The boy’s basketball team lost a stunner to New Egypt at the buzzer on Thursday night, 50-49, to fall to 5-6 on the season.
The loss is the third straight for the Pirates, who return to the court tomorrow night at Pennsauken Tech.
Cinnaminson held a 26-21 lead at halftime after both teams played uptempo basketball with strong ball movement and few turnovers.
The Pirates enjoyed a 9-0 run late in the third to take a 43-25 lead. The Warriors ended the quarter on a 3-0 run to head to the fourth down 43-28.
“Defensively they communicated,” head coach Mike Fries said of the dominance through three quarters. “They rebounded. They ran their sets well. They shared the basketball. When we do that, we’re dangerous.”
New Egypt awoke in the fourth, extending their 3-0 run to 15-0 to cut the deficit to 43-40.
“We didn’t trust each other in the fourth quarter,” Fries said. “We started doing our own thing. They did too much dribbling and not trusting the system.”
The Warriors took the lead at 47-46 late in the fourth, the first time they led in the game since they were up 2-0 after their opening possession.
John Meekins quickly gave the Pirates the lead again with a bucket and a foul shot, 49-47.
The Warriors were called for a charge on their next possession.
Chad Howard was fouled on the inbounds and he went to the line for two shots with six seconds left.
Howard missed both and the Warriors called timeout.
Out of the timeout, New Egypt had to go the length of the court down 49-47.
The Warriors got the ball to Anthony Burr (11 points), who banked a three off the glass from just inside the halfcourt line to beat the buzzer and the Pirates 50-49.
“They need to learn that they have to play all four quarters,” Fries said. “The three kills you at the end, but things add up during the game. Whether it’s missed free throws in the first, second or third, they all add up.”
Owen Rabb led the Warriors with 20. Conor Bresnahan and JP Rickus led the Pirates with 17 apiece. Rickus had 12 from three-point range.
The loss to New Egypt snapped a four-game win streak for the Pirates against the Warriors.
“We have to keep our heads up tomorrow and be mentally prepared going in there,” Fries said of Pennsauken Tech. “They are not the same team we saw earlier. They have some new guys, so it’s going to be tough playing in that gym tomorrow.”
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