The Vineyard boys varsity basketball team climbed out of a 17-2 hole and beat Bishop Feehan 64-57 this evening in Attleboro.
The win gave the Vineyarders a 10-1 record and clinched a spot in the state tournament, which starts in late February. The Vineyard also tied Feehan for the Eastern Athletic Conference lead at 4-1, with three league games remaining. The win was sweet revenge for the Islanders, who lost to the Shamrocks 54-51, on January 7 in Oak Bluffs.
In the rematch, Feehan came out firing and had the Vineyarders on the ropes in the first quarter. The Purple responded quickly and clamped down with a pressure defense, to close out the first half on top 31-24.
In the second half, the Vineyarders continued to use both a man and zone press and forced the Shamrocks to commit lots of mistakes.
M.V. had 12 steals and forced 8 more turnovers.
Jack Roberts was the high scorer for the Vineyard with 24 points. Peter Keaney scored 19 and crashed the boards for 13 rebounds. Del Araujo had 10 rebounds.
The Vineyarders host Somerset Berkley in another EAC contest, Friday at 4:30 pm.