Better late than never: NHTI men’s basketball opens season 

  • Kevin Newton-Delgado goes up for a layup for NHTI during a men's basketball game against Northern Essex Community College in Concord on Feb. 20, 2021. Newton-Delgado, a 2020 Hopkinton High graduate, had 11 points and seven rebounds in the game, his first for NHTI, and the Lynx won, 92-84. JEFF SULLIVAN—sullivaneventphotography.com

  • Kevin Newton-Delgado plays defense for NHTI during a season-opening men's basketball game against Northern Essex Community College in Concord on Feb. 20, 2021. Newton-Delgado, a 2020 Hopkinton High graduate, had 11 points and seven rebounds in the game, his first for NHTI, and the Lynx won, 92-84. JEFF SULLIVAN—sullivaneventphotography.com

  • Sean Menard rises for a jump shot for NHTI during a men's basketball game against Northern Essex Community College in Concord on Feb. 20, 2021. Menard, a 2019 Pembroke Academy graduate, had 10 points, five rebounds and four assists to help the Lynx to a 92-84 win. JEFF SULLIVAN—sullivaneventphotography.com

  • Above: Sean Menard brings the ball up the court for NHTI during a men’s basketball game against Northern Essex Community College in Concord on Saturday. Menard, a 2019 Pembroke Academy graduate, had 10 points, five rebounds and four assists to help the Lynx to a 92-84 win. Below: Kevin Newton-Delgado goes up for a layup. Newton-Delgado, a 2020 Hopkinton High graduate, had 11 points and seven rebounds in the game, his first for NHTI. JEFF SULLIVAN photographs — sullivaneventphotography.com

Monitor staff
Published: 2/22/2021 3:26:51 PM

The NHTI men’s basketball team won’t get a chance to truly defend its national title, but the Lynx will have a season this year, and it began on Saturday with a 92-84 home win against Norther Essex Community College.

Last year, NHTI claimed the Division II United States Collegiate Athletic Association national title with a 74-70 win against Penn State Greater Allegheny in the tournament final in Uniontwon, Pa., on March 11, just days before the rest of college basketball was shut down due to the pandemic.

There will be no USCAA tournament this year, so the Lynx won’t get a chance to repeat as national champs.

There will also be no Yankee Small College Conference tournament, so NHTI also won’t get a chance to win a fourth straight conference championship.

Instead, the team is playing an independent, seven-game schedule that includes a contest against NHTI alums.

Paul Hogan, now in his 20th year as the team’s head coach, and the Lynx will also host their own season-ending tournament on April 2.

Fans will not be allowed at any of the games this spring, but they can be seen on the school’s You Tube channel (NHTI Lynx Athletics).

NHTI has two players on its roster that will be familiar to local high school basketball fans – Sean Menard and Kevin Newton-Delgado.

Menard started 29 of 30 games last year for the Lynx and averaged 8.1 points and 2.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 35.2% from 3-point territory.

Menard, who helped Pembroke Academy to the 2019 Division II NHIAA boys’ basketball championship, had 10 points, five rebounds and four assists in Saturday’s game.

Newton-Delgado led Hopkinton High to the D-III boys’ basketball semifinals last year as a senior and was a First Team D-III pick.

He finished with 11 points and seven rebounds on Saturday in his debut for the Lynx, who got a career-high 26 points from Shaquille Barrett in the win. 




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