The Duxbury boys’ basketball team inched a step closer to qualifying for the MIAA Division II tournament, when they knocked off Patriot League-Fisher Division leader Quincy High School, on Friday night in Duxbury.
What was expected to be a major battle between two of the top teams in the Patriot League didn’t develop according to the script, as the Presidents (7-5 overall/7-2 in league) playing without leading scorer Oliver O’Sullivan, trailed early and could never get their offense clicking without their big gun in the lineup.
The Dragons have established themselves as a defensive team, and it showed in the first eight minutes, as Coach Gordon Cushing’s squad limited the Presidents to just six points, four of which came after Quincy called a timeout trailing 13-2 with 4:20 left in the quarter.
When both teams came back on the court, the nature of the game never changed, as Connor Kindregan, Justin Marino (3), and Sam Ederle (3) kept the offense rolling and ended the quarter with a 21-6 lead.
The Duxbury offense cooled off somewhat in the second quarter, yet their defense remained strong, as they built a 28-10 lead with just over a minute to go before halftime. Three points by the visitors in the final minutes gave the Dragons a 28-13 halftime lead.
It was hard to imagine the Dragons playing any better entering the third quarter, but they continued to run and dominate the boards, scoring the first 11 points of the second half while building a 39-13 lead. By the time the third quarter was over, Duxbury had held the high-scoring Presidents to just four third-quarter points and had established an insurmountable 43-17 lead.
Cushing was able to clear his bench in the final eight minutes, as Joe Guilfoile, Wesley Doe, Andrew Scott, Gordon Acha, and Dave Donovan got the majority of the playing time. While Kindregan and Acha were able to increase the Duxbury lead to 49-19, Quincy went into a full-court press the rest of the quarter and caused numerous Duxbury turnovers resulting in a 21-5 run that made the final score look somewhat close at 54-40.
“I thought our kids played well,” said Cushing. “We held them to 13 points at half time and it’s defense like that is what we hang our hats on. With Curtis (Owen) being at 50 percent we need other guys to step up and get the job done. We just need more guys to be consistent on offense. I think we are pretty good on the defensive end. We just need people to step up offensively. We’re still young, but we’re doing all right.”
Kindregan led the Dragons with 16 points, while John Geary (10), Justin Marino (8), Curtis Owen (7), and Sam Ederle (7) also were big contributors to the Duxbury win.
After traveling to Pembroke on Tuesday, the Dragons return home for a rematch with Silver Lake at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.