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High schools: Winnisquam boys’ basketball continues playoff push with win over Belmont

  • Winnisquam's Christian Serrano passes the ball under the basket during the game against Belmont at Winnisquam on February 4, 2014.  Winnisquam won 63-30.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Winnisquam's Christian Serrano passes the ball under the basket during the game against Belmont at Winnisquam on February 4, 2014. Winnisquam won 63-30.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Winnisquam's Marshall Bordeau, left, and Nick Welch foul Belmont's Kaleb Hibbard as he tries to go up for a basket during the game at Winnisquam on February 4, 2014.  Winnisquam won 63-30<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Winnisquam's Marshall Bordeau, left, and Nick Welch foul Belmont's Kaleb Hibbard as he tries to go up for a basket during the game at Winnisquam on February 4, 2014. Winnisquam won 63-30

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Winnisquam's Timmy Harmon rebounds the ball as Belmont's Matt LeClair guards him during the game at Winnisquam on February 4, 2014.  Winnisquam won 63-30.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Winnisquam's Timmy Harmon rebounds the ball as Belmont's Matt LeClair guards him during the game at Winnisquam on February 4, 2014. Winnisquam won 63-30.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Winnisquam's Christian Serrano dribbles the ball down the court during the game against Belmont at Winnisquam on February 4, 2014.  Winnisquam won 63-30.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Winnisquam's Christian Serrano dribbles the ball down the court during the game against Belmont at Winnisquam on February 4, 2014. Winnisquam won 63-30.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Winnisquam's Tucker Normand looks to pass the ball while guarded by Belmont's Kaleb Hibberd during the game at Winnisquam on February 4, 2014.  Winnisquam won 63-30<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Winnisquam's Tucker Normand looks to pass the ball while guarded by Belmont's Kaleb Hibberd during the game at Winnisquam on February 4, 2014. Winnisquam won 63-30

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Belmont's Trevor Hunt tries the waits to shoot the ball as he's surrounded by (from left) Winnisquam's Spencer Pike, Tucker Normand, Will Singleton and Torrey Martinez during the game at Winnisquam on February 4, 2014.  Winnisquam won 63-30<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Belmont's Trevor Hunt tries the waits to shoot the ball as he's surrounded by (from left) Winnisquam's Spencer Pike, Tucker Normand, Will Singleton and Torrey Martinez during the game at Winnisquam on February 4, 2014. Winnisquam won 63-30

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Belmont's Doug Price shoots the ball as Wnnisquam's Luke Morrison watches during the game at Winnisquam on February 4, 2014.  Winnisquam won 63-30.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Belmont's Doug Price shoots the ball as Wnnisquam's Luke Morrison watches during the game at Winnisquam on February 4, 2014. Winnisquam won 63-30.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Winnisquam's Greg Hunt shoots the ball during the game against Belmont at Winnisquam on February 4, 2014.  Winnisquam won 63-30<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Winnisquam's Greg Hunt shoots the ball during the game against Belmont at Winnisquam on February 4, 2014. Winnisquam won 63-30

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Belmont's Kaleb Hibbard blocks Winnisquam's Torrey Martinez during the game at Winnisquam on February 4, 2014.  Winnisquam won 63-30<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Belmont's Kaleb Hibbard blocks Winnisquam's Torrey Martinez during the game at Winnisquam on February 4, 2014. Winnisquam won 63-30

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Winnisquam's Christian Serrano passes the ball under the basket during the game against Belmont at Winnisquam on February 4, 2014.  Winnisquam won 63-30.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Winnisquam's Marshall Bordeau, left, and Nick Welch foul Belmont's Kaleb Hibbard as he tries to go up for a basket during the game at Winnisquam on February 4, 2014.  Winnisquam won 63-30<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Winnisquam's Timmy Harmon rebounds the ball as Belmont's Matt LeClair guards him during the game at Winnisquam on February 4, 2014.  Winnisquam won 63-30.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Winnisquam's Christian Serrano dribbles the ball down the court during the game against Belmont at Winnisquam on February 4, 2014.  Winnisquam won 63-30.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Winnisquam's Tucker Normand looks to pass the ball while guarded by Belmont's Kaleb Hibberd during the game at Winnisquam on February 4, 2014.  Winnisquam won 63-30<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Belmont's Trevor Hunt tries the waits to shoot the ball as he's surrounded by (from left) Winnisquam's Spencer Pike, Tucker Normand, Will Singleton and Torrey Martinez during the game at Winnisquam on February 4, 2014.  Winnisquam won 63-30<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Belmont's Doug Price shoots the ball as Wnnisquam's Luke Morrison watches during the game at Winnisquam on February 4, 2014.  Winnisquam won 63-30.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Winnisquam's Greg Hunt shoots the ball during the game against Belmont at Winnisquam on February 4, 2014.  Winnisquam won 63-30<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Belmont's Kaleb Hibbard blocks Winnisquam's Torrey Martinez during the game at Winnisquam on February 4, 2014.  Winnisquam won 63-30<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

What looked on paper like just a postseason tune-up for the Winnisquam boys’ basketball team had greater implications for the Bears.

As Coach Kevin Dame stressed, at this point in the year – with home court still very much up in the air – no game can just be waved off and marked down as a win.

“Every game’s big. The top eight or nine (in Division III) is kind of a logjam,” he said. “If we have a bad game or two, we’d be on the road. Every game’s important.”

The approach prepared the Bears for a tough game that they prevented from developing, as they jumped on Belmont early en route to a 63-32 victory, one that dropped the Red Raiders to 1-11 while improving Winnisquam to 10-3.

And, more importantly, allowing it to keep pace in the heavy traffic atop the standings.

“The higher you get,” said Dame, whose team is currently sitting in sixth place, “you’re getting each team’s best shot.”

If it sounds like cliched modesty, the Bears’ season shows evidence otherwise. After all, Winnisquam beat up on 3-8 Franklin in early January, 62-43, only to be walloped by those same Golden Tornadoes, 64-38, two weeks later.

“We learned the hard way not to take teams lightly,” Dame said. “Hopefully we got that out of our system, and we’re just playing hard-nosed ball.”

The business-like mindset paid off last night, as Winnisquam applied the pressure early on defense to form turnovers and scoring chances, helping it to leads of 22-6 after the first quarter and 40-12 at halftime. Sophomore guard Christian Serrano led the way for the Bears with 16 points, while junior guards Torrey Martinez and Greg Hunt scored 14 and nine, respectively.

“We have a lot of guys who can shoot the basketball,” Dame said. “When we’re sharing the ball and not rushing (things), we usually have good results.”

Freshman guard Kaleb Hibbard scored 11 points to lead the Red Raiders, and freshman forward Trevor Hunt added nine.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

BEDFORD 52, CONCORD 44

Freshman Matt Giroux scored 14 points in his first varsity start, but it wasn’t enough for the Tide (3-7) in a tough Bedford (3-7) environment.

The Tide trailed only 34-29 entering the fourth. Bedford then stepped on the gas, pulling away. Jacob Szulc and Seimou Smith had 10 and nine points, respectively, to help the Tide.

BISHOP BRADY 69, St. Thomas 52

The Giants (8-2) were locked up in a tight one going into halftime, leading 34-28. An offensive outburst of 35 second-half points propelled the Giants, helping them pull away.

Four Giants scored in double figures, led by Brendan Johnson’s 19. Joe Bell (16), Jourdain Bell (14 points) and Danny Fogarty (11 points) also had solid offensive nights.

OYSTER RIVER 49, JOHN STARK 40

The Generals (2-9) trailed for the duration of the game in a night full of frustration.

Jordan Tucker led the offense with 14 points, while Drew McQuarrie (nine points, seven rebounds) and Egan Nickerson (eight points, six rebounds) also contributed solid games.

Pembroke 58, Lebanon 50

The Spartans prevailed against a talented Raiders team, improving their record to 11-1 with their second straight victory. Lebanon fell to 9-3. No details were reported.

Hillsboro-Deering 49, Bow 38

Despite trailing 14-4 after the first quarter, the Hillcats (3-9) kept battling and the offense came alive after that for a comfortable victory.

H-D led 22-19 at the half and 37-28 after the third quarter before securing the win.

Rood Monta led H-D’s attack with 22 points, while Mike Legare (eight points), Tony Girard (six points, five steals) and Max Parenteau (six rebounds as a guard) also contributed.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

BEDFORD 57, CONCORD 26

It was tough all-around night as the Tide (1-10) took on powerhouse Bedford (11-0). The Tide trailed 31-4 at halftime as the contest was never close.

Cassidy Emerson (nine points, seven rebounds) and Janessa Luciano (seven points) led the way. Deb Morrill and Sydney McClellan also played well.

Lebanon 48, Pembroke 40

The Spartans fell on the road, dropping to 8-5 against a tough Raiders (10-2) team.

Pembroke battled back from an 11-0 deficit to trail 11-5 after the first quarter. From there, the two teams played a relatively even second quarter as Lebanon took the slight upper hand, scoring 14 to Pembroke’s 13 and giving Lebanon a 25-18 halftime lead.

Pembroke started the third quarter with a 3-pointer to cut the lead to four, but Lebanon answered quickly to hold Pembroke at a distance and upped its lead to 38-27 by the end of the third quarter.

Bishop Brady 48, Winnisquam 31

The Green Giants trailed for the majority of the first half, but powered through the second half to defeat the Bears (6-8) and boost their record to 11-2.

Winnisquam started strong behind the effort of Kaylee Howard (13 points), leading 10-8 after the first quarter and 20-17 after the second. The tables turned in the third quarter, however, as Sarah Thomas (20 points) and the Brady offense began to heat up. Brady led, 34-21, after the third quarter and continued through the fourth to victory.

Riley Bennett (nine points), Emma Will (six points) and Meghan Kissinger (five points) contributed to the Brady scoring, while Riselly Deoleo (four points, five assists, 12 rebounds, four steals) played very well overall.

For the Bears, Tea Michaloski (three points, four steals), Laura Harmon and Dallis Austin put forth strong efforts.

BOW 36, HILLSBORO-DEERING 3

The Falcons (11-3) soared passed a shorthanded H-D (1-13) team.

Ashlie Tucker led Bow with 13 points, four steals and three rebounds. Sam Lulka added 10 points and three rebounds, freshman Abbey Horner had a solid game with four points, four rebounds and one steal, while older sister Maddie had three points, six rebounds, two blocks and a steal.

H-D struggled, making three free throws for its only points.

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