High Schools: Marquis scores 1,000th point, but Tide lose heartbreaker
John Stark's Nicolas Lloyd tries to make a shot over Hanover defense in the game between the two schools on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at John Stark. The game went into double overtime.
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John Stark's Camden Williams reacts to a call in the game against Hanover on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at John Stark.
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He curled around a screen, caught the pass and fired. When the 16-foot jumper fell, Kaleb Marquis left his hand in the air, wrist still bent in follow through, as his teammates mobbed him and he became the 11th player in Concord High history to pass the 1,000 point milestone.
“He’s persevered for the last four years and he gets his due tonight,” Concord Coach John Finnegan said. “For a kid playing on the teams he’s played on the last four years (the Tide is 10-60 during that time) and to score 1,000 points and gain the respect of every coach in Division I, it’s just a huge accomplishment.”
Unfortunately for Concord, a win wasn’t part of last night’s milestone. Guertin freshman Jack Zimmerman hit a game-winning 3 with four seconds left to give the Cardinals (11-4) a 47-44 decision. It was the third straight heartbreaking defeat for the Tide (3-13), which now needs to win its last two games to have any chance of sneaking into the D-I tournament.
“I feel like we’ve been getting better, but our last few games have come down to the last possessions and just haven’t gone our way,” Marquis said. “Hopefully we can still sneak into the playoffs and maybe upset a few teams.”
Concord lost in double overtime to Alvirne last Tuesday, lost to Exeter by one on Friday after a dubious foul call in the final seconds, and then suffered last night’s loss after leading for most of the game. Bishop Guertin, on the other hand, has made a habit of pulling out tight contests and is now 6-1 in games decided by five points or less (Concord is 2-3 in those situations).
“We’ve played a lot of close games and I think we’re learning how to play in them and the kids are figuring out how to win,” Guertin Coach Jim Migneault said. “And this was not an easy game for us to win. I really like the way Concord played and their record doesn’t show how good they are, because I think they’re pretty good after watching them tonight.”
Migneault already knew Marquis was good, however, which is why the Guertin defense shadowed the Concord point guard everywhere he went. This was nothing new for Marquis, who has been the focal point of every opposing defense for the last two seasons.
“(Marquis) is so tough,” Migneault said, “we just wanted to keep him under control.”
The Cardinals were able to do that, holding Marquis to seven points, although he also had five assists, five rebounds and two steals. Marquis also slowed himself down a bit with his eagerness to reach 1,000.
“Before the game I told myself I was just going to go out and play normal and not think about it, but I got excited,” Marquis said. “I think my first four shots back-rimmed; it was just the crowd and the atmosphere that had me excited.”
With Marquis struggling, Concord’s offense sputtered, but the Cardinals were also sloppy with the ball and held an ugly 8-5 lead after the first quarter. The Tide found some rhythm in the second, and Marquis’s milestone bucket (which came with 38.4 seconds left in the frame) helped spark a 7-0 run that gave Concord a 22-15 lead at the break.
“I think that gave the team a boost; they were certainly happy for Kaleb,” Finnegan said. “He’s a great kid and a great captain. He’s their leader.”
Both offenses began to flow in the third quarter, but Concord took control with another strong closing kick. Using a free throw from Bakir Bascelic (eight points, three rebounds), a smooth fast-break layup from Jacob Szulc (11 points, three rebounds) and a runner from Marquis, the Tide went on a 5-0 run to take a 38-32 lead going into the final quarter.
Both teams ramped up the defensive intensity in the fourth and the game turned messy again, stumbling its way to a 44-44 tie with 1:38 left after a baseline drive from Bascelic. The teams combined for three turnovers and two misses from there until Zimmerman (nine points, two steals) hit the game-winning corner 3.
“On that last play we were focused on their big guy (6-foot-6 center Jeff Lunn, who had nine points and seven rebounds), so we gave up that shot,” Marquis said. “He just happened to knock it down.”
Concord travels to Manchester West (1-14) tomorrow and to Dover (7-8) on March 1 to close the regular season, games that will determine its playoff fate.
“If we can win beat West and Dover, we have an outside shot at the playoffs,” Finnegan said. “And I just told these guys, if we win the next two and get in as the 16 seed, I’ll be proud as heck to go down to (likely top seed) Manchester Central and play with you guys.”
Bishop brady 48
The Green Giants (8-6) had the ball with 20 seconds left, down by one point. After the ball was knocked out of bounds by Lebanon twice, the Green Giants executed an inbounds play with seven seconds on the clock, which led to a Steve Demaris shot, but the ball wouldn’t drop, and the Raiders (13-3) escaped with a win.
Jourdain Bell was the high scorer for Bishop Brady with 19 points. Joe Bell added eight points, while Brendan Johnson and Aaron Svendsen each contributed seven points.
Oyster River 35, Coe-Brown 33
Oyster River (12-4) hit a 3-pointer in the closing seconds to pull ahead of the Bears (8-7). Coe-Brown, losers of four straight games, held a slim one-point lead with six seconds left and had a chance to win the game with 1.8 seconds to go but rimmed out a shot. Oyster River has won five straight.
The game was a tight defensive battle, tied at 26 points going into the final period. The Bears were held to single-digit points in three periods, while Oyster River managed only five points in third quarter.
Chris Laurion (eight points, 10 rebounds) and Josh Jackman (eight points, six rebounds) led the way for Coe-Brown, while Nick Rolser scored seven points and Andrew Langdon added six.
Hanover 82, John Stark 80, 2OT
The Generals (8-6) held an 18-point lead near the end of the third period, but Hanover (6-8) went on a 24-6 run at the end of regulation to tie the game and ultimately pull out the double-overtime win.
Nic Lloyd was the high scorer for John Stark, tallying 35 points. Zach Grattan scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, Joe Nelson finished with eight points and eight rebounds, and Nic Simeone recorded seven points and 10 rebounds.
Merrimack Valley 53,
The Pride (7-9) went through a cold streak in the third period but otherwise knocked down most of its shots to get a road win over a Kingswood team (1-14) that has lost 12 consecutive games.
Joey Brochu led MV with 18 points and shot 5-for-6 on free throws in the final 1:30 to cap off a final quarter that saw MV come back from a 40-33 deficit to outscore Kingswood 20-6.
Dylan Baer and Andrew Alicea each had 15 points, while Adam Presutti (nine points), Justin Williams (four), Cole Remillard (four), Ryan Head (two) and Nate Mulleavey (two) contributed scoring for the Pride.
Pembroke 52, Windham 48
The Spartans (15-0) continued their perfect regular season with a road victory over Windham (7-8). The hosts led 17-12 after the first quarter before Pembroke outscored them 19-6 in the second period.
Matt Persons was the high scorer with 15 points, followed closely by Patrick Welch (14 points). Sophomore Dominic Timbas had eight points and 11 boards.
Kearsarge 50, Mascoma 38
Tough team defense was the key to the Cougars’ victory as they blanketed Mascoma’s top scorer with superb man-to-man coverage.
Peter Allen (17 points, five rebounds, four steals), Carter Noordsij and George Benoit led the defensive effort for Kearsarge (6-11). Casey Laughinghouse also played a strong game, scoring 13 points and grabbing seven rebounds.
Kearsarge stayed alive in the playoff hunt with the win. Mascoma fell to 11-6.
Belmont 58, Franklin 41
The Golden Tornadoes (4-13) got off to a slow start, and despite chipping away at Belmont’s early lead, they couldn’t overcome the Red Raiders’ defensive pressure in the second half and fell short on their senior night.
Kaleb Brace (28 points, 10 rebounds) and Pedro Perez (10 points, seven assists, four rebounds) led Belmont. The Raiders (8-9) can lock into the 13th seed of the tournament on Friday with a win at Farmington.
Jake Jameson led the way for Franklin with 15 points, while Dana Bean added 12 points. The Golden Tornados need a win at Hopkinton on Friday to keep their playoff hopes alive.
bow 54, Sanborn 51
The Falcons (10-7) were cruising, up by double digits in the fourth period before a flurry of Sanborn (2-15) 3-pointers suddenly made the game close. Bow didn’t hit late free throws, allowing Sanborn, losers of nine straight, to creep back into contention before the end.
Matthew Ehrenberg scored 30 points for Bow, while Colby Desmarais hit four 3-point field goals to finish with 14 points.
Hopkinton (13-4) struggled shooting in the first quarter, going just 3-for-15 from the field, but the Hawks finally found their groove and built a 19-14 halftime lead before scoring 22 points in the third quarter to put the game out of reach for the Hillcats (4-12).
Liam McNicholas scored 23 points for Hopkinton, including seven 3-pointers, four of which he drained in the third quarter. He also recorded five assists and two steals. Gabe Nichols scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Harry Legier grabbed 10 rebounds and recorded eight points and Luke Luneau tallied four rebounds and four steals. Steve Auger anchored the Hawks’ defense.
Dan Kulbacki tallied 13 points for the Hillcats.
D-III GIRLS’ BASKETBALL
No. 19 Franklin 44,
No. 14 Farmington 44
The Golden Tornadoes rallied from a six-point deficit with four minutes to play and pulled off the upset in the first round to set up a meeting against No. 3 Bishop Brady on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Katarina Styles led Franklin with 15 points, followed by Jill Roberts with 14. Lexi Colpack and Danielle Barber had a few key defensive stops in the last four minutes that helped turn the tide.
D-IV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL
No. 5 Pittsfield 31,
No. 12 Derryfield 18
The Panthers’ stifling defense proved too much for Derryfield (7-12) to handle, and Pittsfield (15-4) advanced to the next round of the Division IV tournament.
Co-captains Bekah Adams and Sage Anthony anchored the defensive effort, which held the Cougars to just 10 points through the first three quarters.
Brook Vien was Pittsfield’s high scorer with 10 points. Morgan Corliss and Stefani Gauthier each added six points, and Katie Steeves chipped in four points off the bench.
Pittsfield plays at fourth-seeded Groveton on Friday night.
Pembroke 57, Windham 51
The Spartans were led by Aleanna Clermont’s 19 points and nine rebounds as they improved to 7-10 with an upset win over the Jaguars (13-4).
Adriana Major also played well, scoring nine points, grabbing five rebounds and hitting key free throws to clinch the win at the end. Kaylee Montminy added eight points and hit two clutch 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.
Pembroke hosts Manchester West on Friday for its last regular-season game of the year. Senior players will be recognized before the game.
John Stark-Hopkinton 11,
Manchester West 2
John Stark-Hopkinton (14-1-1) scored early and often, and maintained its intensity throughout the game to finish with a convincing win.
Simon Becka (two goals, two assists) and Henry Merrow (two goals) led John Stark-Hopkinton. Robbie Ferguson, Alex Lajeunesse, Cooper Bourque, Callahan Loos, Peter Sawitsky, Keith Galli and Ryan Hawkes each tallied one goal, while Jacob Blanchette, Simon Hunter and Scott Olson all recorded two assists.