'That's the way the ball bounces'

By Denise Coffey- Staff Writer
Putnam - posted Tue., Jan. 17, 2012
Ramon Rogers makes a layup. Photos by D. Coffey.
Ramon Rogers makes a layup. Photos by D. Coffey.

Senior Chase Lessard hit for two, to put the Putnam Clippers on the scoreboard first against Prince Tech on Jan. 13. The Clippers came out strong, fast and aggressive against a Prince Tech team that started out with a full court press. The Clippers led by a score of 18-9 at the end of the first quarter. The Falcons chipped away at the lead, cashing in 23 points in the second quarter. By the half, the Clippers led by only three points, 35-32.

The fast-breaking Falcons turned the game around in the third period. They forced Putnam to make several turnovers, which the Falcons capitalized on. The turnovers and Putnam's missed shots gave Prince Tech an eight point lead in the first few minutes of the quarter. Putnam was able to score only nine points in the third. When the Clippers managed to get to the free throw line, they shot 39 percent. Prince Tech went to a zone defense as Putnam went deeper into its dry scoring spell. “They realized we weren't making our shots, so they laid off, rather than foul us,” said coach Shawn Deary.

It took Lessard to shoot a three-pointer to end the scoring drought. But the Falcons had built up an 11 point lead, 55-44 at the end of the third. The Falcons, an ECC class M contender, relied on fast breaks and one-on-one plays. The CSC division Clippers fought back in the fourth quarter. Senior Dino Porcic scored 19 of his 30 game points in the fourth quarter. In the waning minutes of the game, it seemed like Porcic tried to take it on his shoulders with his ability to sink three-pointers. His last three-pointer went in at the buzzer, bringing the score to 75-72.

Deary called the game a team effort. “We moved the ball around,” he said. “I was proud of them. They played well.” He had several players near double digits. Porcic (10-7-30) was the top scorer but Zach Simpson (7-0-14), Gunnar Anderson (4-0-9), Lessard (3-1-8) and Ramon Rogers (2-3-7) helped lead the team in points. While Putnam shot 39 percent from the foul line, Prince Tech shot 68 percent. And everyone on the Prince Tech team contributed as well. “They had guys who haven't been scoring much this season, and tonight they were sinking them left and right,” Deary said. “That's the way the ball bounces.”

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