High schools: H-D boys’ hoop gets first win on last-second, half-court 3

Monitor staff
Published: 2/23/2021 6:14:57 PM

The Hillsboro-Deering boys’ basketball team didn’t just get their first win of the season on Monday night at John Stark. The Hillcats got a half-court-3-pointer, buzzer-beating, go-bananas win.

Stark (2-7) took a two-point lead with 4.8 seconds to play on a bucket from Chad Martin. H-D called a timeout and drew up a play for Zack Coombs, but the ball had to go the length of the floor and the Generals doubled Coombs … but that left another Coombs open, his older brother Owen. He was just over half court, but with time running down the elder Coombs launched a shot that went in as time ran out and gave H-D a 63-62 decision.

“I’m so proud of how they all played,” H-D coach Joe Lincoln said. “We lost one of our starters today for the rest of the season and everyone stepped up.”

Zack Coombs finished with a game-high 25 points and Owen ended up with 18. Thomas Doyle stepped into the starting lineup and had 13 points for the Hillcats (1-8).

“(Doyle) knew he needed to be a factor as a starter and he was,” Lincoln said.

Stark’s Gabe Lacasse was a factor on both ends with 16 points and six steals. Mason Kerr also finished with 16 points while Ben McKean stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, and Martin added nine points and three assists.

“It was a disappointing loss,” Stark coach Mike Smith said. “Hopefully we learn from it.”

The Generals have been impacted by coronavirus delays more than most teams in the state. They had no preseason and recently had to miss another full week of practice as the school district took extra safety precautions. They finish their regular-season with a game at H-D on Thursday and then will face ConVal in the first round of the open Division II tournament on Monday.

Thursday’s game against Stark is also the last of the regular-season for Hillsboro-Deering. The Hillcats drew a first-round bye in the open D-III tournament and will host Mascenic on March 3.

Boys’ Basketball

Bow 69, Bishop Brady 37

Key players: Bow — Matt Lamy (22 points); Bishop Brady — Nate Nelson (18 points)

Highlights: After losing its first game of the season on Saturday against Pelham, Bow bounced back with this win at home with six players scoring eight points or more.

Coach’s quote: “We haven’t played our best basketball yet, but we’re improving with every week. ” — Bow’s Tim Lee

Records: Bow 12-1; Bishop brady 0-13

Girls’ Basketball

Bishop Brady 68, Bow 62

Key players: Bishop Brady — Isabella Rivera (21 points, 10 rebounds), Ami Rivera (17 points), Libbey Hicks (16 points)

Highlights: These two teams got up and down the floor at Brady, trading buckets and stops all night long.

Coach’s quote: “We played well and were tested by Bow, which is a good young team. We get to see them again on Thursday before we gear up for the playoffs.” — Brady’s Sal Alosa

Records: Bishop Brady 12-1; Bow 10-3

Girls’ Basketball

John Stark 53, Hillsboro-Deering 37

Key players: John Stark — Brady Johnson (12 points), Avery Geaumont (8 points), Izabel Korbet (6 points), Eleanor Girardet (6 points); Hillsboro-Deering — Emily Howell (16 points)

Coach’s quote: “We shot the ball much better tonight and had very balanced scoring. The best part was how much better we shared the ball, creating a lot of assists. It was a very good team effort which I hope we can continue with a good week of practice.” — Stark’s Bruce Johnson

Records: John Stark 2-7; Hillsboro-Deering 0-7

Hopkinton 43, Kearsarge 29

Key players: Hopkinton — Maurgan McGrath (15 points, 6 rebounds), Kally Murdough (defense), Maddie Carmichael (10 points), Brooke Carlson (9 points, defense); Kearsarge — Caroline Camp (7 points), Ellie Stoker (6 points)

Highlights: The Hawks played impressive team defense, holding the Cougars to just 17 points over the last three quarters.

Coach’s quote: “Great effort tonight with contributions from all 13 players. I was pleased with our defensive effort and our poise on offense.” — Hopkinton’s Patrick Roye

Records: Hopkinton 6-6; Kearsarge 5-4

Boys’ Hockey

Concord 5, Exeter 1

Key players: Concord — Tyler Coskren (3 goals), Ryan Philbrick (goal, 2 assists), Joey Ala (goal), Noah Drew (2 assists), Colin Nelson (assist), Brooks Craigue (assist), Parker Frederickson (assist), Will Pegnam 19 saves

Highlights: After losing to Exeter 10 days ago by a 4-3 score, the Tide earned more than its fair share of redemption with this win against the top-ranked team in Division I. Philbrick recorded his 100th point in the process, becoming the 12th player in Coach Dunc Walsh’s 31 years on the Concord bench to reach that milestone, and just the first defenseman.

Coach’s quote: “It was a good win after losing to Exeter 10 days ago. They are a very good team and this was a quality win. It was a total team effort. I thought our guys played their best in the third period when we needed it most.” — Concord’s Dunc Walsh

Records: Concord 10-2; Exeter 10-2

St. Paul’s School results

The St. Paul’s School boys’ varsity basketball team dished out 15 assists on 24 made baskets in a great display of selfless play, but it wasn’t enough to beat a tough AAA team from New Hampton, which pulled out an 82-68 win. Jack Anderson led St. Paul’s in both scoring (20 points) and rebounds (five). Anthony Troncellito netted five 3-pointers for 15 points and Cody Appleton scored 12 points off of four 3-pointers for the Big Red.

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