High schools: Bow boys’ basketball narrowly beats Brady in rematch of Capital Area Tourney championship

Monitor staff
Published: 1/24/2020 11:12:28 PM

The Bishop Brady boys’ basketball team may be winless, but Bow head coach Frank Moreno didn’t underestimate them. And based on Friday night’s game, nobody else should either.

Despite their record, the Giants (0-7) pushed the third-place Falcons (7-1) right down to the final possession on Brady’s home floor, with Bow coming away with a narrow 63-61 win, a much closer decision than the Falcons’ 63-45 victory in the Capital Area Holiday Tournament championship on Dec. 31.

“I told the kids all week, I still think Bishop Brady is the most dangerous team we’ll face,” Moreno said. “They match up with us well. They’ve got size, they’ve got shooting. It’s just a matter of time before they rattle off some wins.”

The Giants played like a team that could win, with Bow holding narrow leads of 15-11 through the first quarter, 35-29 at halftime and 49-47 heading into the fourth.

“They had a monster third quarter,” Moreno said. “It was crazy, they hit seven 3s (in the game). They had not been shooting well, but some of their shots were from 5, 10 feet from behind the 3-point line. They shot well and we didn’t. We didn’t make one 3 all game. That was the biggest difference.”

Ismael Rivera (11 points) scored all of his points in the third quarter, including a “monster 3,” according to Moreno. Billy Fraser (12 points), Connor Raposo (10 points), Tommy Fraser (10 points) and Gabe Amnott (eight points) also contributed in a well-balanced scoring effort.

Brady head Phil Davis was also impressed with his squad’s performance on the other end of the floor, crediting “An incredible defensive effort tonight against a great team,” for keeping the Giants in it.

Matt Lamy (21 points) and Shaun Lover (17 points) reached double figures for the Falcons, with Lover playing especially well in the fourth to hold off Brady’s momentum.

Rivera was fouled behind the 3-point line in the final minute, making the first free throw attempt, missing the second and intentionally missing the third to give the Giants a late attempt at the basket.

Bow – who also had strong nights on the floor from Steven Guerrette and Ben Harris (nine points each) – will host the Giants on Feb. 7.

Boys’ Basketball

Pembroke 63, Souhegan 46

Key players: Pembroke – Shea Shackford (32 points, 6 rebounds, 6 steals), Mike Pitman (13 points), Shondell Hoadley (8 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals off the bench), Preston Wallis (defense), Alex Francoeur (defense), Cooper Gilman (defense)

Highlights: The Spartans won consecutive games for the first time this season, taking a 19-8 lead in the first quarter and not looking back. Pembroke led 29-15 at halftime and 39-31 at the end of three.

Coach’s quote: “This was a big win for us. I’m proud of how the guys buying in and becoming a team. I’m extremely proud of their effort.” – Pembroke’s Rich Otis

Records: Pembroke 3-4; Souhegan 4-3

Pittsfield 69, Lisbon 38

Key players: Pittsfield – Devin Bedell (20 points, 5 assists), Chandler Norris (13 points, 6 rebounds), Jah Gordon (11 points, 5 assists)

Highlights: The Panthers jumped out to 17-9 lead after one and picked up the intensity on defense, rolling into halftime up 42-12.

Coach’s quote: “I was very pleased to see us come out with the enthusiasm we did after that long bus ride up north. Jesse MacGlashing did a great job limiting Lisbon’s best players’ looks and it translated into defensive stops and transition baskets for us.” – Pittsfield’s Jay Darrah

Records: Pittsfield 9-2; Lisbon 4-5

Girls’ Basketball

Merrimack 67, Concord 60

Key players: Concord – Ava Woodman (28 points), Ky Buchholz (12 points), Jordyn Lengle (12 points), Megan Cox (rebounding)

Highlights: Both teams were hot from long range, but Merrimack finished the first half on a 4-0 run to lead by two at halftime and led by nine points with two minutes to go in the game. The Tide cut the deficit down to five with 20 seconds left in the game, but couldn’t close the gap.

Coach’s quote: “I couldn't be more proud of our kids. We didn’t have Elizabeth (Blinn) tonight, but every single one of our players stepped up. Ava had a huge night. Jordyn and Ky stepped up again offensively as well. Second chance points hurt us tonight, but Megan Cox and Kayli Daignault worked hard to clean up the glass. Merrimack is undefeated and we took them down to the wire without one of our top scorers and rebounders. Our kids have bought in completely and there is no doubt about the grit they have.” – Concord’s Tim LaTorra

Records: Merrimack 9-0; Concord 6-3

Bishop Brady 61, Bow 45

Key players: Bishop Brady – Ami Rivera (19 points), Halle Laramie (15 points), Libbey Hicks (10 points, defense); Bow – Jess Chamberlin (8 points), Ellie Pingree (7 points, 5 rebounds), Madison Speckman (6 points), Alex Larrabee (7 rebounds), Lindsey LaPerle (5 assists)

Highlights: Rivera scored her 1,000th career point off a 3. As a junior, she is the fastest in Brady girls’ basketball history to achieve that milestone. The Falcons outscored the Giants in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Brady’s hot start.

Coaches’ quotes: “Tonight was a complete team effort from start to finish. The girls have worked hard this week, and early on in the season, to create our pace and move the ball. Rebounding was huge tonight and we committed to it in both ends of the floor. Tonight was also a tremendous honor achieved by Ami with the help of her teammates.” – Bishop Brady’s Annie Mattarazzo

“Bow fought hard in the 2nd half and outscored Bishop Brady but could not catch up. The shots were not falling for the Falcons.” – Bow assistant Al Douglas

Records: Bishop Brady 5-4; Bow 4-3

Hanover 76, John Stark 42

Key players: John Stark – Chelsea Woodsum (14 points, 4 steals, 3 assists), Anna Stenger (12 points, 5 steals)

Highlights: The Marauders took an 29-17 halftime lead thanks to an 8-0 run to close out the second quarter. The Generals stumbled out of the break, with three straight turnovers leading to three Hanover layups to break the game open.

Coach’s quote: “We just need to improve our basketball IQ at times. The defending champs have another great team.” – John Stark’s Bruce Johnson

Records: Hanover 9-0; John Stark 7-3

Lebanon 62, Merrimack Valley 37

Key players: MV – Lauren Pettingill (7 points), Hayley Kenney (7 points), Macy Gordon (6 points); Lebanon – Becky Wright (27 points)

Highlights: The sixth-place Raiders took control early, leading 19-8 after the first quarter, 34-15 at halftime and 47-29 heading into the fourth to top the Pride.

Coach’s quote: “I thought we battled for the most part. We got it down to 12 in the third but couldn’t stop Wright and Rainey. Lebanon is a tough team and well coached. We will pull out some positives from the game. Girls competed and we will get right back at it tomorrow.” – MV’s Bob McNutt

Records: Lebanon 6-2; MV 5-6

Boys’ Alpine Skiing

Pembroke 4th

Key players: Pembroke – Jackson Frazier (1st slalom, 3rd GS), Ben Sporcic (28th GS, 38th slalom), Ryan Sporcic (29th slalom, 34th GS), Owen Thomas (25th slalom, 36th GS); Kennett – Connor Glavin (1st GS)

Highlights: The Spartan boys finished fourth out of five teams in a meet at King Pine, but the highlight of the day was Frazier, whose combined time of 58.38 seconds over two slalom runs was enough to top more than 40 competitors. Frazier’s time was more than four seconds faster than the runner-up – Kennett’s Bobby Graustein (1:02.67). Kennett (386 points) won the slalom, followed by Plymouth (368), Kingswood (366), Pembroke (347) and Portsmouth (343). The Eagles also won the giant slalom with 385 points. Plymouth (374), Kingswood (365), Pembroke (345) and Portsmouth (341) rounded out the GS team scores.

Kearsarge 1st, Hopkinton 6th

Key players: Kearsarge – Aiden Markoff (1st), James Greason (3rd), Seth Davis-Rutledge (4th); Hopkinton – Jonah Klingler (32nd), Josh Duval (36th), Eli Burrell (59th), Ben Berliner (62nd); Hillsboro-Deering – Zach O’Connor (52nd); John Stark – Nathan Innerfield (9th)

Highlights: The Hawks finished in the middle of the pack of an 11-team race at Mount Sunapee. The Cougars (382 points) won the giant slalom meet, followed by Sunapee (367), Hanover (361.5), Derryfield (358), Lebanon (311.5), Hopkinton (296), Trinity (233), Moultonborough (211), H-D (210), Newport (201.5) and John Stark (92). Innerfield was the only Stark skier to compete.


Pembroke 5th

Key players: Pembroke – Jessica Boyajian (17th GS, 21st slalom), Alyssa Merrill (26th slalom, 41st GS), Hannah Brown (34th GS, 38th slalom), Elizabeth Duchesne (36th slalom, 37th GS); Kennett – Skylar Sayers (1st GS), Eva Drummond (1st slalom)

Highlights: The Spartans finished fifth in both the slalom and the giant slalom in a meet at King Pine. Kennett swept the top four places in both the GS and slalom for perfect scores of 394. In the GS, Portsmouth (363), Plymouth (360), Kingswood (359) and Pembroke (334) were the other team scores. Portsmouth (371), Plymouth (361), Kingswood (351) and Pembroke (333) rounded out the slalom scores.

Kearsarge 2nd, Hopkinton 3rd

Key players: Kearsarge – Maya Spiegel (8th), Megan Norris (17th); Hopkinton – Addie Locke (4th), Elizabeth Berliner (16th), Elisa Pfatschbacher (35th), Izzy Holmes (53rd); John Stark – Valentina Capponi (2nd), Samantha Innerfield (18th); Hillsboro-Deering – Chloe Braun (51st); Sunapee – Ellie Frederick (1st)

Highlights: Division IV Hopkinton held its own against bigger schools in a 10-team meet at Mount Sunapee. D-II Hanover (379 points) won the meet, followed by D-III Kearsarge (348), Hopkinton (335), Derryfield (329), Sunapee (323), Lebanon (315), H-D (272), Trinity (264), John Stark (186) and Moultonborough (154). Stark only had two skiers compete, but had impressive performances. Capponi had the second-fastest time of the two combined giant slalom runs (42.72), finishing just half a second behind Sunapee’s Frederick.

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