High Schools: Bishop Brady upends Lebanon in double overtime, 84-80
Louis Miyara, of Bow, competes in the men's 100 yard butterfly. Concord, Bow and Bishop Brady were three area teams competing in the swim meet Friday night, January 17, 2014 in Concord.
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Susie Hu, of Bishop Brady, competes in the women's 100 yard freestyle. Concord, Bow and Bishop Brady were three area teams competing in the swim meet Friday night, January 17, 2014 in Concord.
(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
It was a game the Green Giants wanted, a game they needed, and a game they almost let slip away. The Bishop Brady boys’ basketball team led by as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter, but Lebanon came back to force one overtime, and then another, before the Giants persevered in an 84-80 thriller last night.
“We really didn’t want to lose, and we knew we had to beat one of these top-five teams so we can be one of the top-five teams,” said Brady’s Jourdain Bell, who finished with a team-high 22 points, 14 rebounds and seven steals, “and we did that tonight.”
It was the second nail-biter of the week against a top Division II team for the Giants (3-2), who lost at Portsmouth, 54-53, on Tuesday.
“Games like that one against Portsmouth definitely make you stronger and give you more experience in close games like this one where you have to battle,” Brady junior Brendan Johnson said. “It definitely helped us.”
The Giants needed all the help they could get, especially after the Raiders (5-2) erupted for 28 fourth-quarter points to erase the double-digit lead Brady held for most of the game. Lebanon’s Dominick Morrill, who scored 20 of his game-high 26 points in the fourth quarter and overtimes, tied the score at 68-68 on a driving layup with 36 seconds left, but missed an and-one opportunity to put the Raiders ahead. Brady held for the last shot at the other end, but Bell missed a contested pull-up jumper.
After watching a huge lead fade away, the Giants could have folded in frustration in overtime, but they didn’t go there.
“We were trying to keep our cool. Every time we came to the bench our assistant coach (George Seigel) kept saying, ‘Keep your cool guys, keep your cool,’ ” Bell said. “Obviously we rushed things a couple times, but we tried to keep our cool.”
The Raiders tested that cool when they put up the first three points of the first overtime, but Bell and Johnson (19 points, three assists, three steals) pulled the Giants back into it and led them to a 76-73 lead with less than a minute left. But once again Morrill bailed out the Raiders with another hard take to the basket, this one coming at the buzzer to tie things at 77-77 and force the second extra session.
Brady finally slowed Lebanon’s roll in the second overtime, holding the Raiders to just three points in the four-minute frame. Bell and Johnson each had steals that led to points, while Joe Bell (12 points, nine rebounds, two assists) and Danny Fogarty (eight points) hit late free throws to seal the win.
“I’m really proud of the way they showed heart, the way they didn’t back down,” Brady Coach Mark Yeaton said. “They went through a lot of adversity and a lot of difficult situations.”
It seemed like the Giants were going to make things easy on themselves to start the game. With Joe Bell leading the defensive effort, Brady forced 11 first-quarter turnovers, jumped out to an 11-0 lead after the first three minutes and held a 26-8 advantage at the end of the opening quarter. It was just the kind of start the Giants wanted.
“All day today me and my brother, and Danny Fogarty and Brendan (Johnson), we all kept talking to each other and saying we needed to come out hard,” Jourdain Bell said. “In all of our games we come out hard in the second quarter, or the third quarter, but we wanted to do that in the first quarter tonight.”
The Raiders cleaned up some of their sloppy play toward the end of the second quarter and went on a 13-0 run to cut a lead that had been as large as 22 points down to nine. But Brady got a boost at the halftime buzzer when Aaron Svendsen (10 points, eight rebounds) had an offensive-rebound putback to give the Giants a 42-31 lead at the break.
Both teams struggled to score in the third, but Brady pushed its lead to 56-40 by the end of the quarter thanks to back-to-back 3-pointers from bench players Matt Quirk and Dalton Morris.
The Raiders used pressure defense, four 3-pointers and a combined 17 fourth-quarter points from seniors Morrill and Kalin Sou (15 points) to come all the way back from that deficit. It wasn’t the fourth quarter the Giants wanted, but they’ll use it as a learning experience as they savor the win.
“We’ve been pretty good the last couple of years, but to beat a team like Lebanon, who is definitely considered a top-four team, this is a good win for us,” Yeaton said. “Did we play the way we wanted to play for 32 minutes? Absolutely not. When you get a 20-point lead, great teams put teams away, so our next step is to become a team like.”
(Tim O’Sullivan can be reached at 369-3341 or firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @timosullivan20.)
manchester memorial 90, concord 71
The Crimson Tide (3-3) was focused on slowing down Memorial’s devastating scoring duo of Trevon Moughn and Kabongo Ngalakulondi, but that focus didn’t translate to the court as Moughn scored 33 and Ngalakulondi finished with 21 to lead the Crusaders (3-3) to the win in Concord.
The Tide also had trouble with Memorial’s 1-2-2 defense and fell behind 29-12 after the first quarter and 52-32 by halftime. Garrett Jewell led Concord with 20 points, Jacob Szulc finished with 16 and Sam Marquis had 11.
Coe-Brown 58, Oyster River 44
The Bears put the clamps on Oyster River (1-5), holding the Bobcats to nine first-half points on their way to the win in Northwood. Luke Zollman finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds for Coe-Brown (4-2). Erik Rolser finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds, Nick Rolser added seven points and four assists, and Adam Yeaton had six points.
Hanover 54, John Stark 36
The Generals (1-6) had a difficult time scoring buckets and the Marauders (2-3) cracked down defensively on John Stark’s home court.
“We missed some layups and free throws and, to their credit, Hanover marked us well defensively,” Generals Coach Mike Smith said.
Zach Gagnon scored 12 points to lead John Stark and Egan Nickerson had “an outstanding game,” according to Smith, recording 11 points and five assists. Drew McQuarrie had a team-high 11 rebounds.
Merrimack Valley 56, Kingswood 45
The Pride (3-6) broke the game open in the second quarter with a 19-9 run and held a 10- to 13-point lead the rest of the way to secure a victory over winless Kingswood (0-6).
Nate Mulleavey was the top scorer with 14 points, while Ryan Head recorded a double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds). Justin Williams had a team-high 12 rebounds and Brady Wentworth chipped in with nine points.
Hopkinton 74, Monadnock 39
In a game that Coach Dave Chase described as “one of our better games this year,” the Hawks (6-1) avenged last season’s 13-point loss with a convincing win at home over Monadnock (1-5).
“Everything clicked, we shot the ball really well, we played great defense and we forced 23 Monadnock turnovers,” said Chase, also praising how well Hopkinton shared the ball. “When you have 25 assists as a team, it shows you are moving the ball well and that you are sharing the ball.”
Thirteen Hawks had playing time, with 11 of them reaching the scoring column. Gabe Nichols (17 points, eight rebounds), Liam McNicholas (12 points, four assists), Jamison Crouch (12 points) and Jake Nelson (11 points, eight rebounds) reached double figures. Point guard Brian Hauschild dished out nine assists and scored four points.
Hopkinton outscored the Huskies 29-9 in the second quarter to take a 43-15 halftime lead.
LACONIA 62, FRANKLIN 45
Dana Bean had 18 point and 10 rebounds to lead the Golden Tornadoes (2-4), but it was his absence that seemed to make the difference. The Tornadoes led 12-8 at the end of the first, but Bean had to exit early in the second quarter due to foul trouble. Laconia (5-2) then outscored the Tornadoes, 15-7 in the second, as they seized control of the contest from that point on.
“We fought hard,” Coach Jim Cilley said. “Losing our floor general (Bean) was the thing that hurt us the most.”
Kenny Torres added 13 points and Bruce Carey had 10. Matt Hennessey played well, and Isaias Muniz provided outstanding leadership.
NEWPORT 86, HILLSBORO-DEERING 44
The Hillcats lost to undefeated Newport (6-0) for the second time this season, dropping to 2-6.
“We just didn’t come to play.” Coach Kevin Fowler said. “It’s as simple as that.”
Wilton-Lyndeborough 84, Pittsfield 61
The Panthers (5-2) weren’t able to repeat their previous 21-point victory against the Warriors (4-3), falling behind 35-14 at halftime.
“It took us a while to get off the bus in that first half, we weren’t able to get out in transition and it slowed our offense down,” Pittsfield Coach Jay Darrah said, adding his team was also outrebounded.
The Panthers played much better in the second half as Wilton outscored them by only two points, 49-47, but Pittsfield couldn’t muster a comeback.
Kris Perkins scored 24 points to lead Pittsfield. Cam Darrah (15 points, five rebounds) and Xenthios Cyr (nine points, eight rebounds) also played well.
MERRIMACK VALLEY 63, KINGSWOOD 30
The Pride (7-2) led throughout in a comfortable victory. It was 20-4 at the end of the first, and 32-17 at halftime as the Pride never let Kingswood (3-4) climb back into the game.
Olivia Thurber was the game’s high scorer with 13 points. Mayson Kimball and Mary Mullen added 11 and 10 points, respectively. Morganne Waldo and Erin Frost played well on both ends of the floor.
Pembroke 41, Windham 33
The Spartans used a strong first quarter to take a 15-6 lead and used a 2-3 zone defense to diffuse a 9-0 run and stifle Windham’s attempt at a comeback.
The Jaguars had a 9-0 run to start the second quarter, but Pembroke answered with six straight to close out the first half with a 21-15 lead. The Spartans extended their lead to 34-24 heading into the final frame and closed out the game with another solid quarter of defense.
Pembroke (6-2) also played strong on the boards, outrebounding Windham (4-3), 23-14.
NEWPORT 43, HILLSBORO-DEERING 16
It was a tough night for the Hillcats (0-10), who trailed for the entirety of the game.
Bridgette Winters led H-D with six points.
“It’s been a tough go at times,” Coach Bill Warnken said. “I like that we haven’t quit, and we continue to play hard.”
WINNISQUAM 69, STEVENS 31
The Bears (4-5) jumped out to a 14-7 first-quarter lead and never looked back.
“Our defensive pressure sparked us,” Coach Amy Dutton said. “The girls played well tonight.”
Hannah Chapin led all scorers with 16 points. Kaylee Howard and Rachel Willcutt provided solid secondary scoring with nine apiece. Dakota Austin added eight and Tea Michaloski provided outstanding defensive intensity.
PITTSFIELD 42, WILTON-LYNDEBOROUGH 31
Brooke Vien and Katie Doucette scored 12 points apiece to lead the Panthers (7-2).
Pittsfield was down 7-3 after the first, but slowly pulled away for the remaining three quarters.
Stefani Gauthier chipped in seven points and Katie Small provided a spark off of the bench.
Hanover 2, Concord 1
Hanover (2-4-0) broke a 1-1 tie 6:20 into the third period to hand Concord (2-5-0) its second straight 2-1 loss and third of the season.
The Marauders scored a power-play goal 1:11 into the second period, but Concord answered about 2½ minutes later when Connor Beatty split the defense on the shorthand and slid the puck low past the Hanover keeper.
Ben Nelson finished with 20 saves in the Tide nets.
James McCluskey equaled the best jump of the competition, flying 24 meters to claim second place and lead Hopkinton to third in a six-team meet at Plymouth.
Hanover won the meet with 384 points, followed by Plymouth (373), Hopkinton (362), Kennett (348), Sunapee (342) and Concord (81).
Jake Hemmerlein was right behind his teammate, soaring 23.5 meters on his best jump for fourth overall. Also scoring for the Hawks were Meg Hemmerlein (17.5) and Mo Hastings (13.5).
BOYS’ ALPINE SKIING
In a six-team meet at Gunstock, the Red Raiders were able to edge out Goffstown, Oyster River, Souhegan, Portsmouth and Prospect Mountain for the top spot in the giant slalom. The Raiders won by the slimmest of margins, topping second-place Goffstown, 369-367.
Christopher Spoone led the Raiders, finishing second overall with a two-run combined time of 58.74. TJ Hennessey (ninth), Cory Yelle (10th) and Brad Cyr (15th) also placed highly.
BISHOP BRADY FIRST, Hopkinton fourth
In a five-team meet at Pats Peak, the Giants and Derryfield were tied atop the leaderboard with 383 points apiece in the slalom. Those two schools were followed by Sunapee, Hopkinton and Newport.
Jack (58.11) and Brendan Bryck (59.08) finished second and third, respectively, to lead the Giants. Garrett Cahill (sixth) and Danny Bryck (10th) also finished highly for the Giants.
Hopkinton was led by Colby Tawney, finishing in fifth, with a two-run combined time of 62.67. Carmen Repucci (14th), Austin Grant (23rd) and Ryan Mitchell (27th) also placed highly for the Hawks.
GIRLS’ ALPINE SKIING
In a six-team meet at Gunstock, the Red Raiders struggled, finishing behind Portsmouth, Souhegan, Prospect Mountain and Oyster River in the giant slalom. Goffstown also competed, finishing sixth.
Maddy Blajda was Belmont’s highest finisher, coming in 10th with a combined two-run time of 1:07.39. Kylie Donovan (16th), Alexa Robbins (23th) and Cori Heimlich (26th) were other top finishers for the Raiders.
BISHOP BRADY FIRST, Hopkinton third
The Giants came out on top in the slalom in a four-team meet at Pats Peak. Brady finished ahead of Derryfield, Hopkinton and Sunapee.
Brady’s Jill Thomas finished first overall with a two-run combined time of 63.04. Nadia Crainich (third), Gabby Eaton (sixth) and Jill Durkin (ninth) also led the Giants.
Hopkinton was led by Ireland Tawney, who had a second-place finish. Melissa Irwin (eighth), Jordan Rose Mack (13th) and Emma Ouellette (19th) also helped the Hawks.