It was a battle of struggling teams Wednesday night with the Fall Mountain and Mascoma boys going head-to-head on the hardwood, but the two teams sure put on a show to the tune of a dramatic final minute.
After a back on forth first three and half quarters, the only thing separating Fall Mountain from its first win of the season with a slim 1-point lead was a mere 31 seconds. But after a failed attempt by junior Alex Schwarz on a potential go-ahead jumper, it was Mascoma who came away with a key offensive board, setting the stages for a dramatic go-ahead 3-pointer from freshman Dakota Daycock.
The bucket put the visiting team ahead by two points with a little more than 15 seconds to play, putting the Royals in prime position to claim a second win this season.
And after a Fall Mountain timeout to draw up a final attempt at game-winner, senior Ryan Murdoch’s lengthy 3-point attempt wouldn’t fall, putting the finishing touches on a dramatic 43-41 victory for Mascoma.
Murdoch led Fall Mountain scorers with 13 points including this steal turned nifty layup off the glass. For Mascoma, it was Schwarz who led the way with an impressive 22 points on the night, with help from several lengthy 3-pointer.
Mike Pezone spoke with Mascoma coach Jim Barry after the game, and asked him what the victory does in teaching his young team how to win.
The Royals will try and win a second straight game Friday when they host Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough, while the Fall Mountain will try and earn win No. 1 Friday at Winnisquam.