The King William boys’ basketball team’s shooting went ice cold at the worst time Thursday evening.
The Cavaliers had a four-point lead with 1:57 left in their game against Maggie Walker, but were unable to score another point. That lead turned into a 48-44 loss for the home team.
“It just wasn’t one thing, it was a combination of things,” Cavaliers coach Joe Harper said. “We didn’t make our free throws down the stretch; we threw the ball away three straight times and our players did things they aren’t asked to do. Until we learn how to close a game, we will never be a good team.”
Coming off a long layoff forced by several snow-related cancellations, the Cavaliers had a 12-10 lead at the end of the first period, which they extended to six at halftime.
“I thought at times we played pretty well,” Harper said. “We played tough defense, hit some good shots and passed the ball well, we just couldn’t do that down the stretch.”
Marc Gresham led the Cavaliers with 15 points, while Hunter Goodman and Cameron Cooksey added 11 and eight, respectively.
The Cavaliers came out of the locker room at halftime and failed to score until there was just 1:20 left in the third quarter. A deep 3-pointer by Hunter Goodman at the buzzer gave the Cavaliers a 33-32 lead heading into the final quarter.
The final quarter was back and forth, with both teams taking small leads while the other would come back to tie or take the lead.
In the final minutes, Maggie Walker made their shots and the Cavaliers did not.
“We are a young team that has to learn how to win,” the Cavaliers coach said. “We need to take this tough loss learn from it and move on. If we don’t do that, it will be a very long season.”