The Edgartown School boys varsity basketball team pulled away at the end of an exciting contest between two well-matched teams, in the Island interscholastic basketball championship, when the young Charter School team ran out of gas after a stellar second half battle that fell short 56 to 40.
If fan support could control the outcome of a basketball game, the Charter School Chargers would have had a walk-over. Parents and students brought banners, yelled and screamed, applauded and stamped their feet to the point that some in the crowd wondered if the building would be left standing. Perhaps it was a fitting recognition of the Chargers’ first-ever appearance in the championship game.
The teams had split wins in their two previous meetings with the Charter School overwhelming Edgartown in their first encounter, 63 to 28.
After a first half when Edgartown out-scored the Chargers 27 to 25 on the strength of the shooting of number 00, Thomas Weston, who ended the game with 12 points, the Chargers turned up both their defense and offense.
Ricardo Andrade, the Chargers top scorer with 20 points, attacked the basket. His reverse layups and soft-touch jump shots put the Charter School in the lead only minutes into the second half as his team dominated on both boards, pulling off almost every rebound, and tightening their defense.
In the end it was the balanced scoring attack of the Eagles that wore down the Chargers. Edgartown had four players in double digits. In addition to Weston’s 12 points, Ennis Foster scored 14, and Nick Bond and Jordan Tate each scored 11.
The Charter School’s Jared Rivard and Ethan Hall both scored 7 points in the losing cause.