(Georgetown) Brenden Gallagher had an assist and two free throws in the last thirty seconds to help Ipswich get past Georgetown, 55-51, in non-league action on Monday night at GHS.
The Tigers defeated the Royals on January 13th (61-41) at Ipswich but this one was much more of a struggle. The home team went down by eleven (34-23) early in the third quarter but fought all the way back to a 40-40 tie early in the final quarter.
Ipswich went up by six a couple of times after that (48-42 & 50-44) before three straight Tyler Wade assisted baskets knotted the score at 50-50 with ninety seconds left. During the Royal comeback, 6-6 Pat Bjork twice rushed back to intimidate Ipswich shooters (Dan O’Flynn and Matt Jaeger) on breakaways.
Erik Fyrer (21 points) and Cesar Miranda-Black (14 points) traded single free throws (51-51) before Erik cut down the lane and received a perfect pass from Brenden Gallagher for the go-ahead layin with thirty second left.
A Pat Bjork miss and Jon Fierro’s block of Cesar Miranda-Black’s rebound attempt gave the ball back to the Tigers with thirteen seconds left. Brenden Gallagher was immediately fouled and made both freebies despite plenty of noise from the Georgetown student section.
Now up four (55-51) the Tiger defense put heavy defense on Tyler Wade and he wasn’t able to get off a quick three instead had to settle for a wild three that ended the contest.
Erik Fyrer (21 points) had a big game. The 6-4 sophomore converted six offensive rebounds into points. He also had a steal on an inbounds pass for an easy layup.
Senior Jon Fierro had three blocks including the one very late as G’Town tried to tie the score.
Brenden Gallagher (8 points and 3 assists) defended Tyler Wade into a quiet (for him) nine points. Tyler had seventeen in the first meeting.
Cesar Miranda-Black (14 points) did his damage in close.
Georgetown was 12-for-21 shooting free throws – Ipswich 11-for-15.
Christian Gesualdi made the Royals only 3. Matt Jaeger and Dan O’Flynn (10 points) had long ones for the Tigers.
Georgetown ( 1-6 in the Cape Ann League / 4-10 overall ) is at North Reading tomorrow (Tuesday). The Royals have lost eight of their last nine.
Ipswich ( 2-5 in the CAL / 4-9 overall ) has now won three of their last five. They host Lynnfield on February 3rd.
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