The Coyle & Cassidy boys' basketball team picked up its first victory of the season Wednesday night with an overtime win at Bristol-Plymouth, 62-61.
With six seconds left in extra time, senior forward Matt Perkins (5 points, eight rebounds) picked up a loose ball in the Warriors end, then sank a layup to give Coyle & Cassidy the 1-point lead. Perkins was fouled on the play but missed the free throw.
“He’s a great hustler, an undersized power forward who plays hard every minute,” Coyle & Cassidy coach Carl Boen said.
The Warriors (1-10) found themselves in an early deficit, trailing the Craftsmen, 27-22, at the half.
But adjustments from the coaches and a stellar second half from senior point guard Keoghan Austin (13 points) put Coyle & Cassidy within reach of victory as the game wound down.
“(Austin) took over the game,” Boen said.
Coyle & Cassidy switched its defense up in the second half, moving into a 3-2 matchup zone, to slow the pace.
“We’re a little bigger team,” Boen said. “A bit slower. So slowing down the pace definitely helped us.”
The Warriors missed key shots at the end of regulation, a 3-pointer from Austin that would have put them up by 5 and a free throw with five seconds left that would have given Coyle & Cassidy the lead by a point.
“The kids were confident going into overtime,” Boen said. “(Austin) is just a confident player, that’s just his style. If he misses a shot, he’s going to go make the next one.”
The Warriors found themselves down by 5 early in the four-minute OT, but they once again were able to climb back, hitting two key 3-point field goals.
“It wasn’t a real high-scoring game, but it certainly picked up in the overtime,” Boen said.
Coyle & Cassidy netted a 3-pointer with 1:30 remaining and hit another shot with 40 seconds left to get within 1 point of the win.
But it was Perkins's late layup that gave the Warriors that coveted first victory.
“We’ve lost a lot of close games, so it was a good win," Boen said. "Losing is one thing, but losing a lot of close ones is tough. So it was definitely a big win.”
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