Friday night brought jubilation to the Vineyard boys’ basketball team, when the seventh-seeded boys defeated Eastern Athletic Conference rival and number-two seed Bishop Feehan 65-63 on Feehan’s home court in a literal buzzer-beater. They now advance to the semifinal round of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletics Association sectional tournament.
With the final seconds ticking on the clock, senior Brandon Watkins blocked a Feehan shot and made a layup of his own with two seconds left in the game to give the Vineyard the win. Senior Jack Roberts led the Vineyard in scoring with 22 points. Senior Jahmari Thomas notched 12, and Watkins had nine.
A large group of Vineyard fans made the trek up to the Feehan campus; head coach Mike Joyce said that the game was sold out.
With the win, the boys move to a 16-5 record They will play number-11 seed Medway, who pulled off an upset of number-three seed Cardinal Spellman to advance, in the tournament semifinal match. The game will be held Monday at 5 p.m. in Taunton. A fan bus wil travel to the game.
The girls' baskebtall squad and boy's hockey team did not fare so well this weekend, bringing an end to their postseason quests. After advancing to the quaterfinal round, the boys' hockey team fell 4-3 to number-seven seed Franklin on Saturday evening. The second-seeded Vineyard scored three goals in the first period, but Franklin powered back and tied the game in the third period to force overtime and score the gamewinner. Vineyard goals were scored by junior Tyson Araujo and sophoore Alex Vukoa. The team finishes its season with a 16-5-1 record.
The girls also faltered Saturday, ending their season with a 49-35 loss to Norwell. The Lady Clippers led by just four points at the half, but pulled away in the third quarter to an 11 point lead that the Vineyarders could not overcome. The Vineyard defense fought back against Norwell, but the team struggled with shooting from both the field and the line. Norwell took advantage of every scoring opportunity, sinking two three-pointers in the final four minutes to extend their lead.
Senior Kendall Robinson and junior Kat deBettencourt each scored 10 points for the team.
“We had a good season with some good milestones,” head coach Lisa Stewart said after the game. The team posted a 17-5 record this year, the best in coach Stewart’s seven-year tenure, and won two regular-season tournaments.
“It’s hard to have your last game not be your best game,” she said.