In a thriller, the Cardigan Varsity Basketball Team squeaked a win over rival Eaglebrook, at home. Playing before a charged home crowd, the Cougars came out a little cold and tentative, giving their opponents the opportunity to build a lead at the start of the game. Trailing by as much as 10 points at times, the Cougars found themselves fighting to keep Eaglebrook from running away with the game. Sparked by Ben Baroni ‘19 who went 7 for 7 on the foul line in the first half, and 9 for 9 for the night, the Cougars began to claw their way back almost taking the lead before ending the half down 30-34. The Eagles came out fired up at the start of the half, but the chants of the crowd spurred the boys and the Cougars shooters came alive. AJ Lesburt ‘19 tallied 12 of his 17 points in the second half. Late in the second half, the Cougars took the lead for the first time in the game.
In the waning minute of the game, the lead would be exchanged several times. In the final possession of the game, the Eagles would drive to the bucket and slip a pass for an easy layup, tying the game at 60 before the buzzer. The tension of the game would rise to another level during the overtime when Alijah Lovelace ‘19 took over, notching 33 points for the night and scoring all the Cougar’s overtime points. No point was more important or dramatic than the final bucket. Lovelace, driving and spinning into the paint, spun the ball for the bucket, giving the Cougar’s the lead with 2 seconds left on the clock and getting fouled in the process. The Eagle’s final possession would be snuffed out by a head’s up Baroni who grabbed a loose ball that was accidently inbounded. With that, the buzzer sounded and the crowd stormed the court. A great game against a great rival and a great way to end the season.