Dublin Varsity Basketball traveled to Ashburnham, Mass., on Wednesday to take on the JV team of Cushing Academy, falling 52-50 in a heartbreaker that will be long remembered. Down 31-26 at halftime, and trailing by as many as ten points late in the second half, the visitors clambered back to take their first lead of the game in the final seconds of play, only to lose on an improbable Cushing three-point prayer launched as the buzzer sounded.
In a 49-39 hole with five minutes remaining, Dublin's defense held firm. After a clutch jumper by Hunter Bachman '16, two driving layups from Sebastian McLinden '16, and a put-back by Jordan Ferreras '16, they had closed the gap, and when Ferreras banked home a ten-foot jumper with 15 seconds left, the Wildcats had taken a 50-49 lead. With many fouls yet to give, Dublin took most of the remaining time off the clock, but with only 1.4 seconds left, Cushing managed to inbound the ball cleanly and heave a desperation attempt that swished through.
Bachman led the team with 15 points, 9 rebounds, and a season-high 10 blocked shots. Freshman Will Campbell added 10 points, going 2 of 3 from behind the arc. And freshman Idriss Traore also played well, grabbing 7 rebounds and scoring 4 points.
Dublin (2-5, 2-0 RVAL) hosts league rival Putney on Saturday in the Whitney Gymnasium. Tip-off at 2:30 p.m.