HYANNIS – The annual Cape and Islands All-Star basketball games are always exciting, but this year's boys game came down to one free throw. That well-aimed shot gave the Upper Cape boys a one-point, 105-104 victory after the buzzer sounded.
The dramatic ending followed an exciting display of athleticism from both teams, with the Lower Cape boys a mix of teams from across the region, including Cape Tech's Jack Derosier, Monomoy's Chris Hall, Jamie Routhier, and Isaiah Stafford, and Nauset's Spencer Jones, Liam O'Hara and Bob Joy.
Tipping off right around 3:30 on Sunday afternoon (March 17) the first quarter saw the Upper Cape boys take an early lead, though the competition was fierce. After Upper Cape pulled ahead by seven points, the Lower Cape squad worked to narrow that lead on shots from Joy, Routhier and D-Y's Daryan Thompson, who sunk a nice three-pointer in the first, helping the Lower Cape battle back from the aforementioned seven-point deficit to trailing by just two.
Unfortunately for the Lower Cape, the Upper Cape boys came out strong in the second quarter, outscoring the Lower Cape enough to take a 56-48 edge at the break, but not before the Lower Cape's Logan Grosek of D-Y stuffed in the first slam dunk of the outing.
Meanwhile, Monomoy's Routhier landed two three-pointers in the frame, part of his 14 points overall, with Shark teammate Stafford adding another tri, along with Nauset's Jones, setting the tone for a third quarter that saw the Lower Cape battle back.
A host of Lower Cape players added to their team's tally in the third, with O'Hara and Routhier each adding a pair of threes, while Stafford, Hall, Joy, Derosier and Jones each contributing as the Upper Cape lead dwindled to four.
In the game's final quarter the teams traded points as fans crowding the gym at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center eagerly cheering on their respective players, with Lower Cape fans going wild when St. John Paul II's Mike Satkevich gave their team a two-point lead on a well-executed layup to make it 99-97 Lower Cape.
It was a lead the team in red would extend slightly before the trading of points resumed. As the clock ticked down with the Lower Cape leading 104-101 courtesy of Grosek, it seemed that victory was in sight. Then Falmouth's Duke Melton sunk a three-point shot to tie the game at 104-even. But it wasn't over yet.
With the ball in Upper Cape possession in the final seconds, Mashpee's Devaun Ford took a shot that fell wide, but just as the end buzzer sounded, game officials signaled a foul. Ford's first shot didn't land, but the second did, and that was all Upper Cape needed.
In the end, along with Routhier's 14 points were 10 from O'Hara, seven from Joy, six from Hall, five each from Jones and Stafford, and four from Derosier. Routhier was named the offensive MVP and given the Leo Miller Award, while Jones was named the defensive MVP and given the Roy Porter Award.