The Vineyard boys basketball team ended its postseason run losing to the Old Rochester Bulldogs 59-50 Wednesday evening in Mattapoisett.

Despite a heroic 22 point, three rebound and one steal performance from Nate Story and a 10 point, 11 rebound, double double from Matheus Rodrigues, the Vineyarders turnovers proved too costly as their opponents outran them in transition and were dialed in from well beyond the three point line.

“Nate was huge, six threes, 22 points. Game of the year really, he took care of the ball and he was great, he did a great job,” Coach Mike Joyce said after the game. 

Overall, the third-seeded Bulldogs proved to be a tough matchup. Both their front and back courts either equaled or outsized the Vineyard’s, with their guards also just as quick and pesky on defense.

About halfway through the second quarter, the Vineyarders found themselves in a 10 point hole and the game was teetering on Old Rochester pulling away until Nate Story took over and lit up the scoreboard from downtown. On the back of the junior guard’s four three pointers in the second quarter and a monster dunk from Matheus Rodrigues, the Vineyard briefly held a three point lead before the half.

However, the second half was a bit of a repeat of the first with turnovers and a stagnant offense leaving the Vineyard down double digits once again. The team did cut the Bulldog’s 11 point cushion to three with 5:34 left in the fourth on a Tobey Roberts three but that was as close as it got. 

“We played really hard, we did what we could," Coach Joyce said. "Those guys at OR played a great game, it was a battle between two good teams.”

The Vineyard ends its season with a final record of 18-4, and Coach Joyce said he was proud of his team and the succesful season.

“The seniors led with such effort and determination and that really set the tone for the whole year ... it definitely was a great year with these guys, it was a lot of fun to coach them.”