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The tears started before the game even ended. With the Duxbury High girls’ basketball team trailing, 39-25, in Tuesday’s Division 2 state semifinal at TD Garden coach Bob Sullivan emptied his bench, forcing the Dragons to deal with their first loss of the season while still on the parquet floor.
But the tears did not last long after the buzzer made Arlington Catholic’s 40-27 win official. Soon after, the Duxbury players had a reason to smile.
Following the graduation of the three best players from the 2012-2013 squad, this year’s group exceeded expectations. And next year, almost all are coming back.
“Our starting five is coming back . . . if we work hard and stay together we have a chance of coming back here together,” said Sullivan. “Our future is bright.”