High schools: Gilford boys’ basketball beats Belmont for 5th straight win

  • Gilford's David Hart (2) lines up his shot during Friday's boys' basketball game at Belmont High School in Belmont on Feb. 16, 2018. Gilford defeated Belmont, 67-47. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Belmont's Matt Pluskis (20) is blocked on his way to the basket during Friday's boys' basketball game at Belmont High School in Belmont on Feb. 16, 2018. Gilford defeated Belmont, 67-47. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Gilford’s Patrick Carr (33) takes a shot during Friday’s boys’ basketball game at Belmont High School in Belmont on Feb. 16, 2018. Gilford defeated Belmont, 67-47. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor staff

  • Belmont's Dylan Gansert (32) looks to the basket during Friday's boys' basketball game at Belmont High School in Belmont on Feb. 16, 2018. Gilford defeated Belmont, 67-47. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Gilford's Gregory Madore (14) shoots the ball during Friday's boys' basketball game at Belmont High School in Belmont on Feb. 16, 2018. Gilford defeated Belmont, 67-47. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Belmont's Griffin Embree (5) drives through the Gilford defense during Friday's boys' basketball game at Belmont High School in Belmont on Feb. 16, 2018. Gilford defeated Belmont, 67-47. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Saturday, February 17, 2018

BELMONT – The Golden Eagles aren’t just on a winning streak. They’re on a winning big streak.

After Friday night’s 67-47 decision at Belmont, the Gilford High boys’ basketball team has won five straight by an average margin of 17.6 points.

“We’ve just been coming out with a lot of energy and keeping it all the way through and not losing focus of what we’re trying to do,” Gilford junior Greg Madore said. “We’re trying to win games, a lot of games, and we’re trying to win going away, too.”

Madore played a big part in the going-away win on Friday. He scored 17 of his team-high 22 points in the second half, using his size (a rugged 6-foot-4) to overwhelm the Raiders (10-6). Adrian Siravo, an athletic 6-3 Gilford sophomore, finished with 12 points, including a dunk in traffic, and helped Madore dominate the paint in the second half.

“Intensity is the biggest thing on this team right now,” Siravo said. “If we come out flat, we’re sloppy with the ball and we’re not so good, but when we come out with energy and intensity, we’re very, very good.”

Two other factors helped the Golden Eagles (12-4) control the interior in the second half – David Hart’s outside shooting and foul trouble for Belmont big man Matt Thurber.

After a scrappy first half in front of a gym filled with fans from both of these Lakes Region schools, Gilford took a 25-21 lead into halftime. Belmont quickly erased that deficit as Griffin Embree (nine points) and Matt Pluskis (22 points) scored the first four points of the third quarter, but that’s when Hart (15 points) stepped up. The Gilford senior buried an NBA-range 3-pointer and then hit another 3 moments later that gave the Golden Eagles a 33-27 lead and forced Belmont to come out of its zone, which opened up room inside room for Madore and Siravo.

“He’s a senior leader for us, he’s really cool, calm and collected, and he’s always keeping us sort of collected,” Madore said of Hart. “I get really emotional, so do a couple other kids on our team, and he’s always there telling us to relax. And he can hit big shots himself.”

To make matters worse for Raiders, the 6-4 Thurber was whistled for his fourth foul soon after they were forced out of that zone. It was a combination Belmont couldn’t handle.

“(Thurber) picked up his fourth foul in the third, that’s when (Madore) took over,” Belmont coach Jim Cilley said.

“Our guys were like, ‘Coach, I’m getting pushed,’ but (Madore) did it the right way. He pushed with his lower body, which doesn’t get called. It was smart by him. He used his body to move guys out of the way.”

The Raiders went on a 6-2 mini-run to close the third quarter and stay within striking distance, 42-34, heading into the fourth. But the Eagles opened the final quarter with 10-2 run, highlighted by six points from Madore and Sirvao’s dunk, to push the lead to a comfortable 52-36 with 4:36 left on the clock.

Belmont still has a chance to pull away from the crowded middle of the Division III pack and earn a home playoff game, but the Raiders will probably have to win their final two games to do it – at first-place Somersworth (14-2) on Monday and at last-place Newfound (0-16) on Wednesday.

“It’s going to be tough,” Cilley said, “but every time someone counts us out we go on the road and get a win.”

The Golden Eagles host Newfound on Monday and make the long trip to White Mountains (10-6) on Friday before heading to the place where they are primed to play – the tournament.

“Things are starting to click on both ends of the floor ... they’re coming together and it’s the time of year you want it,” Gilford coach Chip Veazey said. “It’s a tournament sport, and you want to be playing your best at the end.”

(Tim O’Sullivan can be reached at 369-3341, tosullivan@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @timosullivan20.)


Kearsarge 63, Bow 51

Key players: Tommy Johnson (28 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds), Tayler Mattos (19 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists), Noah Tremblay (8 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists), Kyle Hernon (2 points, 6 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: Kearsarge pulled ahead in the third quarter on a 21-11 run. Tim Flanders made a basket for his first two varsity points. Scott Bassi and Sean Higgins contributed key minutes for the Cougars off the bench.

Coach’s quote: “I loved the effort in the third quarter. That was the difference tonight.” – Kearsarge’s Nate Camp

Records: Kearsarge 12-4; Bow 5-10

Merrimack Valley 68, Plymouth 52

Key players: MV – Jack Prewitt (15 points), Kyle Dube (13 points), Ryan Defina (12 points), Jake Hebert (9 points), Jared Sylvester (8 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Pride controlled the first half and led 37-23 at the break. Plymouth chipped into the lead in the second half but couldn’t catch up with MV.

Records: MV 11-4; Plymouth 7-8

Hanover 48, John Stark 46, OT

Key players: Stark – Troy Gamache (12 points, 4 steals), Parker McQuarrie (10 points, 12 rebounds), Kyle Hagman (7 points, 5 rebounds), Jake Silva (6 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Generals trailed by 11 points heading into the fourth quarter but managed to force overtime on a 3-pointer by Hagman at the buzzer. The teams were tied with one minute left in overtime, but Hanover sealed it with a basket with two seconds to go.

Records: Hanover 6-8; John Stark 6-8

Coe-Brown 49, Kingswood 34

Key players: C-B – Scott Spenard (17 points, 7 assists, 9 deflections), Brendan Eaton (13 points, 8 rebounds), Albert Lapiejko (10 rebounds), Jacob Rich (5 points, 4 rebounds), Ben Watson (defense)

Highlights/key moments: Coe-Brown jumped out to an 11-1 lead in the first quarter, but the Knights cut the deficit in half by the end of the second quarter at 21-16. After an even third quarter, the Bears pulled away with a 16-9 advantage in the final frame.

Coach’s quote: “We played solid defense all night.” – Coe-Brown’s Dave Smith

Records: Coe-Brown 10-3; Kingswood 2-11

Inter-Lakes 49, Winnisquam 45

Key players: Winnisquam – Gunnar Horman (14 points), Phil Nichols (11 points), Kyle Mann (8 points), Angelo Glover (6 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Lakers jumped out to a nine-point lead in the first quarter, but the Bears managed to cut the deficit to three points at halftime. The lead changed several times in the second half, and the Lakers squeezed by for the win.

Coach’s quote: “We couldn’t quite make it down the stretch.” – Winnisquam’s Kevin Dame

Records: Inter-Lakes 11-5; Winnisquam 4-12

White Mountains 84, Franklin 55

Key players: Franklin – Jayden Torres (27 points), Harrison Clark (12 points)

Highlights/key moments: Franklin trailed by only 10 at halftime, but White Mountains’ size and strength was too much in the second half.

Coach’s quote: “We hung tough for a half but just succumbed to their size. We only had eight rebounds for the whole game. Torres, who needed 32 points for 1,000, had an off night shooting wise but still scored 27. White Mountains played him incredibly tough and double teamed him until the buzzer.” – Franklin’s Mike Donnell

Records: Franklin 3-13; White Mountains 10-6

Pittsfield 84, Sunapee 54

Key players: Pittsfield – Cam Darrah (26 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assist, 5 steals), Casey Clark (17 points), Garrett Guerrero-Hadley (14 points, 10 assists), Josh Whittier (12 points, 14 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: Pittsfield ended the first quarter with a 23-4 run and never looked back.

Coach’s quote: “I was very pleased with the focus the boys had tonight. Clark came out and hit some big 3s to stretch the defense and as a result Hadley was able to attack the seams in their 3-2 zone and find open guys for easy baskets.” – Pittsfield’s Jay Darrah

Records: Pittsfield 16-1; Sunapee 10-7


John Stark 42, Hanover 40

Key players: Stark – Jillian Douzanis (11 points), Emily Patten (11 points), Laura Martin (game-winning basket)

Highlights/key moments: Patten his a pair of 3-pointers in the final few minutes to give the Generals the lead, but Hanover came back to tie it. However, Martin drove it the length of the court and converted a game-winning shot.

Coach’s quote: “The girls played hard and executed well tonight. Anytime you can go to Hanover and defeat a very good team, it’s a good win.” – John Stark’s Bruce Johnson

Records: John Stark 9-7; Hanover 11-5

Bishop Brady 73, ConVal 37

Key players: Brady – Sam Will (23 points), Sarah Doherty (20 points, 6 assists), Ami Rivera (18 points, 10 rebounds), Lauren Roy (6 points, 8 rebounds, defense)

Highlights/key moments: Brady ran away with this game and held ConVal to seven points in the second quarter.

Coach’s quote: “We executed our defense from start to end. It was consistent, focused, and a full team effort. We ran well and had great energy offensively.” – Brady’s Annie Alosa

Records: Brady 11-5; ConVal 7-10

Bow 50, Pembroke 34

Key players:Bow – Erin Boldwin (15 points, 10 rebounds), Patty Nordin (10 points), Lea Crompton (8 points), Lauren Goyette (7 points); Pembroke – Olivia Langevin (12 points, 5 rebounds), Morgan Allen (9 points, 7 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: Bow took a 12-4 lead in the first quarter, a lead they protected to the end.

Coach’s quote: “Bow had a great night offensively. Our shots didn’t fall but we’re going to keep working.” – Pembroke’s Michaela Champlin

Records: Bow 9-7; Pembroke 8-8

Merrimack Valley 76, Plymouth 31

Key players: MV – Abby Grandmaison (21 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists), Carly Huckins (12 points), Kate Belanger (10 points)

Highlights/key moments: MV led 45-26 at halftime and held Plymouth to five points in the second half. Emily Koufos scored her first two varsity points for the Pride.

Coach’s quote: “We came out strong defensively in the first quarter to open up a lead, but we got a bit lazy defensively in the second. In the second half, we played good team basketball on both ends. We made the extra pass and shot the ball well and really picked up the defensive effort.” – MV’s Bob McNutt

Records: MV 8-8; Plymouth 1-15

Gilford 65, Belmont 38

Key players:Gilford – Brooke Beaudet (24 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds), Shelby Cole (19 points, 3 steals) Hannah Perkins (14 points, 12 rebounds) Lauren Dean (4 points, 6 rebounds), Olivia Trindade (4 points); Belmont – Julianna Estremera (22 points), Elaina Hoey (7 points), Molly Sottak (5 points)

Highlights/key moments: Gilford jumped ahead of its rival early and led 33-15 at halftime.

Coach’s quote: “Sometimes you just have to tip your cap. Gilford played very well.” – Belmont’s Mark Dawalga

Records: Gilford 16-2; Belmont 7-10

White Mountains 56, Franklin 34

Key players: Franklin – Hannah Hicks (10 points), Lauren Marsh (7 points, 11 rebounds)

Coach’s quote: “We got a lot of good looks on offense, but we just didn’t knock down the shots.” – Franklin’s JJ Winters

Records: White Mountains 11-7; Franklin 7-11

Newfound 55, Somersworth 15

Key players: Newfound – Ashlee Dukette (19 points, 10 rebounds, 7 steals), Savanna Bony (11 points, Haley Dukette 9 points), Madi Dalphonse (8 points), Jasmine Peterson (7 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 7 steals)

Highlights/key moments: Newfound had a strong second quarter shooting the ball for 22 points while holding Somersworth to one point.

Coach’s quote: “All 11 players got to see time on the court tonight, which is a nice way to finish out the regular season.” – Newfound’s Karri Peterson

Records: Newfound 16-2; Somersworth 0-18