The Mighty Minford Falcons boys basketball team showed great chemistry on the court, beating the North Adams Devils 60-56 Saturday at home.
The Falcons started strong, beating the Devils 8-12 in the first period. However, the Devils fought to catch up, trailing not far behind throughout the night. Every time the Devils would start to gain on the Falcons, Matthew Gullett, who played an amazing game, would be sure to pull away.
Though Gullett was the lead scorer of the evening, he showed that he can do more than score. Gullett was a great ball handler and made sure it was always where it needed to be, whether that was in the net or in the hands of another Falcon.
By the end of the first half, the Falcons were only leading by two with a score of 23-21. Devil Isiah Anderson ensured that Minford never got too far ahead. Anderson scored a total of 19 points, enough to make him North Adam’s lead scorer, but still failed to take the game.
Closing the third quarter, the Falcons were able to gain a 10 point advantage. In the final seconds of the third, however, a little bit of foul trouble allowed the Devils to again get within points of catching Minford. Devil fans were certain that they were going to be able to surpass the Falcons. But with Gullett’s leadership, a victory was well underway. Gullett and Simon Thoroughman communicated beautifully, keeping the Devils down. The duo knew when to run the ball and when to pass, and neither had trouble getting past Devils defense. North Adams gave up several points that they should have been able to hold onto, including multiple layups.
After being down the entire game, North Adams came out harder in the final minute of the game. Down by three and determined to score, the Devils had a chance to take the match up. A series of fouls kept both teams in a back and forth that kept fans on their seats. Minford had a goal that was only seconds away from being actualized. They were not going to lose after leading the entire night. The Falcons pulled away. With 7.8 seconds remaining on the clock, Minford’s Breydon Tilley successfully shot for three, locking in the win.
Minford’s Coach Josh Shoemaker explained that being the first game of the season, his hope was that the boys would work as a team.
“I’ve been trying to get them to gel and come together, which they did tonight,” Shoemaker stated. “It was a good first win.”
Shoemaker added that he was impressed with the way his Falcons shared the ball.
“I think we had great chemistry, and we passed well,” he commented.
Still, the Falcons turned the ball over too much.
The Minford Falcons will play again Friday night (Dec. 9) at South Webster. In the meantime, Shoemaker says the Falcons will be working on improving their defense and moving their feet better.
“We game up way too many foul shots tonight,” he concluded.
Devils Coach Nathan Copas stayed hopeful for the remainder of the season despite the loss.
“Offensively, we were pretty flat in the first half. We gave up too many points in the first quarter,” he explained. “They had some kids step up. The Gullett always does. He had a good night.”
Copas hopes to see the Devils improve both offensively and defensively.
“We have to stop more and be tougher on the board. They just wanted it more, and we didn’t do the job of holding our ground,” said Copas.
The Devils will go on to play at Fayetteville Tuesday night.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1924.
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North Adams 8 21 30 56
Minford 12 23 36 60
Anderson-19, England-5, Shupert-6, Knechtly-4, Young-4, Shoemaker-13, Rogers-3, McCormick-2
Kelly-5, Tilley-3, McCormick-6, Thoroughman-18, Gullett-19, Dalton-4, Compton-5