Boys’ basketball: Bow overcomes slow start to beat Hopkinton in opener

  • Bow’s Matt Lamy (right) blocks a shot attempt from Hopkinton’s Quinn Whitehead during Monday’s boys’ basketball game in Bow. Lamy scored 12 points to help Bow to a 48-46 season-opening win. The two teams will play against each other again on Thursday in Hopkinton. JEFF SULLIVAN / sullivaneventphotography.com

  • Bow’s Owen Petretta (left) defends Hopkinton’s Brendan Elrick during Monday’s boys’ basketball game in Bow. Elrick had a game-high 21 points and 13 rebounds, but Petretta (seven points) and the Falcons claimed a 48-46 season-opening win. The two teams will play against each other again on Thursday in Hopkinton. JEFF SULLIVAN / sullivaneventphotography.com

  • Hopkinton’s Quinn Whitehead (left) passes the ball while Bow’s Kyle Martin defends. Bow claimed a 48-46 season-opening win. The two teams will play against each other again on Thursday in Hopkinton. JEFF SULLIVAN / sullivaneventphotography.com

  • Bow’s Shaun Lover (33) grabs a rebound over a smaller Hopkinton player during Monday’s boys’ basketball game in Bow. Lover finished with a team-high 14 points to lead the Falcons to a 48-46 season-opening win. JEFF SULLIVAN / sullivaneventphotography.com

Monitor staff
Published: 1/12/2021 10:05:34 AM

Some hiccups and a little bit of rust are expected on opening night. When that opening night comes after a preseason that was delayed by weeks, lacked scrimmages and was conducted under strict safety guidelines, it can be more than a little rusty.

That was certainly the case on Monday when the Bow boys’ basketball team hosted Hopkinton in the season opener for both teams. The Falcons and Hawks combined to score just 15 points in the first quarter and 32 total in the first half, but it was a competitive game until the end and both coaches took positives from Bow’s 46-44 win.

“It was the first game. The whole preseason has been abnormal, especially last week with three captains out due to injuries,” first-year Bow coach Tim Lee said. “We missed a lot of layups, which is just kids re-learning game speed. I’m just happy with how hard they worked and how they are handling everything going on. I really like this team and think we can do some special things.”

Senior Shaun Lover had 14 points for the Falcons, who finished last season 18-1 and earned the No. 2 seed in the Division II tournament, which was canceled after the first round due to the coronavirus pandemic. Junior Matt Lamy, a First Team D-II pick last season, had 12 points for Bow, while Lincoln Routhier and Owen Petretta each had seven points and Alex Boisvert added six.

The Hawks are in D-III, but with schedules based on location and not division this season to help limit possible COVID spread, they are playing mostly D-II teams like Bow. Hopkinton trailed 10-5 after the first quarter on Monday playing against the bigger school, but the Hawks rallied in the second and tied things up 17-17 by halftime.

“Our team never backed down,” Hopkinton coach Steve Signor said. “We got knocked around early, but never rolled over and continued to battle. I saw so many good things tonight against a top team in Division II. I was impressed with how we handled their size as well as the speed of their guards.”

Brendan Elrick, a 6-foot-8 junior, finished with a game-high 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Hawks. Owen Milchick had 11 points, Quinn Whitehead added five and John Jacobsen had four points.

“I thought we did a nice job on the defensive end and showed some flashes on offense, especially in the second half,” Signor said. “We have lots of work to do, but I’m very excited to see how competitive we are and will continue to be.”

The two teams will meet again on Thursday in Hopkinton.




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