High Schools: Bishop Brady boys run away from MV in tourney semifinals
Bishop Brady's Jourdain Bell weaves past the Merrimack Valley defense in the game between the schools on Friday night, December 27, 2013 in the Capital Area Holiday Tournament at NHTI. Brady defeated MV 70-50.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
Merrimack Valley's Nate Mulleavey looks to pass the ball past Bishop Brady's Joe Bell in the game between the schools on Friday night, December 27, 2013 in the Capital Area Holiday Tournament at NHTI.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
The math didn’t add up. Not the way the Bishop Brady boys’ basketball team needed it to considering the way the first half of its Capital Area Holiday Tournament semifinal had gone against Merrimack Valley. The Green Giants and their four guards had a two-point lead going into the intermission, but the game was going too much to the Pride and its three forwards’ liking: slow, half-court and dictated by play in the post.
“If they can make it a half-court game and pound the ball inside, they’re going to be very successful,” Brady Coach Mark Yeaton said of MV. “So we had to try to take them out of that and try to get them to play fast.”
While the effort was there in the first half, the results were as well in the second. Brady took off and took control in the second half, using aggressive defense and a relentless transition game to pull away from MV and come away with a 70-50 win, setting up a matchup with Pembroke in the championship game.
The Giants (0-1 in the regular season) seized command by outscoring the Pride 25-10 during a frenzied third quarter. Brady totaled six steals during the quarter, and scored five of its first seven baskets in transition after forcing turnovers or picking up loose balls off of missed shots. Jourdain Bell was the catalyst behind the pressure, scoring eight of his game-high 29 points in the quarter, while Brendan Johnson (10 points) and Joe Bell (seven points) also thrived with the fast pace, and Danny Fogarty (14 points) fed off of open looks as the Pride (1-2) scrambled to defend the ball.
“We put a lot more pressure on their guards consistently. We were trying to do that the whole game, but we did that more consistently in the second half,” said Yeaton, whose team totaled 13 steals, including nine in the second half. “That’s why we played a full-court man the whole game. In the second half, we were able to that pretty successfully.”
Jourdain Bell also provided a spark in the second quarter for the Green Giants, who fell behind 26-20 when MV started the period on a 9-1 run. Bell scored the next eight points on a variety of layups and jumpers to put Brady up 2, and the Green Giants finished the quarter with a 33-31 lead that they didn’t relinquish.
“He’s just a very good player. He has the best player guarding him every single night,” Yeaton said. “He has guys keying on him every single night. … He just does a tremendous job. Our entire offense goes through him; he does a really job going into the paint and making plays.”
Though the final score suggested a rout, the Pride stayed with the Giants for most of the game, largely by capitalizing on Yeaton’s fear. The Pride, which started three players over 6-foot-3, did have the size advantage, shown in its 27-16 victory in the rebound battle. Bruce Barton led the way for MV with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Ryan Head had seven points and 10 boards, and Cole Remillard added 12 points.
“We were playing the game we wanted to play, dictating the tempo and the way we need to play,” MV Coach Kevin O’Brien said. “We have a difficult time playing at that (second-half) speed. We’re getting better.
“Our mantra is to prove to everybody that we’re not a three- or four-win team like everybody thought we would be at the beginning of the season,” O’Brien added. “I thought tonight was a great step toward that. Brady’s a very good team, and I thought we showed that we can stay with them for a little while.”
Capital Area Holiday tournament
PEMBROKE 83, CONCORD 44
The Spartans cruised into the tournament final, removing any suspense by grabbing a 48-12 halftime lead.
Pat Welch led the way for Pembroke, scoring 28 points, including 23 in the first half and 15 in the first quarter. Dominic Timbas added 17 points for the Spartans, while Jordan Williams had 14 and Connor Boucher scored 10.
Sam Marquis was the leading scorer for the Crimson Tide with nine points, while Garrett Jewell and Seimou Smith scored eight apiece.
Kearsarge 42, Bow 41
In a see-saw battle in the consolation round, Kearsarge held the final lead to beat Bow for its first win of the season.
With the game tied 34-34, Kearsarge made a couple of defensive stops to go on a 6-0 run and take a 40-34 lead. Bow scrapped back to tie it at 40-all, but Trent Noordsij hit a baseline jumper with a little more than a minute to play to put the Cougars ahead for good. Adam Nelson hit one of two free throws to pull Bow within a point and the Falcons had a shot to win it at the buzzer, but hit only glass.
James Bromwell notched 12 points with 15 rebounds to lead the Cougars, Carter Noordsij added 14 points and nine rebounds, Trent Noordsij had seven points, and Zach Mattos contributed eight points and nine rebounds despite playing hurt.
Matt Sanford scored 11 points to pace Bow.
Hopkinton 76, John Stark 41
Hopkinton came out firing, sinking their first seven shots for a 15-0 lead. The Hawks led 23-11 after the first quarter and extended it to 49-24 by halftime to win their consolation game.
Gabe Nichols scored 22 points and added eight rebounds to lead Hopkinton. Zack Gagnon paced John Stark with 10 points, Drew McQuarrie grabbed seven rebounds, and Matt McFall (five points) and Cam Williams (six points) had solid games off the bench.
KSC HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
COE-BROWN 47, PLYMOUTH 40
Coe-Brown took down a high-powered Division II counterpart in the quarterfinals. The Bears took a 25-24 lead into the fourth quarter before pulling away.
Luke Zollman had a team-high 14 points to go along with eight rebounds. Adam Edin and Nick Rolser chipped in nine points apiece, while Sam Langdon and Isaac Nowland also played well for the Bears.
Coe-Brown advances to the semifinals and will take on Smithfield, R.I., today at 5:30 p.m.
Lakes Region Holiday Classic
Winnisquam 60, Newfound 34
Winnisquam outscored Newfound by four points in each of the first three quarters to build a 12-point lead, then broke out in the final period to win going away.
The Bears, who played sloppy at times, according to Coach Kevin Dame, ramped up the pressure and improved their rebounding in the second half to pull away.
Christian Serrano led the way with 16 points, Michael Buxton added 14, and Spencer Pevine and Greg Hunt scored eight apiece to lead Winnisquam, which takes on Prospect Mountain in today’s semifinals.
NEC CHRISTMAS TOURNAMENT
GEORGETOWN (Mass.) 70, CONCORD CHRISTIAN 44
The Kingsmen fell behind early, entering halftime trailing 42-20. Two of the Kingsmen’s starters began the game on the bench due to internal issues.
Jeremiah Boulter put up 26 points in the losing effort, while Jonathan Taylor added 11.
Concord Christian plays Notre Dame Academy (Mass.) today in tournament action.
The Kingsmen retired Nick Peters’s number at halftime. Peters, who graduated last year, scored more than 1,500 points in his career.
NOTRE DAME ACADEMY (Mass.) 65, HILLSBORO-DEERING 58
The Hillcats put up a fight but fell short.
H-D led 11-10 after the first quarter and 29-23 at halftime, but relinquished the lead in the second half.
Rood Monta had 19 points, Brett Bennett added nine points and 10 rebounds, and Mike Legare added nine points for the Hillcats. Bennett also qualified for the finals of the 3-point contest, to be held between games today.
Hillsboro-Deering plays Georgetown (Mass.) today in tournament action.
Capital Area holiday Tournament
MERRIMACK VALLEY 58, BISHOP BRADY 48
Mayson Kimball’s 15 points and six rebounds propelled the Pride into the championship game. Mary Mullen (13 points) and Olivia Thurber (12 points) contributed offensively, and Erin Frost provided solid defense.
MV led throughout the game as they cruised to a 33-16 halftime lead and never looked back.
Senior Riselly Deoleo had 16 points and six assists to lead the Green Giants.
The Pride takes on Pembroke in the championship game today at 4 p.m.
PEMBROKE 41, CONCORD 35
Karli Loiselle had 12 points and six rebounds to lead the Spartans past the Crimson Tide and into the championship game. The Tide kept the score close, led by Janessa Luciano’s 14 points.
Leading 20-17 at half, the Spartans were able to play an even third quarter, maintaining a three-point lead entering the fourth, 31-28. Ball security along with perfect free-throw shooting helped the Spartans to seal the deal.
The Spartans face MV today at 4 for the title.
Bow 41, Kearsarge 31
Kirsten Bresson scored 10 points and doled out four assists to lead Bow past Kearsarge in the consolation round.
Devi Krashaaur and Anna Cahill scored 10 and eight points, respectively, to pace the Cougars.
Hopkinton 52, John Stark 22
Hopkinton took control early, jumping to a 15-4 lead, to win its consolation game.
Sabrey Montore dropped in 13 points with five assists to lead the Hawks.
Lakes Region Holiday Classic
Belmont 36, Prospect Mountain 26
Belmont led from start to finish, extending a slim four-point halftime lead into a more comfortable cushion as the game wore on.
“Every time they’d make a push, we’d push back,” Raiders Coach Mark Dawalga said. “We did a really good job of handling the ball. I’m very pleased with the effort.
Shannon Davies led the way with 12 points and six rebounds, Chay Cadarette added six points and 11 boards, Andreya Murphy scored four points, and Cassie Contigiani and Courtney Clairmont did an excellent job running the point for Belmont, which takes on Newfound in today’s semifinals.
FARMINGTON HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
PITTSFIELD 49, FARMINGTON 25
The Panthers (D-IV) topped host Farmington (D-III) with an outstanding defensive performance. Farmington was held scoreless for the first 15 minutes of the game en route to a 26-2 halftime deficit.
Gabby Bartlett led Pittsfield with 13 points, followed by Brooke Vien with 12 and Kylee Morel with 11. Makayla Emerson also played well coming off the bench.
The Panthers advance to the tournament championship game tomorrow, when they’ll take on the winner of last night’s game between Kennett and Mascoma.
Manchester Bauer Classic
Bedford 5, Concord 1
Freshman Alex Marceau scored his first career goal on a rebound off an Adam Godbout shot, but Concord couldn’t keep pace with the senior-laden reigning two-time Division II champions.
“They’re the best team we’ve played so far,” Concord Coach Dunc Walsh said. “They definitely outplayed us.”
Despite being outshot for the game 40-26, Concord trailed by just a goal, 2-1, late in the second period before the Bulldogs made it 3-1.
Bedford scored twice more in the final period to pull away.
Ben Nelson was solid in net, making 35 saves.