A punishingly fast offense and the best defensive effort of the season led the Vineyard boys to a resounding 73-53 defeat of Wareham Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the south sectional tournament.
The game was never in question as the Vineyard jumped to a 21-5 lead after the first quarter. Wareham pulled within ten points in the third quarter, but ulitmately could not make up the difference.
Junior Alex GordonBeck scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the offense. Seniors Navardo Anderson and Deshawn James scored 14 and 13 points, respectively.
Senior co-captain Kane Araujo notched 12 points, all on three-pointers, and shut down Wareham's leading scorer throughout the contest.
But it was the rebounds that made the difference. GordonBeck and junior co-captain Tim Roberts (17 rebounds) were forces to be reckoned with on the backboard.
"We had a lot of second chances, and didn't give them many," head coach Mike Joyce said after the game.
The game was over in just an hour and fifteen minutes, with both teams full of energy and playing at a blistering pace.
"That's what our games are like when we play Wareham," Coach Joyce said. "They play like we play--they want to run up and down."
The stands were packed on the Vineyard side of the court, with the vocal student section dressed in black. Several fans wore Beat Wareham shirts from last year's playoff run.
Coach Joyce said the fan support was "phenomenal."
"To get that many people out during school vacation is huge," he said.
In picture, senior Deshawn James keeps his eye on the ball. Photo by Mark Lovewell.