Spartans overcome 16-point deficit, losing by a single point 55-54
P. Blancher – Leader staff
The senior boys basketball team at Seaway hosted to the Tagwi Warriors on December 7th, losing 55-54.
Scoring opened in the first quarter with Tagwi dominating early. Jordan Conham led the way for Tagwi scoring four baskets while Josh Ricketts nailed two three-pointers for the Warriors.
An injury on the court saw Seaway starter Hunter Amlin leave the game early in the quarter. Kaden Burton landed a three-pointer for the home team as they struggled to make any headway on the court. Tagwi led Seaway 22-6 at the end of the first quarter.
Griffin Patterson led the way in the second quarter with three baskets, a three-pointer and going two-for-three on foul shots for the Spartans. Devon Dumoulin, Randy Keller and Shawn Dowson contributed to out-shooting Tagwi 18-9 for the quarter. At half time, Tagwi led Seaway 31-24.
The third quarter did not help the Spartans with the Warriors busting through their defence. Dumoulin added two more baskets and went one-for-two in foul shots while Keller added three points and Patterson added two. Tagwi added 14 points to Seaway’s 10 to increase their lead to 45-34 at the end of the third.
At the start of the fourth quarter, Seaway rallied, holding Tagwi to just three baskets. Adam Lapier went one-for-two on foul shots and had two three-pointers, while Keller went two-for-two in foul shots and landed his first three pointer of the season. With two minutes left on the clock, Seaway tied the game at 50-50. Seaway coach Robin Gibbs called a time out for strategy, hoping to set the team up for a comeback win.
On the break, the Spartans pushed to get possession of the ball from Tagwi, earning themselves a team foul as well as two shots for an individual foul. Conham landed two of three shots to put the Warriors back into the lead.
With 36 seconds left on the clock, Seaway was down by three points with another time out called. After the break, Dumoulin’s shot landed two more points bringing the game to just one point with six seconds left on the clock. Patterson took the Spartans down the court for a shot but it missed. At the final buzzer, Tagwi Warriors 55, Seaway Spartans 54.
“It was a rough first quarter,” Coach Gibbs told The Leader.
“[The team] really battled back in the second and fourth quarters and put a good effort in on the court.”
The senior boys team travelled to L’Heritage in Cornwall December 13th, results were unavailable at press time.