(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.
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.
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.