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D2 boys’ basketball: MV squeaks out win, John Stark stuns Lebanon


Wednesday, March 07, 2018

BOYS’ BASKETBALLDIVISION II FIRST ROUND

No. 4 Kearsarge 47,
No. 13 Souhegan 45

Key players: Kearsarge – Tayler Mattos (24 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists), Tommy Johnson (17 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals), Jordan Bryk (4 points, 5 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: Souhegan hit contested shots on one end and mixed up its defensive schemes on the other end to stymie the Cougars for most of three quarters. Mattos hit a 3-pointer at the third quarter buzzer that brought the crowd to life and the bench to its feet, and gave Kearsarge a 38-35 lead going into the fourth. The Sabers weren’t done, however, and used a 9-0 run to take a 44-40 lead midway through the fourth.

Bryk countered with a huge 3 and the Cougars made enough free throws down the stretch to survive and advance to Friday’s quarterfinal against Merrimack Valley.

Coach’s quote: “This was an absolute battle. Souhegan shot the ball extremely well and played with tremendous confidence.” – Kearsarge’s Nate Camp

Records: Kearsarge 15-4; Souhegan 8-11

No. 5 Merrimack Valley 52,
No. 12 Windham 51

Key players: MV – Jake Hebert (14 points), Jack Prewitt (10 points), Ryan Defina (9 points), Caleb LaClair (9 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Pride trailed, 38-34, heading into the fourth quarter, but Defina hit a huge 3-pointer to things at 40-40 and then, with just :01.8 on the clock, Hebert had an offensive rebound putback to win the game and send MV to the quarterfinals.

Coach’s quote: “It was a back-and-forth game and we just made a couple more plays down the stretch than they did.” – MV’s Tim Mucher

Records: Merrimack Valley 14-5; Windham 9-10

No. 6 Coe-Brown 58,
No. 11 Pelham 49

Key players: Coe-Brown – Scott Spenard (24 points, 3 assists), Jacob Rich (14 points), Brendan Eaton (7 points, 13 rebounds), Luke McCusker (3 points, 13 rebounds), Ben Watson (6 points, 5 deflections), Kyshaun Rowell (4 points, 3 steals)

Highlights/key moments: Coe-Brown trailed early but a 15-4 second quarter gave the Bears a 21-15 lead at halftime. They added to it with 39 points in the second half to pull away.

Records: Coe-Brown 14-5; Pelham 9-10

No. 3 Pembroke 75,
No. 14 Hanover 54

Key players: Pembroke – Noah Cummings (5 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals), Sean Menard (22 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals), Shea Shackford (17 points, 3 steals), Brandon Linscott (10 points, 5 steals, 4 rebounds), Tyler Smith (8 points, 3 rebounds), Justin Smith (6 points, 3 rebounds), Jack Lehoullier (6 points, 3 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: Hanover held a slim one-point lead at halftime before Pembroke took off with 22 points in the third quarter to pull ahead by nine. The Spartans closed the game with a booming 27-point fourth quarter.

Coach’s quote: “The kids started getting a nice offensive flow going in the second half.” – Pembroke’s Rich Otis

Records: Pembroke 15-4; Hanover 8-11

No. 15 John Stark 40,
No. 2 Lebanon 39

Key players: John Stark – Aaron Bergeron (12 points), Payton Marden (8 points, 5 assists), Christian Barr (10 points, 8 rebounds), Parker McQuarrie (10 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: The Generals shocked Division II by going on the road and knocking out second-seeded and defending-champ Lebanon in the first round. Stark trailed 33-25 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Generals held Lebanon to one field goal in the final frame and Barr scored the game-winner driving to the hoop to beat the buzzer.

Coach’s quote: “I think this is a win they’ll remember for the rest of their lives. That’s why we do this.” – John Stark’s Mike Smith

Records: John Stark 8-11; Lebanon 15-4