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High schools: Belmont earns first win over Inter-Lakes since 2012

  • Belmont’s Matt Thurber (44) pulls up for a jumper during Friday’s victory.

  • Belmont's Aidan Rupp (21) goes up for a shot during Friday's boys' basketball game at Belmont High School in Belmont on Jan. 19, 2018. Belmont defeated Inter-Lakes, 61-42. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Belmont defeated Inter-Lakes, 61-42, during Friday's boys' basketball game at Belmont High School in Belmont on Jan. 19, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Belmont's Mike Sprague (12) goes up for a shot during Friday’s boys’ basketball game at Belmont High School in Belmont on Jan. 19, 2018. Belmont defeated Inter-Lakes, 61-42. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor staff

  • Eli Dupigny (11) of Inter-Lakes goes up for a shot during Friday’s boys’ basketball game at Belmont High School. Belmont won, 61-42. Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor staff



Monitor staff
Saturday, January 20, 2018

BELMONT – It felt like a playoff atmosphere in the Belmont High gym Friday night.

The gym was packed with screaming fans wearing Belmont red and Inter-Lakes blue. The school band blasted tunes from one end of the bleachers, stirring the excited crowd. Radio voices called the game from the top row as cameras captured the action courtside.

The stage was set for a rivalry matchup between the Lakers and the host Raiders, and the Belmont boys’ basketball team refused to let their fans leave disappointed.

Aidan Rupp and Matt Pluskis combined for 39 points, leading the Raiders to a 61-42 win over Inter-Lakes in a Division III showdown.

It was the first time Belmont (4-3) has defeated Inter-Lakes (5-3) since 2012. The Raiders had the game firmly in their control in the second half thanks in part to a 6-0 run to open the third quarter, pushing Belmont out to a 16-point lead.

“I think we knew by the second half that this was a game we could run away with,” said Rupp, a junior. “The way we played in the first half, we thought we could step it up another notch and run away with it. We came out just really wanting to take it to them and get a win.”

Dylan Gansert added to Belmont’s scoresheet with nine points, followed by Griffin Embree (seven points), Matt Thurber (three points), Nate Sottak (two points) and Mike Sprague (one point).

The Raiders took a 30-25 lead into the second half. Rupp opened scoring in the third quarter fighting through bodies for an offensive rebound and putting it back for two points. After Embree poured in a pair of free throws, Rupp answered the bell beneath the glass again scoring on a second-chance look. He knocked down a 3-pointer from the left corner less than two minutes later, giving Belmont a 41-25 lead.

“They couldn’t seem to handle him,” Belmont coach Jim Cilley said of Rupp.

From there, the Raiders didn’t allow the Lakers to get closer than 13 points.

“This is a game we’re trying to build off of and set ourselves on a good run for the next couple of weeks,” Rupp said. “I feel really good about the way the team played tonight just with energy and on the defensive end.”

Speaking of defense, Embree pestered the Lakers when they had the ball. The junior guard challenged the Lakers in their backcourt, disrupting plays and swatting the ball away if it loosened up on a dribble. He committed a pair of steals back-to-back later in the third quarter. The first one turned into two points off the hands of Pluskis.

“He’s got a really good nose for the basketball,” Cilley said. “He pressured the basketball really well and made it get out of Swanson’s hands.”

Cilley is talking about Eli Swanson, Inter-Lakes’ dominant sophomore forward who scored 28 points in their last game against Moultonborough on Tuesday. The Raiders’ first priority was to slow him down, and they held him to eight points on Friday.

“We had to get on Swanson, make sure he got nothing clean off,” Cilley said. “I thought we did a really nice job with it.”

The Lakers let 13 turnovers slip away in the first half that turned into eight points at the other end. That, along with a slow start to the third quarter, put the game out of reach.

“Third quarter, come out flat, there’s your game,” Inter-Lakes coach Mike Rathgeber said. “We were sloppy with the ball. We’ve been fighting turnovers all year. We’re young. We just don’t quite have our feet about us against a team that plays really good defense.”

Senior guard Davis Jollimore led the Lakers with 10 points, followed by Swanson’s eight. Eli Dupigny and Jayden Lara each chipped in six points, and Quinn Taylor scored five. Tae Miller (four points) and Eddie Bird (three points) rounded out scoring for Inter-Lakes.

Jollimore scored a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter as the Lakers erased a eight-point deficit and led 19-18 at the break.

Inter-Lakes held onto the lead until midway through the second quarter when Pluskis swished his fifth basket of the night, putting the Raiders back in front, 27-25.

Pluskis had a share of the duty covering Swanson, and he received praise from his coach.

“That was probably his best two-way game of his career,” Cilley said. “I thought he really defended well. He was really good tonight and didn’t force anything offensively. … A lot of really poised play on his behalf.”

The Lakers will be back in Meredith when they host Gilford on Tuesday. Belmont hosts Sanborn on Wednesday.

(Nick Stoico can be reached at nstoico@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @NickStoico.)

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Concord 49, Nashua South 47

Key players: Concord – Scott Lampron (13 points, 3 rebounds), Tyler Blodgett (13 points, 3 rebounds), John Kalisz (5 points, 6 rebounds), Rylan Canabano (10 points, 3 rebounds), Tyler Bruns (7 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists)

Highlights/key moments: The Crimson Tide fell behind 18-4 to start the game and Bruns had to go to the bench with three first-quarter fouls. But junior John Shamash came off the bench to spark Concord with outstanding defense and helped the Tide to a 25-24 halftime lead. South pulled ahead in the fourth, but Bruns assisted on clutch 3-pointers from Blodgett and Canabano, Lampron hit the go-ahead jumper with 11 seconds left and Concord survived multiple last-second shots to snap a four-game losing streak.

Records: Concord 3-4; Nashua South 3-3

Manchester West 64, Bishop Brady 62, OT

Key players: Brady – Bryce Johnson (29 points), Tommy Fraser (13 points), Ismael Rivera (11 points), Ryan Johnson (7 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Green Giants built a double-digit lead in the first half until a run by West late in the second quarter cut the lead to 33-27. Brady was held to seven points in the third while West pulled ahead 46-44. The teams traded the lead back and forth in the fourth quarter, and West’s Ross Marion hit a pair of 3’s in overtime to put Brady down for good.

Coach’s quote: “We need to limit careless turnovers and play more physical.” – Brady’s Tim Lee

Records: West 3-4; Brady 1-5

Pembroke 79, Timberlane 59

Key players: Pembroke – Jake Sherman (26 points, 7 rebounds, 7 steals), Noah Cummings (23 points, 8 rebounds), Sean Menard (17 points), Jack Lehoullier, Brandon Linscott, Malik Faraj

Highlights/key moments: Pembroke actually trailed by three after the first quarter and held a slim 31-29 halftime lead, but then erupted for 25 points in the third to take control. Cummings scored 11 of his 23 in the third and then went 7-for-8 from the free throw line in the fourth to help the Spartans ice the win and snap Timberlane’s five-game winning streak.

Records: Pembroke 4-2; Timberlane 5-2

Bow 38, Coe-Brown 35

Key players:Bow – Ryan Andrews (13 points, lockdown defense), Shaun Lover (7 points), Matt Cardarelli (5 points); Coe-Brown – Scott Spenard (13 points), Albert Lapiejko (10 points, 7 rebounds), Kyshaun Rowell (6 deflections)

Highlights/key moments: Bow trailed by as many as nine points in the fourth quarter, but Lover, a freshman, hit a pair of big shots, including a 3, to give the Falcons a lead. Andrews and Cardarelli, another freshman, each hit two late free throws to secure the win.

Coach’s quote: “This is a huge win for our team. We have competed with the top teams in D-II and come up short. We knew we were better than our record, and just had to learn how to finish games. Coming back in the fourth was a great way to win against an excellent team and coach.” – Bow’s Frank Moreno

Records: Bow 2-4; Coe-Brown 5-2

Merrimack Valley 45, Goffstown 39 OT

Key players: MV – Ryan Defina (16 points), Kyle Dube (10 points), Dylan McCarthy (7 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Pride didn’t finish all that well, but gutted out a tough win on the road.

Coach’s quote: “Kudos to Goffstown, they played much better than their record.” – MV’s Tim Mucher

Records: MV 7-1; Goffstown 0-6

John Stark 51, Windham 40

Key players: Stark – Kyle Hagman (11 points, defense), Troy Gamache (11 points, defense), Parker McQuarrie (9 points, 12 rebounds), Christian Barr (8 points, 5 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: The Generals trailed by a point at halftime, 27-26, but went on to hold Windham to three points in the third quarter while pulling away.

Coach’s quote: “The boys stepped up their intensity defensively in the second half and did a really nice job on them.” – Stark’s Mike Smith

Records: Stark 3-3; Windham 3-5

Hopkinton 66, Fall Mountain 47

Key players: Hopkinton – Kevin McGrath (27 points), Caleb Yianakopolos (11 points), Dustin Rose (9 points), Kevin Newton-Delgado (7 points), Jake Tomlinson (6 points), Zachary Signor (11 assists)

Highlights/key moments: Fall Mountain led at the end of the first quarter, but a 25-point second quarter and 23-point third quarter propelled Hopkinton to the road win.

Coach’s quote: “I was extremely proud to see how much they shared the ball and didn’t care who scored. Our full court pressure changed the flow of the game and led to some uncontested layups.” – Hopkinton’s Stephen Signor

Records: Hopkinton 8-1; Fall Mountain 6-4

Stevens 54, Winnisquam 29

Key players: Winnisquam – Angelo Glover (11 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Bears struggled against Stevens’ 3-2 zone and finished 0-for-15 from 3-point range.

Records: Winnisquam 2-7; Stevens 4-6

Pittsfield 79, Woodsville 63

Key players: Pittsfield – Cam Darrah (21 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists), Casey Clark (19 points), Garrett Hadley (15 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists), Josh Whittier (14 points, 11 rebounds)

Coach’s quote: “Big road win for us. Woodsville isn’t the easiest place to play and to come out and play like we did is a sign of our experience. We did well sharing the ball and had another balanced scoring night. Hadley was tremendous for us, played hard on both sides of the ball and did a great job limiting their best scorer’s touches. Clark did great finding his spots and knocking down some big threes.” – Pittsfield’s Jay Darrah

Records: Pittsfield 8-1; Woodsville 6-3

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Pembroke 62, Timberlane 30

Key players: Pembroke – Brooklyn Zanis (28 points, 5 steals), Morgan Allen (10 points, 10 rebounds), Ciera Clark (10 rebounds, 7 steals)

Highlights/key moments: Pembroke held a slim 25-22 lead at halftime, but outscored the Owls 19-4 in the third to take control.

Coach’s quote: “Senior-led energy in the start of the third quarter set the tone for the rest of the game. It was good to see everyone contribute. We’re looking forward to the second half of the season.” – Pembroke’s Michaela Champlin

Records: Pembroke 5-4, Timberlane 3-4

Bishop Brady 76, Manchester West 28

Key players: Brady – Ami Rivera (24 points, 8 rebounds), Halle Laramie (10 points), Ariel Bergeron (10 points), Sarah Doherty (10 points)

Coach’s quote: “It was great to see us run, hear us talk and watch us move together tonight. Great contributions by all.” – Brady’s Annie Alosa

Records: Bishop Brady 5-4; West 0-9

Bow 42, Coe-Brown 39

Key players:Bow – Lea Crompton (11 points), Patty Nordin (9 points), Megan Remick (7 points), Julia Landcastle (6 points), Erin Boldwin (14 rebounds); Coe-Brown – Val White (12 points), Ahna McCusker (15 points, 11 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: Bow built a 24-15 halftime lead at home, but the Bears fought back behind McCusker, who, “caught fire in the second half,” according to coach Joe Vachon. It was a one-point game with 15 seconds left when Crompton buried a pair of free throws to seal the win.

Records: Bow 4-3; Coe-Brown 3-6

Merrimack Valley 51, Kearsarge 48

Key players:MV – Abby Grandmaison (19 points, 12 rebounds), Aislinn Mcdonald (9 points, 10 rebounds); Kearsarge – Madi Courser (11 points, 9 rebounds), Taylor Albright (8 points)

Highlights/key moments: Merrimack Valley took a 25-11 lead into the first half. Kearsarge improved in the defensive end in the second half as the teams battled back and forth, but the early deficit was too much for the Cougars to overcome.

Coach’s quote: “We came out strong in the first and opened up a lead early and held on. It was good to come out and pick up this win after losing to a tough Portsmouth team the night before. I like how the girls responded tonight.” – MV’s Bob McNutt

“We started super slow. We fought back in the second half and nearly had a chance to cut it to 10 points at the end of third but turned it over. We’ve just got to figure out a way to start quicker.” – Kearsarge’s Keith Roberts

Records: MV 5-5; Kearsarge 3-6

Windham 58, John Stark 47

Key players: Stark – Chelsea Woodsum (10 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists), Jillian Douzanis (10 points, 3 assists)

Highlights/key moments: A five-minute scoring drought in the second quarter derailed the Generals.

Coach’s quote: “We continue to work hard and it’s going to pay off very soon.” – Stark’s Bruce Johnson

Records: John Stark 3-4; Windham 3-4

Gilford 55, Somersworth 13

Key players: Gilford – Hannah Perkins (20 points, 19 rebounds), Shelby Cole (14 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Golden Eagles raced out to a 31-7 first-half lead and cruised to the road win from there.

Records: Gilford 7-2; Somersworth 0-9

Hopkinton 29, Fall Mountain 28

Key players: Hopkinton – Amelia Thomas (9 points), Abby Houston (8 points, 7 rebounds), Taylor Signor (6 points, 6 steals)

Highlights/key moments: Thomas hit back-to-back 3 pointers in the fourth quarter as the Hawks overcame a six-point deficit to grab their eighth consecutive win.

Coach’s quote: “On a night when we struggled offensively, our defense carried us. Great win on the road against a quality opponent.” – Hopkinton’s Patrick Roye

Records: Hopkinton 8-2; Fall Mountain 8-2

White Mountains 54, Newfound 46

Key players: Newfound – Ashlee Dukette (16 points, 13 rebounds, 4 steals, 6 blocks), Jasmine Peterson (10 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks), Savanna Bony (9 points), Tiffany Doan (defense), Leah Bunnell (defense)

Highlights/key moments: Newfound held a slim 3-point lead with 17 seconds left when White Mountains scored from beyond the arc to force overtime.

Coach’s quote: “It is a learning experience for the young players. Three freshmen on the floor and Dukette on the bench (fouled out), I told them we could not allow a 3-point shot. I told them who was even going to shoot it. Unfortunately, we did not go out far enough to defend the shooter and she hit a clutch shot with three seconds to go.” – Newfound’s Karri Peterson

Records: White Mountains 6-4; Newfound 9-2

BOYS’ HOCKEY

Bedford 9, Bishop Brady 4

Key players: Brady – Matt Tremblay (2 goals), Max Lamora

Coach’s quote: “We skated hard. Got to stay consistent. A couple goals got by us (on Thursday) which shifted momentum.” – Brady’s Ed Seney

WRESTLING

Concord 52, Nashua South 22

Key players: Concord – Nick Bunch (win by pin at 138 pounds), Isaac Habimana (15-3 major decision at 152), Tyler Simpson (pin at 160), Isaac Gladey (win by forfeit at 170), Noah Giffard (6-0 win at 195), Alex Buteau (pin at 220), Ian Schafer (5-3 win at 285), Sam Wagner (pin at 113), Ethan Comeau (pin at 120), Cam Cate (win by injury default at 126)

Highlights/key moments: The Tide won nine of the 13 contested bouts on their home mats to improve to 9-0 in dual meets.

Bow 52, Winnisquam 21

Key players: Bow – Zach Anderson (15-8 decision at 132 pounds), Andrew Bliss (win by pin at 138), Ben Boufford (pin at 145), Mark Borak (pin at 152), Alex Boufford (8-0 major decision at 160), Jonathan Sutera (pin at 182), Chris Wheeler (6-2 decision at 220), Wyatt Rheinhardt (pin at 106), Colby Rousseau (win by forfeit at 113), Anna Krause (win by forfeit at 126)

Highlights/key moments: Rheinhardt was down, 5-0, but fought back for the pin.

Coach’s quote: “We continue to get unexpected points from our freshmen Bliss and Rheinhardt.” – Bow’s Brock Hoffman

BOYS’ ALPINE SKIING

Concord fourth

Key players: Concord – Aidan MacWhinnie (10th overall), Neil Shea (14th), Sean McDonough (17th), Daniel Loosigian (23rd)

Highlights/key moments: Concord wound up with 351 points to finish fourth in this four-team event. Bishop Guertin was first with 384, followed Bedford (377) and Exeter (360).

Coach’s quote: “It was tough to watch my number one and number two skier not finish the first run, but the team gave a strong effort. We are looking forward to racing BG and Bedford again.” – Concord’s George Golden

GIRLS’ ALPINE SKIING

Concord third

Key players: Concord – Ella Fabozzi (12th overall), Grace Devanny (14th), Sophia Shea (17th), Mayanna Llewelyn (19th)

Highlights/key moments: Bedford claimed three of the top four spots to finish first as a team with 388 points. Exeter was second with 373.5 followed by Concord (358), Bishop Guertin (352), Spaulding (335.5) and Dover (317).

Coach’s quote: “Ella had a great race today.” – Concord’s George Golden