High schools: Brady boys’ basketball edges Bow in back-and-forth battle

  • Bow forward Shaun Lover (33) drives to the basket between Bishop Brady forward Connor Raposo (30) and forward Ryan Johnson (23) during the second quarter on Friday. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • Bow guard Matthew Lamy goes up for a shot against Bishop Brady guard Angelo Besho during the first quarter on Friday, January 18, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Bishop Brady guard/forward Tommy Fraser (32) blocks a shot from Bow forward Steven Guerrette (32) during the first quarter on Friday, January 18, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Bow forward Benjamin Harris battles for the ball using just his left arm during the first half on Friday, January 18, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Bow forward Benjamin Harris battles for the ball using just his left arm during the first half on Friday, January 18, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Bishop Brady guard/forward Tommy Fraser drives to the basket during the third quarter on Friday, January 18, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 1/18/2019 11:35:21 PM

There were scoring droughts, missed free throws and blown leads. But there was also a lively crowd, momentum swings and a near-miss buzzer-beater as the Bishop Brady boys’ basketball team pulled out an entertaining 50-48 win Friday night against Bow.

“I just told our guys this was the type of game that’s tough to lose, but it’s also the type of game you remember,” said Bow coach Frank Moreno, whose team held a 17-point first-half lead and just missed the game-winning 3 at the end.

The Falcons (2-6) lost their first five games of the regular season, and then lost both of their games at the Capital Area Holiday Tournament, including a 65-49 loss to Brady. But Bow had won both of its contests since the Holiday Tournament, and the Falcons rolled all that momentum into the Brady gym to start Friday’s game. Behind five first-quarter points from Shaun Lover, who finished with a game-high 14 points, Bow built a 16-5 lead after one.

The Giants (4-4) missed their first nine shots of the opening quarter, including some bunnies, and looked overwhelmed.

“We were kind of playing scared almost, in front of the big crowd and everything,” said Brady junior Tommy Fraser, who finished with a team-high 11 points and nine rebounds. “I was excited to play, but then you get out there and the fans are everywhere and it seemed like we couldn’t make a shot.”

Bow kept rolling in the second, opening the quarter with a 7-2 run. Ben Harris (10 points, 11 rebounds) capped that run with a 3-pointer that gave the Falcons a 24-7 lead and forced Brady coach Keith Bergeron to call a timeout.

“We were out of sorts,” Bergeron said. “Ismael Rivera went down last week with an injury, he’ll be back, but he’s our point guard so without him we’ve been working on some new guys handling the ball and I think that was part of it, we had guys in new roles.”

The Giants finally worked through the nerves and settled into the new roles in the latter half of the second quarter. They also got 3s from Will Spencer (10 points, two assists, two steals), Ryan Johnson (10 points, seven rebounds) and Charles Coffin, and trailed, 31-20, at halftime.

Spencer and Johnson also hit 3s in the third quarter, as did Billy Fraser (nine points, six rebounds). More importantly, the Giants upped their intensity and defensive pressure. Brady held Bow to just four points on 2-for-11 shooting in the third quarter, and took a 37-35 lead into the fourth.

“The boys got together at halftime and talked about coming together as a team, working hard and matching Bow, because they came out with a lot of energy,” Bergeron said. “I thought our boys did match that, and they started rebounding, that was the difference, rebounding and mental toughness.”

The Falcons have gone through offensive lulls throughout the season, and they were stuck in another one in the second half. With Bow missing and Tommy Fraser grabbing every defensive rebound, Brady gradually pushed its lead to 46-38 with 3:01 to play. It looked like the Giants would walk away with the win, but that didn’t happen.

Lover drained four free throws and a 3 in the final minutes, while Brady went 3-for-10 from the foul line. And when Bow’s impressive freshman point guard Matt Lamy (nine points, three assists) hit a pull-up 3 with 25 seconds left, the Falcons trailed by just one, 49-48.

“I might have mentioned something after the game about practicing free throws,” Bergeron said.

After two missed free throws by Brady, Bow missed a layup at the other end. The rebound was up for grabs when Brady’s Angelo Besho, who was the shortest player on the court at the time, took the ball away from taller Bow players, dribbled to the other end, got fouled and hit 1 of 2 free throws with 1.6 seconds left on the clock.

The Falcons had to go the distance in less than two seconds, and they nearly did it after a timeout by Moreno. They pulled off a great full-court play and Lamy had an open 3 for the win, but the ball went off iron and the Giants won for the fourth time in their last five games.

“A win like this can go a long way,” Bergeron said. “I could see it building throughout the second half for the boys. They started trusting in each other and playing team basketball.”

(Tim O’Sullivan can be reached at 369-3341, tosullivan@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @timosullivan20)

Boys’ basketball

Concord 60, Merrimack 47

Key players: Concord – Scott Lampron (19 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds), Tyler Bruns (8 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists), Rylan Canabano (6 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds), Angelo Gray (5 points, defense)

Highlights: The Crimson Tide won its third straight and maintained its spot in the top third of the D-I standings with this victory over the Tomahawks.

Records: Concord 5-2; Merrimack 2-6

Pembroke 70, Souhegan 60

Key players: Pembroke – Shea Shackford (21 points), Noah Cummings (18 points), Sean Menard (12 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals), Tim Pitman (12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals), Jack Lehoullier (8 points)

Highlights: The Spartans took a 25-11 first-quarter lead, allowed the Sabers to cut it to 35-25 at halftime and 43-34 after three, but 27 fourth-quarter points cemented the win for Pembroke. Lehoullier’s defense was crucial to the Spartans’ success in the paint and Pitman went 9-for-10 from the free-throw line down the stretch. The victory gives Pembroke sole possession of second place and forced Souhegan to third in the D-II standings.

Coach’s quote: “We scored 52 of our 70 points in the first and fourth quarters. We got away from doing the things we need to do to be successful in the second quarter and Souhegan made a bit of a run, but 27 fourth-quarter points helped us out.” – Pembroke’s Rich Otis

Records: Pembroke 7-1; Souhegan 6-2

Kearsarge 63, Coe-Brown 53

Key players: Kearsarge – Noah Tremblay (22 points), Adrian McCarthy (12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists), Ben Carl (11 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists), Nick LeBlanc (7 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists off the bench), Kyle Hernon (7 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists); Coe-Brown – Albert Lapiejko (21 points, 6 rebounds), Dom Cronshaw (9 points, 6 rebounds), Luke McCusker (12 rebounds, 10 assists, 7 points), Spencer Murphy (7 points, 4 deflections), Keegan Paradis (5 points)

Highlights: The Bears made a run in the fourth quarter, cutting their deficit to five points a couple of times, but Tremblay scored 10 of his game-high 22 points in the fourth and went 7-for-10 from the free throw line to help secure the win for the Cougars.

Coach’s quote: “The guys really stepped up tonight at home. Coach Smith and his team played really hard. (Coe-Brown is) a tough team and have beaten good teams on the road already. We knew they were going to be tough ... Kyle Hernon was the difference inside. He was a great leader for us tonight.” – Kearsarge’s Nate Camp

Records: Kearsarge 4-4; Coe-Brown 2-4

Hanover 68, John Stark 50

Key players: John Stark – Christian Barr (14 points, 10 rebounds), Aaron Bergeron (12 points), Jacob Greene (10 points), Noah Gamache (5 assists)

Highlights: The Generals were outscored, 24-9, in the second quarter. Hanover hit 17 3-pointers in the game, including seven in the second quarter.

Records: Hanover 6-2; John Stark 2-5

Lebanon 48,
Merrimack Valley 34

Key players: MV – Kyle Dube (12 points)

Highlights: The Raiders led 15-8 after the first quarter, 28-17 at halftime and built on their lead in the second half.

Coach’s quote: “We’re just struggling to score right now.” – MV’s Tim Mucher

Records: Lebanon 5-2; MV 6-3

White Mountains 53,
Belmont 43

Key players: Belmont – Griffin Embree (15 points), Keith Landry (9 points), Aidan Rupp (6 points), Mikey Sprague (defense); White Mtns. – Zeke Pribbernow (21 points)

Highlights: The Raiders used some great defensive pressure to work their way back into the game, cutting their deficit to five points multiple times, but Belmont couldn’t get it to a one-possession game and the Spartans iced the game from the free throw line.

Coach’s quote: “I love the fight in this team. We need to start games better though, as you cannot continue to dig a hole against good teams and expect to win. We are right there and will bounce back. This team has too much heart not to.” – Belmont’s Jim Cilley

Records: White Mtns. 6-3; Belmont 5-3

Winnisquam 75, Raymond 57

Key players: Winnisquam – Kyle Mann (24 points), Phil Nichols (21 points)

Highlights: The Bears took a 21-9 first-quarter lead and extended it to 38-23 at halftime.

Coach’s quote: “In the first half we caused (Raymond) to turn the ball over and got some points in transition. Our offense was pretty consistent in the second half. ... Overall a pretty good team effort.” – Winnisquam’s Kevin Dame

Records: Winnisquam 4-4

Franklin 77, Newport 42

Key players: Franklin – Ben Lafrance (22 points in 16 minutes), T.J. Laramie (17 points in 16 minutes), Taishi Chiba (8 points)

Highlights: The Tornadoes came out strong and never looked back, holding a commanding 45-23 halftime lead and poured in 22 more points in the third.

Coach’s quote: “Everyone got a lot of playing time in this one and they all contributed in the victory. The team also hit 11 free throws, adding to their total to help kids fight cancer. The Tornadoes right now have raised $1,100 and will present a check to CHaD at season’s end.” – Franklin’s Michael Donnell

Records: Franklin 4-5; Newport 0-9

Pittsfield 74, Lisbon 42

Key players: Pittsfield – Dylan Bocash (13 points, 8 rebounds), Devin Bedell (12 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists), Jah Gordon (12 points, 7 steals), Tyler Prentice (11 points), Jesse MacGlashing (11 points, 6 rebounds)

Highlights: The Panthers exploded for 26 second-quarter points to take a 44-16 lead into halftime, allowing Pittsfield to coast through the second half and work on some different combinations.

Coach’s quote: “We did well to get out and force the tempo. Lisbon struggled with our pressure and I don’t think they were used to an atmosphere like our packed house provided. It was nice to see us to get contributions from multiple guys.” – Pittsfield’s Jay Darrah

Records: Pittsfield 8-2; Lisbon 5-5

Girls’ Basketball

Merrimack 58, Concord 34

Key players: Concord – Elizabeth Blinn (13 points), Quinn Daniels (12 points)

Highlights: Concord played solid defense and got to the free-throw line frequently, but the Tide couldn’t take advantage of opportunities from the charity stripe, and Merrimack went on a 6-0 run to close out the first half to lead by 13. The Tide applied more pressure in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to disrupt Merrimack.

Coach’s quote: “We just have to be tougher. Merrimack was physical and aggressive and we did not stay composed and execute on the offensive end the way we needed to. Merrimack is a well-coached and disciplined team on offense so when you get behind on them, its an uphill battle.” – Concord’s Tim LaTorra

Records: Merrimack 7-3; Concord 3-7

Bishop Brady 64, Bow 53

Key players: Bishop Brady – Ami Rivera (25 points), Kaylee Smith (19 points), Libby Hicks (9 points); Bow – Lauren Goyette (16 points), Megan Remick (8 points), Jessica Chamberlain (8 points, 9 rebounds), Taylor Burnham (6 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists)

Highlights: The Green Giants made five 3-pointers in the first quarter, two of them from Smith, as they opened up a 21-9 lead after one. They pushed that lead to 37-20 by halftime as River scored 10 of her game-high 25 in the second quarter. Bow raised its intensity in the second half and made a run, highlighted by 10 fourth-quarter points from Goyette, but time ran out on the comeback bid.

Records: Bishop Brady 6-2; Bow 4-6

Pembroke 41, Souhegan 39

Key players: Pembroke – Savannah Youngman (12 points, 6 steals, 5 rebounds), Chloe Carignan (8 points, 4 steals), Maddie Gaskell (8 points)

Highlights: The Spartans took a 28-15 halftime lead and remained calm while withstanding a strong comeback from the Sabers in the second half.

Coach’s quote: “Hard work and team effort led to a close win tonight.” – Pembroke’s Michaela Champlin

Records: Pembroke 3-7; Souhegan 2-8

Lebanon 52,
Merrimack Valley 41

Key players: MV – Carly Huckins (19 points), Jadyn Holmes (10 points), Hailey Kenney (6 points)

Highlights: The Pride trailed by 20 points, 39-19, heading into the final frame, but MV closed the gap in the fourth quarter against one of two remaining undefeated teams in D-II.

Coach’s quote: “We have a lot of positives to take out of that game and some things I think we can do moving forward.” – MV’s Bob McNutt

Records: Lebanon 9-0; MV 6-5

Kearsarge 46,
Coe-Brown 41, OT

Key players: Kearsarge – Jordan Busch (9 points), Caroline Camp (9 points), Meg Roy (8 points); Coe-Brown – Jenny Bettencourt (14 points), Angelina Rene (6 points, 8 rebounds), Kirin Asselin (5 pionts), Lauren Curtin (5 points, 7 rebounds)

Highlights: The Bears led, 27-16, at halftime, but the Cougars came back and Rayna Tucker hit two free throws at the end of regulation to tie the game, 39-39, and force overtime.

Coach’s quote: “All nine kids scored. If we hadn’t had that, we couldn’t have won. It was huge team win for this group.” – Kearsarge’s Keith Roberts

“We had our opportunities, we just couldn’t finish. These are the things we need to go through as a team to get to where we need to be.” – Coe-Brown’s Joe Vachon

Records: Kearsarge 4-5; Coe-Brown 4-4

Monadnock 52, Hopkinton 42

Key players: Hopkinton – Amelia Thomas (10 points), Maurgan McGrath (8 points), Katie Meserve (7 points); Monadnock – Gwen Simpson (18 points), Caitlyn Boucher (16 points)

Highlights: The Hawks and top-ranked Huskies were tied through three quarters before Monadnock’s Simpson and Boucher took over in the fourth, combining for 12 points (six each) in the frame.

Coach’s quote: “We showed a lot of heart and toughness tonight. I was pleased that we came back several times in the game against a quality opponent.” – Hopkinton’s Pat Roye

Records: Monadnock 9-1; Hopkinton 7-4

White Mountains 54,
Belmont 45

Key players: Belmont – Julianna Estremera (16 points), Katie Galambos (career-high 14 points), Mackenzie Donovan (10 points, 10 assists)

Highlights: The Raiders and Spartans traded leads early on with White Mountains taking a two-point edge at the end of the first quarter and Belmont holding a two-point lead at halftime. But the Spartans drained three 3s in a span of 90 seconds in the third quarter to turn a two-point lead into an 11-point lead and forcing the Raiders to chase the rest of the way.

Coach’s quote: “I was proud of our effort tonight. The girls played hard.” – Belmont’s Mark Dawalga

Records: White Mtns. 8-3; Belmont 4-6

Newport 63, Franklin 42

Key players: Franklin – Clarissa Martin (21 points, 11 rebounds)

Coach’s quote: “The girls played really hard but their full-court pressure wore us down. It was a much better team effort and hopefully we can build on it.” – Franklin’s JJ Winters

Records: Franklin 3-7

Lisbon 70, Pittsfield 30

Key players: Pittsfield – Haylee Gilleney (14 points), Cora Lemay (6 points, 7 rebounds)

Highlights: The Panthers turned the ball over several times in the first quarter and fell behind, 20-4, before regrouping to score 14 points in the second quarter (six of them by Tori Lee). The second half was all Lisbon and the Panthers couldn’t keep up.

Coach’s quote: “We had a hard time with the press today. Too many turnovers did us in.” – Pittsfield’s Heidi Hall

Records: Lisbon 6-5; Pittsfield 2-10

Girls’ Hockey

Concord 6, Bedford 1

Key players: Concord – Ingrid Laakso (2G), Nicole Jones (2G), Emily Forward (G), Amy Cohen (G), Abby Corbett (14 saves)

Coach’s quote: “We were able to get everyone involved in this game and it’s great to see all of our players contribute in some way. We are looking forward to a tough three-game stretch ahead of us beginning Monday.” – Concord’s Patrick McDonough

Records: Concord 8-0; Bedford 3-5

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