Boys’ basketball wrap up shortened season with victory

Andrew Roberts

Boys’ basketball wrapped up their shortened season on Saturday, February 20 with a 54-48 road victory over Shepherd Hill.

After three consecutive losses, the win allowed Algonquin to finish the season with a 5-3 record. The three game losing streak included a home loss to Shepherd Hill. Senior Jimmy Clifford explained how the team approached the second Shepherd Hill matchup differently. 

“I think we just came out ready to play, especially since it was our last game of the season,” Clifford said. “For us seniors it was our last game ever so we were just really motivated.”

Senior Patrick Freeman added that the team was motivated to overcome adversity after the struggles of the previous three games.

“We learned that when adversity hits, you can’t fold,” Freeman said.

Junior Todd Brogna was out for two of the games Algonquin lost, but led the team with 20 points per game on the season. Senior Ethan Cosgrove and Freeman each averaged 11 points. Freeman was happy with his performance this season.

“I feel pretty happy with how I played overall,” Freeman said. “There’s definitely a lot of room for improvement and figuring out for next year, but more importantly I was happy I was able to get one more season with the guys.”

The team began their season with four straight wins, including a sweep of Shrewsbury and a comeback win over Wachusett. 

“It was good to beat [Shrewsbury] for a second time,” Clifford said. 

Both Freeman and Clifford are leaving Algonquin feeling optimistic about their team’s future.

“They have a great future ahead,” Freeman said. “They got a lot of great experience this year which will hopefully transfer over to bigger roles next year.”