NORWELL – Leave it to the man with the hot hand.
Thanks in large part to senior captain L.K. Metz, Coach Rich Dalrymple’s Dennis-Yarmouth Dolphins (1-0) got the season off and running Friday night (Dec. 12), as the Green & White took down host Norwell, 59-57 in an overtime thriller on the road.
Metz, a three-year starter for the Dolphins, had his first double-double of the season with 22 points and 10 rebounds and tacked on five assists as well as four steals to ensure his D-Y boys boarded the bus with a victory.
Tied 49-49 after regulation, Metz sealed the win for the visiting Dolphins when he drilled a three-pointer, hit a pair of layups and tacked on a free throw after a huge defensive rebound as time ticked off the clock.
“That put us up by two for good,” Coach Dalrymple said.
“The effort was great and we are going to need that kind of effort night in and night out,” he added. “That was a huge win on the road for us.”
At the half, Norwell led D-Y by a 26-23 score, but in the third quarter the Dolphins turned up the heat to go ahead 36-33.
Center Kenny Dorr, an estimable athlete in his own right and as pure a basketball player as can be found on Cape Cod, proved the momentum-changer for the guests.
In the middle of the 4th quarter in a game that was back and forth, Dorr took a nifty feed from Metz and brought the house down with a two-handed slam dunk that was, according to Coach Dalrymple, “thunderous.”
“Kenny changed the momentum of the game,” he said.
But Norwell would not go down quietly. With just three seconds left in the fourth quarter, the Clippers’ Joey Volpe sank a layup to tie the game at 49-49.
In overtime, Metz turned up the heat, as did his little brother, junior Jake Metz, whose defense, Coach Dalrymple pointed out, proved a game-changing influence. All totaled, the younger Metz had five steals and five critical rebounds. Added into the mix for the Dolphins was sophomore Travis Coppinger who played in his first-ever varsity game and proved the coaching staff right with eight points and seven rebounds on the night.
The aforementioned “Thunder-man” Dorr? He totaled 18 points and had nine rebounds to go along with them.
The Dolphins face Martha’s Vineyard on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at home at 5:30 pm.
Dennis-Yarmouth Girls’ Basketball: Cohasset 53 ─ Dennis-Yarmouth 31
Dennis-Yarmouth’s Niamh Delaney scored 13 points for the Dolphins but it was not enough as the Green & White fell hard in the season-opener, 53-31, on the road.
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