High schools: Comeback effort falls short for Pittsfield hoops in holiday tourney

  • Pittsfield’s Cam Darrah (1) drives to the hoop against Kennett’s Alex Butts (21) during the championship round of the Mike Lee Holiday Basketball Bash on Saturday at Farmington High School. Darrah finished with a game-high 25 points in a 61-54 loss to the Eagles. Courtesy

Monitor staff
Saturday, December 30, 2017

The demanding schedule was starting to catch up to them, but the Pittsfield boys’ basketball team wouldn’t go down without a fight.

The Panthers were playing in their fourth game in five days at the 39th annual Mike Lee Holiday Basketball Bash and found themselves trailing by 11 at halftime and 16 points in the third quarter against Kennett in the championship round.

But instead of packing it in, the Panthers went on the attack.

Led by Cam Darrah’s 25-point, seven-rebound effort, Pittsfield climbed all the way back into the game, pulling within two points with just over a minute left before eventually falling to Kennett, 61-54, on Saturday at Farmington High School.

“I was happy to see the energy we played with down the stretch,” Pittsfield coach Jay Darrah said. “Playing in our fourth game in five days, it would of been easy to surrender at halftime against a larger, more athletic group from Kennett.”

Coach Darrah credited a few defensive adjustments for the comeback attempt in the second half, which nearly carried the Panthers to victory if not for a 4-for-4 showing from the free-throw line for the Eagles down the stretch to ice the game.

Cam Darrah, who led all scorers, was named to the All-Tournament team along with teammate Garrett Guerrero-Hadley, who finished with 10 points and six assists in the loss. Dylan Bocash added eight points to go along with 10 rebounds and Matt St. George took home the Sportsmanship Award for the boys.


Concord second

Key players: Concord – Dalton Mutz (1st in 55 dash), Forest MacKenzie (1st in 1,500), David Cook (2nd in 1,500), Nate Hillyer (tied 2nd in high jump), Eli Boesch-Dining (3rd in 1,500), Sam Orzechowski (3rd in shot put), Manny Feliz (4th in 55 hurdles; 4th in long jump)

Highlights/key moments: Mutz won the 55-meter dash in 6.94 seconds and MacKenzie led a 1-2-3-4 sweep for the Tide in the 1,500 to lead Concord to a second-place finish in the six-team meet at UNH. Bedford narrowly bested Concord, 68-64½ for the top spot.

Belmont second

Key players: Belmont – Hunter Dupuis (1st in 55 dash), Nick Randos (1st in 1,000), Umut Karadaban (3rd in 600), Lucas Mathieu (3rd in long jump), Zack Duclos (3rd in shot put); Gilford – Eddie Demers (5th in 600); Laconia – Dan Engelsen (6th in 1,000)

Highlights/key moments: Dupuis and Randos each won events for the Raiders, leading Belmont (57 points) to second place at the 10-team meet at UNH. Milford won with 83 points. Gilford and Laconia finished ninth and 10th, respectively.

Franklin eighth,
Pembroke ninth, Bow 10th

Key players: Franklin – Kyan Graves (3rd in shot put), Christian Shepard (3rd in high jump, 6th in 55 hurdles); Pembroke – 4x800 team (3rd); Bow – Grady Beaulieu (6th in long jump)

Highlights/key moments: Franklin (9 points), Pembroke (8) and Bow (7) competed in the 12-team meet at UNH. Oyster River claimed first with 80 points, while Windham placed second with 57.


Concord fifth

Key players: Concord – Grave Devanny (1st in 300), Sarah Zarakotas (2nd in 1,000), Kat Jepson (tied 3rd in high jump)

Highlights/key moments: Devanny earned an individual win for Tide, finishing first in the 300 in 43.24 seconds. Concord finished fifth in the six-team meet at UNH with 22½ points, trailing first-place Bedford (78 points) and runner-up Exeter (75)

Belmont sixth

Key players: Belmont – Sana Syed (2nd in 55 hurdles, 5th in long jump), Alice Riley (4th in 1,500), Jessica Hutchinson (5th in 1,000); Gilford – Natalie Fraser (2nd in 300, 4th in 55 dash), Emma Ramsey (4th in 55 hurdles); Laconia – Skyler Tautkus (5th in 300, 6th in 55 dash)

Highlights/key moments: The Raiders tallied 26 points to finish sixth in the 10-team at UNH on Saturday. Souhegan (87 points) took first, while Gilford (11) and Laconia (3) claimed eighth and ninth, respectively.

Pembroke seventh

Key players: Pembroke – Kelsey Larson (5th in long jump), Cassidy Rondeau (6th in 55 hurdles); Bishop Brady – Anna Grafton (5th in 1,000)

Highlights/key moments: Pembroke scored 19 points to finish seventh in the 12-team meet at UNH. Bow and Brady tied for 11th with two points apiece. Oyster River (60 points) and Pelham (57) were the top two finishers.


Lebanon-Stevens 5, Bow 1

Key players: Bow – Nate Carrier (38 saves), Ryan Tobeler (goal)

Highlights/key moments: Lebanon-Stevens struck first and never looked back, taking advantage of Bow’s mistakes throughout the game.

Coach’s quote: “We are still learning each game and the experience we are getting now will make a difference as the season goes on. We just need to learn how to win more puck battles to put ourselves in better positions to limit scoring chances against and increase scoring chances for.” – Bow’s Tim Walsh

Records: Bow 1-3; Lebanon-Stevens 2-2