In a hard-fought game marked by tough defense and occasional bursts of scoring, the visiting Shamrocks of Bishop Feehan outlasted the MVRHS boys in an Eastern Athletic Conference matchup on Tuesday.
The Vineyarders knew they were in for a battle. Not only were they facing an undefeated Bishop Feehan team (12-0), they were also playing without injured starters Nick Bond and Dylan Araujo, two important offensive weapons who are sidelined for two weeks.
The first quarter set the tone for the game. Both teams featured aggressive, swarming defenses that shut down inside scoring. This is usually good news for outside shooters, but neither team could get hot. Despite Mike Powers’ three-pointer at the close of the period — giving MV a brief 8-6 lead — the home team continued to struggle on offense. The defensive quickness of the Shamrock guards, combined with the looming presence of 6-foot, 6-inch center Liam Costello in the middle, stifled the Vineyard offense. With only two second-period points, MV trailed 21-10 at the half.
“We had too many empty possessions in the second quarter,” said MV Coach Mike Joyce after the game. “They sagged down on us inside, and we could not take advantage.” Senior center Jack Reagan agreed: “They knew we had two starters out, and they really protected the paint.”
The second half saw an increase in both the tempo of the game and in scoring. With both coaches making good use of their bench, the defensive pressure continued, leading to breakaway layups for both teams. Meanwhile, the outside shooting picked up for both sides. With two quick hoops early in the fourth period, MV cut the lead to nine points. But that was as close as they would get. The Feehan guards, particularly junior Dave Carcheidi, had found their groove. A flurry of three-pointers closed out a hard-earned win for the visitors, 58-38.
Feehan’s Carcheidi led all scorers with 19 points; sophomore Ricardo Andrade had 15 for MV.
The Vineyarders now stand at 9-7, and still need one more win to qualify for postseason play. That win may come Friday when they host conference rival Somerset Berkley at 4:30 pm.