Unfinished business for Matt Lamy and the Falcons

  • Bow High junior Matt Lamy (right) gets a step on Coe-Brown's Keegan Paradis (left) during a game at Bow High earlier this month. After helping Bow to a 17-1 regular-season record last year, Lamy has once again led Bow to the top of Division II this winter.  GEOFF FORESTER/ Monitor staff

  • Bow High junior Matt Lamy (right) gets a step on Coe-Brown’s Keegan Paradis (left) during a game at Bow High earlier this month. After helping Bow to a 17-1 regular-season record last year, Lamy has once again led Bow to the top of Division II this winter. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • Matt Lamy hits one off the tee for the Bow golf team at the 2020 Division III championships at Derryfield Country Club in Manchester. Lamy finished 11th overall and the Falcons won the team title. ALLIE ST PETER file / Monitor staff

  • Matt Lamy (center back with glasses) and the Bow baseball team pose in front of the championship banner after defeating Hollis Brookline, 5-4, in the 2019 Division II championship game at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. Lamy was just a freshman, but he went 2-for-2 at the plate in the title game and earned the pitching win. RICH MIYARA / NH Sports Photography

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Published: 2/21/2021 12:36:32 PM

Asked if his team had unfinished business from last year, Matt Lamy didn’t hesitate.

“Definitely,” he said, his voice confident and telling – Lamy and the Bow boys’ basketball team are eager to complete what they started, and they believe they can get it done.

The Falcons went 17-1 in the 2019-20 regular season, earned the No. 2 seed in the Division II tournament and were named co-champions along with No. 1 ConVal after the season was canceled due to coronavirus. Despite losing three starters and tons of size from that team, the Falcons have cooked up an 11-1 record this season with Lamy as the head chef.

The 6-foot-3 junior point guard leads the team in scoring (16.8 points per game) and steals (2.1 per game), is second in assists (2.4 per game) and fourth in rebounds (4.8).

“He’s been able to do it all for us offensively from hitting perimeter shots, to coming off screens, creating his own shots and then obviously slashing and getting to the hoop, I think he’s one of the best in the state at that, and getting the free-throw line,” Bow coach Tim Lee said. “So when other teams know he can do all those things they collapse on him and focus on him and, as of late, he’s been able to find open guys, and the trust among everybody is growing.”

Lamy also knows all about the difference between being handed a championship and truly earning one. He was a freshman on the Bow golf team in 2018 when the D-III championships were rained out and the Falcons were awarded the title because they had the best regular-season record. This fall, Bow won the title (its seventh in the last nine years) on the course at the Derryfield Country Club in Manchester, carding a 322 as a team to beat out Stevens (332). Lamy was 11th overall after shooting an 81.

“After it was rained out, it just didn’t feel like winning it, really; it didn’t feel the same. So it was awesome to win it this year after we actually played,” Lamy said. “It’s the same with basketball. We didn’t like that it was just handed to us last year; it’s so much more special to be able play and win it.”

Lamy also helped the Falcons win a baseball title in 2019 when he was a freshman. He went 2-for-2 at the plate in the D-II championship game and earned the pitching decision in Bow’s 5-4 walkoff win against Hollis Brookline. Lamy threw 2⅔ innings of relief that day at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, which included escaping a bases-loaded, one-out jam without allowing a run.

Despite his talent and success on the links and diamond, Lamy’s favorite sport has always been basketball. Between playing for the New England Storm AAU program and Bow, Lamy manages to hoop for most of the year, but he’s glad he doesn’t have to give up golf or baseball to get in that much basketball.

“I love playing different sports. I think it’s good for me mentally, and for other people,” Lamy said. “I think it’s hard to just play one sport year-round; the rigor of that is so tough. Playing baseball and golf is kind of a release for me and helps me get away from basketball for a little bit, although I do love basketball. I just love playing.”

Former Bow basketball coach Frank Moreno saw the depth of that love when Lamy broke his right (shooting) hand in the first game of his freshman season and had to miss time with the injury. A few weeks after the break, Moreno and the Falcons were on a bus to Wolfeboro for a game against Kingswood when the coach’s cell phone started buzzing. It was the Lamys, saying the doctor had just cleared Matt to play and asking if they could they drive him to Kingswood for the game that night.

“We ended up coming from behind and winning and he was part of that comeback, so that just goes to show his dedication to the team and how much he wants to play,” Moreno said. “It was great.”

That group and last year’s Bow team had great size, so the Falcons played at a slow pace to make sure they worked the ball inside to their big guys. That didn’t maximize Lamy’s strengths, but he was willing to do it for the good of the team, and he still led the Falcons in scoring (18.3 ppg) and was a first-team D-II selection by the New Hampshire Basketball Coaches Organization.

Most of last year’s size graduated, so this season Bow is playing an up-tempo, run-and-gun style that utilizes Lamy’s athleticism and open-court decision making.

“You could see when we would pound it inside and slow it down that’s not the way he wanted to play,” Moreno said. “He adjusted to it really well and we were winning games, but when we could get out and run and play full-court, that was definitely his style, so I’m sure that fits really well with their personnel and how they’re playing this year.”

The Falcons’ current coach agrees.

“He likes to play a fast-paced game, which fits our personnel pretty well,” Lee said. “We’ve got a deep bench, which means we’re able to have enough stamina to run with him and be an option for him.”

Lamy almost raced his fast-paced game to St. Paul’s School this year. He was accepted at the prep school and planned on attending until the pandemic hit. He has re-applied for next year and if he gets in again, chances are good he will go.

“I’m not 100 percent certain on it, but that’s the plan right now,” explained Lamy, who also said that coming back to Bow this year “was the best idea for me. There was just so much uncertainty with the prep schools, so I’m happy I decided to come back.”

So are the Falcons.

“He’s very competitive, very coachable, humble and vocal in practice for us,” Lee said. “And as a leader he’s great because he takes on every challenge, both from us as his coaches and from other teams, all the angles they throw at him. He never complains, he accepts everything that’s thrown at him and he just plays the game the way it should be played.”

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