The boy’s basketball team saw its 2015-2016 season come to an end on Thursday night with a 51-48 loss to Woodstown in the SJ2 Quarters in what was a hard-fought game.
Cinnaminson (19-8), the five-seed, took on the Wolverines, the four-seed, in a battle of similar teams.
Both squads were able to drive the lane for buckets and hit from beyond the arc for threes when needed, but it was a bucket with 1.7 seconds left in the fourth that gave Woodstown its 24th (24-3) win of the year.
Cinnaminson got off to a roaring start, leading 20-10 after one quarter. A dismal second quarter (just three points scored) saw the Pirates trail 27-23 at halftime.
“We got good shots, we just weren’t finishing them,” head coach Mike Fries said of the second quarter setback (Wolverines outscored Pirates 17-3).
“We had a lot of elbow jumpers that we missed, some layups. They (Woodstown) didn’t change anything, it’s just that we weren’t hitting. We went through a cold spell.”
Cinnaminson took over in the third, outscoring Woodstown 16-8 to enter the final quarter up 39-35.
“In the third quarter we came out and made our shots, did things we were supposed to do, and took the lead,” Fries said. “We just couldn’t hold it down the stretch. I told them at the half it’s a game of runs and it’s going to happen.”
The Wolverines owned the fourth, 16-9, to take home the victory.
Senior Devon Taylor, playing with four fouls, led the Pirates with 16 points. Nine of those points came in the fourth quarter, the only scorer for Cinnaminson in the stanza.
The game was tied at 48 with just over a minute left and the Wolverines had the ball out of a timeout. Woodstown held for the final shot and deposited the game-winning bucket on a layup along the baseline.
A foul on the play sent Woodstown to the line for a three-point play. The Wolverines converted to extend their lead to 51-48.
Out of a timeout, the Pirates quickly got the ball to midcourt, but could not get a heave to drop for the tie as the ball bounced off the backboard and onto the floor.
“I trust all five of those kids that are out there,” Fries said. “Put them in any position on the floor and I trust them.”
In a three-point loss, the Pirates shot 3-of-7 for the game from the foul line. The Pirates shot 1-of-5 from the charity stripe in the fourth alone.
When the dust settled, the Pirates season came to a heartbreaking end, but not a disappointing one. After an 11-15 year last season and a loss in the first round of the playoffs, this Pirates team took a lot of South Jersey by surprise, but not themselves.
Just look at who they beat en route to 19 wins. Cinnaminson won the Collingswood Holiday Tournament handily at the start of the season and took down Group 4 schools Montgomery and Rancocas Valley with the playoffs looming.
To add to it, the Pirates also defeated Bordentown, a Freedom Division rival that is playing in the Central, Group 2 semifinals on Saturday as the #1 seed.
“I told them to keep their heads up,” Fries said. “They set the tone for kids for the future. They won 19 games this year, beat two Group 4 schools, beat a very talented Bordentown team. They did things nobody thought they could do this year. We need to keep this tradition going.”
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Devon Taylor – 16
Will Cabbler – 13
Pat McCarthy – 7
Conor Bresnahan – 6
Rich Rickus – 4
Kyle Roberts-DeLoach – 2