High schools: Laconia boys’ basketball feasts in fourth quarter for win at Gilford

  • Gilford High senior Nate Hudson (4) rises for a shot against Laconia on Wednesday night. Hudson finished with a team-high 12 points, but Laconia won in Gilford, 60-48. RICH MIYARA / NH Sports Photography

  • Gilford High senior Nate Hudson (left) launches a 3-pointer over Laconia’s Christian Gaspa (right) on Wednesday night in Gilford. Laconia won the Division III Lakes Region showdown, 60-48. RICH MIYARA / NH Sports Photography

  • Laconia High sophomore Ryan Chandler (right) drives on Gilford’s Patrick Carr (left) on Wednesday night in Gilford. Chandler finished with a game-high 21 points, leading Laconia to a 60-48 win. RICH MIYARA / NH Sports Photography

  • Laconia High sophomore Ryan Chandler (right) puts the ball on the deck on Wednesday night in Gilford. Chandler finished with a game-high 21 points, leading Laconia to a 60-48 win. RICH MIYARA / NH Sports Photography

  • Laconia High junior Ryan Paiva (12) puts up a shot at Gilford on Wdnesday night. Paiva finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and two steals and Laconia won the Division III game, 60-48. RICH MIYARA / NH Sports Photography

  • Laconia High junior Ryan Paiva (right) launches a shot over Gilford’s Patrick Carr (left) on Wednesday night in Gilford. Paiva finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and two steals and Laconia won the Division III game, 60-48. RICH MIYARA / NH Sports Photography

Monitor staff
Thursday, January 04, 2018

GILFORD – The Sachems played hungry on Wednesday night, and that’s just what their coach wanted.

“We’ve had a saying going around the team the last week, we haven’t been happy with a couple of games we played, and that saying is you’re either at the table or you’re on the menu,” Laconia boys’ basketball coach Stephen McDonough said. “The last couple games we’ve been on the menu and we were hoping tonight we could come out and be at the table, and I think in the second half we were.”

The Sachems (3-1) certainly feasted in the fourth quarter. They led by three points after three quarters, but they turned up the defensive pressure in the fourth and sophomore Ryan Chandler scored 12 of his game-high 21 points in the final frame as Laconia pulled away for a 60-48 win.

“We just played tough defense in the fourth,” Chandler said. “We kept working hard, try to get them to the baseline, don’t give them too much room and don’t let them get easy shots.”

The opposite was happening on the other end of the floor in the critical final quarter.

“I think the difference was our defense let up. They started penetrating into the paint in that fourth quarter and we just didn’t make the stops,” Gilford coach Chip Veazey said. “We had some turnovers and ... we finished some against their press, but we didn’t finish enough. Most high school games are decided by turnovers and free throws, and that was a big part of it.”

The Golden Eagles (1-2) were making stops to start the game, and held a 10-6 lead after the first quarter as Nate Hudson scored six of his team-high 12 in the opening frame. Gilford stayed in front for most of the second until Ryan Paiva went off before halftime. The hard-working Laconia junior scored six of his 12 points in the final 1:45 of the second, including a driving layup with :37 on the clock to give his team a 19-17 halftime lead.

Gilford’s Hudson answered Paiva’s spurt with his own six-point outburst to start the third and the Eagles held a 25-19 lead three minutes into the second half. It was a dangerous moment for the Sachems, who have struggled at times to counter momentum, but not on Wednesday.

After a timeout from McDonough, Chandler went hard to the hoop for a bucket that snapped the Gilford run. The Sachems slowly pulled even, and when Ryan Dee (six points) chucked in a buzzer-beating 3, Laconia held a 33-30 lead after three.

“We’ve had some mental toughness issues this year where when we get down or a team puts a run on, we lose our composure,” McDonough said. “Gilford came in today and put a run on in the second half right off the bat, and we didn’t fold, we got right back after it. So it was good to see that. We’re a young team and I’m super proud of them, I really am.”

The Eagles scored on a pretty play to start the fourth that ended with a layup from Jon Nelson (eight points), but after that the Sachems went on a decisive 19-6 run. They were tenacious on defense, got seven fourth-quarter points from Kelby Brooker (nine points, 11 rebounds), including an NBA-range 3-pointer, and got those 12 fourth-quarter points from Chandler, who went 7-for-9 from the free throw line in the final frame.

“Chandler is a stud. He’s a scorer, he’s a gamer and honestly I don’t know if I’ve had many kids as coachable as him,” McDonough said. “We’ve changed his game dramatically from when he was a freshman. He’s only a sophomore now, but in the last year he’s taken everything we’ve worked on, everything we’ve preached with him, and capitalized on it and today is a big product of that. We’ve been working on him attacking the basket, not finishing soft, and almost half of his 21 points came from the free throw line, and that’s a testament to his aggression.”

Gilford did pull to within nine in the final minute after its full-court press led to some turnovers and quick layups, but it was too little and too late by then.

“You’ve got to fight the whole game, not just the end of the game,” Veazey said. “We have to come out with a little more determination and a little more tenacity, we have to have that. We’ve got a couple, three guys that I know can play better, but you can’t just turn it on unless you bring it in practice.”

While the Eagles will look to get better in practice, the Sachems will try to keep their seat at the table, and stay off the menu.

(Tim O’Sullivan can be reached at 369-3371, tosullivan@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @timosullivan20.)


Pembroke Academy 59, Kearsarge 47

Key players:Pembroke – Sean Menard (17 points), Noah Cummings (14 points), Jake Sherman (10 points), Shea Shackford (10 points), Jack Lehoullier (defense, rebounding), Brandon Linscott (valuable minutes off the bench); Kearsarge – Joe Storozuk (17 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists), Kyle Hernon (11 points, 15 rebounds), Scott Bassi (4 points, 3 steals), Ben Carl (3 points, ball handling)

Highlights/key moments: An undermanned Kearsarge team held a 31-20 lead at halftime lead with senior captain Storozuk leading the way. Pembroke flipped the script in the second half by going to a half-court trap for the entire 16 minutes. The Spartans cut the lead to 42-38 going into the fourth, and then outscored the Cougars, 21-5, in the final frame. Cummings scored eight of his 14 in the fourth and Sherman, Shackford and Menard all hit huge 3-pointers in the final frame for the Spartans.

Coach’s quote: “It was a full-team effort, everyone did their part in the comeback, and the trap caused chaos on the defensive end. I know Kearsarge was missing some kids, but they played extremely hard and that’s a credit to them, their coaching staff and their community.” – Pembroke’s Rich Otis

“Our kids played fearless and I’m proud of them, they just got outplayed in the fourth. (Otis) and his team, give them all the accolades, they played great in the fourth and Cummings, Menard, Shackford and Sherman all made big plays.” – Kearsarge’s Nate Camp

Records: Pembroke 3-1; Kearsarge 3-2

Merrimack Valley 41, Bow 39

Key players:MV – Jake Hebert (9 points), Caleb LeClair (8 points), Kyle Dube (8 points) Jared Sylvester (game-winner at the buzzer); Bow – Shaun Lover (11 points), Ryan Andrews (8 points), Alex Mullen (8 points)

Highlights/key moments: Bow led by nine at halftime, but a big third quarter for the Pride put them ahead by two points going into the fourth. Tied with 2.8 seconds left, Sylvester hit a buzzer-beating jumper from the elbow, his first varsity points of the season, to win it for MV.

Coach’s quote: “Our defense was solid all game. We stalled on offense in the third quarter and MV executed well. You hate to lose at the buzzer like that, but I loved the fight we had all game.” – Bow’s Frank Moreno

“Jared got the ball into his hands and made a basketball play, and the basketball gods were smiling on us. ... We played defense like we were supposed to in the second half and held them to just 12 points.” – MV’s Tim Mucher

Records: MV 3-0; Bow 1-2

Belmont 56, Prospect Mountain 32

Key players: Belmont – Matt Pluskis (14 points, 7 rebounds), Griffin Embree (9 points, 4 assists), Aidan Rupp (8 points), Nate Sottak (5 points, 6 steals, 3 assists, 4 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: After a sluggish start, Belmont turned up its defensive effort and gave up a total of nine points in the second and third quarters to coast to a comfortable win.

Coach’s quote: “We did a nice job in transition tonight and shared the ball well. I’m most pleased with our defensive effort holding them to three points in the second quarter and getting an opportunity to play the entire bench most of the second half.” – Belmont’s Jim Cilley

Records: Belmont 3-1; Prospect Mountain 1-3

Pittsfield 67, Mount Royal Academy 33

Key players: Pittsfield – Josh Whittier (17 points, 15 rebounds), Cam Darrah (13 points, 6 assists), Matt St. George (10 points), Dylan Bocash (10 points)

Highlights/key moments: Pittsfield opened the first quarter with 20 points, led by Darrah, who scored the first 11 of the game. A big 24-point third quarter was led by Whittier with 10 of his game-high 17 points. Ten of the 12 Pittsfield players on the roster scored.

Coach’s quote: “It is always nice to see multiple players in double-digits and was even more enjoyable to watch Darrah and Hadley find the open man tonight, combining for 16 assists.” – Pittsfield’s Jay Darrah

Records: Pittsfield 4-0; Mount Royal Academy 3-2


Hanover 52, Bishop Brady 29

Highlights/key moments: The Giants struggled to keep up with a strong squad from Hanover.

Coach’s quote: “Our mental lapses came at pivotal times in the game early in the second half, only scoring three points in the third quarter.” – Bishop Brady’s Annie Alosa

Records: Hanover 3-1; Brady 2-2

Laconia 53, Merrimack Valley 51

Key players:Laconia – Hannah Dow (13 points, 8 rebounds), Sophie George (10 points, 3 assists), Bella Daly (9 points, 4 rebounds); Merrimack Valley – Carly Huckins (16 points), Abby Grandmaison (20 points)

Highlights/key moments: An in-and-out missed layup in the second overtime frame sealed the win for Laconia. Dow dominated the paint with 12 points in overtime to lead the Sachems to victory.

Coach’s quote: “The players did a great job stepping up in the moment tonight when their numbers were called.” – Laconia’s Jeff Greeley

Records: Laconia 2-2; MV 2-3

Hopkinton 40, Fall Mountain 22

Key players: Hopkinton – Abby Houston (11 points, 6 rebounds), Taylor Signor (9 points, 3 steals, 4 rebounds), Amelia Thomas (9 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Hawks jumped out to a 10-3 lead early and clamped down on defense to pick up their fourth win in a row.

Coach’s quote: “We had an outstanding defensive effort tonight. Everyone dug in and contributed.” – Hopkinton’s Patrick Roye

Records: Hopkinton 4-2; Fall Mountain 5-1

Newfound 63, Newport 23

Key players: Newfound – Ashlee Dukette (20 points, 20 rebounds, 7 blocks, 4 steals, 3 assists), Jasmine Peterson (16 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals), Savanna Bony (13 points), Madi Dalphonse (8 points), Bailey Fairbank (6 points), Tiffany Doan (defense)

Highlights/key moments: Newfound came out strong in the first quarter and held Newport scoreless for a 22-0 lead. Newfound mounted its lead to 33-10 at halftime.

Coach’s quote: “This was the best team defense we have played all season. The girls came out hustling and played an honest half-court defense. I am proud of their all-around effort this evening. Hopefully we will continue the effort and improve as the lead came with three freshmen and two juniors on the floor.” – Newfound’s Karri Peterson

Records: Newfound 6-0; Newport 3-2

Monadnock 57, Franklin 37

Key players: Franklin – Lauren Marsh (12 points), Fayth Kaspszak (6 points), Hannah Hicks (6 points)

Highlights/key moments: Franklin faced a tough matchup on Tuesday with undefeated Monadnock and had to settle for its fifth loss of the season.

Coach’s quote: “The girls played hard for all 32 minutes and fought to the end, but Monadnock is an extremely well-balanced team.” – Franklin’s JJ winters

Records: Monadnock 7-0; Franklin 2-5


Pinkerton 3, Concord 2

Key players: Concord – Cam LaRiviere (goal), Drew Livingston (goal), Evan Makris (assist), Derek Kelleher (assist), Spencer Burgess (6 saves), Parker Taylor (13 saves)

Highlights/key moments: Pinkerton jumped out to 2-0 lead 4:34 into game and led 2-0 after first period. Concord came out in second and tied it 2-2 on goals by LaRiviere and Livingston. Pinkerton scored on a power play with 2.2 seconds left in third to win it. Taylor played well in relief of Burgess, who left the game with an injury.

Coach’s quote: “I thought we deserved better tonight. We battled back down 2-0 early and had the better chances but couldn’t get the third goal. I thought we competed hard.” – Concord’s Dunc Walsh

Records: Pinkerton 4-0; Concord 3-1

Bow 4, Merrimack 0

Key players: Bow – Ryan Tobeler (4 goals), Nate Carrier (30-save shutout), Jake Mielcarz (2 assists)

Highlights/key moments: Tobeler was moved back to defense and he controlled play, especially in the second period where he scored three goals. Carrier earned his first shutout of the season to give the Falcons a much-needed win.

Coach’s quote: “The kids played their hearts out and supported each other for the entire game and made far less mistakes than we have made over the last few games. Ryan Tobeler was able to see the whole ice tonight and make some great clearing passes to limit our defensive zone time. In scoring four goals tonight, Tobeler hit the 100 career point total and now sits at 103 total points.” – Bow’s Tim Walsh

Records: Bow 2-4; Merrimack 0-3

John Stark-Hopkinton 8,
Kearsarge-Plymouth 1

Key players:John Stark-Hopkinton – Tyler Scordo (goal, 2 assists), Owen Olson (goal, assist), Benny Madden (goal, assist), Nolan Sauer (3 goals), Joe Sawitsky (goal, assist), Paul Molnar (goal, assist); Kearsarge-Plymouth – Anthony Velez (goal, defense), Alex Nangle (assist)

Highlights/key moments: John Stark-Hopkinton took a 3-1 lead into the first intermission. Kearsarge-Plymouth held off the General Hawks in the middle period, but Stark added five more in the third.

Coach’s quote: “John Stark is a good team and they are very well-coached. The KP Cats kept their heads and worked hard to the final buzzer.” – Kearsarge-Plymouth’s David McKenney

Records: John Stark-Hopkinton 4-0; Kearsarge-Plymouth 0-2

Pembroke-Campbell 4,
Hollis-Brookline/Derryfield 2

Key players: Pembroke – Arpan Kakadia (2 goals), Jayden Lamy (goal, assist), Nate Lamontagne (goal, assist), Sean Moore (2 assists), Dan Israel (assist), Nathan Carter (assist), Matt Tremblay (19 saves)

Highlights/key moments: After Hollis-Brookline tied it early in the third period, Pembroke responded quickly with Kakadia’s second goal of the game to take the lead for good and added an insurance tally from Lamontagne to seal the first win of the season.

Coach’s quote: “They played their positions well and hustled. That was nice to see.” – Pembroke-Campbell’s Marc Noel

Records: Pembroke-Campbell 1-2; Hollis-Brookline/Derryfield 1-3


Mascoma 30, John Stark 30

Key players: John Stark – Dawson Ruoff (145 pounds, win by pin), Jeffrey Johnston (220, pin)

Highlights/key moments: Mascoma won via tiebreaker.

Coach’s quote: “We continue to get a little better each day. The kids are working hard and looking forward to getting better.” – John Stark’s Tim Capen

Records: John Stark 0-3-1