Watertown Boys Basketball’s Comeback Falls Short in State Tourney

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Charlie Breitrose Watertown senior Ben Kullman dives for a loose ball in the State Tournament game against Rockland.

Down 10 poinst late, the Watertown High School boys basketball team had a chance to reduce the deficit to two in the waning moments of the State Tournament game Wednesday night, but the Raiders fell to Rockland, 50-42.

Charlie Breitrose Watertown junior Jeffrey Kerbin shoots against Rockland. He scored 11 points for the Raiders.

The first half of the MIAA Div. 3 State Tournament Preliminary Round game in Watertown was a dogfight, with neither team establishing a commanding lead. The first quarter ended with the visitors leading 13-11. Watertown outscored Rockland in the second, led by senior Ben Kullman’s 11 points in the quarter. The Raiders led at half, 25-23.

Charlie Breitrose

Watertown struggled for offense coming out of the locker room, scoring just six in the third quarter. The Bulldogs, out of the South Shore League, leapt ahead to a 38-31 advantage after three quarters.

Charlie Breitrose Senior Rob Iannetta passes the ball in the State Tourney game against Rockland.

The gap grew to 10 points with 7:41 left in the game, but the Raiders kept plugging away, and whittled the lead to seven with 1:37 left, and then senior Johnny Cacace hit a three to make the score 46-42 with about a minute left.

Charlie Breitrose Senior Johnny Cacace prepares to shoot against Rockland.

Watertown had a chance to cut the lead further, but missed a three pointer, as well as two short-range shots off offensive rebounds on the same offensive possession. The ball fell to Rockland senior Michael Moriarty, who drained four free throws in the last minute of the game. He finished with a game high 25 points.

Charlie Breitrose Watertown senior Riley Donlan fires a three point shot in the State Tournament game.

Kullman led the Raiders with 13 points, junior Jeffrey Herbin added 11, and senior Davit Karapetyan finished with nine. Cacace had three points, and seniors Rob Iannetta, Riley Donlan, and Isaiah Etienne each had two points. The Raiders finish the season with a record of 8-13.

Charlie Breitrose Watertown’s Johnny Cacace tries to save the ball from going out of bounds against Rockland.

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