Prior to Wednesday’s game against Milford, the 2012-13 Hockomock League Davenport Division champions, Foxborough honored its six seniors.
Alfred Henriquez, Nick DiTullio, Nolan Clagg, Josh Patkin, Brian Ellard and Alex Pacitti were recognized at half-court in front of family, friends and teammates.
Patkin, a 2012-13 captain and three-year varsity player, became one of the most deadly shooters Foxborough has seen in many years. His shooting ability was on full display as a junior when Patkin scored 22 points on seven 3-pointers against a state ranked Stoughton team and in a 29-point outburst earlier this season against Bridgewater Raynham. While his shooting has brought much attention, it has been his hard work and leadership that made him special to the program. Patkin was named the most improved player and worked tirelessly in the offseason to improve his skills and strength as a team leader in the weight room.
Ellard, a 2012-13 captain and three-year varsity letter winner, defined commitment and unselfishness for the Warriors’ basketball program. He has served as a tremendous leader from the point guard position, leading both vocally and by example. Ellard’s relentless ball pressure set the tone for the team’s defensive intensity night in and night out, while bringing a positive and enjoyable attitude to the court each day and always finding a way to help his teammates be more successful. Whether he was setting up his teammates for shots, supporting the development of younger players or finding himself in the role of assistant coach on the court, Ellard always found a way to get an assist and has never shied away from his leadership role.
Pacitti, a two-year basketball captain and three-sport captain at FHS, was a three-year starter for the Warriors. Pacitti has been the very definition of hard work and leadership. As the team’s defensive specialist, Pacitti was assigned the toughest defensive assignment each night and welcomed the challenge with open arms, consistently holding opposing team’s leading scorers below season averages while still playing all guard positions offensively. Truly an old-school-type of kid, Pacitti will best be remembered for always maximizing his potential and giving his heart and soul to his teammates on his way to becoming one of the most complete and dedicated athletes Foxborough High School has ever seen.
Henriquez, a four-year member of the FHS basketball program, has always been a player who plays with pride and toughness each game. Henriquez will best be remembered for his physical defensive presence in the paint and his tenacious rebounding ability. Entering his senior season, Henriquez suffered a knee injury that kept him from playing most of the season. Despite the injury, Henriquez remained positive at practice at each day as a supportive teammate and senior leader.
DiTullio, a three-year member of the varsity basketball team, always played with a lot of emotion and left his heart on the court. DiTullio will be remembered for his defensive intensity as well as his rebounding ability and exceptional offseason commitment. DiTullio has had many big moments for the Warriors this season, highlighted by a 10-point performance against Taunton and two clutch buckets in the team’s win over Attleboro.
Clagg, a three-year member of the varsity program, was an inspirational leader and will be remembered for his exceptional shooting ability but more importantly, for his positive energy as a teammate. Clagg’s excitement during practice was infectious and raised the level of his teammates. This season, Clagg was a major factor in all of the team’s big wins, including tremendous rebounding and scoring performances vs. Sharon and highlighted by a career high 17 points in a win at Attleboro followed by a 15-point performance in the tournament-qualifying win vs. Canton.
As for Wednesday’s game, the Warriors fell to Milford, 63-45. Zupanick and Patkin led Foxborough with nine points apiece and Tim O’Halloran chipped in with seven. Pacitti netted four, Ellard five, Henriquez two and Clagg two.
Milford’s Christopher Brown scored a game-high 23 points in the win.
After an 8-8 tie ended the first quarter, Milford took control in the second, building a 26-18 lead by halftime. The Warriors closed the gap in the third quarter, trailing 34-33 with 2:37 left in the frame but Milford went another run to close the quarter with a 42-35 lead and ran away in the fourth quarter to improve to 12-2 in the Hockomock League. Foxborough fell to 6-8 in the Hockomock League and 9-9 overall. The Warriors travel to Canton Friday.