High schools: No. 5 Pittsfield boys’ basketball upsets No. 4 Sunapee 31-30 in final minute to advance to D-IV semifinals

Monitor staff
Published: 3/5/2020 11:11:25 PM
Modified: 3/5/2020 11:11:14 PM

In the preliminary round the Pittsfield boys’ basketball team blew the game open late in the third quarter in what turned out to be a high-scoring affair.

Thursday’s Division IV quarterfinal couldn’t have been more different.

The matchup between the No. 5 Panthers (16-4) and the No. 4 Sunapee Lakers (15-5) came down to the wire, but ultimately it was Pittsfield’s defense that won out. The Panthers made two big stops in the final 45 seconds after Jesse MacGlashing hit the game-winning free throw to secure a 31-30 upset on the road, punching Pittsfield’s ticket to Monday’s semifinals.

The Panthers led 7-4 after the first quarter and 14-11 at halftime, but the Lakers held Pittsfield’s two main scorers – Devin Bedell (nine points, all on 3s) and Quinn Bissonette (six points) – in check, resulting in a 20-20 scoreline heading into the fourth quarter.

Sunapee almost ran away with it in the third and had momentum on its side, but Spencer Strouth drew a charge with 12 seconds left in the half and Jah Gordon hit a jumper at the buzzer to even the score.

“Those were two big plays for us,” Pittsfield head coach Jay Darrah said.

The two programs know each other well – Pittsfield hosted Sunapee twice in the regular season and split the series, losing 61-48 on Jan. 3 and winning 51-50 on Jan. 10.

“Both teams came in with defensive plans to slow the other team down,” Darrah said. “We struggled to shoot from the outside. It was the result of their defense, but our defense was also good.”

Tyler Prentice (13 points) was the Panthers’ leading scorer and had all seven of Pittsfield’s first-quarter points, but Bedell hit a back-to-back deep 3s from the top of the key, one to tie the game 25-25 and another to give the Panthers a 28-25 lead with two and half minutes to go.

Sunapee cut the lead to 28-27 with a basket before Bissonnette netted one to take a 30-27 lead.

A big 3 by the Lakers tied the game at 30 in the final minute before MacGlashing sunk the game-winning free throw.

Pittsfield missed the front end of two one-and-one free throw attempts down the stretch, but once again defense – led by MacGlashing (seven rebounds) and Chandler Norris (five rebounds, drew two charges) – came to the rescue with two huge stops.

“Both teams made winning plays, we just made enough to win the game,” said Darrah, whose team will play against No. 1 Littleton (19-0) on Monday at Plymouth State at 7 p.m. in the second D-IV semifinal. “For us it was a survive-and-advance game tonight. We’re going to look to regroup. (Littleton is) a little bit different than Sunapee. They have some really good outside shooters and one of the best forwards in the division. We’re going to have another defensive game plan.”

D-I Boys’ Hockey
First Round

No. 6 Bishop Guertin 6, No. 11 Bow 2

Key players: Bow – Brian Carter (35 saves), Devin Perry (goal), Aiden Roy (goal), CJ Smethurst (defense)

Highlights: Bow took the lead early in the first period of its first D-I playoff game in program history and held the lead into the second, but the Cardinals scored five goals in the second period to secure a preliminary-round victory on Wednesday.

Coach’s quote: “The guys played their hearts out tonight and gave everything they could. Brian Carter kept BG off the board in the first and kept us in the game many times. The seniors did so much to help the program get back on the right foot, more than tripling our win total from last year.” – Bow’s Tim Walsh

Records: Bishop Guertin 13-6; Bow 7-12

Boys’ Basketball

Manchester West 86, John Stark 53

Key players: John Stark – Christian Barr (25 points, 11 rebounds), Ben McKean (10 points), Kayden Easter (5 points, 4 rebounds), Jacob Greene (5 points, 4 steals), Jayden Sheppard (3 assists), Chad Martin (4 points off the bench)

Highlights: The Generals hung tough in the first half, trailing 32-26 at the break, but West added 29 in the third quarter to put the season finale away.

Coach’s quote: “I think we all really wanted to end the season on a positive note. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen for us tonight. I am grateful for all the work that these seniors put into their high school careers and wish them all the best.” – John Stark’s Mike Smith

Records: Manchester West 11-7; John Stark 5-13

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