If the goal was to end the season with an amazing game, Cardigan’s Thirds Basketball Team certainly accomplished that.
Hanover, the site of the most lopsided loss of the season had a very different feel this time around.
The Cougars were absolutely attacking the basket in the first quarter, Ben Fenner ‘19 and Bill Ke ‘20 were unstoppable playing pick and roll basketball, while Hudson Heinemann ‘22 and Layton Glover ‘22 were both solid from the Point Guard position, keeping the defense spread out. Sky Wong's ‘20 second chance buckets forced Hanover to work harder to box out. The Cougars held a lead at halftime.
As predicted, Hanover came out of the gates attacking in the second half. The Cougars got into foul trouble, and, with Hanover in the double bonus midway through the third quarter, the lead started to dwindle. Several breakaway layups didn't find the basket and all of a sudden the Cougars were in a back and forth affair. Excellent defense by Jack Hines ‘20 and rebounding by Santi Bueno ‘20 kept the team in the game.
Down 3 with 4 seconds left, Bill Ke ‘20 hit the front end of a 2 shot free throw attempt. On the second shot, Ben Fenner ‘19, as he had done all season, grabbed the rebound and cooly tied the game, sending it in to overtime.
In the extra frame, the game continued to be a back and forth affair, but Hanover hit a few key shots and held a one point lead with 8 seconds left. The Cougars got two open looks at the basket, but the lid stayed shut and Hanover celebrated a well-deserved win.
Overall, this has been an exceptional season and an extraordinary team. This group of young men are a team in every sense of the word and should be very proud of themselves.