Winnacunnet defeats Nashua North 55-45 with big first half

Richie Ruffin (12 points) goes baseline

Richie Ruffin (12 points) goes baseline

Jordan Lates (15 points) gets into the lane

Jordan Lates (15 points) gets into the lane

(Hampton NH) Winnacunnet (2-1) overwhelmed Nashua North in the first half and coasted to a, 55-45, win in Division 1 boys basketball on Wednesday night.

The visiting Titans (1-1) had two four-point periods and trailed by twenty-one (29-8) after a half. It was the Warriors’ active defense that messed up North, forcing them into low percentage attempts when it wasn’t causing turnovers.

This wasn’t a night in which the losers could point to one or two players who did them in.  It was a team effort by Winnacunnet. The Warriors rarely forced offense and usually made the extra pass to get a better look.

Sam Knollmeyer (10 points) battles with Brendan Barrett for a layup

Sam Knollmeyer (10 points) battles with Brendan Barrett for a layup

Richie Ruffin (12) and Sam Knollmeyer (10) paced Winnacunnet.

The Warriors still held their twenty-one point lead (45-24) after three quarters.

Nashua North was down, 55-35, with 3 1/2 minutes left when some serious substituting started.  NN chose this time to play their best basketball of the evening.  They made six straight free throws, and had layups from Daniel McCoy and spark Alejandro Jones to chop off ten points from their deficit in two minutes.

Winnacunnet coach Jay McKenna then called a timeout he wasn’t planning on calling and re-inserted his five starters.  The inserts played keep away for the final 1+ minutes to seal the game for Winnacunnet.

Senior guard Jordan Lates led North with fifteen points.  Jordan saw few openings in the first half whether he was facing Winnacunnet’s zone or man-to-man.  Sam Knollmeyer was matched up on Jordan when the defense was man-to-man.

Winnacunnet coach Jay McKenna watches Ashea Bittle

Winnacunnet coach Jay McKenna watches Ashea Bittle

Jordan found points in the second half by getting shots off in traffic.

Anthony Primavera of Winnacunnet was assessed a technical foul in the final period.

Chris Doyle was fouled on a made 3-point shot but wasn’t allowed to shoot a free throw.  Must be a New Hampshire rule??

The website New Hampshire Sports Page listed the start of the game at 7PM.  I arrived at 6:30PM in time for the player introductions.

Jordan Lates had twenty-three points in North’s first game.

Nashua North will host Bedford on Friday.

Nashua North coach Stephen Lane

Nashua North coach Stephen Lane

Winnacunnet travels to Derry to face Pinkerton Academy.

The lighting at the Winnacunnet gym is as good as it gets.

I generally do Massachusetts games.  The last New Hampshire game I did was Concord’s shocking 42-14 win over Pinkerton Academy in the football state title game on November 23rd.

Winnacunnet box

Nashua North box

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Daniel McCoy (33) drives on Matthew MacLeod (12)

Daniel McCoy (33) drives on Matthew MacLeod (12)

Richie Ruffin and Alejandro Jones

Richie Ruffin and Alejandro Jones

Chris Doyle fires from the corner

Chris Doyle fires from the corner

Sam Knollmeyer and Drew Sheridan

Sam Knollmeyer and Drew Sheridan

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