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Lynn Classical holds off Beverly 66-60 in Division 2 North First Round

Eraldo Custodio (16 points) had ten points in the first quarter

Eraldo Custodio (16 points) had ten points in the first quarter

Jalen Brown (16 points) sank two free throws with eighteen seconds left

Jalen Brown (16 points) sank two free throws with eighteen seconds left

(Beverly)  Lynn Classical was able to survive a frantic final thirty seconds and defeated Beverly, 66-60, in the First Round of Division 2 North on Tuesday night.

The Rams (15-8) move on to play Wakefield on Saturday.

Beverly (14-7) was within two (62-60) after Cam Rogers nailed a three from straightaway with thirty-two seconds left but the Panthers squandered their next two possessions.

The first squander came after Jon Berchoff  (14 points) stole the ball from Jalen Brown deep in the backcourt.  Instead of getting the game-tying layup Jon’s in-all-alone shot missed.

The Panthers quickly fouled Jordan Brown with twenty-two seconds left.  Jordan made the first to put LC ahead by three (63-60) but missed the second.  Then came squander #2 after Nick Cross gathered in the rebound as he threw the ball away over the Beverly bench.

Jalen Brown (16 points) followed with two straight free throws with eighteen seconds left (65-60) and his brother Jordan added another free throw with nine seconds remaining to finish the scoring.

This was a game with ten lead changes.

Beverly looked to be cooked in the third quarter when they fell behind, 47-36, with three minutes left.  However, the #6 seeded Panthers finished the quarter with nine unanswered points and only trailed by two (47-45) after three periods.

Nick Cross (22 points) fires from the corner

Nick Cross (22 points) fires from the corner

Nick Cross (22 points) had an old-fashioned three and a new-fashioned three in the run back for the home team.

Eraldo Custodio (16 points) returned to the Rams’ lineup in the fourth quarter.  He sat out part of the third with three fouls.  6-3 Eraldo made two fine moves to get open for points early in the 4th and enable LC to gain a 53-47 advantage with 6 ½ minutes remaining in the game.

The next three minutes were a nightmare for Lynn Classical.  They were held pointless.  They turned the ball over five times.  They gave up layups to Jon Berchoff and Chris Sinclair off the turnovers.

The total production for Beverly during this segment was eight unanswered points and it gave them the lead (55-53) with 3 ½ minutes left.

Phillip Rogers (12 points)

Phillip Rogers (12 points)

But back came the Rams with seven straight.  Two free throws by Phillip Rogers (12 points), another fancy move by Eraldo Custodio to get a layup, and a three by Jorge Perez (10 points) provided the LC points.  The Rams led, 60-55.

Chris Sinclair followed with a steal and layup for Beverly while Jorge Perez added two free throws.  Then Cam Rogers ignited the crowd wearing orange with his three with thirty-two seconds left.

This was the best Beverly could do as the Rams survived the closing seconds to get to play some more basketball.

The Panthers had a 25-20 lead after three minutes of the second quarter but the Rams, led by Jalen Brown’s six points, put a 12-2 run together to close out that quarter and led, 32-27, at the half.

Lynn Classical had defeated Beverly, 66-45, earlier in February.

LC won despite twenty-four turnovers.  Beverly was quick to the ball and eager to turn miscues into points.

The Panthers struggled to contain both Eraldo Custodio and Jalen Brown. Eraldo had ten points in the first quarter.

Nick Cross guards Jalen Brown

Nick Cross guards Jalen Brown

Nick Cross had nine points for the Panthers in the first quarter.

The #11 seed Rams have beaten both Salem and Lynn English twice.

Lynn Classical Boxscore

Beverly Boxscore

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Jorge Perez (10 points) sails in for two

Jorge Perez (10 points) sails in for two

Beverly coach Scott Lewis

Beverly coach Scott Lewis

Jon Berchoff (14 points) guards Jalen Brown

Jon Berchoff (14 points) guards Jalen Brown

LC coach Tom Grassa

LC coach Tom Grassa

Cam Rogers (9 points)

Cam Rogers (9 points)

Chris Sinclair takes off with a steal

Chris Sinclair takes off with a steal

Jalen Brown floats in the lane

Jalen Brown floats in the lane

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Late Ian Michael’s three gives Newburyport 43-42 tourney win over Hamilton-Wenham

Ian Michaels cuts left to get room for game-winning three

Ian Michaels cuts left to get room for game-winning three

Clippers celebrate the one-point win

Clippers celebrate the one-point win

(Newburyport) Ian Michaels drained a three with two seconds left to carry Newburyport past Hamilton-Wenham, 43-42, in a thriller on Monday night in Division 3 North First Round action.

The Clippers (14-7) will now face the winner of the Amesbury/Whittier game.

Ian’s exciting game-winner came ten seconds after Henry Eagar’s runner in the lane had given the Generals (10-9) a two-point lead and revved up the HW fans.

After a timeout the Clippers put the ball in Ian’s hands in the backcourt.  The 5-11 senior crossed half court and looked as if he was going to use a high screen to go right (he’s a righty).  At the last second, he used a crossover dribble to cut left and get separation from defender Nikos Lara.  He then drilled the season-on-the-line long one.

James Foye (25 points) takes the last shot

James Foye (25 points) takes the last shot

James Foye launched a last-second heave from the backcourt that fell well short and Newburyport had the win.

This was a game when both teams had their very good moments and their very bad moments.  The points came consecutively and both teams looked at various times like sure winners and sure losers.

Newburyport had point runs of eight, six and twelve.  The Generals ran nine straight points and later ten plus a 9-1 segment after 3:44 of the final quarter.

Newburyport started fast (8-2) but by the end of the first quarter trailed, 11-8.

The HW lead was two (15-13) before the visitors put ten unanswered points up in less than six minutes during the second quarter.  Surprisingly, sophomore James Foye (25 points) was not part of the scoring.

James Foye puts up a layup with Dillon Guthro closing for a block attempt

James Foye puts up a layup with Dillon Guthro closing for a block attempt

The damage was done by: Henry Eagar (3 free throws), a layup off a steal by Shawn Kotch, a jump shot by Nikos Lara, and a three by Ben Kozlowski.  The Clippers had seven turnovers during the six minute dry spell.

That point barrage gave HW a 25-13 spread.  A Matt Canning three closed the NBPT deficit to, 25-16, at the half.

The Generals still looked to be in good shape with a 31-20 advantage with 3 ½ minutes left in the third quarter.

But just when you thought the Clippers were cooked they started putting points up while HW couldn’t buy a basket.

Over the next 7:15 stretching into the fourth quarter, Newburyport sliced and diced the Generals to an 18-2 tune.  Three assisted baskets by a cutting Colton Fontaine started the surge.  The 6-1 senior added three free throws before three’s by Ian Michals, Dillon Guthro (old-fashioned), and Dan Baribeault had the Clippers looking unbeatable with four minutes left (38-33).

But James Foye (25 points) was still in the game.  He nailed a three with 3:44 left and, after Ian Michaels missed the front end of a one-and-one, put in a layup to tie the score, 38-38, with 3:24 left.

Colton Fontaine (15 points) sees an opening

Colton Fontaine (15 points) sees an opening

James missed the free throw that went with the layup and HW turned the ball over the next two times they had it.  In between the HW miscues Colton Fontaine (15 points) had yet another assisted layup (from Ian Michaels) and up went Newburyport (40-38) with two minutes left.

Now it was Newburyport’s turn to turn the ball over two straight possessions.  James Foye hit a baseline jumper in between the turnovers with 49 seconds left to tie the score, 40-40.

The Generals would grab the lead after a steal by Henry Eagar.  HW had a timeout and thirty-six seconds to use.  I’m betting that everyone on hand figured that James Foye would get the shot out of the possession.  But it didn’t work that way.  Matt Canning kept James outside and as the clock ran down Dylan Guthro joined him.  James spotted teammate Henry Eagar open in the lane.  Henry got the pass and hit a runner with twelve seconds to go.

The HW crowd started celebrating just a bit early and left disappointed after Ian Michaels hit the 3-point, game-winner.

Dillon Guthro blocks the shot of James Foye

Dillon Guthro blocks the shot of James Foye

6-4 Dillon Guthro (9 points) challenged every HW layup attempt and blocked several shots including a couple taken by James Foye.

Ian Michaels and Henry Eagar both tallied eight points.

Newburyport finished with twenty-four turnovers by my count.  HW had sixteen.

Good crowd on hand.  Plenty of excitement for the partisans of both teams.
Newburyport boxscore

Hamilton-Wenham boxscore

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loose ball

loose ball

Colton Fontaine gets inside for two

Colton Fontaine gets inside for two

Dan Baribeault made two long ones

Dan Baribeault made two long ones

Henry Eagar (#11) scores with twelve seconds left

Henry Eagar (#11) scores with twelve seconds left

James Foye defended by John Baribeault

James Foye defended by John Baribeault

Henry Eagar (8 points) shoots over Ian Michaels

Henry Eagar (8 points) shoots over Ian Michaels

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