High schools: Pembroke makes the right moves to beat Pelham, 63-49
Concord's Kevin Hayes competes in the boys' 100 yard butterfly event during a swim meet held with Concord, Bow, Bishop Brady and Pelham schools at the Concord YMCA on Friday December 20, 2013.
(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
Bow's Audrey Reed competes in the girls 100 yard breaststroke event during a swim met held with Concord, Bow, Bishop Brady and Pelham schools at the Concord YMCA on Friday December 20, 2013.
(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
Two games into the season, the Pembroke Academy boys’ basketball team – reigning champion of Division II – is extending its two-year winning streak by winning the battle of adjustments.
In the season opener a week ago, the Spartans trailed at Lebanon by 11 points at halftime before a 20-point swing in the third quarter put them ahead to stay.
Last night, in a showdown of two of the division’s front-runners at Pelham, Pembroke found itself in a 20-12 hole after the first quarter, pulled within a point at halftime, then put it away in the second half for a 63-49 victory.
“I don’t like the slow starts we’re getting,” Pembroke Coach Matt Alosa said, “but it’s more mentally; it’s something that will be adjusted during the year.”
Pembroke’s adjustments last night came after Pelham’s hot-shooting first quarter, when the Pythons hit four 3-pointers.
“They just hit every shot,” Alosa said.
Alosa switched some of his man-to-man matchups and the Spartans (2-0) held Pelham (2-1) to just seven points in the second quarter while pulling to within a point, 27-26, at the half.
“We just got the right matchups. Once we got that, and the kids understood they have to play a little more concerned for those guys (who were hitting the 3s), we were all right,” Alosa said.
Pat Welch got hot in the second half for Pembroke, which scored 37 points after the break. Welch scored 17 of his team-high 21 points in the second half and set up his teammates, as well. Jordan Williams turned in his second double-double in as many games, dropping in 20 points and securing 10 rebounds. Max Curran dominated the glass, grabbing 13 rebounds to go with his four points.
“It’s tough to win in Pelham. They’re really good at home. They’re one of the teams that play hard every night and fight you all game,” Alosa said of Pelham, whom his Spartans beat in last year’s quarterfinals. “For me, it’s the best two teams in the state in our division. This shows we’re a contender as far as being there at the end of the year. It establishes our control over the division. … But we still need to get better moving toward the tourney.”
TRINITY 62, CONCORD 52
Garrett Jewell had 16 points for the Crimson Tide (1-1), but it wasn’t enough to top the defending Division I champion Pioneers (1-0).
Concord kept it close going into halftime, trailing by four, 34-30. Seimou Smith added 13, and Jacob Szulc had 10 for the Crimson Tide, and Rob Kelly played well defensively.
“It was a good building block,” Coach John Finnegan said, “but in the end, Trinity turned out to be a little more seasoned than us.”
This was a good sign for the Tide’s program coming off of a disappointing season (4-14) last year. They were beaten by Trinity, 87-41, in their meeting last season, so things are looking up.
St. Thomas 54, Coe-Brown 47
The Bears (2-1) made a valiant comeback attempt after falling behind early on the road at St. Thomas (3-0) but couldn’t make it all the way back. Coe-Brown went scoreless in the first quarter to fall behind 12-0 but had the Saints lead down to just two points with a minute left. St. Thomas held on by making all of its free throws.
“We have a lot of work to do, but we did a good job maintaining our focus and keeping a competitive spirit,” Bears Coach David Smith said.
Luke Zollman had 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Erik Rolser tallied eight points and eight boards. Spencer Nowland scored seven points and had four steals, and Adam Edin (seven points) and Nick Rolser (six) added scoring.
Kennett 61, Merimack Valley 44
Merrimack Valley (0-2) matched Kennett (1-0) basket for basket in a 22-22 first half, but the Pride went into “a lethargic coma for a little while” in the second half, according to Coach Kevin O’Brien, and the hosts pulled away.
Justin Williams paced the Pride with 14 points and nine rebounds, Bruce Barton added 10 points, and Nate Mulleavey and Cole Remillard scored eight each. Ryan Head grabbed nine rebounds for MV.
FRANKLIN 52, NEWFOUND 37
Although 6-foot-6 center Dana Bean didn’t play due to injury, Kenny Torres and the Tornadoes (1-1) picked up the slack, earning the victory.
Torres had 27 points, leading the way, and providing the offense missing from Bean. The Tornadoes were better than Newfound (0-2) throughout the evening, leading at halftime, 28-16 and never looking back.
“It’s nice to see that our team can deal with adversity,” Coach Jim Cilley said. “We were efficient and played well under the circumstances.”
Bruce Carey, Jacob Geddis and Isaias Muniz each had six points in the winning effort. Freshman Matt Hennessey played well in his first varsity start.
CONANT 65, KEARSARGE 37
Reigning Division III champion Conant (2-0) was simply too strong for the Cougars (0-2). At the end of the first quarter, Kearsarge held tight, 14-10. By halftime, Conant opened up the lead, 33-24 and dominated the second half, outscoring the Cougars by 19.
Zach Mattos had 14 points and seven rebounds to lead Kearsarge, and James Bromwell pitched in eight points and eight rebounds.
“Conant could probably win the Division II championship,” Coach Nate Camp said. “They’re that good.”
Both Trent and Carter Noordsij added six points.
Mascenic 62, Hillsboro-Deering 49
The Hillcats (0-3) had a tough first quarter at Mascenic (1-0) and couldn’t recover. The Vikings outscored H-D 21-7 in the opening period, with 18 of the host’s 21 points coming from one player. The Hillcats managed to settle the game down and were eight points back, 32-24, at halftime, but Mascenic pulled ahead by double digits again in the third quarter.
Brett Bennett led H-D with 13 points, while Troy Girard finished with nine points and nine boards. Max Parenteau had eight points, including two 3-pointers.
Pittsfield 85, Nute 54
Senior guard Kris Perkins scored a career-high 37 points to propel Pittsfield (2-0) to a home rout of Nute (0-3). The Panthers jumped on top of Nute, outscoring the Rams 27-13 in the first quarter, and maintained a double-digit lead throughout the game.
Pittsfield was able to feed off its defensive pressure, leading to a number of easy transition baskets that allowed the Panthers to build a big lead early.
Xenthios Cyr poured in 26 points and had seven assists, while Derek Pike (eight points) and Casey Ward (seven) added scoring.
Newmarket 55, Concord Christian 35
Concord Christian (0-3) played Newmarket (2-0) nearly even through the second half, but couldn’t overcome a 15-point halftime deficit.
The Kingsmen fell in the hole after shooting just 12 percent from the floor in the second quarter.
On a positive note, Concord Christian did a good job protecting the ball, according to Coach Brandon Yeo, giving it up just 11 times against a team known for causing turnovers. Jeremiah Boulter paced the Kingsmen with 20 points and six steals.
Concord Christian is off until it hosts a Christmas tournament at New England College Dec. 27-28.
TRINITY 64, CONCORD 29
Trinity’s (1-1) full-court pressure defense bothered the Tide (0-2), which wasn’t able to muster much offensively. The Pioneers broke on top 37-11 at the half and never looked back.
Cassidy Emerson recorded 14 points and Janessa Luciano had 10 for the Tide.
COE-BROWN 69, ST. THOMAS 47
The Bears (2-1) led throughout the contest en route to a flush victory against visiting St. Thomas (1-2). Abby Ahern’s 23 points propelled the Bears in an effective all-around performance.
“We played a full 32 minutes,” Coach David Hartnett said. “I’m proud of my girls.”
Sarah Curtin had 16 points and Sydney Fisher contributed 12.
Merrimack Valley 64, Kennett 34
The Pride came out with a hounding defense, holding Kennett (0-1) to just seven points in the first quarter and only 15 in the first half to improve to 2-0.
Emily Mulleavey spearheaded the defensive effort, coming up with numerous steals that she translated into six assists. She also did a great job defending against Kennett’s point guard.
Offensively, Mayson Kimball notched 22 points to go with 12 rebounds, and Mary Mullen added 18 points and 13 rebounds. Cassidy Huckins scored nine points and had three steals and three assists.
Pembroke 64, Pelham 42
Pembroke (2-1) jumped on top of Pelham (0-3) early on, opening a 10-point lead after the first period, and carried on from there. The Spartans outscored the Pythons 12-3 in the second period to lead by 19 points at halftime.
Pembroke was strong defensively for the duration of the game, allowing it to get out and run for quick baskets. The dominance continued through the second half, with the Spartans opening a 30-point lead, 52-22, going into the fourth.
Belmont 50, Berlin 30
The Red Raiders (2-2) opened a double-digit lead at halftime and held on tight from there, holding Berlin (2-3) to fewer than 10 points in the second, third and fourth quarters. Belmont led 31-18 at the half and 39-22 after the third.
Cassie Contigiani led the Raiders with 17 points, while Chayleigh Cadarette had 10 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. MaryKate Russo added eight points, and sophomore Megan Prescott scored two points in her varsity debut.
Belmont had only four turnovers in what Coach Mark Dawalga called the Raiders’ best team performance so far this year.
Hopkinton 50, Sanborn 16
Hopkinton (4-1) took care of business early against a struggling Sanborn (0-5) squad, leading 26-9 at halftime and getting all its players significant minutes.
Callie Chase and Sabrey Montore each dropped in 13 points to pace the Hawk attack. Madison Clark added six points, and Sloane White (eight rebounds) turned in an excellent game defensively against a Sanborn team with some size.
Mascenic 28, H-D 13
In its best defensive outing of the season, Hillsboro-Deering (0-4) had makes on its first victory of the season until the fourth quarter, when a four-point deficit turned into a 15-point loss when the Hillcats scored just one free throw in the final eight minutes.
The Vikings (1-2) held a slim 11-9 lead at halftime and extended it to 16-12 after three quarters before pulling away down the stretch.
Hannah Pepper led the H-D offense with six points, while Sarah Sharp paced Mascenic with 11.
NUTE 54, PITTSFIELD 46, OT
In a hard-fought game with numerous Panther injuries, Nute (4-0) came out on top.
Down by 10 at the half, Pittsfield (2-1) was able to come back to tie the game at 43 with 30 seconds to go, forcing overtime.
The lack of health became evident as the Panthers were outscored 11-3 in overtime.
Junior Katie Steeves spurred the comeback with 16 points, all of which came in the second half. Brooke Vien added 11 points, and Katie Doucette had 10 for the Panthers.
Newmarket 35, Concord Christian 28
The Lady Kingsmen (0-3) overcame a rough first quarter and rallied back within a point of Newmarket (2-1) in the third but couldn’t complete the comeback. CCA trailed 16-5 after the first period.
Lily Rivera led Concord Christian with 13 points and added five steals. Kendra Jarvis (seven points, seven rebounds), Becca Johnson (six points, seven rebounds) and Morgan Draus (two points) played well.
BOYS’ ALPINE SKIING
Meet at Crotched Mtn.
Hopkinton placed second and third in a two-race, five-team meet at Crotched Mountain.
Lin-Wood, which won both races, finished with 383.5 points in the first race to Hopkinton’s 371.5. Derryfield (369), Newport (338) and John Stark (185) rounded out the field.
Jake Hemmerlein finished third in a two-run combined time of 1:27.16 to lead the Hawks in the first race, along with James McCluskey (sixth, 1:29.68), Colby Tawney (ninth, 1:30.6) and Cameron Repucci (21st, 1:43.19).
Jacob Goldsberry (fourth, 1:27.44) and Mike Metcalf competed for the Generals (14th, 1:32.74).
In the second race, Lin-Wood scored 384 points to top Derryfield (377), Hopkinton (358), Newport (257) and John Stark (188).
Tawney led the Hawks in fifth place (1:30.17) along with Repucci (21st, 1:41.32), McCluskey (22nd, 1:44.63) and Austin Grant (28th, 1:54.17).
Goldsberry was third (1:28.77) and Metcalf 13th (1:36.19) for Stark.
GIRLS’ ALPINE SKIING
Meet at Crotched Mtn.
Hopkinton finished just behind Lin-Wood in a pair of races at Crotched Mountain. The Lumberjacks took the first race with 382 points, followed by Hopkinton (380), Derryfield (372) and Newport (175). Lin-Wood took the second with 386 points, with Hopkinton (377), Derryfield (371) and Newport (88) rounding out the field.
Meg Hemmerlein was runner-up in both races to lead Hopkinton, finishing her two runs in 1:30.52 in the opener, and 1:30.63 in Race 2.
Ireland Tawney (third overall, 1:31.85; fifth, 1:32.16), Melissa Irwin (ninth, 1:39.77; ninth, 1:40.14) and Maddi Sorel (12th, 1:44.34; 12th, 1:42.32) also scored for the Hawks.
Meet at Concord
The Crimson Tide swept aside the competition at its home meet, topping Pelham 97-36, Bow 90-57, and Bishop Brady 108-18. Bow went 2-1 on the day, besting Pelham 79-42 and Brady 89-32. Brady finished at 0-3, with a 57-36 loss to Pelham.
Concord had six first-place finishes at the meet. The Tide won the medley relay and the 200 free relay (sweeping the top three spots in the latter), while Kaelin Willette won the 50 freestyle, Mackenzie Witham took first in the 100 fly, Simone Klemann won the 500 free, and Kathryn Hochberg won the 100 backstroke. Also placing amongst the top three for Concord were Willette (second in 100 free), Klemann (second in 100 back), Witham (third in 100 free), Amy Williams (second in 200 free), Brinkley Brown (second in 200 IM) and Lucky Li (second in 100 fly).
Bow placed first in the 400 free relay and second in the medley relay. Riley Hicks won two individual events, the 200 free and the 100 free, while Audrey Reed won the 200 IM. Other top-three finishers for the Falcons included Reed (second in 100 breaststroke), Jillian Deland (third in 50 free, third in 100 breast) and Haley Parker (third in 100 fly).
The Green Giants had two swimmers amongst the top three in their events: Shay Boisvert took second in the 500 free, and Aly Senko was third in the 200 IM.
Meet at Concord
Hosts Concord went 3-0, winning over Pelham 90-36, ahead of Bow 87-49, and atop of Bishop Brady 89-43. Bow won both its matchups with Pelham (64-39) and Brady (62-47), while Brady edged Pelham 52-48.
The Crimson Tide was victorious in seven events, including sweeping the top two spots in the medley relay and the top two in the 200 free relay. Individual event winners for Concord were Kevin Hayes (200 free, 100 fly), Max Cross (200 IM, 500 free), Stephen Moran (100 back) and Denys Bowen (100 breast). Other top-three finishes for the Tide were Bowen (second in 200 free), Moran (second in 100 fly), Christian McDermott (second in 200 IM, second in 100 breast) and Elden Gray (third in 50 free).
Bow’s Nick Weckstein won both the 50 free and 100 free. The Falcons also won the 400 free relay and placed third in the 200 free relay. Jacob Scott took second in the 100 back, Ben Maurer was third in the 100 back, and Louis Miyara was third in the 100 fly.
Bishop Brady placed third in the 400 free relay, while Jacob Faretra took third in both the 100 free and 100 breast. Alex Thompson also had a third-place finish in the 200 free.