Woodstock Academy boys lose close game to NFA

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Woodstock - posted Mon., Feb. 6, 2012
Justin Rapose on his way to 11 points for Woodstock, as Tristan Welch watches. Photos by D. Coffey.
Justin Rapose on his way to 11 points for Woodstock, as Tristan Welch watches. Photos by D. Coffey.

Woodstock Academy’s Chris Lowry was the first to score in the boys’ basketball game against Norwich Free Academy on Feb. 1, but the NFA Pirates would close out the game, ending it 40-49 in their favor. The game was closer than the score indicated. Both teams struggled to hit the basket, but the Pirates had more success grabbing rebounds, a factor that WA assistant coach David McGee credited with NFA's win.

The Centaurs might have been in a funk, since their coach, Greg Smith, and starter Greg Pike missed the game because of technical fouls received in a previous game with East Lyme. McGee admitted that the team had some difficult practices that might have been a carryover from those fouls. “I talked to them before the game,” he said. “’I just want you to play as hard as you can,’ I said. ‘That's all I ask.’”

Lowry was instrumental in running the offense for the Centaurs. The sophomore point guard is a gifted player, according to McGee. “He's a terrific talent. He has a great attitude. He's a hard worker and handles the ball well for us. He can shoot the ball. He shows a lot of leadership. Even though we have six seniors, he's running it out there on the floor. He's a real key for us.”

Senior forward Justin Rapose put the Centaurs ahead for the first time in the fourth quarter. With six minutes left in the game, his two free throws put them ahead 40-38. The lead didn't last.

“We made some poor decisions and they made some good ones,” McGee said. “At the end, the points racked up with the fouls. The game was closer than 9 points, really. It could have gone either way.”

Chris Lowry ended the night with 19 points, and Justin Rapose had 11. Junior forward Ian Converse scored 6 points.

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