Keith Illingworth

Hartford Boys Basketball drops a nail biter at Lyndon

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John K Seaver

Huge effort by the Canes thwarted by last second shot

By John Seaver

Often times in basketball, a game is decided by just one or two plays.  Tuesday night in Lyndon both teams made plays late but the Vikings made the last play to survive a great effort by the visiting Hurricanes, 47-45. 

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The Hurricanes jumped out to an early 9-1 lead on the strength of two Austin Gaudette 3-pointers.  The Hurricanes defense was again very good and Lyndon went the first 7 minutes without a field goal before scoring twice in the last minute of the first quarter to close the lead to 11-6.  Hartford added a full court zone press to their usual tight man to man and it caused Lyndon problems throughout the game and led to several steals.

The Vikings went on a 10-2 run to start the second quarter before a Gavin Farnsworth triple tied the game at 16. Seven Hartford turnovers and fouls hurt the Hurricanes in a tightly officiated second quarter as Lyndon shot 9 of 11 from the free throw line and took a 23-19 lead into the half.

Lyndon started the third quarter on a 5-0 run but after a quick time out by Hartford coach Steve Landon, the Hurricanes closed the lead to 28-24 after a Hunter Perkins offensive rebound & put back followed by another 3 pointer from Gaudette.  When Farnsworth buried his second 3 pointer of the game the Canes had closed the gap to 28-27 with 2:50 left in the third. Shortly after a Lyndon bucket, the Canes converted a sweet bucket on a tic-tac-toe pass from Farnsworth to Perkins to Keith Illingworth for the lay in. Perkins jumped for the half court pass from Farnsworth and tapped it to the driving Illingworth for the easy score to make it 30-29 Lyndon. 

The Canes started the fourth quarter down just 3 but foul trouble was starting to become an issue as Farnsworth picked up his third and fourth fouls late in the third (the fourth on a questionable blocking foul on a driving Viking.) 

The fourth quarter was an exciting back and forth with both teams making plays. Gaudette nailed his fourth 3 pointer followed by a short jumper to tie the game at 40 with 4:30 left in the game.  Illingworth scored on an inside lay in off a baseline inbound play with under three minutes to play but picked up his fourth foul on the missed free throw rebound attempt.  Lyndon made one of two from the line but got the offensive rebound on the missed second shot and was fouled again.  After Lyndon again made one of two, the Canes were down 44-42 with the ball and less than a minute to play.  Farnsworth put the Canes in the lead 45-44 making a nice shot as he drove into the lane and converted the free throw for the 3 point play.  After a Lyndon timeout, senior captain Logan Larose took the clock down inside 10 seconds before driving the lane for the go ahead layup with 5 seconds to play.  On the play Gaudette picked up his fifth foul & Larose made the free throw to give the Vikings a 47-45 lead.  Farnsworth’s desperation, off balance three pointer at the buzzer was short and the Vikings hung on for the win.

“We were 14 seconds of D from winning the game tonight on the road at the D2 champs gym.” Said coach  Landon.  “Our effort was great, we just didn’t get out on the correct end of the scoreboard.  Lyndon is very well coached and has many solid players.  We need to focus on Harwood”.

Category 5 Hurricane Player of the Game: Austin Gaudette – The junior guard made 4 of 8 three pointers and scored a game high 17 points.  Gaudette was also a pest on defense making several steals. 

Gavin Farnsworth added 12 points & Hunter Perkins 7 for the Hurricanes.  Lyndon was led by Jacky Lau’s 14 points followed by Kosta Tiodorvic with 10. Lyndon shot 16 of 25 from the free throw line while the Canes shot 8 of 9.

Hartford plays their home opener Thursday night vs Harwood.

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