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Bow boys’ basketball defeats Hillsboro-Deering after Kulbacki goes down

  • Bishop Brady's Stephen Desmarais goes for a shot during the game against St. Thomas Tuesday evening, January 29, 2013.<br/><br/>JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff

    Bishop Brady's Stephen Desmarais goes for a shot during the game against St. Thomas Tuesday evening, January 29, 2013.

    JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff

  • Bishop Brady's Joe Bell goes for a shot over St. Thomas' Griffin Coate during Brady's win Tuesday evening, January 29, 2013.<br/><br/>JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff

    Bishop Brady's Joe Bell goes for a shot over St. Thomas' Griffin Coate during Brady's win Tuesday evening, January 29, 2013.

    JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff

  • Bishop Brady's Stephen Desmarais goes for a shot during the game against St. Thomas Tuesday evening, January 29, 2013.<br/><br/>JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff
  • Bishop Brady's Joe Bell goes for a shot over St. Thomas' Griffin Coate during Brady's win Tuesday evening, January 29, 2013.<br/><br/>JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff

BOW – There was no answer for Dan Kulbacki. The Hillsboro-Deering senior was scoring inside and out, and he had 17 of the Hillcats first 20 points.

The Falcons never did solve Kulbacki, but they didn’t have to. Kulbacki left the game with an ankle injury late in the first half, Bow snapped to life in the fourth quarter behind senior Dan Crisman (12 points, six rebounds), and the Falcons (8-5) claimed an ugly, but critical, 48-40 win last night over H-D (4-8).

“(Kulbacki) is a great player, and it’s unfortunate for them that he went down and we never wish injury on anyone, but if he didn’t go down things might have been different,” Bow Coach Lucas Croteau said.

“He had it going tonight,” Hillsboro Coach Scott Drapeau said. “He might have had 40 if he didn’t get hurt.”

Kulbacki, a 6-foot-3 forward, had 18 in H-D’s 59-45 loss to Bow on Jan. 15. The Falcons jumped out to a 15-0 lead in that game before coasting to the decision, an easy win that may have been in the home team’s head last night.

“You could sense it during warmups, there was a lack of urgency,” Croteau said. “Our goal in warmups is to get a sweat going, and we never even broke a sweat. I think maybe the team came out a little complacent because they thought it was going to be another easy one, but obviously (Hillsboro-Deering) had different plans.”

Those plans revolved around Kublacki, who did most of his early damage down low before hitting a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left in the first quarter to give the Hillcats an 11-8 lead after one.

“When he hit that 3, that’s when I really knew he had it going,” Drapeau said. “There aren’t many kids in the division who can guard him when he gets it going like that.”

When H-D junior Max Parenteau knocked down a 3 with 3:29 left in the second quarter, it was the first time someone other than Kublacki scored for the Hillcats. The next bucket did come from Kublacki, a fast break layup to make it 20-20 with 2:21 to go in the half, but when the senior landed he twisted his left ankle and went straight to bench for ice.

“The mood was fine at halftime,” Drapeau said. “You have to learn to play through adversity like that, the kids had to step it up and they did.”

The Hillcats especially rose to the occasion on the defensive end, where they held Bow scoreless for the first 4:34 of the third quarter. Offense was more of a struggle, but H-D scored enough to hold a 34-31 lead with 6:05 left in the fourth after a 3 from Viktor Montanez.

But that would be the final lead of the night for Hillsboro-Deering. Bow sophomore Matt Ehrenberg answered Montanez with a 3 of his own, starting a 14-2 avalanche of a run for the Falcons. Ehrenberg scored six of his 10 points during the spurt and Dylan Huddleston scored all six of his points, but it was Crisman who led the game-clinching charge with his playmaking and ballhawking

“Danny is our floor general,” Croteau said. “As he goes, we go.”

If that’s the case, Bow is headed for a few tough days of practice, because despite the win, Crisman was not pleased with the game.

“Everything was awful tonight, missed layups, turnovers, everything,” Crisman said. “We have plenty to work on in practice.”

Still, it was a game the Falcons had to have as they try to position themselves for the Division III playoffs. Three of their last five games are against teams ahead of them in the standings - Campbell, Hopkinton and Conant.

“This was one of those that we had to win,” Croteau said. “And through some adversity, we got it done.”

From Monitor staff reports

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Spaulding 76, Concord 65

The Crimson Tide (1-9) put together a frantic rally in the fourth quarter, scoring 37 points in those final eight minutes, but the Raiders (9-1) hung on for the victory thanks to a 16-for-16 effort from the foul line.

Concord, which trailed 52-28 heading into the fourth quarter, trimmed the deficit to single digits, “but we had to foul and they made all their foul shots,” Tide Coach John Finnegan said. “But the kids hung tough.”

Concord’s Kaleb Marquis led all scorers with 21 points, and Jacob Szulc added 20. Finnegan also praised the play of Rob Kelly, who came off the bench to score eight points.

The rejuvenated Tide returns to action Friday against Keene, which is just 2-7. “Going forward we’ve got the better half of our schedule,” Finnegan said, “and if we play like we did tonight we’ll do all right.”

Bishop Brady 62, St. Thomas 40

The Green Giants (6-2) had a dominant 19-4 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter to pick up their third straight win. St. Thomas (3-6) hung tough in the early going and trailed 32-27 at halftime but couldn’t keep up late.

The Bell brothers, guards Jourdain and Joe, led the way for Brady, with sophomore Jourdain scoring 22 points and freshman Joe tallying 17.

Prospect Mtn. 56, Belmont 40

Belmont (3-8) stayed within striking distance of visiting Prospect Mountain (9-3) through three periods, but a 19-8 fourth quarter in favor of the Timberwolves led to a double-digit victory for the away team. Prospect has won eight of its last nine games.

The score was tied at 21 apiece at halftime, and the Red Raiders trailed only 37-32 going into the fourth period.

Bret Spaulding (15 points) and Jared Clough (12) were the two high scorers for Belmont.

Raymond 63, Kearsarge 54

The Cougars led 25-23 at halftime but were outscored 30-19 in the second half. Raymond improved to 8-4 after its sixth straight win and had leading scorer Jordan Richards to thank, as he scored 15 of his game-high 23 points in the second half.

Senior guard Peter Allen led Kearsarge (4-8) with 16 points and also had three steals. Carter Noordsij scored 13 points with six rebounds, while the duo of senior captains Casey Laughinghouse (11 points, nine boards) and Dan Orlando (five points, seven boards) played with great effort on defense.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Lebanon 74, Pembroke 35

The Spartans (5-8) dropped a home game to an undefeated Lebanon team (11-0) that has won each of its games by double digits so far this season.

Adriana Major and Hannah Seidner each scored eight points to lead Pembroke.

Prospect Mtn. 53, Belmont 28

Belmont (2-11) was close behind the Timberwolves (6-8) until the third period, when the hosts went on a 10-0 run and took advantage of some Red Raiders foul trouble to open up a 39-20 lead going into the final quarter.

Sophomore Chayleigh Cadarette led the Raiders with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Elizabeth Yelle added eight points.

Bishop Brady 42, Winnisquam 35

The Green Giants picked up the pace in the third quarter and found some breathing room, overcoming what Coach Aaron Brochu called a “sloppy” performance.

Brady upped its lead from 20-17 at halftime to 35-25 by quarter’s end and cruised to the victory, improving their record to 11-1. Winnisquam fell to 9-5.

Taylor Ong led a balanced Giants offense with 12 points. Riselly Deoleo and Natasha Velez scored nine each, and Sarah Thomas added eight.

Hannah Chapin led all scorers and Winnisquam with 13 points. Kaylee Howard (six points), Rachel Willcutt (five points), Angie Roy (four points, 12 rebounds) and Bailey Long (four points) also contributed.

Bow 50, Hillsboro-Deering 21

Senior guard Lindsey Nerbonne had a well-rounded game to lead the Falcons (13-1) to their 13th straight victory, while the Hillcats (4-10) lost by double digits again to Bow but were improved from the teams’ last matchup.

Bow led by nine at the halftime break and extended the lead to 16 (35-19) going into the fourth quarter.

Nerbonne had 18 points to lead all scorers and also added seven steals and five assists. Taylor Marston (eight points with two 3-pointers), Dina Tischofer (eight points, 10 boards) and Amanda Murray (five points) also played well for the Falcons.

Paige Vincent led the Hillcats with eight points, while Hannah Pepper and Erin DeLacy added six points each.

Raymond 45, Kearsarge 36

The Cougars (1-12) appeared poised to snap an eight-game losing streak, taking a 22-7 lead into halftime, but the Rams (3-10) came to life after the break and completely turned things around.

Raymond used a 17-5 third-quarter run to get back in the game, then finished off the rally with a 21-9 advantage in the fourth.

“Raymond came after us and we didn’t handle it,” said Kearsarge Coach Kurt McCandless, whose team played the game with just seven players. “We didn’t hold it together in any facet of the game. ... I thought we played a good first half, but we just didn’t play a complete game. That’s been the way it’s been all year.”

Anna Cahill had another solid game, leading the Cougars with 16 points. Eleanor Angus added seven.

Pittsfield 58, Nute 38

The Panthers (10-3) jumped to a 15-6 lead after one quarter, upped it to 36-16 at halftime and cruised to their sixth win in seven games. Nute fell to 3-8.

“We moved the ball really well,” Pittsfield Coach Steve Langevin said. “We passed through their trap and got a lot of each chances.”

Sage Anthony led four Pittsfield players in double digits with 17 points. Stef Gauthier pitched in with 14 points, most of them in transition, and Bekah Adams and Brooke Vien both added 12 points.

Pittfield takes on 13-0 Hinsdale at home on Friday.

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