In a game that came down to the final seconds, the Vineyard boys’ basketball team fell 64-63 in overtime to Cardinal Spellman in the semifinals of the division three south section tournament.
Three busloads of Vineyard fans made the trip to Taunton High School for the game.
The Vineyard had met its match in terms of defense, with Spellman equally as aggressive on the boards and equally stifling on the court.
Down by four points after the first quarter, the Vineyard came back in the second to move ahead 28-22. Spellman’s defense held the boys to four points until the final three minutes of the third, when senior Deshawn James scored six points in a row.
The fourth quarter began with the Vineyard up by three, a lead they extended thanks to gritty rebound work by juniors Tim Roberts and Alex GordonBeck. With five minutes remaining, the team was ahead by ten points.
But Spellman rallied to eat away at the Vineyard lead, stepping up their own defense as they did so. With eight seconds left in regulation, Spellman’s Joe Crane hit a jumper to tie the game 51-51.
The last time the Vineyard played Spellman in the tournament was three years ago. That game went to double overtime; the Vineyard fell 88-85.
As overtime began it appeared that Spellman would continue to rack up the points, but the Vineyard kept a win in sight; a Roberts free throw and a clutch Kane Araujo three-pointer with thirteen seconds left put the teams one point apart, 62-61. Spellman pulled ahead on free throws, and though James hit his final shot of the night to make the score 64-63, time had run out for the Vineyard.
The team closes their season 18-5.
In picture, junior Alex GordonBeck goes for a basket against Cardinal Spellman.