By Eli Hearne (Boys Basketball Reporter).
FOXBORO—The nest for Sharon was packed as usual, with flocks of Sharon fans decked out in their neon outfits, but the Eagles’ performance was anything but bright.
It was supposed to be an easy win, but the Eagles came out flat-footed. Foxboro jumped out to an early 10-2 lead after creating turnovers which turned into points in transition. The Eagles battled back with points from junior Malik Lorquet (12 points) and senior Ricardo Ripley (12 points). But three deep balls from Foxboro, as the Eagles tried to find the best defense, put Foxboro ahead 19-10 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Eagles dropped into a zone allowing Foxboro’s Mark Clagg (32 points) to catch fire, raining in threes from wherever pleased him. The Eagles went down 35-14 with 4:03 left in the quarter. The Eagles were often unable to grab rebounds, allowing Foxboro to have second and third chances. By the end of the quarter the Eagles had dug themselves into a deep 26-point deficit, 43-17.
In the third quarter the Eagles offense woke up. The Eagles began to turn up the intensity with a press and created some easy layups on the fast break. Yet they could not stop the red-hot Foxboro offense, ultimately finding themselves down 26 at the end of the third, 60-34.
The fourth quarter featured more of the same. The Eagles were unable to make their shots while the Warriors couldn’t seem to miss, resulting in a tough loss for the Eagles, 47-75.
Captain Ricardo Ripley told The Talon that the rough game “all started with defense.”
“We got down too early in the game. We let Clagg get hot early and we got punched in the mouth and we couldn’t claw our way back from it,” Ripley added.
On what the Eagles need to do in order to improve, Ripley commented, “I think we need to start games, right in the first quarter, with all of our intensity instead of waiting until the second and third quarter.”
“We can’t let ourselves get down that much especially against teams in the Hock who all play hard,” Ripley also commented.
The Eagles head to North Attleboro on Tuesday, looking to get back on track in their hunt for ten wins.