Just by looking at the Foxcroft Boys basketball record it would be a fair to say that something needs to change for them to be able to make a run in the playoffs at the Cross Insurance Center. The Ponies only have 2 wins to show for mid way through their regular season in a very competitive class B conference. Four of the team’s seven losses on the season have been in hard-fought games where they lost by 6 points or under. If they can get on a roll and start playing good basketball you could easily see them turn the second half of the season around and finish the second half of the season 6-3 or even 7-2.
The team started the season with with two six point losses to Ellsworth and John Bapst. The team almost broke into the win column during their third game of the season but came up 1 point short against the Caribou Vikings. They then laid an egg at Hermon and quickly looked at an 0-4 record and played 2 of the top 3 teams in Eastern Maine class B in their next 2 games.
Over Christmas break the team traveled to Washington Academy to take on the then top seeded Raiders. The team played an excellent first half of basketball and led by 13 points at the half time break. They let the game get away from them in the second half of the game and ended up losing the game by 8. During this game it was clear that when the Ponies were playing at their best they could clearly play with anyone in the league.
The team then traveled to Orono who was then seeded 2nd in the Heal Point Standings. Again the Ponies played tough basketball but failed to close the game out down the stretch. The Ponies went back and forth with the Red Riots down the stretch in a game which Ponies ended up losing by 3.
The Ponies finally broke into the win column in a home game against Lincoln. The game was a high scoring affair which the Ponies put up 85 points and won by a ten point margin. It seemed like this win might give the boys some confidence moving forward in the season. This proved to be true when they traveled to Houlton for their next game. They defeated Houlton in a hard fought, ugly game which consisted of lots of foul shots and hard nose defense.
The Ponies final game of the first half of the season was at Old Town. The Ponies could never recover from a slow start and early foul trouble but their were times in the game where they looked strong like they had in their previous few games.
Currently half way through the regular season the ponies sit in 16th place which is outside the playoff picture. The Ponies record does not reflect the talent on the roster. They have proven when they are playing their best basketball, they can play with anyone in the league. If the Ponies can get several quality wins over the second half of the season and get into the playoffs they could be dangerous. If they can get rolling and start playing their best basketball around playoff time, they could make a run deep into the playoffs.
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