GLOUCESTER — Gloucester head girls basketball coach Brandon Lewis gathered his team together in the fourth quarter against Danvers Thursday at the Benjamin A. Smith Fieldhouse and told them that they would not be defined as a team by the way they played when things were going good, but by the way they played when things weren’t going there way.
With time ticking down in the fourth and Gloucester’s season up in the air, it could not catch a break on the offensive end as it did not score a single point in the fourth quarter. But when the chips were down, Gloucester showed just what it’s made of as a team fighting back on the defensive end instead of letting its offensive woes get the best of them.
Although they didn’t score a single point during a tie game in the fourth quarter, the Fishermen made sure Danvers didn’t get on the scoreboard either by not giving up a basket en route to a scoreless frame. While Gloucester worked the ball around well and got some good looks, it just couldn’t get any shots to fall.
While Danvers scraped and clawed to contest every shot and grab every rebound possible on the defensive end, Gloucester did the same on its defensive end of the floor. Every Danvers shot was contested by a Fishermen defender, every loose ball saw both teams diving on the floor for possession. Gloucester fought on every defensive possession like a team that was playing for its season.
With neither team scoring a point in a fourth quarter that saw teams combine to shoot 0-25 from the field, Gloucester and Danvers went to overtime, and it was Gloucester that was just a little more clutch coming away with a 38-37 win.
More importantly, the win on Sr. night moves Gloucester to 9-10 on the year and a win tonight against Manchester Essex (6:30 p.m., Benjamin A. Smith Fieldhouse) will put it in the state tournament.