HOLDEN – The #1-ranked Wachusetts Regional High School boys basketball team was challenged by Framingham tonight, Feb. 28 in the MIAA Division 1 Central Tournament, but when the buzzer sounded, Wachusett had three more points on the scoreboard, and the Flyers season ended.
Wachusett won 54-51.
“It was a very good game. We were down 5 at half and down 9 going into the 4th quarter,” head coach Jason Gosselin.
“Down 47-40 and we hit back-to-back 3’s in the fourth quarter, after some really big stops, to cut it to 47-46,” said the head coach.
“We got another stop and were fouled so with 1:03 left in the game we were shooting 1 and 1 with a chance to take our first lead since the end of the first quarter,” said Gosselin. “We couldn’t capitalize and on their next possession they were patient and got a three point play late in the shot clock to extend their lead to 50-46 with 39 seconds left .”
Senior guard Matt Fonseca had 23 points, with more than half of them in the last quarter.
Senior Victor Carrillo had 17 points in the loss.
Junior Luke Spring had 7 points.
Nothing but positives from this season,” said Gosselin to SOURCE. “Went 3-17 last season and improved to 11-11, won a tournament game on the road against #8 Leominster, and then took #1 seed Wachusett down to the wire in their gym.”
Gosselin said this is a “testament to our players past and present. When you work as hard as these guys did all year, including the off season, and go about the daily grind in season with joy and enthusiasm, you feel good about it regardless of the result.”
“Sure it didn’t end the way we wanted, but we feel good about the work that we put into it. They played like Champions all season and I couldn’t be prouder of them. Special group of young men that were a pleasure to be around daily,” said Gosselin.