High Schools: Coe-Brown boys outlast Bishop Brady in overtime
Shayne Cashin of Kearsarge maintains control of the puck against Karlie Kobylard of Hollis-Brookline in their game at Proctor Academy; Wednesday January 30, 2013.
SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff
Elliott Tucker of Kearsarge takes control of the puck against Evan Daskalos (left) and Ian Rowe (right) of Hollis-Brookline in their game at Pembroke Academy; Wednesday January 30, 2013.
SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff
The Bishop Brady boys’ basketball team was riding a three-game winning streak, and had won six of its last seven games. Coe-Brown lost its last game, but prior to that had won four in a row. Both teams were streaking, but only one team was going to come out a winner.
The Bears were going to need someone to step up if they wanted to escape the road matchup with a win, and Chris Laurion decided he was going to be that guy.
Laurion broke out with a monster game of 24 points and 18 rebounds, and the Bears needed every bit of it to squeeze out the 69-67 overtime victory last night.
It was easy to see that the game was going to be a thriller as the teams went toe-to-toe with each other as soon as the whistle blew. Coe-Brown (7-2) led 19-18 after the first quarter, but failed to create much more separation in the second quarter, as it only held a 36-31 halftime lead.
“Even though it was so close going into halftime, it was a game of runs. We would pull ahead by about eight points, and they would just climb right back into it,” Coe-Brown Coach David Smith said. “All great games are dominated by runs, and you could tell early on that this was going to be a great game.”
Smith was right, as the second half was dominated by runs, but this time his team was on the wrong side of them. The third quarter played out just like the first quarter, as the teams were nearly identical with each other. This time, however, it was Bishop Brady (6-3) that managed to have the upper edge and gained a point back, so the Giants were down only 51-47 going into the fourth quarter.
The Green Giants went on their biggest run of the game in the fourth quarter and even managed to pull ahead of Coe-Brown until the final minutes. The Bears pulled down a couple of important rebounds and tied the game back up. With three seconds to go and the game all tied up, the Green Giants had their chance to win.
“With three seconds to go, they threw a full-court pass, which one of our players actually tipped and it went right to their player who had a decent shot for the situation, and luckily for us it didn’t drop in,” Coe-Brown’s Smith said.
That missed shot brought on the overtime period, which felt deserving with the effort being put forth by both teams. Coe-Brown realized this was the time to take control of the game, and that is when Laurion decided it was his time.
He dominated all areas of the overtime to come up with big play after big play, and with the help of Andrew Langdon, who finished with 17 points and six assists, the Bears managed to squeeze out the victory they came for.
Stevens 64, Hopkinton 62
Hopkinton missed two chances in the final 12 seconds of the game and ultimately ended up losing a tight one to Stevens (8-4).
The game started off close as Stevens led only 14-13 after the first quarter, but from there on out started to pull away. The Cardinals (8-4) outscored the Hawks (7-4) in the second quarter to take a 30-25 lead into halftime, and extended that lead even more as they were up 51-29 after the third.
The fourth quarter proved to be the most exciting as Hopkinton cut the lead down to one point with just 12 seconds to go. The Hawks caused a turnover, but proceeded to miss a layup that would have put them in the lead.
Between the missed layup and a missed 3-pointer with five seconds left, Hopkinton fell just short in the comeback attempt.
Harry Legier and Gabe Nichols brought down 10 rebounds apiece, and Legier added 14 points while Nichols chipped in with 13 points. Steve Auger tied Legier for the team high with 14 points.
Concord Christian 71,
Portsmouth Christian 64
Nick Peters tallied 18 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists to help Concord Christian improve to 8-4.
Jeremiah Boulder netted 21 points and five steals, while Adam Sylvester chipped in 15 points for the Kingsmen.
Bishop Brady 53, Campbell 47
Sarah Thomas netted 20 points to lead the Green Giants (12-1) over the Cougars (10-3).
Bishop Brady led by just two at halftime but stretched the lead to nine points at the end of the third quarter.
Taylor Ong and Natasha Velez added 10 points apiece and Riselly Deoleo chipped in nine to support the well-rounded effort.
Conant 52, Hopkinton 38
Sabrey Montore netted 14 points to lead the Hawks (8-5) but Hopkinton fell to the Orioles (12-1).
Hopkinton fell into a 11-point deficit after the first quarter and shot only 8-for-24 from the free-throw line.
Brittany Marshall chipped in 10 points for the Hawks, who face Hillsboro-Deering tomorrow.
Concord Christian 49,
Portsmouth Christian 18
The Lady Kingsmen jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as they improved to 4-10.
Lauren McLaughlin led Concord Christian with 20 points and eight steals. Kendra Jarvis was strong down low with 14 points and 16 rebounds. Nastassja Martel (seven points) and Hannah Revitsky (four points, eight rebounds) also chipped in offensively.
Spaulding 39, Concord 25
Concord traveled on the road Tuesday to take on a Spaulding team looking to put together its first winning streak of the season. The Tide (0-10) managed to set the tempo early, jumping out to a 7-6 lead after the first quarter.
Spaulding (3-9), however, controlled the second quarter as it took advantage of a height mismatch and pounded the ball down in the post. The Raiders outscored the Tide in the quarter and went ahead 20-12 heading into halftime.
The third quarter turned into a defensive battle as Concord controlled the tempo, but could not finish on the offensive end. The Tide held Spaulding to six points in the quarter, but only managed to score three of its own.
Concord made a run in the fourth quarter but a couple of late 3-pointers by the Raiders put the game out of reach.
Cassidy Emerson proved to be a huge spark for the Tide as she led the way with 14 points and 14 rebounds, good for her third double-double of the season.
Concord 3, Exeter 2
Concord’s first line of Mitchell Hayes, Adam Godbout and Harrison Murphy took control of the game from the opening faceoff and never relented, giving the Tide (5-4-2) its first back-to-back wins of the season.
The top line scored twice in the first seven minutes and pinned Exeter in its own end most of the game with an unrelenting forecheck. Concord held the Bluehawks (2-8-0) without an even-strength shot until the third period.
“They skated,” Concord Coach Dunc Walsh said of his first unit. “They got two goals, and they easily could have gotten four or five.”
Hayes got things started just 29 seconds into the game, scoring from the left hash marks after a pinpoint pass from Godbout. Murphy also assisted. Then at 6:41, Murphy set up Godbout for a quick flip to the near side net from low on the right side. Hayes also assisted.
Exeter got one back on a 5-on-3 later in the period, but Concord scored the eventual game-winner in the final minute of the second period. Braden Smith hounded the puck to keep Exeter from breaking out before Alex Orcutt popped in the rebound of an Ethan Cole shot. Exeter pulled within one on a delayed penalty early in the third, but Tide goalie Ben Nelson (nine saves) allowed nothing else.
Hollis-Brookline 6, Kearsarge 5
Matt Pickman netted his first career hat trick but the Cougars (3-8) didn’t have enough to overcome the Cavaliers (6-6). Pickman pulled Kearsarge within one with three minutes left on an assist from Steven Ricker, but couldn’t get the equalizer with the Cougars’ goalie pulled down the stretch.
Tristan Rowe and Ryan Beattie (assist) also added goals for the Cougars. Ally Folcik and Shayne Cashin tallied two assists apiece, while Nate Thompson finished with 30 saves.
Manchester Central 25
Connor Stadnicki (106 pounds), Brandson Simpson (120), Dan Losacano (126), Walters Ndi (220) and Travis Reyes (285) notched pins to help the Tide improve to 8-1. Vinny Benincasa earned a 2-1 win by decision at 152.
Sean Hall (113), Hunter Archambault (182) and Ian Burdin (195) took wins by forfeit to support Concord.
John Stark 75, St. Thomas 6
The final home match for John Stark finished the way it wanted, with a solid victory, but not quite how it was envisioned.
St. Thomas had only three wrestlers, which meant the Generals were not going to be able to have all of the seniors compete in their last home meet.
For those who did compete, Codi Gaudreau (120 pounds) set the pace early on as he won his match by pin in just 29 seconds. Following up his performance, Greg LoFaro (138) also won his match by pin in 54 seconds and Josh Vaillancourt won his match by a 3-1 decision.
Winning by forfeit were Deric Farris (106), John Wilcox (113), Josh Miller (126), Brad Vaillancourt (145), Andy Hewey (160), Jacob Bumford (170), Alex Lavalliere (182), Al Long (195), Travis Pelletier (220) and Isaiah Prevo (285).
John Stark also had a meet with Oyster River with two matches and won 4-3. Brad Vaillancourt (145) picked up the win with a technical fall.
Plymouth 53, Winnisquam 28
The Bears wrapped up the regular season by falling to 7-3 against the Bobcats (10-1).
Login Patten (106), Chandler Ranni (132) and Richard Mills (182) tallied pins for Winnisquam, and Justin Serrano earned a 12-0 major decision win at 138. Tyler Swain also added a win at 113 for Winnisquam by forfeit.
BOYS’ ALPINE SKIING
At Pats Peak
Bow raced to a third-place finish behind Bishop Brady, which placed four skiers in the top six. Gilford, Hillsboro-Deering and MV also participated.
Pat Hughes led the Falcons in eighth, followed by Anders Hanson (10th), Elias Hatem (12th) and Phil Rizzi (14th).
GIRLS’ ALPINE SKIING
At Pats Peak
Danielle Gould claimed first to help lead Bow to a first-place finish in a meet that also featured Gilford, Hillsboro-Deering and MV among locals.
Meredith Howe (fifth), Gloria Bibbo (sixth) and Claire McCann (ninth) also scored for the Falcons.