The JV boys' hoops squad lost a heartbreaker in their first game of the season. Both teams got off to slow offensive starts. Our defense, in fact, was the story of the first half. We held our opponents without a field goal for the first 6 or so minutes. Unfortunately, all we could muster during that spell was 8 points despite having numerous easy opportunities, mostly in transition. As the half continued, we started to find the basket a bit more. Will Fortenbaugh '14 got hot and hit a couple of jumpers; he finished with 8 first half points. TJ Adams '14 played some excellent first half minutes as well, as did Ben Brigham '15. We started to pull away and give ourselves some separation. We felt pretty good heading into the locker room with a 28-12 advantage.
Though we talked about the importance of the first four minutes of the second half, we slowly, slowly let our opponents back into the game. A defensive switch from them combined with an extremely tightly called game, slowed our transition attack and took us completely out of our rhythm. Once our opponents gained the momentum, we could never seem to get it back. Still, we had a chance to win at the end of the game, largely because of some big baskets from Nim Farhood '14, who led us with 15 points. We trailed by 2 with about 40 seconds to go when Fortenbaugh drained a huge 3 to give us a 1 point lead. We got a stop, but missed the front end of the one-and-one that could probably have sealed it. With 15 seconds remaining, Williston came down, got a good look, missed, but cleared the rebound after a scrum. They called a timeout with under 3 seconds and then executed a nice out of bounds play to hit a bucket at the buzzer and win by 1.
It was a disappointing result, but one that we can hopefully learn from. We saw a lot of good things today and have plenty of building blocks for the future.