IPSWICH — The Rockport boys basketball team has developed a flair for the dramatic over the past few weeks.
But just four days after overcoming a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to stun Georgetown on the road, the Vikings were on the other side of a last-second victory last night when they took on Ipswich at Ipswich High School.
After taking their first lead since early in the second quarter with just 37 seconds left to play last night, the Vikings were ultimately stunned when Tigers forward Erik Fyrer nailed a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give Ipswich a dramatic 56-55 win.
”I have a very good ball club,” Rockport coach Tim St. Laurent said after the game. “But we let them hang around. We didn’t play our game the way we wanted to play. We started getting it going and then I thought we had it and Fyrer hit a big shot.”
It was an ugly loss for the Vikings, who fall to 7-8 with just three games remaining. But after struggling to establish any kind of rhythm through the first three quarters of last night’s physical game, Rockport finally found its way against the middling Tigers.
Trailing by as many as eight points in the fourth quarter, the Vikings ramped up their defensive pressure and slowly began to chip away at the Tigers’ lead.
As the minutes ticked away, though, it looked like Rockport had dug itself too large a hole. But, like Friday’s comeback win over Georgetown, the Vikings snatched momentum back in the final minutes and strung together a 10-0 run to take a late 55-53 lead.
It started with a 3-pointer from Nick Scatterday, followed by a missed Ipswich shot. Next, three-straight buckets from Shaun Aspesi (19 points) with Ipswich turnovers sandwiched between them, and just like that, it was Rockport’s game to win with 37 seconds left.