Algonquin, Shrewsbury battle on the court until the last buzzer

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Algonquin, Shrewsbury battle on the court until the last buzzer
Algonquin’s Brennan Rice pushes through Shrewsbury’s Scott Hanam and Jackson Handley. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

NORTHBOROUGH – It came down to the final whistle.

The Shrewsbury High School boys basketball team faced off against Algonquin Regional High School on Jan. 17 on the Titans’ home turf. Ultimately, Algonquin was victorious, coming out on the winning side of a 63-57 score.

“Shrewsbury always is very, very, very well-coached. They play very hard. … We knew we were in for a fight, a battle,” said Algonquin Head Coach Brian Doherty.

“I thought the two teams came out and battled hard,” said Shrewsbury Head Coach Adrian Machado.

Doherty, he said, does a good job and his athletes played hard.

Doherty noted the Titans are a young team.

“They have to learn how to win,” he said. “Granted that’s our fifth win, but it wasn’t easy, and they’ve got to start making them easier.”

Algonquin, indeed, has five wins and four losses notched so far this season, while Shrewsbury stands 2-6.

Doherty said Junior Patrick Biamou did a “fantastic job.”

“We were getting beaten up on the boards when Pat came in and took care of it,” he said.

He also called Captain Jackson Gamache “an absolute leader” on the floor.

As for the Colonials, Machado said Senior Jason Nickerson “probably had the best game of his career tonight.”

“We’ve got something to build on,” said Machado. “We’ll just keep plugging away. Both teams competed until the last whistle. It was a very good high school basketball game.”