It was an odd site of sorts to see the usually consistent Sharon Eagles boys’ basketball team struggle against the King Philip Warriors. Missing layups and open shots at the end of a long run of games, the Eagles found themselves vulnerable to an upset by their foes from the Kelley-Rex Division. The Warriors of KP were able to take advantage of the opportunity, besting the Eagles 65-56
“We did not shoot the ball very well at all. First half we missed a bunch of layups,” Sharon head coach Bruce Jackman said. “We were shooting ourselves in the foot. We didn’t handle the ball very cleanly, we didn’t get into a position where we had good looks.”
King Philip was able to start the game on a 5-0 run but Sharon was able to remain in striking distance, ending the first quarter down 10-6.
Down eight with 3:30 to play in the half, an ally-oop layup to Earl Dessesaure followed by a breakaway basket by Dessesaure from Jimmy Fritzson (26 points) cut the lead to four. Ryan Layman however gave the Warriors momentum with a three pointer followed by a two pointer to push the lead to 10.
The Laymans continued to give Sharon trouble near the end of the half. A 4-point play by Jimmy Layman (21 points) gave the Warriors a 16-point lead that they would take into the half.
Behind 11 third quarter points from Fritzson, the Eagles entered the fourth quarter only down six but fatigue left the game slip away as KP earned a surprising victory.
Four games over seven days seemed to finally take it’s toll on the Sharon against King Philip. Due to the snow storm earlier this year, the Eagles found themselves playing Sunday afternoon against North Attleboro, leaving them with a bit less rest than usual between games.
“I think we’re tired and we got tomorrow off so we’ll recharge our batteries and we’ll be fine,” Jackman said.
Sharon is now 8-2 this season and will enjoy a couple days of rest before hosting Milford on Jan. 17