Second-Half Struggles Plague Boys’ Basketball

In the South Coast Conference, basketball teams play each SCC school’s team twice in the season. This means that every team plays all of the other teams once at home, and once at the opposing team’s school. Having already suffered a loss at Dighton-Rehoboth earlier in December, the boys’ basketball team was seeking revenge on their home court last Friday night. However, a lack of scoring in the second half resulted in a Bulldog loss of 59-39.

The boys played a strong first half, and at the half were only losing to the Falcons by 4 points. However, the second half did not prove to be in the Bulldogs’ favor.

The boys had a dismal third quarter, only scoring 3 points. A lack of offensive rebounds resulted in the Falcons controlling the ball for most of the game. The boys seemed to get their act together in the third quarter as they scored 13 points but were not able to stop the Falcons or their star player, Ryan Walsh, who finished the night with 25 points.

That being said, the Bulldogs distributed the ball well to almost every player on their team. The team’s 39 points were scored by 10 players, contributing to the fact that not one Bulldog was in double-figures for the night. Senior Chris Marchisio led the team with seven points, while Hayden Bergeron scored six points. Juniors Mikey Pruchnik and Nolan Bergeron each pitched in with five points.

With the disappointing loss, the Bulldogs record sinks to a 4-9 overall record. Their SCC record sinks to 3-8.

Despite the boys’ troubles in the second half, the Lady Bulldogs thrived in the final half of their game against Dighton Rehoboth, outscoring the Lady Falcons 30 to nine to solidify a dominant 52-19 SCC victory.

The girls got off to an early start. A strong defense kept the Lady Falcons to only two points in the first quarter. From there, Old Rochester never looked back.

Sophomore Center Gabby Reuter single-handedly scored more than the entire DR girls’ team combined, as she had a game-high 22 points. Senior Guard Katie Wilbur scored 14 points, and Junior Forward Haley Dickerson pitched in with eight points.

The win keeps the girls at the top of the SCC with a perfect 10-0 conference record.

By Michael Kassabian

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