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Sudbury Patch Article on AB Game

Posted Friday, January 21, 2011 by Website Admin

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Lincoln-Sudbury Boys' Basketball Team Crumbles Late to Acton-Boxborough

Senior Mitch Perez's game-high 24 points weren't enough for the Warriors.

Unfortunately for the Warriors, a late third-quarter run by the Colonials changed everything as A-B captured a 63-56 victory at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School.

“It was a tough game and we just could not get our offense going,” said L-S coach Patrick Callahan. “We moved the ball well and they played an aggressive man-to-man defense. We did not contest enough.”

Tying the game only once before, A-B managed to put together a 19-4 run between the final two quarters that solidified its victory. The run, which A-B began down 38-30, started with 3-pointers from Colonials senior Dana Flood and freshman Alex Boyd with three minutes left in the third quarter.

A jumper from senior Sam Longwell and a tipped layup from junior A.J. Gotthelf gave the Colonials their first lead, 43-40, to end the quarter.

“One of the things we did in this game was try to press and pick the tempo up a little bit,” said A-B coach Rick Kilpatrick. “It was something we do not normally do and I thought the guys did a really good job at it.”

The Colonials (9-1) led for the remainder of the game. Seven fourth-quarter points from junior Kevin LaFrancis helped A-B maintain its advantage.

A layup off a steal and a tipped rebound by LaFrancis put A-B up 53-45 with 3:36 remaining in the game.

“(LaFrancis) was immensely important not only on offense, but on defense guarding (John) Swords,” said Kilpatrick. “Swords is a great player.”

Calling for the ball in the final minutes, L-S senior center Swords dominated the boards to score seven straight points and bring the score differential to four with two minutes remaining. However, three straight free throws by Longwell halted the comeback bid.

“We need to get (Swords) the ball more,” said Callahan. “That was a big problem for us. We had to get the ball inside.”

The Warriors (7-3) opened the game with an eight-point run, including six points on jumpers from freshman Dominic Douglas.

Two finger roles by senior Wes Schroll at 3:18 in the first quarter gave the Colonials their first points and helped bring the score within two.

“We were rebounding well and playing some good pressure defense,” said Callahan. “We got some easy baskets.”

The two teams finished the final three minutes of the quarter with a combined 16 points. The score was tied 17-17 at 5:25 in the second quarter.

“Outside shooting is not our strength and I know early we were missing a lot of shots,” said Kilpatrick. “Our strength is more getting down low and taking the ball to the basket. Early on we were settling too much for outside shots.”

Senior Mitch Perez led the game with 24 points, including three 3-pointers. Flood and Longwell led the Colonials with 13 points each.

“(Perez) shot well and attacked well,” said Callahan. “Overall, Mitch had a good performance.”

The Warriors will next face Boston-Latin on Friday.

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