The Foxboro Warriors' match agains the Attleboro Blue Bombardiers was a game of four quarters. After giving up 18 points and a three point lead to Attleboro in the first quarter, the Warriors clamped down on defense, allowed only 10 points in the second, and went into the half down one. After another 18-point quarter to start the second half, the Blue Bombardiers found themselves in control for the rest of the game despite the Warriors again only giving up 10 points in the final frame.
“You look at it from a defensive standpoint, when we played good defense, when we blocked people out, and took pride in our defense we were right there,” Foxboro head coach C.J. Neely said.
The 56-41 loss to Attleboro drops Foxboro’s record to 4-6
After a close start to the first quarter, Attleboro appeared to have the opportunity to build a lead on baskets by Shawn Reardon and Kyle Murphy.
The Warriors refused to let the game get away, responding with drives by Cam Seeley (10 points) and Keeyon Neal.
Nolan Rogers’ two pointer cut the lead to one early in the second quarter but a pair of Tim Walsh (23 points) baskets helped push the lead back to seven midway though the second quarter.
The Warriors were able to stick around behind an open drive by Neal and a quick bucket down low by Seeley off the pass by Justin Zupanick.
Tim O’Halloran’s free throws with less than a minute to play gave Foxboro a 27-26 lead but Stanley Beaubrun’s basket at the end of the half kept the Warriors down by one at the break.
Walsh’s 14-point third quarter gave the separation Attleboro was looking for during the first half. Early in the start of the period, a pair of threes and a three point play quickly turned a 1-point lead into an 8-point advantage over the Warriors.
“We expected him (Walsh) to get off some shots but I though we did a much better job of guarding him in the first half and making his life miserable than we did in the second half,” Neely said. “He got a lot of easy looks. We had a good scout on him and we let him get away with the stuff that we wanted to take away. “
A 7-0 run by Foxboro with less than 6:30 to play in the game cut the gap to nine points but the lead appeared to be too large for the Warriors to overcome late in the game.
Foxboro will travel to Canton on Jan. 17