Monthly Archives: December 2013

Wilton rallies to defeat University 69-64 to win Hoops for Heroes Tournament

Wilton team poses after winning Hoops for Heroes Tournament

Wilton team poses after winning Hoops for Heroes Tournament

Micheal Gilliam (31 points) shoots from the corner

Micheal Gilliam (31 points) shoots from the corner

(Newtown CT)  Wilton finished strong to defeat University, 69-64, and take the Hoops for Heroes Tournament on Monday night at Newtown High School.

The Warriors (3-1) trailed by as many as thirteen points (in the first half) but finally caught the Hawks early in the final quarter.

Layups by Eric Houska (20 points) and Matt Shifrin (23 points) plus a converted rebound from Peter Ciaccio (11 points/10 rebounds) gave Wilton a five-point lead (58-53) with five minutes left.

The Warriors notched eleven free throws the rest of the way, including five straight at the end, to hold off University in the closing minutes.

The Hawks (3-1) from Hartford dominated the early going using four Wilton turnovers to run off to an 11-3 margin in the first three minutes.

Senior Micheal Gilliam (31 points) had an enormous first half getting eighteen points from both long range and on breaks.

University led, 36-28, at the half.

Jaqhawn Walters blocks the shot of Eric Houska

Jaqhawn Walters blocks the shot of Eric Houska

The Hawks were still comfortable (42-32) 1 1/2 minutes into the third quarter.  However, the rest of the way the Warriors were fifteen points better than the Hawks.

Wilton did it from long range (three 3’s) as well as from in close.  They took the ball at the foul-plagued Hawks and made free throws in crunch time.

University (15-8 last year) cooled off considerably, although Micheal Gilliam made several 3’s in the final minutes to keep the Hawks within one possession a number of times.  But Wilton made their free throws and held on for the win.

Wilton (16-9 last year) was able to hang around in the first half thanks to five three’s.

Matt Shifrin and Eric Houska made the All-Tourney team for Wilton.  Micheal Gilliam was honored for University.

Matt Shifrin (23 points) lines up a free throw in the last minute

Matt Shifrin (23 points) lines up a free throw in the last minute

University’s Jaqhawn Walters had a double/double (15 points/14 rebounds) in the Hawks, 63-50, win over Kolbe Cathedral in the opening round.

Junior Will Hardie had eleven points for University against Wilton.

My stats for Micheal Gilliam, Will Hardie, Eric Houska, and Matt Shifrin disagree with the University scorebook but I’ll take my chances on mine being right.

Wilton box

University box

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Keshaun Patterson fires from straight away

Keshaun Patterson fires from straight away

loose ball

loose ball

Lucas Savoie (10) gets fouled by Jaqhawn Walters

Lucas Savoie (10) gets fouled by Jaqhawn Walters

Eric Houska (20 points) looks for an opening

Eric Houska (20 points) looks for an opening

Micheal Gilliam (31 points)

Micheal Gilliam (31 points)

Matt Shifrin (13) and Scott Shouvlin (14) chase Will Hardie (2)

Matt Shifrin (13) and Scott Shouvlin (14) chase Will Hardie (2)

Brandon Hurst surrounded by a trio of Warriors

Brandon Hurst surrounded by a trio of Warriors

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Kyle Pavlik (25 points) leads Lansdale Catholic past Harry S Truman 59-50 in tourney consolation

Lansdale Catholic passed and cut their way into open shots like this one for Kyle Pavlik (25 points).

Lansdale Catholic passed and cut their way into open shots like this one for Kyle Pavlik (25 points).

Kyle Pavlik finishes

Kyle Pavlik finishes

(Ambler PA)  Way too much Kyle Pavlik for Harry S. Truman High School.

Kyle Pavlik (25 points) led Lansdale Catholic past Truman, 59-50, in the consolation game of the Wissahickon Holiday Classic on Friday afternoon.

Kyle’s ten points in the first quarter helped the Crusaders build up a ten-point spread (18-8).

Kyle added nine more in the final period after the Tigers (3-7) had fought back from a seventeen-point deficit (46-29) to close to within eight (50-42) with 4 1/2 minutes left in the game.

Eight points from point guard Jaier Brown keyed the Truman comeback.

Lansdale Catholic (6-2) led from beginning to end.

Jaier Brown sparks a Truman comeback

Jaier Brown sparks a Truman comeback

The Crusaders ran structured offense and that organization paid off with layups in the early going.  LC also converted a couple of offensive rebounds (Brandan Schneider & Kyle Pavlik) in the first quarter.

Two inside scores by James Valentine enabled the team from Levittown to get to within six (27-21) with a minute left until halftime.

But that was the best the Crusaders would do.  Over the next 5+ minutes of playing time, LC went on a 15-4 run and broke away, 42-25, in the third quarter.  LC had three free throws but all the other points in this segment were high percentage shots……….layups or converted rebounds.

LC clearly had the better looks on offense.  Truman, however, was able to hang around because they were very active in getting to the basket.  There was also a significant cooling down by the LC finishers as the game wore on.

Corey Kirk put some solid defense on Tramere Adams (11 points) for three quarters.  Tramere was quick and could leap but Corey, and later Kyle Pavlik, denied him the ball as much as they could.

Truman tried full-court pressure on Lansdale Catholic but ended up giving LC layups.

Patrick Stone (10 points) and Andrew Riviello

Patrick Stone (10 points) and Andrew Riviello

Patrick Stone and Tyquan Law each finished with ten points for Truman.

Truman is in the Suburban One League.

LC is from the Philadelphia Catholic League.

Last time I was at Wissahickon I saw Truman lose in the opening round three years ago to Central Bucks East.

Kyle Pavlik had only six points in the Crusaders opening round loss to Wissahickon on Thursday.  However, Kyle was impressive enough versus Truman to earn All-Tourney honors.  He was at the finishing end of some terrific passes.

Junior Tramere Adams of Truman was also put on the All-Tourney team.

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Truman box

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Corey Kirk

Corey Kirk

Tramere Adams chases down an LC turnover

Tramere Adams chases down an LC turnover

Tramere Adams (11 points) tries for a block

Tramere Adams (11 points) tries for a block

Andrew Riviello (6 points) takes a shot

Andrew Riviello (6 points) takes a shot

Kyle Pavlik shoots in traffic

Kyle Pavlik shoots in traffic

Kyle Pavlik tries to drive on Tyquan Law (10 points)

Kyle Pavlik tries to drive on Tyquan Law (10 points)

loose ball

loose ball

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Undefeated Ridgefield gets past Masuk 51-37

Matt Brennan (18 points) launches a three

Matt Brennan (18 points) launches a three

Bryan Acevedo gets caught in some tight Ridgefield defense

Bryan Acevedo gets caught in some tight Ridgefield defense

(Monroe CT) The Ridgefield Tigers (3-0) continue undefeated as they defeated the Masuk Panthers, 51-37, on Monday night at Masuk.

The visitors grabbed the lead early in the first quarter and never trailed thereafter.

Masuk (0-3) gave up far too many good looks to Ridgefield and the Tigers were able to run points in a row (ten, eight, seven, and six).  The best the Panthers could do was put five points together twice.

The long ball was the primary weapon for the Tigers on this night.  Senior Matt Brennan (18 points) connected on four 3’s while teammate Charlie Irwin (12 points) notched two treys.

Patrick Racy (12 points), Matt Brennan, and Matt Saporito sparked the first run as Ridgefield burst ahead, 10-2, halfway through the first quarter.

Ryan Fitzpatrick goes for the block on Charlie Irwin (12 points)

Ryan Fitzpatrick goes for the block on Charlie Irwin (12 points)

In the second quarter it was two 3’s by Charlie Irwin and a shot in the lane by 6-7 Patrick Racy that had the Tigers in front, 22-11, three minutes into that quarter.

A leaner by Matt Hornak had Masuk within eight (29-21) with two minutes until halftime but over the next three minutes of playing time (stretching into the third quarter) Pat Racy and Matt Brennan combined to give Ridgefield a 36-21 lead.

The final run of six points (Charlie Irwin and Will Brady) to start the final quarter put Ridgefield in front, 51-34, with six minutes left.

The rest of the way, the Tigers effectively ran out the clock despite having five turnovers.

The Tigers impressed me defensively.  They kept the Masuk dribblers going sideways most of the night.

Ridgefield was 18-6 last season and looked to me to be a team capable of at least doing as well this time around.  In this game their size, defense, and outside shooting was very solid.

Masuk coach Tom Zultowski watches the action

Masuk coach Tom Zultowski watches the action

Masuk first-year coach Tom Zultowski has a team with plenty of speed and hustle.  The Panthers were 9-12 in 2012-13.

Junior Bryan Acevedo had twenty-four points in Masuk’s first game.

The Panthers next game is home versus Bunnell on Friday (7PM).

Matt Brennan had five 3’s in Ridgefield’s win over Westhill on Friday night.

Ryan Fitzpatrick hurdles a teammate

Ryan Fitzpatrick hurdles a teammate

The Tigers graduated seven players including Kurt Steidl.  Kurt is now with Vermont.  He averaged 25 PPG in 2012-13 and was the Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year.

Ridgefield does not play again until January 3rd when they will travel to St. Joe’s for a 7PM game.

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Masuk box

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Matt Brennan hit four treys

Matt Brennan hit four treys

Ryan Fitzpatrick and Zach Ward

Ryan Fitzpatrick and Zach Ward

Kam Kovachik goes for the block

Kam Kovachik goes for the block

Ridgefield coach Andy McClellan

Ridgefield coach Andy McClellan

Pat Racy (12 points) draws heavy coverage

Pat Racy (12 points) draws heavy coverage

Tom Haughney blocks Matt Simmeth

Tom Haughney blocks Matt Simmeth

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Notre Dame (Hingham) pins rare loss on Pentucket 36-32

Kendra Delahunt (12 points) looks for an opening between Kelsi McNamara and Riley Holden

Kendra Delahunt (12 points) looks for an opening between Kelsi McNamara and Riley Holden

Janey Mathisen (8 points) scored the last five points for Notre Dame Academy

Janey Mathisen (8 points) scored the last five points for Notre Dame Academy

(West Newbury MA) The Pentucket girls don’t lose very often.  Under Coach John McNamara, the Sachems have an extraordinary 159-21 record.

But on Saturday afternoon Notre Dame Academy (Hingham) rallied to pin one of those losses on the Sachems, 36-32, in a nonleague game.

Both teams had significant roster turnovers and plenty of inexperienced players saw significant minutes.  The result?  Turnovers and missed shots galore.

Pentucket (1-1) is a team that likes to press their way into points and are usually successful at it.  Teams make mistakes in the backcourt and the Sachems run up points in a hurry.  That consecutive point thing, however, just never happened against the Cougars (3-0) thanks to the ball-handling/passing skills of Kendra Delahunt (12 points) and Janey Mathisen (8 points).

Most of the NDA miscues, and there were plenty, were in the frontcourt and didn’t lead to breakaway layups.

So with the Pentucket defense not turning up points, there was a need for some good outside shooting.  Credit Notre Dame.  They played a zone defense that took away most of the open outside shots of the Sachems especially those of Kelsi McNamara.  Holding Kelsi to six points with no 3’s was a key to the Notre Dame victory.

Hannah Hollow (#21) tries for a 4th three

Hannah Hollow (#21) tries for a 4th three

But those on hand at Pentucket are muttering as they read, “What about #21 in the fourth quarter?”  And they make a great point.

Sophomore Hannah Hollow (#21) almost single-handedly pulled this one out for Pentucket.  In the first 3+ minutes of the final quarter, Hannah found a spot on the left side and knocked down three straight 3’s.  Suddenly in a game in which points were hard to come by, the Sachems had a bunch of them and actually grabbed the lead, 32-31, with 4:47 left to play.

But Pentucket wouldn’t score again and the Cougars, despite five turnovers the rest of the way, had enough to win with two inside scores by Janey Mathisen.  Janey added a free throw with eleven seconds left to ice this one for the visitors.

Ironically, in a game where Pentucket could have used a boost in almost every area of the game, there in the stands were key graduated parts of the 24-2 team of 2012-13……………..Alex Moore, Tess Nogueira, and Coley Viselli.  That threesome was great at providing offense and defense.

A trio of Pentucket defenders chase Janey Mathisen

A trio of Pentucket defenders chase Janey Mathisen

Notre Dame “helped” keep the game close by struggling from the free throw line. The Cougars missed twelve of twenty-three attempts including four of their last five in the final quarter.

Meghan Curtis of NDA was the only senior on either roster.

Interested parties from Hamilton-Wenham and Masco (next two opponents on Pentucket’s schedule) were on hand for this game.

Kayli Hom started for Notre Dame but left due to sickness in that same quarter.

McKenna Kilian (23) and Kelsi McNamara (12)

McKenna Kilian (23) and Kelsi McNamara (12)

Pentucket had not played for eight days.

Temperatures in the 50’s were a bit unusual for the first day of winter but I’m not complaining.

Notre Dame was the state Division 2 champions in 2009.

Notre Dame hosts Bishop Fenwick this coming Monday at home (6:30PM).  On the same day, Pentucket travels to Hamilton-Wenham for a 5:30PM game.

Notre Dame Academy box

Pentucket box

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Kelsi McNamara gets double-teamed

Kelsi McNamara gets double-teamed

Hannah Hollow (9 points) in the corner

Hannah Hollow (9 points) in the corner

Janey Mathisen gives NDA the lead for good in the 4th quarter converting a rebound

Janey Mathisen gives NDA the lead for good in the 4th quarter converting a rebound

opening tip

opening tip

NDA coach Mike Barrett talks to his team

NDA coach Mike Barrett talks to his team

Taylor Moore (20) heads down the middle

Taylor Moore (20) heads down the middle

Kendra Delahunt (45) leads a fast break

Kendra Delahunt (45) leads a fast break

McKenna Kilian (23) goes for the block

McKenna Kilian (23) goes for the block

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Joe Bertrand (32 points) guides Saugus past Newburyport 62-48

Joe Bertrand (32 points) shoots a three over Drew Bourdeau

Joe Bertrand (32 points) shoots a three over Drew Bourdeau

Joe Bertrand

Joe Bertrand

(Newburyport MA)  He was just your average Joe for a half.

But then came the third quarter and senior Joe Bertrand of Saugus lit up the Clippers for seventeen points.

Joe’s terrific period gave Saugus separation from Newburyport and the Sachems came away with a, 62-48, win on Friday night in Cape Ann League action.

Newburyport (2-1) hung with Saugus (2-2) for 2+ minutes into the second half.  A layup by Dan Baribeault (15 points) on a nice pass from Dillon Guthro (13 points) had the Clippers down just one (31-30).

But the rest of that third quarter……..total disaster for the home team.  The Clippers didn’t score a single point in the last 5 1/2 minutes of that quarter.

Meanwhile, Saugus rang up nineteen unanswered points to blow this one wide open (50-30) at the quarter’s end.

6-5 Joe Bertrand (32 points) did most of the damage.  He hurt the Clippers from long range (seven 3’s) getting five of them in the 3rd quarter.

Joe Bertrand launches a late three to end the third quarter

Joe Bertrand launches a late three to end the third quarter

It seemed fitting on this night that Joe would end that quarter with a fade-away long one from in front of the excited Sachems’ bench as the buzzer sounded.

It was a credit to Newburyport that after the horrible 3rd quarter they reeled off ten straight to start the next quarter.  Three inside moves by Dillon Guthro sparked the comeback.

But the Sachems had another run in them and tallied all the points (eight) in the next two minutes and moved back into a comfortable margin (58-40) with 2 1/2 minutes left in the game.  Lamarr Jones, Jack Furey, and Joe Bertrand put up the points in this game-sealing segment.

Dillon Guthro (13 points) shoots over Mike Lichwala

Dillon Guthro (13 points) shoots over Mike Lichwala

6-1 Drew Bourdeau had the unenviable task of shadowing Joe Bertrand.  Drew’s frustration got the best of him in the final period.

Saugus used a zone defense.  It worked because Newburyport had little success shooting from long range.  However, the Clippers did pass themselves into high percentage shots in close.

Justin Winn ended the first quarter with a three (off the backboard) and Kyle Artilo ended the first half the same way.

The Sachems had seventeen turnovers but only one of them in the third quarter.

This is Saugus’ first year in the Cape Ann League after forty-five years in the Northeast Conference.  The reason for the switch is that now Saugus will be able to play more schools their own size.

Two nights ago versus Triton, Joe Bertrand had twenty-five points and ten rebounds.

Dan Baribeault (15 points) breaks ahead

Dan Baribeault (15 points) breaks ahead

The Sachems next game is on Monday versus Masco on the road.

The Clippers don’t play again until a week from Monday (December 30th) when they host Triton.

Saugus was 12-10 last year.

I saw Saugus lose to Danvers two years ago at the Tsongas Arena in Division 3 tournament play.

Newburyport box

Saugus box

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Kyle Artilo (22) runs into some strong NHS interior defense

Kyle Artilo (22) runs into some strong NHS interior defense

Joe Bertrand blocks the shot of Dan Baribeault

Joe Bertrand blocks the shot of Dan Baribeault

Lamarr Jones tries to get around Mike Shay

Lamarr Jones tries to get around Mike Shay

Newburyport coach Tom LItalien

Newburyport coach Tom LItalien

Dillon Guthro in for two

Dillon Guthro in for two

Drew Bourdeau

Drew Bourdeau

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Pingree easily over Berwick 97-47 in Eastern Independent League boys basketball

The trapping defense of Pingree gave Berwick plenty of trouble.

The trapping defense of Pingree gave Berwick plenty of trouble.

John Spears (4) leads a break

John Spears (4) leads a break

(Hamilton MA) Pingree School routed Berwick Academy, 97-47, on Wednesday night in Eastern Independent League action.

This was a competitive game for two minutes before Pingree racked up fifteen straight points and built on the resulting, 20-6, lead the rest of the way.

In the last four minutes of the half, the Highlanders put a 12-1 run together and had a very comfortable, 52-26, advantage.

Pingree (2-2) had six players reach double figures with the starters getting limited minutes.

Kyle Lentini (13 points) gets a layup

Kyle Lentini (13 points) gets a layup

Berwick (2-5) struggled early to handle Pingree’s trapping defenses.  The Highlanders were quick to turn first-half Bulldog miscues (11 turnovers) into layups.

This was not a game in which things ever got closer in the second half.  Softball has a mercy rule.  Just sayin’.

Pingree has all five starters back and have added 6-5 Erik Fyrer (transfer from Ipswich) to the mix.  The team was 19-8 last year and you have to think that they could better that in the 2013-14 season.

The Highlanders’ trapping defense was something I never saw last season.  But with veteran players with good defensive instincts it makes perfect sense.  The successful pressure was a key in the Pingree victory.

Stephen Sherbahn (26 points) gets off a fancy pass

Stephen Sherbahn (26 points) gets off a fancy pass

Even in the loss, Berwick’s Stephen Sherbahn (26 points) was impressive.  On this evening, the BA senior scored from just about anywhere he found an opening.

A stand-out statistic from the scorebook was that the team from South Berwick, Maine only committed seven fouls in the entire game.  Maybe I’m misreading the scorebook?  The whistles were few and Pingree never slowed down but that few fouls in a losing effort is hard to imagine.

Kyle Lentini, Connor Reardon, and Erik Fyrer each scored thirteen points.  Justin Assad, John Spears, and Reese Fullmer each added eleven points.

The structure you can’t help but see getting built when you come onto the Pingree campus is the $21 million gymnasium.  That facility will have three gyms in it.  The hope is that construction will be finished before the 2014 part of the Pingree season is over.

Erik Fyrer (13 points) gets off a shot in the lane

Erik Fyrer (13 points) gets off a shot in the lane

Connor Reardon has signed on with Worcester Politech.

John Spears has agreed to play football for D3 Trinity (CT) but that could change if he gets a scholarship offer from a D2 school.

Credit 10-year Pingree coach Steve Gibbs for doing his part to keep the score down in the second half.  Besides clearing his bench early, he also was heard at various times telling his team to stop fastbreaking, pressing, and taking three’s.

I expected a better game based on last year’s results between the teams.  The Bulldogs lost all three meetings but one of them was only, 46-40, in February.  Berwick was 14-12 last season despite the three losses to the Highlanders.

Both Justin Assad and Stephen Sherbahn had dunks in this game.

Thanks to Berwick coach Rory Early for making a team roster available.

Pingree will be playing Bancroft on Friday at Bancroft.  Berwick will play on the same day at Middlesex School versus Thayer Academy.

One week until Christmas………but you’re not worried since all your shopping is done.

Pingree boxscore

Berwick boxscore

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John Spears (11 points)

John Spears (11 points)

Justin Assad (11 points)

Justin Assad (11 points)

Thomas Lennon (11) defends Josh DuPont (3)

Thomas Lennon (11) defends Josh DuPont (3)

Erik Fyrer (5) blocks the shot of Luc Linemayr (21)

Erik Fyrer (5) blocks the shot of Luc Linemayr (21)

Reese Fullmer (11 points) in close with Stephen Sherbahn

Reese Fullmer (11 points) in close with Stephen Sherbahn

Griffin Beal (21) drives on Mark Hoyt (4)

Griffin Beal (21) drives on Mark Hoyt (4)

Sam Salvati

Sam Salvati

Kyle Lentini passes ahead

Kyle Lentini passes ahead

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Ipswich girls take opener over Amesbury 38-33

McKenzie Cloutier (23) tries to stop driving Abby McCarthy

McKenzie Cloutier (23) tries to stop driving Abby McCarthy

Ipswich coach Dot Stanley nears first win

Ipswich coach Dot Stanley nears first win

(Ipswich MA) The new-look Ipswich girls’ basketball team opened with a, 38-33, win over Amesbury on Friday night in their Cape Ann League openers.

The Tigers (1-0) have a new coach (Dot Stanley) and plenty of inexperienced players.  Graduated are Brigid O’Flynn and Julia Davis.  Transferred to private schools are Masey Zegarowski and Caroline Soucy.  Those four girls were major parts of the 19-4 Tigers of 2012-13.

But on this night the new kids in the Tiger Den had enough to hold off Amesbury.  The Indians (0-1) were within two (34-32) with less than two minutes left but couldn’t get shots to fall in crunch time.

The key to the Ipswich victory was their willingness to take the ball to the basket.  Their aggressiveness turned up a ton of free throws (34) and also eliminated the Indians’ Amanda Martin during crunch time with five fouls.

Junior Abby McCarthy paced Ipswich with eleven points and was able to get to the free throw line thirteen times.

Amanda Martin (11 points) takes a shot

Amanda Martin (11 points) takes a shot

Junior Amanda Martin led Amesbury with eleven points and also had several steals.

Amesbury was 10-11 last season and qualified for the state tournament.

In this opener the Indians got a three from Amanda Martin in the first 1 1/2 minutes and then scored just one point over the next nine minutes.  Ipswich took advantage of the scoring drought, as well as eleven Amesbury turnovers, and built up a 14-4 lead early in the second quarter.

The Ipswich still led, 17-8 with two minutes to go in the second period after a Jenna Gagnon steal and layin.

But Amesbury dominated the rest of the quarter.  Steals by Amanda Martin (2) and freshman Madison Napoli all led to scores and the Indians only trailed, 17-16, at the half.

The visitors actually got the lead early in the third period but the Ipswich persistence in going to the rim made the difference the rest of the way.

Freshman Kelsey Daly drives past Abigail Sartori

Freshman Kelsey Daly drives past Abigail Sartori

Amesbury made more baskets (6) than Ipswich (3) in the second half but not free throws.  The Tigers canned thirteen while Amesbury connected on five.

There were plenty of turnovers by both teams in this game.  Most of them came on ill-advised passes in the front court.

In the first half Ipswich used the give-and-go a number of times to get good looks.

Free throw shooting for both teams should improve……….it needs to!  The Tigers missed 15 while making 19.  The Indians missed 8 while making 6.

Both teams return to action Tuesday night (6:30PM).  Ipswich hosts Rockport while Amesbury hosts Manchester-Essex.

Ipswich boxscore

Amesbury boxscore

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Jenna Gagnon shoots as Courtney Borkowski defends

Jenna Gagnon shoots as Courtney Borkowski defends

Amanda Martin

Amanda Martin

Abby McCarthy (11 points)

Abby McCarthy (11 points)

pile up

pile up

loose ball

loose ball

Maddi Hill breaks away

Maddi Hill breaks away

Jordan Morrissey defends Abigail Sartori

Jordan Morrissey defends Abigail Sartori

opening tip

opening tip

Madison Napoli breaks away from Jackie Gagnon

Madison Napoli breaks away from Jackie Gagnon

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Jon Siu (20 points) and Aaron Swenson (16 points) lead Middlesex past Governor’s Academy 56-40

Jon Siu (20 points) led all scorers

Jon Siu (20 points) led all scorers

Aaron Swenson flies to the hoop for Middlesex

Aaron Swenson flies to the hoop for Middlesex

(Byfield MA) Middlesex School started fast in each half and defeated Governor’s Academy, 56-40, on Wednesday evening in Independent School League action.

The visitors from Concord (MA) scored the first seven points in the first half and the first eight points in the second half.  It wasn’t hard to see where this one got away from the Govs.

Jon Siu (20 points) and Aaron Swenson (16 points) had big games for the Zebras (3-1) as the team won its opening ISL game.

Jon is a terrific leaper and hurt GA from the outside.  Aaron might be 5-7 but he could certainly get to the basket which he did six different times.

Jon was responsible for all eight of Middlesex’s fast-start points in the second half.

Matthew Peart (22) blocks Peter Beatty (12)

Matthew Peart (22) blocks Peter Beatty (12)

Governor’s Academy (0-2) had trouble making shots the entire game.  Many of the GA attempts were from in close but on this evening just didn’t fall.

The Govs recovered nicely from a 13 turnover first half to commit only five miscues in the second half.

Middlesex had their 13 turnovers in the second half but still outscored the Govs by nine (33-24) in the second half.  It’s fair to say that the chances were there for GA but they just didn’t cash in.

Middlesex jumped off 7-0 on two layups by Aaron Swenson and a three by Ben Cherington.  The Zebras had a ten-point lead (23-13) before Daniel Healey threw in a prayer at the half-time buzzer.

Jon Siu did all the scoring in the first 3 1/2 minutes of the second half and the visitors soared ahead, 31-16.  GA got within double figures once (46-37) with 2 1/2 minutes left but couldn’t get closer.

Michael Osarenren (32), Jon Siu (33), and Patrick Davis (15) look for a rebound

Michael Osarenren (32), Jon Siu (33), and Patrick Davis (15) look for a rebound

Middlesex next plays on Friday night (6:15PM) against BB&N.

The Govs travel to Roxbury Latin on Friday night (7PM) looking for their first win.

The Govs defeated Middlesex, 65-57, at Concord last season.

Aaron Swenson made the All-ISL first team last season.  He had an 18PPG average.  He scored 42 points in one game and had 15 rebounds in another.

The Zebras were 15-9 in 2012-13.

The first thing I noticed when I entered the GA gym was the new lights.  What a pleasant difference.  Now if they can just get the lights in the scoreboard fixed!

Charles Odei (4) and Hamza Usman (3)

Charles Odei (4) and Hamza Usman (3)

I saw Governor’s alum Stephen Basden play for Endicott College in their loss to Gordon College.  Stephen starts for the Gulls.

Matthew Peart led the GA scorers with nine points.  Matthew also blocked a number of Middlesex shots.

Govs boxscore

Middlesex boxscore

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Aaron Swenson (16 points)

Aaron Swenson (16 points)

Kam Nobles (5) tries to steal from James McGrath (6)

Kam Nobles (5) tries to steal from James McGrath (6)

Khari King gets in for two

Khari King gets in for two

midcourt action

midcourt action

Patrick Davis (15) heads for the hoop with Ben Cherington (13) in pursuit

Patrick Davis (15) heads for the hoop with Ben Cherington (13) in pursuit

Tyler Harrington

Tyler Harrington

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