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High Schools: Bow boys’ basketball team bounces back

  • Bow's Sean Stewart grabs the ball to keep it in bounds while scrambling for possession with Hillsboro-Deering's Rood Monta during the boys' basketball game on Tuesday night, January 21 2014.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

    Bow's Sean Stewart grabs the ball to keep it in bounds while scrambling for possession with Hillsboro-Deering's Rood Monta during the boys' basketball game on Tuesday night, January 21 2014.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

  • Hillsboro-Deering's Mike Legare looks after Bow's Devin Calkins after he won possession of a loose ball mid-court during the boys' basketball game on Tuesday night, January 21 2014.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

    Hillsboro-Deering's Mike Legare looks after Bow's Devin Calkins after he won possession of a loose ball mid-court during the boys' basketball game on Tuesday night, January 21 2014.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

  • Bow's Sean Stewart grabs the ball to keep it in bounds while scrambling for possession with Hillsboro-Deering's Rood Monta during the boys' basketball game on Tuesday night, January 21 2014.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)
  • Hillsboro-Deering's Mike Legare looks after Bow's Devin Calkins after he won possession of a loose ball mid-court during the boys' basketball game on Tuesday night, January 21 2014.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

Last week wasn’t a great one for the Bow High boys’ basketball team. The Falcons dropped a pair of games they felt were winnable, and Coach Lucas Croteau sensed some complacency seeping into his crew.

So Croteau addressed the offending issues in his last two practices, focusing especially on the team’s defensive effort, and the result was last night’s 63-39 win against Hillsboro-Deering.

“The team morale was a little low,” Croteau said, “but I really like the way we bounced back from those losses and regrouped against a Hillsboro-Deering team that I think is underrated.”

Bow (3-6) showed off its new commitment to defense right from the start, holding H-D (2-7) to just five points in the first quarter and 10 in the second, taking a 25-15 lead into halftime.

“There was effort, energy and enthusiasm, and that’s exactly what we wanted see,” Croteau said.

That attitude was evident across the roster, but it was embodied by Corey Plumb. The senior started the first four games for the Falcons, but his playing time had been shrinking recently. Rather than sulk about it, Plumb went to work even harder, and that extra effort paid off last night. Plumb saw more minutes, and he made the most of his time, helping to lock down H-D’s top scorer, Rood Monta, holding him to just two points.

With the defense firing on all cylinders, Bow’s balanced offense came to life in the second half and the Falcons broke the game open, taking a 43-21 lead by the end of the third. Matt Ehrenberg and Matt Sanford each finished with a team-high 11 points for Bow, Derek LeBranch had nine and Sean Stewart added eight.

Chase Spruce had a game-high 13 points to lead Hillsboro-Deering, and Joey Kulbacki finished with eight.

The Hillcats won’t have to wait long to get another crack at Bow since the two teams meet again in two weeks. But before they make the trip to Hillsboro, the Falcons will have to face two of Division III’s top teams when they host Conant (6-1) on Friday and then Campbell (3-2), the only team to beat Conant, on Tuesday.

“This was an important win,” Croteau said, “especially going into a tough couple of games.”

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Winnisquam 61, Raymond 59

In the first half, the Bears (6-2) applied effective defensive pressure, got out in transition and hit their shots, building a 32-16 lead. But Raymond (1-5) connected on a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer, cut the lead to 45-36 by the end of the third quarter and had a chance to tie or win on the final possession before Winnisquam held on for the win, its fifth straight.

“All those things we did in the first half, we didn’t do them in the second half,” Bears Coach Kevin Dame said.

Eight different players scored for Winnisquam, led by Christian Serrano (14 points), Spencer Pevine (12 points) and Tucker Normand (nine points).

Newfound 66, Belmont 60, 2OT

The Red Raiders squandered a four-point lead in the final minute of regulation and a couple key players fouled out in overtime as Newfound (3-5) eventually wore down Belmont (1-6).

The Red Raiders were up 47-43 and had possession with 28 seconds left when they turned the ball over and Newfound hit a layup to bring the score to 47-45. Belmont then missed a free throw and Newfound went end-to-end to tie the game with six seconds left.

The roles were revered in the first overtime with the Red Raiders trailing by a bucket with 12 seconds left before Andrew Derosia hit a pair of free throws to send it to a second overtime with the score tied, 56-56. But Belmont’s starting point guard, Matt LeClair, fouled out in the first overtime and center Trevor Hunt (28 points, 12 rebounds) fouled out in the second as Newfound outscored the visitors 10-4 in the final overtime to seal the win.

Freshman guard Kaleb Hibbard came off the Belmont bench to contribute 10 points, seven coming in overtime.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Bow 43, Hillsboro-Deering 13

The Falcons (8-3) broke the game open with a 10-0 run in the final three minutes of the second quarter to take a 28-8 halftime lead en route to their fifth straight win.

“We held them pretty well until the last three minutes of the first half,” H-D Coach Bill Warnken said.

Paige Vincent scored six points for the Hillcats (0-11) while freshman point guard Bridgette Winters played with great effort defensively, ran the point well and “showed a lot of maturity,” according to Warnken.

For the victorious hosts, eight players scored, led by senior Maddie Horner with 10 points and 13 rebounds, while her freshman sister, Abbey Horner, scored six points and grabbed nine rebounds. Ashlie Tucker had seven points, two steals and two assists for the Falcons, and Kirsten Bresson had six points, five rebounds and three steals.

Newfound 66, Belmont 30

It was the first home game in a month for the Raiders, but it wasn’t the kind of return they were hoping for as the visiting Bears (9-1) jumped out to a 17-9 lead after one and pushed that to 40-17 by halftime.

Chayleigh Cadarette and Jacklyn Robarge each had eight points for Belmont (4-5) and freshman Shannon Davies finished with seven.

BOYS’ ALPINE SKIING

Hopkinton, Pembroke at Sunapee

Hopkinton’s Jake Hemmerlein had the best two-run combined times in both the giant slalom (1:05.89) and the slalom (1:02.15) in a five-team meet at Mount Sunapee. Team scores were not available.

Hopkinton’s James McCluskey finished just three-hundredths of a second behind Hemmerlein to finish second overall in the GS. Carmen Repucci (tied sixth) and Austin Grant (24th) were the Hawks’ other top GS finishers. Repucci also took 13th in the slalom, while Ryan Mitchell was 25th and Austin Grant 26th.

Edward Miner led Pembroke in both races, taking eighth in the GS and ninth in the slalom. It was also a good day for Andrew Goulet, who was 12th in the GS and 11th in slalom. Cole Sporcic (19th GS, 17th slalom) and John Hollis (28th GS, 30th slalom) were the Spartans other top finishers.

GIRLS’ ALPINE SKIING

Hopkinton at Sunapee

The Hawks placed four skiers in the GS top seven in a four-team event at Mount Sunapee. Team scores were not available.

Meg Hemmerlein took first overall in the GS in 1:09.04, followed by teammates Melissa Irwin (fifth), Jordan Rose Mack (sixth) and Ally Rose (seventh). Hemmerlein finished second in the slalom, with Irwin taking third, Rose in eighth and Sierra Schuster finishing ninth.

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