Hartford Boys Basketball drops a nail biter at Lyndon
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.
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
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
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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