"The crowd went nuts, the place was rocking" is how Scituate head coach Matt Poirier described the scene and reaction from the hometown fans and players as senior Sean Mcquaid laid in the game-winning basket with two seconds left, icing a 62-60 victory over Patriot league rival Whitman-Hanson on Monday.
Just two minutes into the game, senior guard Rodney Beldo was forced out of it with a dislocated finger, but it was his team high 16 points and crucial play in the waning moments that made his second half return special.
Tied at 60, the Panthers called a timeout with 10 seconds remaining for a halfcourt inbound pass. In the midst of multiple screens, Beldo was able receive the pass and find a seam in the defense and Sean Mcquaid in the post for the eventual game-winning basket."Rodney is special," said coach Poirier, who is in his 10th year coaching the Panthers. "He's a great player, it was a great play, but it's not your X's and O's but it's your Jim's and Joes." Poirier believes that players make great plays like the one his team was able to implement for the win Monday night. At 12-2 overall, 11-0 in the Patriot league, the Panthers qualified for their fifth straight playoff berth. Scituate will play league rival Duxbury on Wednesday.
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