“We were defending pretty well, but the foul trouble gets on you,” Walsh said. “You try to switch things up and then one of their guys gets going and it is what it is.”
Allen got into foul trouble, which forced Walsh to go to his bench and switch things defensively.
Hogan and Rosario each started to percolate and Danvers’ lead slowly began to shrink. Hogan scored 11 points in the third quarter and Rosario added nine, and Danvers took a 49-47 lead into the final quarter.
“I’m thrilled with the win, but disgusted with that first half. It was tough to watch. I wasn’t sure we could turn it on like we did,” Lynn English coach Mike Carr said.
“We finally figured out what we were going to do when we did get in our offensive sets. Most teams have been playing us with zones, and our eyes kind of light up when we see man. The second half, that was off our defense.”
The Bulldogs wore Danvers down and ended up forcing 22 turnovers.
The fourth quarter went back and forth until there was 3:25 to go. That’s when Hogan finished a double-clutch layup to notch his 1,000th point, in the process giving the Bulldogs their first lead of the night at 62-60.
A Danny Lukanda layup and a Hogan breakaway made it a two possession game with less than a minute to go, and the Falcons didn’t have enough left in the tank to produce any magic.
Devan Harris was a beast underneath the hoop for the Falcons, scoring a team-high 22 points. He also grabbed nine offensive rebounds. Rashad Francois chipped in with 14 points and Mark McCarthy and Kieran Beck each scored 11 for Danvers.
Hogan led all scorers with 23, Rosario and Johnny Hilaire had 15 apiece for English and Lukanda contributed 14.