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Hawks energized in 50-15 victory

Up 23-9 late in the second quarter, Coach Dave Chase called a timeout to send his Hopkinton boys’ basketball team a clear message: perform as a team and utilize the energy. A 14-point lead simply wasn’t enough to please the veteran coach.

“We really emphasized that we needed to get out and run,” Chase said. “We were jogging up the middle of the court and we had no sense of executing.”

Wes Rose and his Hawks teammates listened closely. Rose converted on a layup and earned a follow-up steal. Harry Legier sank a foul shot and the energy Chase was looking for immediately surfaced with a 26-9 lead at halftime. Hopkinton’s 50-15 thumping of rival Kearsarge clinched a semifinal matchup with Concord tonight at 7 at NHTI in the Capital Area Holiday Tournament.

Gabe Nichols scored 12 of his 18 points in the first half in just 16 minutes of play for the Hawks. Steve Auger also added nine points and four rebounds in a victory that showed just how dominant Hopkinton’s defense can be. The Hawks limited the Cougars to just 23-percent shooting, including 2-of-12 from the floor in the second half.

“Hopkinton did a nice job with their defense and sets tonight,” Kearsarge Coach Nate Camp said. “We had a lack of focus with the ball; it was unfortunate.”

Casey Laughinghouse led the Cougars with seven points and three boards. Kearsarge’s offense never got started and fell victim to a 17-2 Hopkinton run in the third quarter. Still, Camp’s team fought hard through a disappointing score.

“I thought we got a couple of nice lifts from the kids off the bench,” Camp said. “They were really working hard, especially knowing they don’t get to contribute all the time.”

Hopkinton’s 18 offensive rebounds made things easy inside the paint as the Hawks shot 46 percent from the floor. Nichols snagged six rebounds to help lead the effort. The all-around effort also included Brian Hauschild and Collin Paraskeva forcing three steals apiece.

“Once we got a steal, we looked at our secondary breaks and good things came out of it,” Chase said. “We started attacking the rim and it allowed us to set up our pressure a little bit more. I thought we played hard. We played 14 guys tonight with none receiving more than 16 minutes.”

Kearsarge will look to right the ship today against Merrimack Valley in the consolation round at 1 p.m.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Concord 53, Merrimack Valley 52

Facing an 18-point deficit in the second half, the Crimson Tide rallied to take down the Pride and advance to the semifinals of the Capital Area Tournament.

Concord will take on Hopkinton tonight at 7.

MV held a 16-8 lead after the first quarter and a 33-22 advantage at the half.

The Tide came alive in the second half, trailing MV just 43-41 at the end of the third quarter and ultimately capturing the win. For Concord, Sam Marquis (14 points) and Kaleb Marquis (13 points) led the offensive effort and Bakir Bascelic pulled down six rebounds.

Dylan Baer (14 points), Joey Brochu (12 points, seven rebounds) and Andrew Alicea (10 points) led the Pride.

Bow 66, John Stark 63, 3OT

Bow’s Colby Desmarais sank a 3-pointer at the end of the third overtime to put the Falcons on top over John Stark in the Capital Area Tournament.

Tied 11-11 after the first quarter, Bow took a 22-14 lead at the half. John Stark then rallied back from an eight-point deficit to start the fourth to tie the game at 52 at the end of regulation.

Desmarais finished with 11 points for Bow. Matthew Ehrenberg (16 points) and Dylan Huddleston (12 points, eight rebounds) also played well for the Falcons.

John Stark’s Nicholas Lloyd (21 points, seven rebounds) and Zachary Grattan (21 points, 16 rebounds) led the scoring, while Cam Williams contributed a season-high 11 points. Serge Boucher played well off the bench, chipping in six points and three rebounds.

Bow will take on Pembroke in tonight’s 8:30 semifinal, while John Stark plays Bishop Brady at 2:30 in the consolation round.

Pembroke 48, Bishop Brady 41

In a see-saw finale of first-day action in the Capital Area Holiday Tournament, Pat Welch scored 16 points – including going 7-for-8 from the free throw line – Rene Maher added 14 and Matt Persons 13 to lead Pembroke over Brady and into tonight’s 8:30 semifinal against Bow.

Persons heated up from beyond the arc for the Spartans, hitting four of six 3-pointers. He also grabbed eighth rebounds. Kafani Williams led Pembroke on the glass with 11 boards.

Pembroke held a slim 15-13 lead in a low-scoring first half where neither team shot 20 percent from the field.

Jourdain Bell dropped in 14 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, to pace Brady, while teammate Steve Desmarais added 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Winnisquam 43, Kingswood 30

Tommy Mahoney (10 points), Christian Serrano (eight points) and Parker Normand (seven points) led the Bears to victory against the Knights in the Lakes Region Holiday Tournament. John Montalto added six points and anchored the defense.

Winnisquam will take on Prospect Mountain today at 5:30 in the semifinals.

Coe Brown 43, Sleepy hollow 30

After trailing 22-19 at halftime, the Bears overtook New York’s Sleepy Hollow to advance in the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State.

Chris Laurion (16 points, eight rebounds), Beau Pingree (13 points) and Eric Rolser (10 points, four steals) combined for a solid offensive effort. Andrew Langdon (six points) and Damon Doyle also contributed to the win.

The Bears will take on Saunders (N.Y.) today at 5:30.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Hopkinton 49, Kearsarge 22

Hopkinton took care of matters early, scoring enough points in the first half alone to advance to the semifinals of the Capital Area Holiday Tournament. The Hawks will take on Merrimack Valley today at 4.

Kearsarge plays Concord in the consolation round at 11:30 a.m.

Brittany Marshall led all scorers with 14 points and pulled down five rebounds, while teammate Abby Lui scored 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Sabrey Montore scored eight points, Sarah Ewing added seven with six rebounds, and Callie Chase led the Hawks’ effort on the boards, pulling down seven rebounds, five of them on the offensive glass.

Anna Cahill paced Kearsarge with seven points, while Morgan Johnson, Sydney Bryk and Katie Lindh scored four each. Bryk (seven) and Molly Jenna (six) were the Cougars’ top rebounders.

Bishop Brady 45, Pembroke 40

Trailing by five points entering the final quarter, Bishop Brady got to work at both ends of the court, with its defense holding Pembroke to just six points and its offense posting 16 of its own to advance to today’s 5:30 semifinal against Bow in the Capital Area Holiday Tournament.

Pembroke plays John Stark in the consolation round at 10 a.m.

Three players reached double digits in scoring for the Green Giants, led by Natasha Velez’s 14 points and 10 rebounds. Taylor Ong added 12 points and six boards, and Sarah Thomas scored 11 points.

Pembroke was red-hot from the floor in the first half, shooting 48 percent, to take a 26-21 lead into halftime. But the Spartans cooled off considerably after the break, shooting just 25 percent over the final two quarters. Aleanna Clermont paced Pembroke with 14 points on 7-for-9 shooting to go with a team-high five rebounds.

Bow 33, John Stark 20

Bow held John Stark to no more than six points in any quarter to advance to the semifinals of the Capital Area Holiday Tournament, where the Falcons will take on Bishop Brady at 5:30.

The Generals will play Pembroke in the 10 a.m. consolation game.

Lindsey Nerbonne scored 10 points to lead the Falcons, who got strong efforts on the boards from Dina Tischofer (eight rebounds) and Suzanne Barry (seven).

John Stark was led by Kelsey Johnstone (six points) and Rebecca Titcomb (seven rebounds).

Pittsfield 31, Mascoma 27, OT

The Panthers held Mascoma scoreless in both the third quarter and overtime to win their opening game of the Mike Lee Holiday Bash in Farmington.

Bekah Adams hit a bucket in overtime and Sage Anthony hit a pair of free throws to seal the win. The Panthers shot 8-for-10 from the line for the game.

Brooke Vien scored the last six points of regulation for Pittsfield and finished with a team-high 12 points. Anthony added 11 points.

After knocking off a Division III team, D-IV Pittsfield takes on D-II Kennett today at 2:30.

Laconia 43, Belmont 28

Belmont broke on top 8-5 after the first quarter, but with the Raiders in foul trouble early, Laconia went on a 19-5 run in the second quarter to take control in the first round of the Lakes Region Holiday Tournament.

Point guard Cassie Contigiani had a strong game for Belmont, leading the offense with 11 points, including going 6-for-10 from the line. Makayla Donavan added five points in her first action at the 2-guard.

Belmont plays a consolation game today at 12:30.

Boys’ hockey

Lewiston, Maine 5, Concord 2

Concord couldn’t dig itself out of an early hole, falling behind 3-1 after one period and 5-1 after two in the Tuscan Blue Devil Classic in Salem.

In two games in the tournament, the Tide has given up nine goals in the first period. But Concord came back and played what Coach Dunc Walsh called “by far our best period” in the third.

Ethan Cole scored Concord’s first goal, making it 1-1 early on off an assist from Austin Erickson. Harrison Murphy added a power-play goal in the third, with Mitchell Hayes and Adam Godbout assisting.

Austin Judd made five saves in the first period, and Ben Nelson made 17 saves over the final two as Concord outshot Lewiston, 32-27. The Tide takes on Coventry, R.I., today at 3.

WRESTLING

Lowell Holiday tournament

Ten John Stark athletes contributed wins to the Generals’ 26th-place finish with 67 points at the 58-team Lowell Holiday Tournament.

Nick Widman took fifth place at 126 pounds, going 5-2.

Also contributing for the Generals were Al Long (4-2 at 220), Isaiah Prevo (3-2 at 285), Codi Gaudreau (2-2 at 120), Josh Vaillancourt (2-2 at 132), Andy Hewey (2-2 at 152), Alex LaValliere (2-2 at 182), Deric Farris (1-2 at 106), Greg LoFaro (1-2 at 138) and Terry Zervos (1-2 at 145).

The Division III Generals finished seventh among the New Hampshire teams, behind only schools in Division I.

“I’m real proud of this team,” Coach Bill Walton said. “This little D-III school came out here and didn’t give anything away. (They) fought hard the whole time, (and) I’m sure we’ll take something positive out of this for the second half of our season.”

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