(Amesbury) Matt Talbot (22 points) and Tyler Lay (20 points) carried the Amesbury Indians (1-12) to their first win of the 2010-11 season against winless Ipswich (0-10) on Friday night by the score of 53-46.
This battle for Win #1 was tight through three quarters with eight lead changes.
Ipswich took the lead for the last time (35-34) on a pair of Dan O’Flynn (7 points) free throws with 34 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Indians followed with a run of nine unanswered points that elevated them to a 43-35 advantage with five minutes left and put them in control the rest of the way.
Both Matt and Tyler were big in the winning surge. Matt (5-10) scored on a Rajon Rondo looking runner in the lane over 6-6 Doug Shaughnessy. Next he assisted on Sean Ward’s jumper. Tyler started the consecutive offense with an old-fashioned 3-point play to end the third quarter. Later he stripped Doug (they were matched up throughout the game) and went the length of the court for a two-handed jam. That dunk really fired up the Amesbury crowd as well as his teammates.
Thereafter, the Tigers cut the lead a couple of times to five points on the shooting of Brenden Gallagher (19 points) but could never get to the point of taking a shot that would tie the game.
Ipswich did themselves no favors in the final quarter by committing nine turnovers. Bad passes seemed to be the primary culprit. They had only eight turnovers over the previous three quarters.
Tyler did an excellent job in the middle of the Amesbury defense denying Doug (9 points) the ball and making every shot by the normally high scoring Ipswich captain a heavily contested one.
Ipswich was an excellent 6-for-11 long range but made only one in the second half.
Both Matt and Brenden connected on four 3-point shots.
The shot-blocking interior of the Ipswich defense kept 5-4 Stephan Deas’ darts to the basket to a minimum.
Active Dan O’Flynn had numerous deflections in the first half.
Both teams missed eight free throws. My theory is that high school players practice more 3-point shots away from coach-directed practices than they do free throws. A stationary shot is different from all of the other shots attempted.
Amesbury 16 8 13 16 = 53
Ipswich 13 12 10 11 = 46
(I collect my own stats, take my own pictures, and draw my own conclusions. Errors are unintentional and unavoidable.)