Concord Monitor 2018 Winter Sports Awards: Cam Darrah, Boys’ Basketball

  • Pittsfield guard Cam Darrah (center) averaged 22.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 3.9 steals, and he made 83 3-pointers. File photo

  • Pittsfield's Cam Darrah (center) hugs the championship plaque surrounded by fellow seniors Garrett Guerrero-Hadley (left), Casey Clark (2) and Josh Whittier (12) following Saturday's Division IV boys' championship game at Plymouth State University in Plymouth on Mar. 10, 2018. Pittsfield defeated Newmarket, 43-40, to win the first basketball title in the school's history. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) ELIZABETH FRANTZ

Monitor staff
Published: 4/20/2018 11:09:22 PM

Cam Darrah wasn’t going to let this slip away.

Darrah’s Pittsfield boys’ basketball team trailed Newmarket, 29-27, going into the fourth quarter of the Division IV final on March 9. Darrah erased that deficit on the first possession of the final quarter when he hit a 3-pointer, but it was the play he made with 3:40 left on the clock that let the packed house at Plymouth State University know Darrah was taking the trophy home to Pittsfield, no matter what.

Newmarket was back on top, 35-33, and had the ball. Point guard Simon Cote, an excellent player, was bringing it up the court, looking to make it a two-possession game. Before he could get his team into its offense, Darrah struck. His quick hands knocked the ball away, his quick feet got to it, and his determination fought off Cote all the way to the hoop, where he laid it in to tie the game.

In the end, Darrah hit two clutch free throws with 6.4 seconds to go to seal the Panthers’ 43-40 win and the school’s first-ever basketball championship. He finished with a game-high 17 points, nine of those coming in the fourth quarter, and a few days later was named the D-IV Player of the Year. But after the title game, Darrah only wanted to talk about his teammates.

“My guys kept me in it,” Darrah said. “I didn’t say anything to myself before the fourth quarter. They told me, ‘We’re gonna get this, we’re gonna get this. Eight minutes left and we’re going to be champions.’”

Pittsfield finished the season on a 17-game winning streak and with a 21-1 record, the only loss coming against Newmarket on Jan. 5. Darrah averaged 22.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 3.9 steals, and he made 83 3-pointers. He finishes his five-year varsity career (he played as eighth-grader) with 1,860 points, shattering the previous record of 1,263 points that had stood for 43 years.

Jeff Jones, who held that old school record, was pleased to see it broken. He traveled from Texas to see the championship game, addressed the team in the locker room prior to warmups and was part of the Pittsfield crowd that swarmed the court after the game armed with face-splitting smiles.

Darrah is still deciding on where he’ll play college ball, although he has narrowed it down to Plymouth State, Colby-Sawyer and the University of New England. Any of those schools will be lucky to get him, just ask the people of Pittsfield.

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