HS boys basketball: Late Bourgeois basket seals York’s win at Marshwood, 47-45
Brandon BrownPortsmouth Herald
February 19, 2021
SOUTH BERWICK, Maine – If fans were permitted to Marshwood High School games, the final five minutes of Wednesday’s Marshwood-York Class A boys basketball contest likely would have had more energy.
The Wildcats defeated the Hawks, 47-45, to win their third straight game and their second win in a row over Marshwood. York also beat the Hawks, 37-32, last week.
This game, which saw Marshwood rally from 11 points to take a late lead in the fourth quarter, was similar to last week’s low-scoring contest.
“We’re 3-0 because of our defense,” York coach Jerry Hill said. “We’ve scored 50, 37 and 47 in three games. We know we have to keep teams under 50 to give us a chance to win.”
A late basket from Andrew Perry, who had a team-high14 points, put Marshwood up 45-42 with 1:50 remaining.
“We played a little bit more relaxed,” Marshwood head coach Bobby Pratt said of the second half adjustments. “Honestly, there were no magic Xs and Os.”
With 1:21 left, York’s Josh Gennaro converted a layup and drew the foul on Marshwood’s Jason Singer. Gennaro missed the free throw, as the Wildcats now trailed by one point, 45-44.
York took the lead for good when Will Bourgeois cut back door and scored on a Teagan Hynes’ pass to put the Wildcats up 46-45 with 21 seconds remaining.
“It’s just the love to win and the hate to lose (the game),” said Hynes, captain of the Wildcats. “Every game, I put everything I can on the court to make sure our team wins and put the team in the best position (to win).”
Out of the timeout, Marshwood’s Kevin Peterson drove to the basket and dished the ball to Perry who missed a close shot. Perry rebounded his miss and failed to make the follow up attempt before Evan Bourgoine grabbed the rebound for the Wildcats.
Bourgoine was fouled and made a free throw, pushing the York lead to 47-45 with 3.5 seconds on the clock.
Marshwood’s last chance to win, or force overtime, did not go as planned.
Alex Nielson stole Aidan Sullivan’s pass intended for Peterson. Nielson passed the ball to Hynes who dribbled out the final seconds.
“I just (told the kids that) we were going to have to battle every possession,” Hill said on not letting the game slip away. “Marshwood’s tough. They play really good defense and it’s hard to get open shots.”
Hynes scored 15 points in the win.
“We came out hot, something we haven’t been able to do,” Hynes said. “We kind of mellowed out for a little bit and then we were able to bring it together at the end.”
Despite the loss, Pratt is thankful to have an opponent to play.
“I thought it was a great game,” said Pratt. “We’re just lucky for the opportunity to get in the gym and compete against somebody other than ourselves.”
York allowed just four points in the first quarter, taking the early lead.
“I thought we started off a little slow offensively,” Pratt said.
Peterson, who scored nine of his 12 points in the first half, said the Hawks are accustomed to the slow-scoring starts.
“We’re not really the team to come out first,” the senior guard said. “But we do battle back.”
“We got good looks, just couldn’t finish,” Sullivan said.
Hynes was also a force on defense. In the middle of the second quarter, he got a steal and converted two free throws after being fouled on a fast break to extend the Wildcats’ lead to 19-8.
“He’s been awesome,” said Hill of Hynes. “Having a kid like that who can always get you into the offense, can score and is also a very good defensive player, obviously, is a big help. It makes me a better coach for sure.”
Peterson was matched up with Hynes multiple times throughout the game.
“(Hynes) is a really good ball handler,” said Peterson. “So, it’s hard to guard him.”
York took a 24-17 lead into halftime.
The third quarter was a quiet one as the Wildcats lead remained at seven (31-24) entering the fourth quarter.
Marshwood opened the fourth quarter on a 10-3 run to tie the game at 34-all.
Hynes missed a 3-pointer, but the Wildcats secured the rebound, and this time, Hynes nailed a 3 to put York back on top, 37-34 with 5:25 remaining.
Marshwood responded with a 5-0 spurt, capped by a Sullivan 3-pointer in transition to put the Hawks up 39-37.
“We were scoring, they were scoring,” said Sullivan.
Sullivan’s play was no surprise to the York coach.
“We know Sullivan’s tough,” said Hill. “We knew we had to key in on him. He’s a good player. He can shoot, he hits 3s and he can get to the basket.”