“Danvers makes very few mistakes. They’re very well coached. They have quality players and had a quality plan that was effective early, but the outcome favored us. Because their plan of attack happened early, we were able to figure out and make adjustments. If it happened in the fourth quarter, we would’ve been going home.”
Danvers’ eight third quarter turnovers helped New Mission establish a double-digit lead to start the fourth quarter (42-32).
McCarthy’s big adjustment was simple, but it had a major impact. New Mission starting trapping once the Danvers ballhandler crossed halfcourt. The tactic forced the Falcons to slightly speed up their tempo and while they ended up getting some good looks when it didn’t turn the ball over, it couldn’t convert enough.
Danvers’ patience was amazing in the first half and it resulted in a 12-for-19 shooting performance. All of that fell apart in the third quarter, though, when the Falcons made just 3-of-16 attempts.
“We just weren’t getting shots against their man. When they started trapping we got shots, but we didn’t convert,” Walsh said.
“I just think that we’re young and sometimes we’re used to winning, which is good, but with youth sometimes things can get away from you quickly. Sometimes kids think they can score six points on one play, rather than just relax. They start going too quick and not calling a play out and not doing what we’re supposed to do. I think maybe it gets away from you — not the actual speed, but the mental part.”
Danvers ended up shooting 41 percent (22 for 54) for the game while New Mission finished at 40 percent (19-for-48).
Beck wrapped up a stellar career with a typical do-it-all game. As usual, Beck played outstanding defense, attacked the basket and chipped in on the glass and with the ballhandling. He hopes to continue playing in college next year and feels he owes a lot of his success to his coaches and his current and former teammates at Danvers High.