The MVRHS boys basketball team followed up a win in the home opener on Dec. 13 with a disappointing 59-50 Cape and Islands League loss to Cape Cod Academy on Tuesday.
Save for an opening trey from MV’s Jeremy Regan, the visiting Seahawks from Osterville led nearly wire to wire. Freshman guard Jaeden Greenleaf lead all scorers with 21 points, and junior Alex Marchant added 15 more as CCA improved to 4-0. MV dropped to 1-2 overall and in league play.
The smaller Seahawks won the battles in the paint on offense and defense. They rang up nine three-pointers with timely outside shooting, and added an equal dose of easy layups and hard-fought put-backs underneath.
The Vineyarders were sloppy with the ball, shot poorly from the field, and continued to struggle at the free throw line. Jared Regan was 6 for 6 from the stripe, and Aidan Araujo 2 for 2, but the rest of team went 3 for 14, making the total return 11 for 22.
Dylan Dyke had a strong two-way game and scored 13 points for MV. Jared Regan also scored 13 points, and Jeremy Regan added nine more on three treys.
“It was poor execution, carelessness, a lack of focus and a lack of effort by a lot of people,” Vineyard Coach Mike Joyce said. “It’s just disappointing. The things we worked on were what we should have exploited in that game. We shoot free throws competitively in practice, we run hard on man offense, execution, and team rebounding. We didn’t do any of those against a smaller team. We should have held a huge edge in the paint and on the boards, and we definitely didn’t. We have to get better, we have to execute, play harder, and take care of the ball. It’s not tricky stuff. It’s the simplest part of basketball: Take care of the ball, execute on offense, play hard defense. That’s all it is, and we did very little of any of those.”
On the bright side, the Vineyard JV boys beat the Seahawks, 65-17, to remain unbeaten at 3-0. Leo Neville and Nate Porterfield each shot in double figures for MV, with 13 and 10 points respectively.