By Bill Abramson
Posted Jan. 22, 2016 at 10:32 PM
MATTAPOISETT — When you’re a bench player on a basketball team, you play a supporting role.
When you get the chance to start for the first time, you have to move out of the shadows of the starters and into the spotlight.
Juniors Grant Reuter and Jake Cafarella got their chance to start for the undefeated Old Rochester boys basketball team in its biggest game of the season and each stepped into a starring role.
Reuter scored six of his 11 points during a 10-0 run that broke a 48-48 tie and propelled the Bulldogs to a 67-61 South Coast Conference victory over second-place Bourne Friday night.
Cafarella shared top billing with six fourth-quarter points among his 14 to go with sterling defensive play.
“This was a character win for us,” Old Rochester coach Steve Carvalho pointed out. “The Bourne kids came in here on a mission.”
The victory gave Old Rochester (11-0, 11-0 SCC) a two-game cushion in the SCC race over Bourne (10-2, 8-2 SCC) and was the 27th straight SCC win for the Bulldogs, who have won 36 of their last 37 league games.
After the game was tied for the ninth time when David Laine gave Bourne its 48th point with 4:32 to play, Reuter and Old Rochester went to work.
Reuter bulled his way to the basket for a lay-up, Evan Santos scored on a lay-up, Reuter converted a strong inside move, Will Santos made both ends of a one-and-one and Reuter converted his own miss by grabbing the offensive rebound and scoring from five feet.
“Some players on the team do a lot of things,” Carvalho said. “Grant Reuter (a 6-foot-5 center) gave us some great points when we needed them. He’s working on being a true post player and, with what was at stake, this was his biggest moment.
“In that 10-point run, he did a lot of good things. This is Grant’s first high school season and he’s only going to get better.”
Cafarella only took five shots, but made four, including two 3-pointers, and was 4-for-4 from the line in the closing minutes.
“Cafarella gave us some big moments tonight,” Carvalho said. “He certainly played great defense. He’s a true point guard and he got his hands in the passing lanes all night.
“We went a long way on Cafarella’s back. This was the biggest game of his career. He was another ball-handler for us and was the glue for our defense.”
WHAT IT MEANS: Old Rochester is two games ahead of the pack with five league games to go. … Bourne is still in the race, but needs lots of help to catch ORR.
CARVALHO: “Our destiny is in our hands. I was expecting a wire-to-wire battle and we got it.”
BOURNE STATS: The Canalmen won the free-throw battle, going 12-for-12 from the line.
OLD ROCHESTER STATS: After shooting a pedestrian 6-for-13 from the foul line in the first three quarters, ORR was 12-for-15 in the fourth quarter when the game was on the line.
Old Rochester (11-0, 11-0 South Coast Conference)
Evan Santos 6, Will Santos 5, Russ Noonan 14, Jake Cafarella 14, Grant Reuter 11, Matt Valles 17.
Bourne;18;12;14;17 — 61
Old Rochester;10;18;16;23 — 67
3-point goals: ORR-Jake Cafarella 2.
Next: Old Rochester is at Case on Tuesday.
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