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High schools: Siravo, Madore lead Gilford past Stevens, into quarterfinals

  • Gilford's Adrian Siravo (41) takes a shot during Thursday's boys' basketball game at Gilford High School in Gilford on Mar. 1, 2018. Gilford defeated Stevens, 53-33. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Gilford's Nate Hudson (4) looks for help during Thursday's boys' basketball game at Gilford High School in Gilford on Mar. 1, 2018. Gilford defeated Stevens, 53-33. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Gilford’s Greg Madore (14) takes a shot Thursday during a Division III boys’ basketball first-round game at Gilford High School. The Golden Eagles defeated Stevens, 53-33, to reach the quarterfinals. Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor staff

  • Gilford's Greg Madore (14) takes a shot during Thursday's boys' basketball game at Gilford High School in Gilford on Mar. 1, 2018. Gilford defeated Stevens, 53-33. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Gilford's Logan Bell (22) defends his possession during Thursday's boys' basketball game at Gilford High School in Gilford on Mar. 1, 2018. Gilford defeated Stevens, 53-33. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Gilford's Logan Bell (22) goes up for a shot during Thursday's boys' basketball game at Gilford High School in Gilford on Mar. 1, 2018. Gilford defeated Stevens, 53-33. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Belmont’s Dylan Gansert (right) and Mascenic’s Jake Zina battle for a rebound Thursday night during Belmont’s 44-42 win over the Vikings. Ben Conant / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript



Monitor staff
Friday, March 02, 2018

GILFORD – Adrian Siravo raced down the court, gathered his dribble from the left block and raised up above the rim for a crowd-pleasing, one-handed dunk.

For Siravo and the Gilford boys’ basketball team, the throwdown was more than just an impressive show of athleticism, it was an exclamation point and the final dagger the sixth-seeded Golden Eagles needed to safely put away No. 11 Stevens, 53-33, Thursday in the opening round of the Division III tournament.

“That’s the push over the hill right there,” Gilford guard Nate Hudson said of Siravo’s dunk.

“We’ve seen it twice, maybe three times this year. He’s just such a natural athlete. We know he’s an athletic freak and if the ball is in the air, he’s going to go get it.”

With Siravo taking flight and pouring in a game-high 20 points, Greg Madore (13 points) feasting on rebounds inside and the team’s defense clicking from the start, Gilford (15-4) bested Stevens (10-9) for the second time this season and will advance to take on No. 3 Berlin in Saturday’s quarterfinal at 7 p.m.

“Knowing them helped, but at the end of the day it doesn’t matter because a different night is a different night of basketball,” said Hudson, who added seven points for Gilford. “We came out and we were slower this time than we were last time, but just working the ball inside was big tonight.

“It’s such a big help knowing (Siravo and Madore) are inside,” Hudson said. “You’re going to get rebounds from them, they’re going to work hard every night and Greg’s been putting on a show recently numbers wise. We’re playing pretty good basketball right now and this is when you want to play good basketball.”

Feeding Siravo and Madore in the post was also part of head coach Chip Veazey’s game plan.

The pair started quick, combining for all 11 of Gilford’s points in the first quarter and stayed hot throughout. Madore scored six and Siravo had eight in a fourth quarter as the Golden Eagles outscored Stevens, 19-7.

“That was part of the game. We wanted to get it inside obviously and I think we did it enough to open it up,” Veazey said. “We had a few nice transition buckets and I think that kind of got us going. … (Stevens) slowed it down, their offense was deliberate but I thought we played some pretty good defense. We gave them some trouble and they really couldn’t penetrate our defense.”

The Cardinals, who trailed 11-7 after the first and 24-13 at halftime, failed to reach double-digit point totals in each quarter except the third where they were able make a small run.

Stevens scored the first five points of the third thanks to buckets from Derrick Stanhope (five points) and Josh Stithen (nine), but Gilford responded with a 3-pointer from Siravo and another from Jon Nelson to stay on top, 31-19.

The Cardinals again fought back in the final minutes of the third quarter when Luke Come (team-high 14 points) connected on a reverse layup and Stithen drained a 3 to cut the deficit to eight, but Gilford played its best basketball in the fourth quarter to eliminate any thoughts of a comeback.

“The tournament is different because every one is even-steven and the pressure is different. It doesn’t matter what the record is, the kids are a little tight,” Veazey said. “I thought we played through that period and I was hoping we would come out in the third, but they actually came out and scored the first five points. But we hung in there, kept them off and got a little momentum going and got things back.”

(Jay McAree can be reached at 369-3371, jmcaree@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @JayMcAree.)

D-III BOYS’ BASKETBALL

No. 3 Berlin 53, No. 14 Laconia 44

Highlights/key moments: The Mountaineers topped the Sachems and will take on No. 6 Gilford in Saturday’s quarterfinal.

Records: Berlin 16-3; Laconia 9-10

No. 10 Belmont 44, No. 7 Mascenic 42

Key players:Belmont – Dylan Gansert (12 points), Matt Pluskis (defense)

Highlights/key moments: Gansert scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter and the Raiders held Mascenic to four points in the frame to pull off the road upset. Belmont gets No. 2 Somersworth next in Saturday’s quarterfinals.

Records: Belmont 12-7; Mascenic 13-6

No. 1 Hopkinton 65, No. 16 Mascoma Valley 45

Key players:Hopkinton – Caleb Yianakopolos (20 points), Kevin Newton-Delgado (15 points), Dustin Rose (8 points), Zachary Signor (7 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Hawks jumped out to a 21-10 first-quarter lead and extended it to 20 by halftime to notch the victory. Jake Tomlinson, Tyler Allen and Shepyrd Murdough all provided some scoring off the bench with five points apiece. Hopkinton faces No. 9 Monadnock in Saturday’s quarterfinals.

Coach’s quote: “We went 10 deep tonight and had nice contributions from all. We survived round one and it’s time to get ready for the quarterfinals.” – Hopkinton’s Stephen Signor

Records: Hopkinton 17-2; Mascoma Valley 6-13

No. 9 Monadnock 53, No. 8 Inter-Lakes 49, 2OT

Key players:Inter-Lakes – Eli Swanson (21 points), Davis Jollimore (12 points), Quinn Taylor (7 points), Eli Dupigny (7 points)

Highlights/key moments: Swanson’s effort wasn’t enough as the Lakers suffered just their second home loss of the season in the opening round. Monadnock will face No. 1 Hopkinton in Saturday’s quarterfinals.

Records: Inter-Lakes 13-6; Monadnock 13-6

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Lebanon 47, Bishop Brady 42

Key players:Brady – Bryce Johnson (14 points), Ismael Rivera (9 points), Ryan Johnson (12 points)

Highlights/key moments: Up against one of the top teams in Division II, the Green Giants trailed by 15 at halftime before rallying back and falling short. Brady cut the deficit to three with 1:30 remaining, but Lebanon closed the game out at the free-throw line.

Coach’s quote: “I am so proud of this group for their commitment, composure and confidence. Tonight the kids fought for 32 minutes and nearly beat Lebanon at a difficult place to play.”

Records: Bishop Brady 4-14; Lebanon 15-3