Hickey praised his team for its resilience, noting that it’s not easy to keep your focus once you’ve fallen into such a deep hole. He added that a number of kids stepped up toward the end, including several who hadn’t contributed much before their numbers were called.
“One of the good things about this team is that we had a lot of kids who could contribute,” Hickey said. “We had different guys step up. Some games it was a question of finding the right combination of kids who could play well.”
That experience could prove crucial to a team that’s losing four starters to graduation, including leading scorers Adam Chory and Ryan Kuchar. Now entering his third year as Pentucket coach, Hickey will return a core group of seniors who have played for him since their sophomore year, and after climbing back from the brink to make the tournament this year, he hopes next season will go a little more smoothly.
“We still have some question marks and some things we have to improve upon, but we have to set some goals,” Hickey said. “We were ecstatic to make the tournament, and now I’d like to take that a step further.”
Pentucket Boys Basketball
Final Record: 10-11
Tournament: Lost to Bedford 64-61 in first round
Season Highlight: Won last three games to qualify for postseason