Daily Archives: January 27, 2012

Super Start Earns Ipswich a 70-54 Win Over Amesbury in Boys Basketball

Erik Fyrer attempting layup. The 6-4 sophomore finished with twenty-one points and sixteen rebounds.

Brenden Gallagher – 12 points

Dan OFlynn – 18 points

(Ipswich)  I am not sure that the Ipswich Tigers could play any better.

The Tigers demolished Amesbury, 70-54, in a Cape Ann League game on Friday night at Ipswich.

Ipswich (2-5 Cape Ann League / 3-9 overall) put an excellent everything on the Indians for 1 ½ quarters and presto the visitors were looking at a 31-7 deficit.

You want defense.  The Tiger pressure forced eleven Amesbury first half turnovers.

You want scoring.  Ipswich had 6-4 Erik Fyrer (21 points) dominating in the paint while Brenden Gallagher (12 points with three 3’s) and Dan O’Flynn (18 points with four 3’s) stroked accurately from long range.  It was quite a show.

Amesbury had defeated Ipswich in the first meeting (60-56) in overtime and had won three of their last five so there wasn’t any certainty even with a 31-7 lead that the Tigers (losers of seven of their last eight) could hold the lead.  But they did.

Mike Zelinsky (16 points) in the lane

Amesbury (1-5 in CAL / 4-10 overall) actually “won” the last 2 ½ quarters (47-39) mostly via the long ball – they made nine of them.  However, that early deficit was way too much to recover from.

Ipswich would get the lead to 38-11 on a Louie Galanis triple from Brenden Gallagher with less than two minutes in the first half.  Early in the final quarter a couple of 3’s by Dan O’Flynn pushed the Tigers ahead, 58-32.

The Indians answered with two minutes of their best basketball, running ten straight thanks to 3’s from Curran O’Connor and Tommy Connors and layups by Matt Talbot and Jack Fortin.  This rush of points caused Tiger coach Alan LaRoche to call a timeout, as his team’s twenty-six point lead had shrunk to sixteen.

I heard shouting during the timeout and the Tigers responded in the next minute with a jumper from Tyler Hale and a three from Dan O’Flynn, both hoops assisted by Erik Fyrer.  This put the lead back into the comfort zone and both team’s reserves finished out the last four minutes.

Erik Fyrer had a terrific game.  In the first meeting, Erik got into foul trouble and played short minutes.  Not this time.  The sophomore was a big part of the Tigers’ fast start, collecting ten points early on.  He owned the boards too, grabbing sixteen rebounds (Thanks, Mitch MacDonald) and blocked several shots.  The normal righty showed a good left hand on one inside move.

Matt Talbot (14 points) in Ipswich traffic

Mike Zelinksy (16), Matt Talbot (14), and Tommy Connors (11) led the Amesbury scorers.

Mike tossed up a no-look, backhanded layup that had no business going in……..but did.

The Ipswich student section and the Amesbury student section did their best to out-do each other.  Tough for the Amesbury kids since their team trailed big early and never really threatened to overtake the Tigers.

Ipswich next plays at Georgetown on January 30th.  I saw Ipswich defeat G’Town in the first meeting.

Amesbury gets Lynnfield at home on January 31st.

Ipswich boxscore

Amesbury boxscore

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where is the ball

Erik Fyrer and Curran OConnor

Dan OFlynn looks to pass

Erik Fyrer block of Matt Talbot shot

Louie Galanis draws charge from Devlin Gobeil

Tommy Connors

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Andover stays undefeated….barely with 53-52 win over Billerica in girls basketball

Nicole Boudreau (23 points) also blocked shots in the Andover win.

Billerica was hurt by missed free throws (four) in the last 1 1/2 minutes of this close game.

(Andover) The undefeated (13-0) Andover Golden Warriors got their first taste of a close game this season and hung on to defeat the Billerica Indians, 53-52, in front of a good crowd at AHS on Thursday night.

Andover, led by Nicole Boudreau (23 points), put their points up in bunches nailing ten long ones.  Nicole connected on six triples.

The resiliency of the Indians (11-2) was impressive.  The Warriors hit them with a 14-3 run in the second period and they trailed, 26-15.  In the fourth period it was a 13-2 run that had them trailing, 53-46. But they rallied back both times.

While Andover relied heavily on an outside game, the Indians did their damage inside.  Of their eighteen baskets, sixteen were from in close.

Down 26-15, just 2 ½ minutes into the second quarter, it appeared that Billerica was on its way to losing badly.  (Andover had won its first twelve games by an average of twenty-two points.)  But the Indians followed with a 23-9 segment and had a 38-35 lead with three minutes left in the third quarter.  Three old-fashioned 3’s by Joslyn King (14 points), Danielle Nickerson (9 points), and Kayla Leverone (10 points) were highlights in the Billerica comeback.

Early in the final quarter, a well-executed inbounds play turned up Billerica’s only successful triple (Kayla Leverone) and the visitors had their biggest lead (44-40) of the game and had their fans sensing the upset.

Angelice Gonzales – scored the winning basket after stealing an inbounds pass

But this is two-time D1 defending state champs Andover were talking about.  Big crowds.  Big games.  Been there…done it.  That’s why the 13-2 response they put together wasn’t surprising.  The long ones played a part (two by Ally Fazio & one by Nicole Boudreau), as did two free throws (Nicole).  But the biggest basket of the game, in fact, the actual game winner, was a “pick-two” by junior Angelica Gonzales (6 points) with four minutes left that put the Warriors ahead, 53-46.

The last four minutes of the game were all Billerica and you’re about to find out how close they came to actually winning this one.

First of all, the last two points Billerica scored were on a putback by Joslyn King at the buzzer.  Andover wasn’t exactly trying to stop her from getting two points because they had a 3-point lead.  Their worry was the game-tying attempt by Brittany Lomanno (8 points) just before that.

That last-second Joslyn basket would have truly meant something if the Indians had not missed four of eight free throws in the last 1 ½ minutes.  Shannon Hughes, Danielle Nickerson, and Kayla Leverone each had crucial misses.  Danielle’s was the toughest because she actually made hers but stepped over the line too quickly to go after a possible miss.

Joslyn King (6-1?) did a great job of discouraging Andover inside attempts, although the Warriors seemed very content to fire from downtown.

Nicole Boudreau had several blocks and a few others that looked like blocks but turned out to be fouls.

Ally Fazio – two big triples in the final quarter

Ally Fazio (6 points) took three quarters to hone in from the outside.  She had a number of air balls but never stopped shooting.  The two she made in the final quarter were huge.

Andover threw heavy defensive pressure at Billerica especially in the backcourt.  I thought that the Indians did a pretty good job breaking it and going on for layup attempts.

The only loss Billerica had prior to tonight was against Pentucket.  The Sachems are swarming full-court defenders with a love of the long shot.

There is an Andover/Billerica rematch on February 14th at Billerica.  That should be a good take!

It is common knowledge that Nicole will be playing for Boston College next season.  What I also learned about her was that she carries a 4.0 GPA and is the defending junior champion at Andover Country Club.

Andover box score

Billerica box score

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Nicole Boudreau blocks Danielle Nickerson

tight defense?

Danielle Nickerson

Nicole Boudreau double-teamed

Joslyn King (14 points)

Jackie Alois layup

Brittany Lomanno

Nicole Boudreau triple as BHS coach Chris Doneski watches

Kayla Leverone and Devon Caveney

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