By BILL GRIFFIN
No. 5 seed Taunton rallied from a four-point deficit with 35 seconds left in regulation and rode a 29-point performance from point guard Cory Green to edge No. 4 seed Quincy, 74-68 in the quarterfinals of the Division 1 South sectionals at Quincy High Friday night.
Quincy finishes the season at 17-5. It was the second straight year the Presidents lost in the quarterfinals of the sectionals.
Quincy was seconds away from an unforgettable victory. The Presidents trailed by 13 (50-37) with 2:24 left in the third, but rallied behind a remarkable shooting performance from senior Drew Myers to grab the lead late in the game.
Quincy’s defense held Taunton scoreless for nearly four minutes during its fourth-quarter rally.
Myers had a team-high 26, including 21 in the second half and 12 in the fourth period.
Quincy went up, 64-60 on two free throws by Myers with just over 1:00 left in the game. However, Green and Jose Mercado scored on drives in the final 35 seconds to send the teams tied at 64-64 into overtime.
Green gave Taunton a four-point lead early in the OT, but Quincy drew even at 68-68 on free throws from Colin Evans and Myers with 1:01 left.
Green then put Taunton up for good with two free throws, and Mercado scored the final four points of the game to seal the win for the Tigers.
J.T. Bain had 15 and James Lam added 13 for the Presidents. Both players rebounded and passed the ball brilliantly. Evans had 10.