Mashpee's Frye Plays Well In Upper Cape All-Stars Loss
By: Dan Crowley, March 21, 2014
Bourne freshman Jacob Ashworth drove up the middle and banked a shot in off the glass, drawing a foul with 5:34 to play in the opening quarter Sunday at the Cape Cod High School All-Star Basketball game at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center. Ashworth then sank the free throw to give the Upper Cape squad a 27-9 lead, but the Lower Cape team charged back in the opening quarter, outscoring the Upper Cape 17-4 over the final five minutes. The Lower Cape squad then played to their advantage in height, driving to the basket and crashing the boards as they went on to win by a score of 122-113.
The Upper Cape showed off their quickness and outside shooting ability in the opening minutes of Sunday’s game. Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School’s Rally Wheaton opened the scoring with a deep 3-pointer, followed by an outside shot from Barnstable’s Elijah Baptiste. The Lower Cape made the score 6-2, but Sandwich’s Johnny Stanton hit a jumper, then a 3-pointer from the left side and then banked one in off the glass on a fast break, all within a minute for a 13-2 Upper Cape lead.
The Lower Cape struggled to keep pace as Wheaton hit a jumper and then Ryan Johnson from Falmouth High School buried a 3-pointer for a 15-7 lead. Johnson hit a jump shot and then teamed up with fellow Clipper Chase Soares on a nice play down low.
The Upper Cape maintained their lead through the early part of the second quarter with scoring from Sandwich’s Joey Downes, Stanton and Wheaton. With 7:49 to play Dennis-Yarmouth’s L.K. Metz tied the score at 42-42. Soares took the lead back and Johnson muscled his way inside for two. Rob Eders, representing Falmouth Academy, popped off a jumper and Kyle Ryder of Cape Cod Academy took a pass down low from Deikana Cunningham from Sturgis West for a four-point Upper Cape lead.
Deshawn James and Navaro Anderson from Martha’s Vineyard then led a 14-3 scoring run for the Lower Cape. The Upper Cape turned over the lead for the first time with 1:24 to play in the second quarter, allowing the Lower Cape squad to claim a 60-56 advantage at the break.
The Lower Cape continued to build their lead in the third quarter as they launched a 16-4 run, dominating the boards and shutting off the inside shot. Downes made a move inside and Mashpee’s Kevin Frye hit a 3-pointer for the Upper Cape squad. Johnson drained a 3-pointer from the left side baseline and Soares followed a minute later sinking a 3-pointer as the height of the Lower Cape forced the Upper Cape shooters outside.
Frye hit another 3-pointer with 3:20 left in the third and Cunningham buried a long ball from the top of the key, but a lack of rebounding was holding the Upper Cape to a single shot on each trip up the floor. By the end of the third quarter the Upper Cape trailed 95-82.
Soares and Johnson teamed up on another inside move and Cape Cod Academy’s Johnny Hatem banked one in on a fast break, but with four minutes left in the game the Lower Cape held a 120-96 lead.
Ryder and Eders cut into the Lower Cape lead and Johnson hit a 3-pointer from the right side baseline with a minute left. Falmouth’s Erik Demers took a pass from Frye to the glass for two points and Eders sank a 3-pointer with 14 seconds to play for the 122-113 final.
Stanton and Soares were named co-MVPs from the Upper Cape squad, with Anderson and James earning MVP honors for the Lower Cape. James was the game-high scorer with 23 points, while Johnson led the Upper Cape with 20 and four rebounds. Stanton finished with 16 points and five rebounds and Soares had 10 points.
Downes was recognized for reaching the career 1,000-point mark this season, with a plaque and membership in the Cape Cod High School 1,000 Point Club. Metz was named the Outstanding Defensive Player of the game from the Lower Cape.