It was a fun year for the boy’s basketball program as the Pirates went 19-8 overall, 6-2 in the Freedom division, advanced to the South, Group 2 quarterfinals and took down a couple of Group 4 schools along the way.
Today, we bring you the boy’s basketball top 5 games of 2015-2016 as we continue a look back at the winter season that was. We begin with number five on the list:
#5: Cinnaminson (69) vs Rancocas Valley (66) February 25
In their final regular season game the Pirates welcomed Group 4 Rancocas Valley to town. When the dust from a thrilling game settled, the Pirates had their 18th win of the year thanks to a 69-66 victory over the Red Devils. The win completed a perfect, 11-0 regular season at home for the Pirates. It was the second win over a Group 4 team in a matter of days (more on that later). Cinnaminson trailed 61-59 with just 2:13 left in the fourth after leading 32-23 at halftime, but that did not deter the Pirates. A 6-0 run would give the Pirates the lead for good.
#4: Cinnaminson (48) at Woodstown (51) March 3
In the second round of the SJ2 playoffs the Pirates traveled an hour-plus to take on 4-seed Woodstown. The Wolverines were in the midst of the best season in school history, but Cinnaminson didn’t care. The Pirates jumped out to a 20-10 lead after one. Woodstown led 27-23 at halftime and Cinnaminson was in front 39-35 after three. The Wolverines outscored the Pirates 16-9 in the fourth to win the game. Tied at 48 with a little over one minute left Woodstown held for the final shot. A layup with 1.7 seconds left and a foul led to the game-winning three-point play.
#3: Cinnaminson (55) vs Cedar Creek (45) March 1
Cinnaminson opened the SJ2 playoffs with a home game against 12-seed Cedar Creek. The game was a dogfight for the first three quarters, but Cinnaminson pulled away in the fourth by outscoring Cedar Creek 21-11. The teams were tied at 34 heading into the final stanza. In what has always been called a game of runs, the Pirates needed multiple runs in the first half to take a lead after Cedar Creek did the same. The difference in this game was the 21-11 run the Pirates enjoyed in the fourth quarter to take home the win.
#2: Cinnaminson (52) vs Montgomery (51) February 22
This is the other Group 4 opponent we alluded to earlier. To begin the final week of the regular season the Pirates hosted Montgomery, a Group 4 school from Somerset County. Cinnaminson trailed 20-11 after one, 31-20 at the break and 46-38 after three. A 14-5 run in the fourth and a buzzer-beater by senior Pat McCarthy secured the 52-51 victory. The bucket from McCarthy accounted for two of his seven points. Senior Devon Taylor and junior Conor Bresnahan led the Pirates with 13 apiece.
#1: Cinnaminson (66) vs Bordentown (57) February 11
In what has been described as the program’s signature win this year, boy’s basketball took down Freedom rival and eventual Central, Group 2 champion Bordentown 66-57 at home on February 11. This was the second meeting between the two teams and it was sweet revenge for the Pirates. The Scotties handed Cinnaminson their first loss of the year, 69-52, in their eighth game played. Bordentown came into the game with an 17-1 overall record and 6-0 in the Freedom. The win prevented the Scotties from celebrating a division title on the Pirates court. The win was so impressive because the Pirates trailed 20-12 after the first, but outscored Bordentown 27-12 in the fourth.
Tomorrow we will bring you the 2015-2016 girl’s basketball season review.
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