Wareham-led Upper Cape Tech basketball team clinches spot as league champs

Feb 14, 2022

BOURNE — The Upper Cape Tech boys’ basketball team dominated Cape Cod Technical High School on Wednesday, Feb. 9, winning 61-25 and securing the team’s spot as Mayflower League champions.

Two of the team’s three co-captains — Jared Nawoichik and Tucker Lopes — are Wareham natives, as are six of their teammates.

“We’re a really young team,” said Coach Billy Macuch. Lopes and Nawoichik are the only players on the team with previous varsity experience.

Macuch said that the beginning of the season was a bit tough, but the athletes doubled down on their efforts and turned the season around.

“They just all bought in,” Macuch said. “They’re the most unselfish team — they don’t care who scores, they just want to win.”

This is the team’s first league championship since 2005.

“I’m really proud of the boys,” Macuch said. 

“We’ve come a long way from where we were my freshman year to my senior year, so that makes me feel good,” Nawoichik said. 

Nawoichik said he’s most proud of the team’s success, given how young they are. Ten seniors graduated last year, he noted.

Tucker Lopes attributed much of the team’s success to “a bunch of good chemistry.”

The team will host the first round of the vocational school championships on February 24, and hopes to compete in the statewide playoffs at the end of the month.