The Vineyard boys’ basketball team suffered their worst defeat of the season Monday afternoon, falling 73-52 to Eastern Athletic Conference rival Bishop Feehan.
The team has not lost at home since last January. They move to a 6-2 season record.
Bishop Feehan moves to a 10-1 season record. Their only loss of the season came earlier this month, to the Vineyard, and the Shamrocks arrived on-Island ready to avenge that defeat.
“They played hungry,” head coach Mike Joyce said after the game. “We were outhustled, outrebounded.”
The Vineyarders took a four-point lead after the first quarter, but Feehan stormed back in the second to score 25 points. The Shamrock defense, meanwhile, held the Vineyard to just seven points, opening a lead that could not be overcome. Feehan players Frank Oftring and Mike Nelson scored 24 and 21 points, respectively, with Nelson particularly dangerous from the three-point line.
“They just wanted that win more than we did,” Coach Joyce summed up.
Senior Deshawn James led the Vineyard scoring with 20 points and two three-pointers. Senior Navardo Anderson had nine points, and junior cocaptain Timmy Roberts had seven. Junior Matt Stone hit a buzzer-beating three to close out the game.
The boys host Somerset-Berkley on Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.
A strong Feehan squad also defeated the Vineyard girls, 67-47, on Monday. Senior cocaptain Kat deBettencourt hit seven three-pointers en route to scoring 25 points. The girls are now 7-6 on the season.
In picture, junior Alex GordonBeck surrounded by Bishop Feehan defenders.