Boys Basketball Season Comes to an End
Mike Leavitt, Veritas Staff
The Rockland Bulldogs were unable to get the job done Thursday night as the Norton Lancers advanced to the second round of the MIAA State Tournament with a 65-44 win in Norton. Rockland has made tournament forty four times over the past forty seven years, and this year’s team went through a lot to keep the streak alive. With a 10-8 regular season record they landed the number 11 seed and faced the number 6 seed Norton.
Rockland is known for their toughness and their defense, but that was not the case Thursday as the Lancers scored 32 points in just the first half, most from three pointers and foul shots leading the Bulldogs 32-19. Every time the Bulldogs seemed to gain some momentum the Lancers would come right back up the court and hit a big shot.
Head Coach Fred Damon told the Patriot Ledger “They shot the ball extremely well; we had several breakdowns on defense. It was just not a good night for us. But give them all the credit in the world. They hit shots when they had to.”
The second half was similar to the first as Norton continued to hit the outside shot. Rockland could not do anything offensively in the third quarter and Norton took full advantage of it by extending their lead to 42-24 with 2:17 left in the third quarter.
Senior Captain Andrew Frazer said, “Our game plan wasn’t fully executed. We started out the game slow and couldn’t recover throughout the whole game.”
The Bulldogs tried their best to spark something in the fourth but it just wasn’t enough to stop the sharp shooting Lancers who went on to face Archbishop Williams in the second round. Norton won that game on Saturday and advanced to the semifinals this week.
For a look at the Dogs’ entire season, see the next print edition of the Veritas.