LAKEVILLE — The Apponequet boys basketball team had a wildly successful season by any measure, but the Lakers fell one win shy of a game at the Boston Garden, and potentially, a chance to play in the MIAA Division 3 state championship game.
Last Friday night, the Lakers carried their undefeated 22-0 record into Taunton High School to face off with Burke High School (24-2) in the D3 South Sectional title game, but for the second year in a row, Burke sent the Lakers packing, this time a 70-62 final that was close all the way.
Apponequet, led by Andy Johnson’s 27 points, jumped to an early 10-point lead in the first half, but Burke pulled even by the half, 34-34, setting the stage for a thrilling second half.
The Lakers got contributions from all around, with Clay Meunier going for 14 points, Adam Seablom for 12 and Tim Johnson for 7, but Burke got double-figure scoring from four players — Bryan Desir with 19, McCarthy Akinhouye with 15, Levar Williams with 12 and Devante Jamison with 10 — to keep pace with Apponequet.
The game stayed tight right through the final minutes, with the Lakers clinging to a 1-point lead with just under two minutes to play. But the Bulldogs got hot from there and pulled ahead, 65-60, with a late 6-0 run and held on for the 70-62 win.