The Upper Cape Tech boys’ basketball team used a tough defense that created turnovers and led to fast break opportunities as it rolled to a 63-48 win over Bristol County Agricultural High School Wednesday, January 25.
UCT jumped out to an early 18-2 lead and never looked back on its way to its fourth consecutive victory. Four Rams finished in double digits, led by Hunter Gonsalves, who hit for a career-high 15 points. Colin Smith had 13, Nick Gagner finished with 11 and Greg Vanlier added 10.
By the half UCT held a 40-23 lead.
“Bristol Aggie is a young team,” UCT coach Bill Macuch said. “We were able to play a lot of our guys tonight.”
The red-hot Rams made it three wins in a row Monday, January 23, with a 57-56 victory over Cape Cod Tech. In a physical battle to the buzzer Greg Vanlier hit a 3-pointer with two minutes to play in the fourth quarter, and Matt Mason grabbed a rebound and put the ball up for two points while drawing a foul with one minute to go. Mason hit the free throw for a 57-54 UCT lead.
The Crusaders got a couple of chances from the free-throw line in the final seconds and went 2-for-4.
“We were holding on in the fourth quarter,” Macuch said. “With injury and foul trouble we were running out of players. I think we played everyone.”
The two teams got off to an even start as they fought to a 13-13 score by the end of the first quarter. With four minutes to play in the second quarter the Rams turned it on, going on a 10-0 scoring run to pull ahead, 27-17.
“That was a great run for us,” Macuch said. “Greg (Vanlier) and Justin (Davis) hit 3-pointers. Cape Tech came back and cut our lead to seven, but a half-court buzzer beater by Izayah Silva that was nothing but net gave us a 30-20 lead at the half.”
Injuries to key players slowed the Rams in the third quarter. Plus, several players found themselves in foul trouble.
“We went to the bench and the JV,” Macuch said. “C.J. Nichols came in at the point and did a nice job, and Des Nascimento helped hold the fort with some great defense. Matt Mason also gave us some really key minutes and Hunter Gonsalves got some serious varsity minutes and did a good job.”
With four minutes to play in the fourth quarter the Rams took a six-point lead but lost another key player to injury. With two minutes to play the Crusaders closed the scoring gap to 54-51.
“We then had two of our starters foul out,” Macuch said. “(Cathal) Daly then hit a big 3-pointer for them to cut the lead to a point.”
The Rams never stopped fighting as they got the ball inside to Mason for what turned out to be the winning play.
Three UCT players posted double digits, led by Nick Gagner, who ended the night with 18 points. Vanlier had 15 and Trevor Mosher finished with a dozen.
UCT Versus Norfolk County Agricultural
UCT rolled over Norfolk County Agricultural High School Friday night, January 20, posting a 48-28 win. The Rams pulled out to a 24-0 lead and were up 30-11 at the half. Colin Smith led the charge for the Rams with 12 points, including two 3-pointers. Mosher and Gonsalves each finished the night with seven points.