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High Schools: Brady survives 37-point outburst from Stark’s Lloyd

  • Bishop Brady's Jourdain Bell takes a shot during NHIAA Division II first round tournament action with John Stark Wednesday evening.  (Karen Bobotas/for the Concord Monitor)

    Bishop Brady's Jourdain Bell takes a shot during NHIAA Division II first round tournament action with John Stark Wednesday evening. (Karen Bobotas/for the Concord Monitor)

  • Bishop Brady's Jourdain Bell takes a shot during NHIAA Division II first round tournament action with John Stark Wednesday evening.  (Karen Bobotas/for the Concord Monitor)

    Bishop Brady's Jourdain Bell takes a shot during NHIAA Division II first round tournament action with John Stark Wednesday evening. (Karen Bobotas/for the Concord Monitor)

  • John Stark's Nicolas Lloyd gets through Bishop Brady's Stephen Desmarais and Brendan Johnson during first round tournament action for NHIAA Division II.   (Karen Bobotas/for the Concord Monitor)

    John Stark's Nicolas Lloyd gets through Bishop Brady's Stephen Desmarais and Brendan Johnson during first round tournament action for NHIAA Division II. (Karen Bobotas/for the Concord Monitor)

  • John Stark's Zachary Grattan attempts to block Bishop Brady's Stephen Desmarais' shot during first round NHIAA Division II tournament action Wednesday.  (Karen Bobotas/for the Concord Monitor)

    John Stark's Zachary Grattan attempts to block Bishop Brady's Stephen Desmarais' shot during first round NHIAA Division II tournament action Wednesday. (Karen Bobotas/for the Concord Monitor)

  • John Stark's Adam Wasiewski jumps for the basket past Bishop Brady's Stephen Desmarais during NHIAA first round Division II basketball Wednesday evening.  (Karen Bobotas/for the Concord Monitor)

    John Stark's Adam Wasiewski jumps for the basket past Bishop Brady's Stephen Desmarais during NHIAA first round Division II basketball Wednesday evening. (Karen Bobotas/for the Concord Monitor)

  • Bishop Brady's Jourdain Bell takes a shot during NHIAA Division II first round tournament action with John Stark Wednesday evening.  (Karen Bobotas/for the Concord Monitor)
  • Bishop Brady's Jourdain Bell takes a shot during NHIAA Division II first round tournament action with John Stark Wednesday evening.  (Karen Bobotas/for the Concord Monitor)
  • John Stark's Nicolas Lloyd gets through Bishop Brady's Stephen Desmarais and Brendan Johnson during first round tournament action for NHIAA Division II.   (Karen Bobotas/for the Concord Monitor)
  • John Stark's Zachary Grattan attempts to block Bishop Brady's Stephen Desmarais' shot during first round NHIAA Division II tournament action Wednesday.  (Karen Bobotas/for the Concord Monitor)
  • John Stark's Adam Wasiewski jumps for the basket past Bishop Brady's Stephen Desmarais during NHIAA first round Division II basketball Wednesday evening.  (Karen Bobotas/for the Concord Monitor)

Fading away or through traffic, with one hand or two men in his face, deep or close, none of it seemed to matter to Nic Lloyd. He just kept scoring.

“I was just trying to stay in his face the whole game, and it was very difficult,” said Bishop Brady freshman Joe Bell. “The kid can shoot, he can drive, he can do everything, so I just did my best. It was painful, my legs are killing me, but I stayed with him.”

The 5-foot-9 Lloyd finished with 37 points, including seven 3-pointers, but Bell kept him to just three points in the fourth quarter as the No. 6 Giants (12-8) finished with a 72-64 first-round win and a spot in Saturday’s quarterfinals against third-seeded Lebanon.

“Joe played great defense and I think 95 percent of the time we did exactly what we wanted to do against Lloyd, and he still put up 37,” Brady Coach Mark Yeaton said. “I feel relieved walking out of here with a win with how well he played.”

The Giants also got a sense of relief when Stark’s 6-9 center, Zach Grattan, fouled out with 6:51 left in the fourth and the score tied, 55-55. The No. 11 Generals (9-10) had Grattan with four fouls, but Brady’s scorekeeper had him with five, and the home book is official. The Giants went on an 11-3 run from there, creating a cushion that helped them close the game, although Stark did regroup and make a push in the final minutes.

“I’m sure it was an honest mistake, but it was a big one,” said Stark Coach Mike Smith, who added that he was very pleased with how his team, and Grattan in particular, handled the difficult situation both during and after the game. “I wouldn’t have handled it like that when I was 18.”

It was the first time in nine years (almost to the day) that Bishop Brady won a playoff game. The Green Giants’ last postseason victory came on March 7, 2004, a fact that was not lost on the Brady players, even though most of them were still in elementary school at the time.

“The first playoff win since 2004, so for me it was exciting because I got to win for the school,” said sophomore Jourdain Bell, Joe’s brother, who had 18 points, nine rebounds and five assists. “But it was definitely nerve-wracking at points because we couldn’t tell what was going to happen in the end until the last 40 seconds or so.”

That’s because the Generals refused to fold after Grattan’s departure and Brady’s ensuing run. After four points from Bell capped the 11-3 run to put the Giants up 64-56 with 3:09 left, Stark got a short jumper from Nicholas Simeone (six points) and 3-pointers from Adam Wasiewski and Lloyd to make it 67-64 with 1:55 to go.

But the Generals wouldn’t make another shot after that, and the Giants iced the win by going 5-for-6 from the line. Three of those makes came from sophomore Brendan Johnson, who scored 22 of his team-high 26 in the second half.

“It was which team was going to step up and get that third scorer in the books; I think that happens a lot during tournament time, and they were able to do it tonight,” Smith said. “You know the Bell brothers are going to score and get their points (Joe finished with 11 points), but for Johnson to play that way, I think he was really the difference.”

Johnson began making that difference as soon as the third quarter started. He scored Brady’s first eight points of the second half, all on fast-break layups, as the Giants turned a 31-29 halftime deficit into a 37-35 lead in two minutes. Johnson finished with 13 points in the quarter, but Lloyd drained two 3-pointers in the last 41 seconds of the third (the second one from the corner at the buzzer with both Bells in his face) to pull the Generals within one, 51-50, going into the fourth.

“An amazing performance, and I just got through telling (Lloyd) I haven’t seen a better first-round performance,” Smith said.

But after scoring 34 through three quarters, Lloyd (with help from Joe Bell) tired in the fourth, while Johnson still had some juice. He hit two clutch corner 3s in the quarter, plus the three late free throws, to push Brady past the game, but Grattan-less, Generals.

“Brendan kept telling us to look for him in the corner,” Jourdain Bell said, “so that’s what we tried to do and it paid off in the fourth.”

“Our goal here is to have kids want to come to Bishop Brady because it’s a great academic institution and it has a great athletic program,” said Yeaton, who graduated from Brady in 1999. “I think we’re slowly getting there and this win is another step.”

(Tim O’Sullivan can be reached at 369-3371 or tosullivan@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @timosullivan20.)

No. 1 Pembroke 43, No. 16 St. Thomas 25

The Spartans (19-0) turned it on in the second half to overcome a stagnant St. Thomas game plan and advance to the quarterfinals.

The Saints (5-14) tried to stall by holding on to the ball on offensive possessions in the first quarter, leading to a 5-0 lead for Pembroke going into the second. Pembroke was able to take advantage of St. Thomas’s slow offense by pressing and forcing turnovers. The Spartans started to open up a lead in the closing minutes of the first half, but a late three-point play by the Saints cut the deficit to 15-12 at the break.

Pembroke effectively put the contest to bed in the third quarter, outscoring St. Thomas 12-5 to take a 27-17 lead.

Pat Welch led the offense with 13 points. Jordan Williams (six rebounds) and Matt Persons each had 12 points, while Dominic Timbas (four points off of late free throws) played an important part on the glass with 13 rebounds.

Pembroke, which beat the Saints in the first round of the tournament for the second year in a row, will try to carry on its season-long undefeated run with a quarterfinal matchup against No. 8 Pelham.

No. 13 Coe-Brown 66,
No. 4 Hollis-Brookline 63

The Bears (9-10) took advantage of some timely scoring and solid free-throw shooting to outscore Hollis-Brookline 26-18 in the fourth quarter and come back from an earlier eight-point deficit to upset the Cavaliers (14-5). Andrew Langdon scored 14 of his 17 points in the final period and was perfect from the foul line to give the Bears a boost.

The Bears were behind by eight points in the third quarter but stayed within striking distance, trailing only 45-40 going into the fourth. Coe-Brown made only a single free throw before the fourth quarter but went 5-for-5 over the final frame on three shots by Langdon and two by Josh Jackman.

“We got big stops, and every starter scored at critical times,” Coe-Brown Coach David Smith said of his team’s huge fourth quarter.

Damon Doyle scored 17 points and added four assists to match Langdon’s high points total. Langdon also added four rebounds. Chris Laurion (15 points, eight boards, four assists) also scored in double figures, while Beau Pingree (nine points, four rebounds) and Jackman (eight points, four rebounds) contributed with points and boards.

The Bears will face No. 12 Windham in the quarterfinals to try to reach the semifinal round for the second straight year.

No. 3 Lebanon 75,
No. 14 mERRIMACK vALLEY 66

The Pride (7-12) saw its season come to an end in the first round after falling behind by 10 points at the end of the first period. MV opened up a 9-2 lead in the early going but succumbed to a 17-0 run by Lebanon (15-4). The Raiders were able to maintain a lead at or above 10 points for the majority of the game.

Lebanon’s David Hampton (22 points, 8-for-8 on free throws) and Dominick Morrill were a combined 5-for-5 on 3-pointers in the first half, making a number of highly contested shots to hold a healthy lead.

MV did close its deficit to nine points in the second half but turned the ball over or missed shots at every moment that looked like the Pride could make it a tight game.

“We couldn’t get over the hump,” MV Coach Sean Young said

The Pride outscoreD Lebanon 40-32 in the second half by attacking the rim more frequently and showed improved defense to hold Hampton to just two points in the half until the Pride started fouling late.

“The kids battled and showed a lot of heart to keep fighting,” Young said. “They played until the final buzzer.”

Joey Brochu was the high scorer for MV with 20 points. Andrew Alicea scored 18 and Dylan Baer put in 11, while Justin Williams (four), Adam Presutti (four), Ryan Head (four) and Nate Mulleavey (three) all added scoring.

The loss extends MV’s winless streak in the tournament another year, as the Pride last won a tourney game in the first round against Bishop Brady in 2002.

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