The Duxbury basketball faithful crammed into the DHS gym for one last boys’ basket- ball game Thursday night to give the gym a raucous send- off. But unfortunately for the Dragons and their fans, the sto- ry of the old gym ended with a clang rather than a bang.
Duxbury missed 28 straight shots, including every field goal attempt in the sec- ond quarter, to watch a solid defensive effort go to waste in a 46-29 loss to the Hingham Harbormen.
Senior Max Boucher and sophomore Will Williams each scored on cuts to the basket to help Duxbury keep pace with Hingham early, but the Drag- ons went cold from the field with about four minutes to play in first quarter. Free-throw shooting helped keep Duxbury within striking distance as they headed to the bench trail- ing 14-9 after one quarter, but a pair of Noah Schwanke free throws in the second quarter was all the Dragons would get until Khai Perry’s layup with 2:14 left to play in the third.
“We couldn’t hit water if we fell out of a boat,” head coach Gordon Cushing said. “We really struggled offen- sively. We had some good shots, but we just couldn’t get them to go down and that makes it so hard.”
Despite smothering Hing- ham defensively and forcing the Harbormen in nine turn- overs in the second and third quarters, Duxbury’s shooting woes prevented them from staying in the game. Hingham ran their nine-point lead after one quarter to 15 by halftime and headed into the final quar- ter ahead of the Dragons 33- 15.
“Our goal is to hold teams in the 50s, so [defensively] we were fine.” Cushing said. “De- fensively I thought we played great, we just struggled offen- sively.”
The Harbormen widened their lead past 20 early in the fourth, but the Dragons looked to be on the verge of a come- back when freshmen Ryan Reagan’s 3-pointer cut the def- icit back down to 14. However Hingham regained control and pushed their lead back to 23 within two minutes to take the Dragons out of the game for good.
"We really appreciated the crowd," Cushing said. "That was how it used to be many years ago and that makes it fun. I've been coaching here and it's said. I don't know if I can keep going or not.
With the loss, Duxbury finished their season with a 7-10 record and said goodbye to their senior cheerleaders and basketball players on Se- nior Night. Cushing started se- niors Perry, Schwanke, captain Jake Foote, Max Boucher and Julian Pelletier after each was honored, along with his par- ents, prior to the game.