All-star shooter Sean Lansing had a bag of ice on each hand to soothe sore digits he’d roughed up playing in the annual Bridgewater-Raynham Holiday Tournament on Wednesday night, December 28. Not only was one of the Knights’ best players a bit battered, but the team also had taken one on the chin in their final game of the tournament against the hosts from B-R.
Playing against a squad of rough and tumble—and very skilled—basketball players, Sandwich fell behind by double figures early and was unable to dig itself out of the hole. B-R ran away in the end, scoring an 87-59 victory.
Sandwich High School is now 2-3 overall on the season. The team looks to bounce back on Tuesday, January 4,when Monomoy High School comes to town.
“They were a bigger, stronger, faster Division 1 team. You play teams like that to challenge yourself and to get yourself better for the state tournament down the line,” Coach John Tzimorangas said.
Forward Logan Murphy earned a spot on the all-tournament team with his second big game of the tourney. He led the team with 28 points in the game. Lansing was held to six points, about 20 under his average for the season. Cam O’Malley and Will Swift each had eight in the game.
B-R jumped out to an early lead. Two three-pointers at the end of the first half pushed its lead to 15 at halftime, and SHS did not recover. They closed the gap to 10 in the third, but then the Trojans ran off seven in a row and that was that.
Greater New Bedford Voc Tech 73, Sandwich High 72
It had all the makings of a storybook ending.
With Sandwich down a point, and less than four seconds left in the game, Sandwich forward Adam Schwager stole the ball from GNBVT. Quickly Schwager found teammate Logan Murphy spotting up in the right-hand corner. The pass was crisp, and Murphy performed the catch-and-shoot about as well as it can be done.
The ball went up. The players on the Sandwich bench rose to their feet. The Bears and their fans held their breaths.
“It looked like it was going in,” SHS Head Coach John Tzimorangas said. “It hit just off the front rim. It was close.”
Sandwich lost its second game in a row, this one in the Bridgewater-Raynham Holiday Tournament, by a small margin. The Bears bested the Knights by a 73-72 score.
“They’re very good,” said Tzimorangas. “They’ve got a big [who] has excellent footwork and he’s really good around the basket, and they’ve got a couple of guards that can play...it was a great game, it’s the type of game that I love to play now because it’s like a state tournament game, and it had that kind of feeling. It was a great basketball game.”
Murphy’s buzzer-beater might not have counted, but he still had a huge afternoon for SHS. The forward finished with 31 points to lead Sandwich. Teammate Sean Lansing, the other returning all-star for the Knights, hit for 26 in the game.
“The problem is that we’re still looking for that third guy to step up and become that scorer that we need,” Tzimorangas said.
Sandwich was chasing the Bears most of the game. SHS jumped out to a quick five-point lead in the first quarter, but GNBVT fought back with a 9-0 run to go up 13-9 and did not trail the rest of the game. SHS never trailed by more than seven, but they were never able to recapture the advantage. Sandwich did tie it up at 67-67 late on a big bucket from Lansing, but the Bears were able to convert at the free throw line to stay in front. GNBVT went 8-for-10 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter to hold back the Knights.