Shrewsbury boys basketball falls to Wachusett

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Shrewsbury boys basketball falls to Wachusett
A ball bounces over the Wachusett baseline late in a game between the Mountaineers and the Shrewsbury High School boys basketball team on Tuesday night. (Photo/Dakota Antelman)

SHREWSBURY – An aggressive Colonials defense at times slowed, but did not stop Wachusett’s potent boys basketball offense Tuesday night as the Mountaineers beat Shrewsbury 57-41.

Wachusett started strong, jumping out to an early 18-7 lead after the first quarter.

They kept the pressure on to bring a 29-15 lead into halftime.

The Colonials pushed back in the third quarter, slightly outscoring Wachusett to narrow their deficit to 40-27.

Wachusett blunted efforts at a comeback though, putting up 17 points in the fourth quarter and sealing the victory.

Andrew Bricher led the way for Shrewsbury’s offense despite the loss, scoring 14 points for the Colonials. Dennis McNamara added nine points for his team.

This defeat came in Shrewsbury’s first game in almost two weeks following a Dec. 23 win over Westborough.

The Colonials had been slated to play Doherty on Dec. 27. But that matchup was canceled.

Likewise, this game came as one of the first to take place at Shrewsbury High School since the Midland Wachusett League enacted a new policy banning student spectators at games on Monday.

Taken to slow the ongoing spread of COVID-19, this measure limits attendees to “immediate household members of players on teams.”

“This change will allow our student athletes to continue to compete in activities they enjoy while still having the experience of performing before supporters, albeit on a more limited scale,” the league wrote in a statement.

The league said it plans to reevaluate its spectator policy in the coming weeks.

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