High schools: Pembroke basketball erupts in second half to top Brady

Monitor staff
Published: 2/11/2018 10:28:57 PM

The Pembroke Academy Spartans may not play a better half of basketball all season than the one they played on Sunday.

Junior Sean Menard scored 12 of his team-high 27 points in the fourth quarter, Senior Jake Sherman notched 13 of his 25 points in the third and the Spartans used a 61-point second half to storm back and beat Bishop Brady, 80-67.

“It was unbelievable the way the kids responded in the second half,” Pembroke coach Rich Otis said after his team improved to 9-4. “To score 61 points is pretty amazing.”

Bishop Brady (2-10) was led by 23 points from Bryce Johnson and 16 from Tommy Fraser, but couldn’t catch a break in the second half.

The Spartans trailed, 36-19, at halftime but were near perfect from 3-point range in the second half, shooting 11-for-12 from behind the arc.

Pembroke cut the deficit to 46-44 after three quarters before rattling off 36 points in the final frame.

“The kids executed our defensive plan well in the first half. However, we did not play any defense in the second half and I didn’t burn enough timeouts to address that issue,” Brady coach Tim Lee said. “Pembroke shot abnormally well as a result and I take full responsibility for the loss.”


John Stark-Hopkinton 7, Berlin-Gorham 2

Key players:Stark-Hopkinton – Paul Molnar (3 goals, assist), Noah Chapman (goal, 3 assists), Brett Patnode (goal, 2 assists), Tyler Scordo (2 goals), Jameson Bourque (33 saves)

Highlights/key moments: Berlin-Gorham used a power-play goal to record the only score of the first period before the General Hawks found their rhythm. Stark-Hopkinton tied the game at 2-all in the second before exploding for four goals in a five-minute stretch in the third period to pull away.

Coach’s quote: “We wore them down with our skating, which increased our scoring chances in the third and our boys cashed in.” – Stark-Hopkinton’s Denis Kolehmainen

Records: Stark-Hopkinton 10-2-1; Berlin-Gorham 9-3-1

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