Below are the official Hockomock League Boys Basketball All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.
Hockomock League MVP
Tim Prunier, Franklin
Hockomock League All Stars
Jake Dunkley, Attleboro
Alex DuBrow, Foxboro
Rob Lowey, Foxboro
Jason Procaccini, Foxboro
Tim Prunier, Franklin
Connor Peterson, Franklin
Jay Dieterle, Franklin
Samuel Goldberg, Mansfield
Matthew Ehrlich, Mansfield
Dimitry Torres, Milford
Brent Doherty, North Attleboro
Carter Evin, Oliver Ames
Matt Lowerre, Sharon
Brandon Teixeira, Stoughton
Jose Mercado, Taunton
Tommy MacLean, Taunton
Kyle Murphy, Attleboro
Devin Foster, Canton
Jonathan Carnino, Foxboro
Kevin Gill, Franklin
Will Weir, King Philip
Max Boen, Mansfield
Dwight Anderson, Milford
Jonny Friberg, North Attleboro
Tim Kelley, Oliver Ames
Ricardo Ripley, Sharon
Cameron Andrews, Stoughton
Quan Roberson, Taunton
FALL RIVER, Mass. – Sometimes the reason behind a win or a loss is complicated. There are a number of factors that could turn the tide from one side to the other over the course of a basketball game .
Sometimes the explanation for the final result is much easier to deduce.
On Wednesday night in the Luke Urban Field House at Durfee High, Foxboro shot nearly 30 three-pointers in its Div. 2 South semifinal against No. 2 seed Whitman-Hanson but made only five. Meanwhile, the Panthers knocked down eight shots from beyond the arc in the first three quarters, six of them by senior Brenndan Rogers.
The Warriors cold shooting allowed Whitman-Hanson to pull out a 64-50 victory and advance to the South final to face Randolph.
“That’s basketball,” said Foxboro coach Jon Gibbs. “I thought we moved the ball well at times and got some good looks and they just didn’t fall.”
“It’s a tough pill to swallow because you hate to lose at the stage and see the season come to a close but the bottom line is they made more shots than we did.”
The Warriors jumped all over Whitman-Hanson in the first quarter. Foxboro’s press was forcing turnovers and leading to shots at the rim. Foxboro led 12-4 out of the gate behind four points from Jason Procaccini, a three from Mark Clagg and a three-point play from Alex DuBrow.
DuBrow then set up Andrew Block for a corner three that made it 15-7, one of his seven assist in the game, and scored on a layup that ended a 5-0 Panthers run. To start the second quarter, DuBrow (nine points) again found Block (six points) in the corner for a three that made it 20-12.
The Panthers turned the game on its head with an 18-4 run to close out the first half. That run continued in the third quarter and stretched to 30-8 after the Block three and gave Whitman-Hanson a 14-point cushion.
The main reason for the turnaround was Rogers, who scored 14 of his game-high 22 points in the second and buried four threes – many with a hand in his face.
“The No. 1 emphasis tonight was on defending the three-point line, that’s been Whitman-Hanson’s game all year,” said Gibbs.
“I don’t know how many he ended up with, six, seven threes but give credit to the kid Rogers for an incredible shooting night and he really put the team on his back.”
The Warriors struggled to stem the tide because their own shots were not falling, which meant that they could not get back into the full-court press that seemed to really bother the Panthers in the first quarter.
Gibbs explained, “We really wanted to pressure them and if you can’t score then you can’t press.”
He continued, “It kind of became a situation that snowballed a little bit because I thought our press was very effective early and then for long stretches we couldn’t get into it and they were able to come down and run their offense, which is exactly what we didn’t want them to be able to do.”
The Block three was the lone made field goal in the second quarter for Foxboro but going into halftime it was only a six-point deficit.
The third started with a lob from DuBrow to Procaccini (team-high 16 points) for a layup but that was answered by a layup on the other end from Cole Manning (13 points, 11 rebounds) and then a three by Rogers with Procaccini right in his face.Nick Smith (10 points) hit one from straightaway and Roger buried another and the game started slipping away from the Warriors.
Down by 19, Foxboro put together a quick 7-0 spurt that gave the Warriors fans life. Joe Morrison scored off a backdoor cut and was fouled. He missed the shot from the line but DuBrow grabbed the board and laid it in. Procaccini hit a three from straightaway and the lead was down to 12.
The momentum did not stay on Foxboro’s side although the Warriors continued to battle in the fourth quarter, twice cutting the deficit to single digits.
“I was so proud of the way we played in the fourth quarter, we didn’t quit,” said Gibbs.
One of the sparks that kept Foxboro going was Morrison. The sophomore guard scored six points in the fourth and at times looked like a one-man full-court press. He picked his man’s pocket and scored on a layup then scored again in transition and then again stole an inbounds pass for a layup that made the score 54-45.
“That’s obviously what he was out there for was to spearhead that press,” Gibbs said. “To see him do it on the biggest stage was so impressive and he was a big reason why we were able to hang around.”
The Panthers would not allow the Warriors to get too close, shooting 10-12 from the line down the stretch to seal the win.
Gibbs said, “We were down double digits the whole fourth quarter, our backs were against the wall and we could easily have quit, but we just kept fighting. I thought we showed a lot of heart and character.”
Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.
FOXBORO, Mass. – With a little more than four minutes remaining in Friday night’s quarterfinal against Dartmouth, Foxboro coach Jon Gibbs called a timeout to try and settle his team down.
The Indians had cut a lead that was at one point as high as 18 down to just eight, so Gibbs reminded his team of the game plan on defense and told them to regroup and finish strong. The Warriors listened, allowing only two points from the line over the final four minutes.
“The wheels were coming off, we hit a patch of adversity, and it looked like maybe we weren’t handling it well,” said Gibbs.
“I just called a timeout to remind them that we’re up eight and we made a little adjustment to our press break. I said, let’s break the pressure and then lets take our time and have a good possession every time.”
Foxboro pulled away late, making 6-7 from the line, and finished off Dartmouth 58-40 to advance to the Div. 2 South semifinal. Senior Jason Procaccini led the way for the Warriors with 21 points and 10 rebounds and classmate Alex DuBrow scored 14, including 7-8 from the line in the fourth.
“It’s all about our defense,” Gibbs explained, “and that’s what we’ve said all year. I think we regrouped pretty well, kept our composure and down the stretch our seniors made big plays for us.”
Dartmouth coach Jeff Caron admitted after the game that his team was looking to keep the score low and for the first half the Indians defense was fulfilling that objective, limiting Foxboro to just 22 points. The only problem was that the Warriors held the visitors to only 14.
“The pace and the score was with us for a while but their defense really made things difficult for us on the offensive end,” said Caron.
Procaccini got off to a strong start with eight points in the opening half, including a three that extended the lead to nine at 21-12. He also added three of his team-high four assists in the first half, as most of the offense ran through him.
In the second half, Dartmouth got out of its zone and started to play man-to-man and tried to press in order to create more turnovers that could get the offense going. The switch also opened things up for the Foxboro offense and Procaccini took advantage with seven in the third, as the Warriors used a 12-2 run to break the game open.
He started the half with a spin to the bucket for two, followed by a three from Mark Clagg who added a pair of free throws. After Dartmouth scored two on a pair of technical free throws, DuBrow picked the pocket of the Indians point guard and laid it in and then Procaccini knocked down a jumper plus the foul.
“He’s jut so versatile,” said Gibbs of Procaccini. “He can shoot, he can drive at you, he can post, he can get offensive rebounds, he’s a nightmare in transition. He just has a knack for scoring the ball.”
The Warriors were letting emotions get the better of them and picked up a second technical in the quarter that Dartmouth used to try and stay in the game. Another Procaccini jumper off an offensive rebound and a couple free throws from DuBrow made it 41-23, Foxboro’s biggest lead of the game.
Dartmouth scored the final five of the third quarter, but the lead was still 13 heading to the fourth. The Indians chipped away behind a couple of baskets from leading scorer Matt Craig, who finished with 17 points but was made to work for every point by the defense of Joe Morrison.
“He’s a great player,” said Gibbs of Craig, “and we knew that he was going to look to take over the game. He had 17 points, but he certainly had to work for it. He made a lot of tough shots to get to that and obviously holding them to 40 points, our defense was the key.”
Procaccini tipped in his own missed layup to make it 46-36 but then Craig managed to squeeze down the lane for a layup that cut it back to eight. That would be the final basket scored by the Indians.
DuBrow went 5-6 from e line in the fourth and Procaccini wrapped up the win with a three that extended the lead back to 15 before Andrew Block added some gloss to the final with a three in the final minute.
“They’ve got a good point guard, they’ve got a good big, they have guys that can shoot the ball…you get down like that and start pressing in desperation mode in the third quarter you run out of gas,” said Caron.
“They were the better team tonight, no doubt about that, no excuses.”
Robby Lowey added four points and seven boards, Morrison chipped in with five points, and Jonathan Carnino pulled in nine rebounds for the Warriors.
It turned into a comfortable looking final score, but Gibbs said that this game would be a learning experience for his team, which picked up three technicals in the second half.
“The state tournament is a whole different atmosphere,” he explained.
“The environment is different, the pressure is different, the stakes are totally different so now having a game like this where we encountered a lot of adversity and at times didn’t handle it well gives us the chance to have a teachable moment, look at the film, talk about what happened and hopefully be better next time.”
Foxboro (18-4) will play No. 2 seed Whitman-Hanson at Durfee High at a time and date to be determined.
Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.
Today’s games are listed below.
#4 Mansfield, 64 vs. #5 Brockton, 60 – Final – Mansfield advances to face No. 1 seed Catholic Memorial in the semifinal.
#7 Taunton, 41 @ #2 Newton North, 60 – Final
#3 Foxboro, 58 vs. #6 Dartmouth, 40 – Final – Jason Procaccini led the way for the Warriors with 21 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists. Alex DuBrow added 14 points and three assists for Foxboro and went 7-8 from the line in the fourth quarter to ice the game. Foxboro will play No. 2 seed Whitman-Hanson in the semifinal.
#5 Franklin, 44 @ #4 Westford Academy, 51 – Final
Today’s games are listed below.
#4 Mansfield, 75 vs. #13 New Bedford, 51 – Final – Sam Goldberg scored a game-high 16 points and hauled in 11 rebounds as Mansfield battled back from a first quarter deficit. Matt Ehrlich added 13 points, including 12 in the vital second quarter rally. Christian Weber added 12 points and Nick Baskin chipped in with 10 points.
#7 Taunton, 83 vs. #10 Plymouth South, 54 – Final – Jose Mercado scored 28 points in just three quarters of play because of foul trouble to lead the Tigers. Along with Mercado’s 28 points, junior Quan Roberson had a double-double with 16 points and was a big factor on the boards with 10 rebounds. Carlos Borrero and Tommy MacLean each had 10 points while they combined for 13 assists. Brevan Walker and Lens Esquil combined for 15 points off the bench.
#3 Foxboro, 68 vs. #14 Nauset, 53 – Final – Foxboro grabbed a lead after the first quarter, grew it by halftime and stretched it to as much as 20 points in the second half. Senior Jason Procaccini scored a team-high 15 points while classmates Rob Lowey added 15 points and Jonathan Carnino had 11 points.
#15 Sharon, 52 @ #2 Whitman-Hanson, 54 – Final – Sharon used a full court press to come back from a double-digit first half deficit and take its first lead, 50-49, with 2:25 to play. The Eagles were unable to take the lead in a tie game and the Panthers sank two free throws with 0.2 seconds left to get the win. Mitchell Sirota led Sharon with career-high 17 points and Tyler Smith added 11 points.
#16 Oliver Ames, 63 @ #1 Bishop Feehan, 68 – Final
#4 Franklin, 2 vs. #13 Wellesley, 1 – Final
#9 King Philip, 1 vs. #8 Newton North, 3 – Final
#3 Canton, 10 vs. #14 Sandwich, 1 – Final
#24 Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 3 @ #9 Notre Dame, 11 – Final
#26 King Philip, 0 @ #7 Plymouth, 4 – Final
Today’s games are listed below.
Mansfield, 64 @ Attleboro, 52 – Final – Mansfield clinched a share of the Kelley-Rex title with the win. The Hornets have won four straight Kelley-Rex titles and sixth in the last seven years. Sam Goldberg had 12 points and seven rebounds, Christian Weber added 11 points and six assists and Max Boen had nine points and five assists. Mansfield head coach Mike Vaughan won his 200th career game.
Canton, 48 @ Milford, 71 – Final – The Scarlet Hawks won their fifth game in the last six to clinch a playoff berth. Dimitry Torres led Milford with 23 points while Dwight Anderson added 16 points, Jack DeSantis chipped in with a career-high 10 points and Josh Andonian finished seven points. Canton freshman Devin Foster had a career-high 16 points and sophomore Tony Harris added 15 points.
Sharon, 73 @ Foxboro, 84 – Final (OT) – Jason Procaccini scored a game-high 24 points as the Warriors held on after a rally from the Eagles. Rob Lowey added 14 points while Alex DuBrow, Jonathan Carnino and Mark Clagg all chipped in with 10 points apiece.
Franklin, 77 @ North Attleboro, 39 – Final – Freshman Jay Dieterle dropped in a team-high 19 points as the Panthers claimed their first league title since 2012. With the win, Franklin won a share of the Kelley-Rex title with Mansfield. Sophomore Connor Peterson had 12 points and senior Tim Prunier added 10 points.
Oliver Ames, 74 @ Stoughton, 55 – Final – Junior Carter Evin scored a career-high 28 points and pulled in 10 rebounds. Dylan Mahoney added 15 points, Nick Welch had 11 points and Tim Kelley added 10 points for OA. Jared Costa-Haywood led the Black Knights with 17 points, Cam Gomes had 12 points and sophomore Cam Andrews chipped in with 10 points. Senior captain Nick Quattrucci hauled in seven rebounds.
King Philip, 56 vs. Dartmouth, 60 – Final – King Philip rallied from a 13 point halftime deficit but the Indians were able to hold on. Seth Sullivan had a team-high 18 points while sophomore Justin Vine added 15 points.
Taunton, 59 @ New Bedford, 69 – Final
Milford, 62 @ Canton, 47 – Final
Foxboro, 57 @ Sharon, 49 – Final – Foxboro had four players reach double figures for scoring. Lily Sykes led the Warriors with 16 points while Ashley Sampson added 13 points, Grace Tamulionis had 12 points and Carolynn Will finished with 10 points. Sharon was led by Alyssa Piazza with 20 points and four steals, while Charlotte Ransom had seven points, all in the fourth quarter. Shira Stoller had seven assists and Emma Eberhardt had 11 points for the Eagles.
North Attleboro, 45 @ Franklin, 54 – Final
Attleboro, 43 @ Mansfield, 56 – Final – The Hornets clinched the Kelley-Rex division title with the win. It is the second in the program’s history. Jen Peel led the way with 18 points and five assists. Meg Hill added 11 points and 15 rebounds and Juliana Newell scored 12 for Mansfield. Attleboro was led by Sarah Deyo, who finished with 15 points. Sam Pierce added 10 for the Bombardiers.
Stoughton, 32 @ Oliver Ames, 63 – Final – Sophomore Kayla Raymond led the Tigers with a game-high 16 points while Kaitlyn McCarthy added 13 points and Niyera Mitchell had 12 points.
Taunton, 48 vs. New Bedford, 17 – Final – Senior Kia Pate led Taunton with 11 points, sophomore Hannah Moniz added nine points, senior Alyssa Gibson finished with eight points and senior Jordan Wade chipped in with nine points and six rebounds.
Attleboro, 4 vs. Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk, 1 – Final
Milford, 3 @ North Attleboro, 5 – Final
FOXBORO, Mass. – Foxboro erased a nine point second half deficit and slammed the door shut with a dominant fourth quarter to beat Milford, 66-48, and clinch the Davenport Division title outright.
The Warriors held a one point lead at halftime but trailed by as much as nine points in the third quarter and entered the fourth with trailing by one.
Foxboro used a 23-4 fourth quarter to pull away and clinch the program’s first outright league title since 2003.
“Give credit to Milford, they’ve got some very talented scorers and some very talented guards and they made some tough shots,” Foxboro head coach Jon Gibbs said. “They’ve been playing really well lately, they had won six of the last seven coming in. I’ve seen them lately have some really big quarters and big halves offensively where they just make shot after shot and that happened some here today. I thought our defense was pretty good for the most part and they just made some contested shots. But I was really proud of the way we fought through the adversity.”
The Scarlet Hawks embarked on a 13-3 run to open the second half and take their biggest lead of the contest. Senior Dimitry Torres (game-high 18 points plus six assists) started the run with a pair of free throws and then found Austin Albano for a corner three to go up 31-29. Zack Tamagni drained a three, Torres found Dwight Anderson for a layup and then Torres found Anthony Arcudi for a three to make it 39-30 with 3:53 to play in the third.
Foxboro was inch back, closing out the quarter on a 13-5 run with all points coming from seniors. Alex DuBrow and Jason Procaccini each scored four points, Jonathan Carnino hit a corner trey late in the shot clock to start the run and Rob Lowey scored off a nice post move.
It didn’t take long for the Warriors to assume the lead in the final quarter with DuBrow — who scored 12 of his 16 points in the final quarter — driving and laying one up and under on Foxboro’s first possession to go up by one. Foxboro never trailed again.
“Falling behind and losing the momentum in the third quarter we could have folded, we could have quit but he hung in there, we stayed with the plan defensively and we picked up our energy level and we were able to execute on offense and start making some plays,” Gibbs said. “I was really proud of the way we hung in there and came back and that’s what good teams do. We’ve been able to fight through it more as the season has gone on and that’s something that can help us when we get to the state tournament.
“I told the guys we’ll find our rhythm eventually on offense and eventually we’ll knock down shots but we had to lock them down and not let them score. I told them if we could lock them down defensively then eventually we’ll catch up and get the lead and I think we did a good job of that. I think we started to get some offense off of our defense when we lifted our energy up.”
Procaccini’s three point play preceded his assist to DuBrow at the top of the arc for a three. DuBrow came away with a steal and easy bucket before the Warriors used the same play – finding Procaccini on the baseline for a kick out to DuBrow for a three to put the run at 13-2.
Sophomore Joe Morrison had back to back steals that resulted in two points from DuBrow, a putback from Lowey off a missed three and a Procaccini layup stretched the run to 19-2. Foxboro went on to win the final quarter 23-4.
“You can’t have a quarter like that against the league champions and expect to win the game,” Milford head coach Paul Seaver said. “I thought we played well for three quarters but things just dominoed for us from there.”
While DuBrow had 12 points in the final frame, all 16 of them came in the second half. He had six assists in the first half and finished with eight overall along with five rebounds.
“He really just put us on his back,” Gibbs said of DuBrow. “He’s a tremendous player, he’s a special player and I think what you saw tonight was just how valuable he is to our team. When we were down and we were in a tough spot and we really needed a spark and someone to make some tough plays and produce, the way he can step up and put the team on his back. Whether it’s making a big basket or making a big pass or a big steal. All of a sudden, when we needed him the most, he was all over the place on both ends of the court. That’s why he’s such a special player and that’s why we’ve been so successful.”
Procaccini finished with 15 points and eight rebounds, Lowery had 15 points and nine rebounds and Mark Clagg chipped in with 10 points and four rebounds. The Warriors had a 34-18 edge in rebounding.
Foxboro boys basketball (16-4, 12-3) will close out the season by hosting Sharon in search of avenging a loss to the Eagles in late January. Milford (9-10, 6-9) finishes the regular season by hosting Canton. With a win, the Scarlet Hawks will qualify for the state tournament.
“Our goal the whole season was to get to the state tournament,” Seaver said. “We’ve grinded through a lot all season and we’ve put ourselves in a position to get there. Now we have to win to get there on Monday so it’s essentially a playoff game and we’re going to treat it like that.”
Today’s games are listed below.
Milford, 48 @ Foxboro, 66 – Final – Foxboro senior Alex DuBrow scored all of his team-high 16 points in the second half, adding eight assists and five rebounds. Jason Procaccini had 15 points, eight rebounds and three assists, Rob Lowey had 15 points and nine rebounds and junior Mark Clagg finished with 10 points. Milford’s Dimitry Torres scored a game-high 18 points along with six assists.
Franklin, 64 @ Catholic Memorial, 87 – Final – Senior Tim Prunier and freshman Jay Dieterle each had nine points for the Panthers.
Taunton, 84 @ King Philip, 60 – Final – Taunton senior Jose Mercado poured in a career-high 31 points while Tommy MacLean had 14 points and Dom Smith added 12 points. King Philip’s Pharoah Davis had a team-high 13 points.
Attleboro, 48 vs. Dartmouth, 36 – Final – Emily Houle led the way for Attleboro with 17 points, all in the second half, which leaves her four points shy of 1,000 for her career. She also had 11 rebounds. Sam Pierce added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Bombardiers, Fatima McDonald had eight points, and Sarah Deyo had only three points but chipped in with seven blocks and 10 boards.
Canton, 47 vs. Blackstone-Millville, 42 – Final – The Bulldogs swept the season series with BMR behind 14 points from Hannah Jerrier and eight apiece from Jess Powers and Meaghan Hunter. Canton turned the game around with a 30-13 second half.
King Philip, 38 @ Taunton, 37 – Final – Jen Lacroix scored all 12 of her points in the second half to lead the Warriors, who bounced back from a 12-point halftime deficit. Sam Madden added eight points for KP and Riley Dalzell had 10 rebounds. Taunton was led by Alyssa Gibson, who finished with 13 points and 14 boards, and Lily Patneaude, who scored 11 points.
Milford, 44 @ Foxboro, 61 – Final – The Warriors had three players reach double figures, led by Ashley Sampson’s 14 points. Cassidy Harrison added 11 points and Kristen Bortolotti had 10 points.
North Attleboro, 47 vs. Durfee, 34 – Final – The Rocketeers were led by junior Caroline Collard with 10 points and Ashley Ahern chipped in with six.
Sharon, 43 @ Fontbonne, 58 – Final – Senior Alyssa Piazza had 19 points, six rebounds, and five steals for the Eagles in the loss.
Canton, 0 @ Whitman-Hanson, 2 – Final
WOBURN, Mass. – It wasn’t quite a playoff like atmosphere, but Foxboro picked up a decisive win on the road against a playoff caliber team on Sunday afternoon.
Against another Division 2 playoff bound team, the Warriors’ consistent and efficient offense build a double-digit lead by halftime and a late 9-0 surge to close the third quarter put the proverbial nail in the coffin as Foxboro took down Woburn, 75-51.
“I told the guys how I’m obviously happy that we won but I’m more happy with the quality of the performance,” Foxboro head coach Jon Gibbs said. “This is the time of year, getting ready to go into the state tournament, you want to be peaking now and playing your best basketball. As happy as I am about the win itself, I’m more happy about the way we played.”
After earning an 11 point lead at halftime, Foxboro hovered around that advantage for the first five minutes of the second half. Over the closing minutes, Foxboro ventured on a 9-0 run to close the quarter. Senior Alex DuBrow (15 points, seven rebounds, six assists) sliced through the lane for a layup, senior Rob Lowey (10 points, seven rebounds) added two more from inside the paint, sophomore Joe Morrison hit a 15-foot jumper and then DuBrow capped it with a deep three.
By the end of the third quarter, Foxboro held a 22-point lead over the hosts.
“Offensively, our sharing of the ball was tremendous, I thought our movement, our cutting and screening was tremendous,” Gibbs said. “When we play that way on offense we can be very difficult to stop. We have a lot of weapons and we get some open shots and we have a lot of guys that can put the ball in the basket.”
Rebounding was a problem early on for the Warriors but senior Jonathan Carnino scored six of his points in the opening minutes to keep Foxboro afloat.
“Carnino played with great energy in the beginning,” Gibbs said. “I thought we played a little lethargic in the first couple of minutes, I didn’t think our energy was great. We were getting out-rebounded and out-toughed but Carnino was the one spark plug early on. He had some some hustle plays, some tough baskets off offensive rebounds, he was running the floor hard. He kind of held down the fort while we woke up.”
Mat Catizone’s three put the hosts up 12-9 but six straight points from DuBrow preceded a fadeaway three at the buzzer from Jason Procaccini to put Foxboro up 18-12 after one.
With three minutes gone in the second quarter and the Warriors’ still clinging to a six point lead, Lowey, Procaccini, DuBrow and Carnino all get two points to push the lead to 10. Lowey and Procaccini both converted at the line near the end of the quarter to make it 39-28 after 16 minutes.
Carnino hit an early three in the second half to push Foxboro’s lead to 14. Woburn would never cut it down to single digits after that.
“Defensively I thought we did a good job challenging everything they did,” Gibbs said. “They have two really good guards. We knew coming in those guys would make some tough shots, and they did. We knew we weren’t going to shut them out but I told the guys if we stayed with the plan and we trusted it that we would get enough stops over 32 minutes. I thought that’s what happened too. I thought Jason, Alex and Joe did a really good job on those two.”
Although Foxboro held a double-digit lead for the entire second half, Woburn – a team headed to the postseason – had a pair of guards that can typically take over a game. Foxboro was able to limit them to combined 24 points and limited the Tanners to just 4/18 shooting from deep.
“We’ve talked about finishing a lot,” Gibbs said. “We’ve talked at halftime about putting teams away in the third quarter. We wanted to win the third quarter, coming out with extra intensity and extra focus. We were able to finally, at the end of the quarter, deliver the knock out punch. With the guards they have, the lead was never comfortable. Even in the fourth quarter I kept stressing to lock down the perimeter and not let them get any offensive rebounds.”
Foxboro boys basketball (15-3) will take on Marlborough in the Division 2 finals of the Comcast/Arbella Tournament at 5:30 on Monday back at Woburn High.
Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at RyanLanigan@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.