by John Dolan
The boys’ varsity basketball team took on Groves on senior night, on Friday, February 27, in a losing effort by a score of 41-36. The atmosphere was electric, with hundreds of students from both Seaholm and Groves coming out to support their respective teams. Seaholm and Groves students united for a good cause. All students wore blue to support Berkshire 8th grader Trevor Sullivan, who needs a heart transplant.
After the Senior Night festivities and the game began, the Maples got off to a slow start, with Groves opening the game on a 7-0 run. Groves would go on to be in control for the remainder of the half, but with time expiring in the second quarter, senior Austin Paritee threw down a two-handed dunk on a fast break that ignited the crowd and the team, and also cut the lead to a 26-15 Groves lead going into halftime.
The Maples looked like a new team in the second half, going on a 7-0 run to start the 3rd quarter and get back in the game. Seaholm cut the lead to 32-29 in the 4th with a three-pointer by senior Austin Roth, but Groves didn’t give up easily, with baskets from sophomore Drew Sheckell extending the lead for Groves. With one minute to go and a 6-point deficit, it looked like the game was over for the Maples, but senior Justin Rothschild came up with a big steal and assist to Roth to make the game 38-34. The game felt very similar to Seaholm’s come-from-behind win at Groves on February 2, but the comeback could not be fulfilled this time as Groves held on to win a defensive battle by the score of 41-36.
Seaholm’s leading scorers were Roth and Paritee with 15 and 10 points respectively, while Sheckell led the Falcons with 10 points, along with senior Zach VanFaussien who scored six. Seaholm will look to redeem themselves on the road this Tuesday at Avondale.