By Rob Potter
HANCOCK The second quarter was the key in Tuesday night’s Section IX Class D boys’ basketball quarterfinal game between the visiting No. 5 seed Chapel Field Lions and No. 4 seed Family School Falcons.
Chapel Field outscored the Falcons 20 to 5 in those eight minutes to transform a 13-13 tie into a 33-18 advantage at halftime.
The Lions maintained and increased that lead in the second half to earn a 55-33 victory.
Chapel Field, which improved its record to 10-11, moved on to face No. 1 seed John A. Coleman Catholic High School in Wednesday night’s semifinal round. The Family School ended its season with a 12-9 record.
The Falcons’ Christian Homsey gave the home crowd reason to cheer when he tied the game at 13-13 in the last second of the opening period. Homsey dribbled into the lane and put up a shot. The basketball bounced on the rim and then rolled around the rim before falling through the net as the buzzer sounded.
But the Lions started the second quarter with a 10-0 scoring run.
Danny Menendez scored two baskets to start that run and teammate Jesse Capalbo finished it by scoring inside the lane with 3:24 remaining in the stanza.
The Family School’s Henry Wittich scored 26 seconds later to bring his team within eight points at 23-15.
But the Lions answered with another 10-0 run to end the quarter.
Menendez pushed the Chapel Field advantage to 20 points (40-20) with a basket three minutes into the third period.
Menendez finished with a game-high 20 points and Capalbo registered 10 points.
Chapel Field Coach Joe Canazon noted that the second period was integral to the contest’s outcome.
“We were able to take control then,” he said. “We were able to get the ball inside for some baskets.”
John Angus led the Falcons with 13 points.
“He played with a lot of hustle and a lot of heart,” Family School Coach Ted Towsley said of Angus. “He was really scrapping out there.”
While noting that his team played the game without three starters and one reserve, Towsley lauded the Lions.
“We were up against a very good team tonight,” he said. “Coach [Joe] Canazon does a great job with his team.”.