’ Senior Night.
D-Y had hoped to be the team celebrating a last-second win as it had the ball in a tie game with a chance to finish things off. Sean Lansing came up with a huge steal for the Knights, though, and Chris Cronin quickly called timeout with just 1.4 seconds left to go in the game.
Coach John Tzimorangas drew up a play that he’d used in the past in a similar situation, and it worked to perfection. Murphy caught the ball, squared up and got the shot off before the horn.
“We used a similar play a while ago with one of my teams, had a little more time then, but the players executed it well and Logan hit a terrific shot,” Coach Tzimorangas said. “D-Y played well and played us tough on their homecourt, and on Senior Night. We escaped with a win.”
Escape or not, the victory improved Sandwich’s record to 10-1 overall. The team has one more game, tonight at home against Nauset, before opening the Atlantic Division tournament as the top-seeded team.
Sandwich had led most of the way, but Dennis-Yarmouth fought back in the fourth quarter to tie the score. SHS was up 43-36 to start the fourth, but the Dolphins caught fire from the perimeter and shot their way back into the game. D-Y knocked down five of its six 3-pointers in the second half, with four in the fourth quarter.
SHS started to open up some breathing room in the third. Lansing was able to get to the basket for three buckets in the quarter and finished with eight points for the night. In the fourth, D-Y hunkered down on Chris Cronin (15 points) and allowed the 1,000-point scorer no field goals and just two free throws. However, Murphy caught fire from the outside. He landed three 3s in the period, including the decisive game-winner. His 25 points for the night were a career best.
Cronin 1,000 Points
Senior Chris Cronin cemented his place in Sandwich High School basketball history by becoming the latest member of the exclusive 1,000-point club in a game against Barnstable on Monday. Cronin accomplished the feat in the fourth quarter with a layup that came with four minutes and 10 seconds left to play as he helped lengthen a lead that had steadily been growing in the second half. Cronin’s accomplishment highlighted a bounce-back victory for the Blue Knights, who responded positively after suffering their first defeat of the year earlier in the week to Nantucket.
Behind a 30-point effort from Cronin, Sandwich pulled away from Barnstable to score a 67-51 win.
Sandwich led from the start, but Barnstable was able to keep things close thanks to some key shooting from the perimeter. Liam Ingraham led the Red and White with 25 points, including six 3-pointers. Ingraham canned four 3s in the third quarter alone and helped his team keep things close.
Sandwich led by five after one quarter and pushed that lead to 10 by halftime. SHS began the game playing a zone, but with BHS hitting from the perimeter coach John Tzimorangas had his team employ a man-to-man look after a bit. That helped to deter the Barnstable offensive flow and allowed the Knights to start creating more takeaways and score in transition.
Sean Lansing lit it up for 15 points, with three 3-pointers. He torched the nets for two in the first quarter and was a stable scorer throughout the game. Logan Murphy had 14 in the game and teamed with Cronin to help SHS seal things up in the third quarter. The duo combined for 18 of the team’s 21 third-quarter points. Murphy had eight and Cronin 10.
Coach Tzimorangas said that seeing Cronin get to the magical 1,000-point mark was satisfying.
“I am so proud of Chris, and I have had the pleasure of coaching him since 6th grade, through travel basketball, AAU and now at the high school level, along with the six other seniors, so it was a special night for everyone,” the coach said.