This afternoon’s second round playoff game between Georgetown and Manchester-Essex promises to be a heavyweight fight of two teams that know each other well.
On Jan. 6, Georgetown suffered its first loss of the year at the hands of Manchester-Essex.
“We didn’t show up,” Georgetown head coach Barry Spears said. “It was just one of those nights where we got no offense and our defense was spotty. We just couldn’t do anything right for whatever reason.”
It was a wake up call for a team that had begun the year 4-0. Suffering a 28-point defeat, sights quickly turned to a Valentines Day rematch between the two teams where Georgetown wished to redeem itself.
The Royals would earn a hard-fought 67-64 win. Though both teams had already clinched a playoff berth at that point, neither was aware that just over two weeks later, they would meet for the third time this season in the quarterfinals round of the Division 4 North Tournament.
“We have gotten to this position twice before, but we haven’t gotten past this quarterfinal round,” Spears said. “We have gotten here twice and lost in my eight years with the program, so we are trying to get over that hump. This team has achieved everything you could ask for, especially with the circumstances they dealt with this year.”
Learning of the passing of their former long-time head coach Mike Rowinski mid-season, Georgetown played many of its games with a heavy heart. This year has been dedicated to him, exhibited by a tribute on each player’s warmup shirt.
The first time that Georgetown has played postseason basketball in three seasons, the Royals lack tournament experience. It was something that concerned Spears as his team took on Winthrop in its opening round game on Tuesday.