(Danvers MA) A huge second half by Fred Hogan enabled Lynn English to defeat Danvers, 71-66, on Tuesday night in Northeast Conference action.
The 5-11 Bulldogs senior had a 21-point second half and reached the 1000-point plateau in the process.
Fred gained his 1000th point on a drive to the basket in the fourth quarter with 3 1/2 minutes left. The basket was not only cause for stoppage in play but it also gave the Bulldogs their first lead (62-60) of the night.
The score was tied (64-64) going into the last minute of regulation. This was where Fred Hogan really took over. He assisted on Danny Lukanda’s layup and followed that with a fast-break layup of his own to get LE up by four (68-64). After Mark McCarthy’s drive brought Danvers to within two (68-66) with twenty-four seconds left, Fred took the inbounds pass, was fouled, and made both ends of a one-and-one to get the Lynn English lead back to four. Solid Bulldogs defense forced a wild Falcons’ shot and then Danny Lukanda made a free throw with ten seconds remaining to close out the scoring.
Those of us on hand watching the first half would never have dreamed that Fred Hogan would have a chance to get the sixteen points he needed to reach 1000. In a two-point first half, Fred saw few opening and plenty of freshman defender Devon Allen.
The entire LE team was unimpressive in the first half. They came in having lost three of their last four. They were quickly down 7-2 and then 14-6 one minute into the second period. The Falcons put a 12-2 run on LE later in the second period and had a nice 30-14 led with 1 1/2 minutes left in the half.
The Bulldogs trailed 33-22 at halftime.
But what a difference the second half was. The Bulldogs took control of the tempo and the steals and breakin’s began to add up.
LE got within three (40-37) midway into the third period but credit Danvers they had a rebound putback by impressive Devan Harris (22 points), and a three of the bench by Mike Nestor to keep the lead. The Bulldogs had free throws by Erick Rosario (15 points) and a layup by Fred Hogan to end the quarter trailing by just two (49-47).
The last quarter featured six ties before Fred Hogan took over the final minutes and led the visitors to an important win.
No question Danvers (10-2) missed inside presence 6-8 Peter Merry. Peter has a hip injury but should return soon. The Bulldogs’ guards took the ball to the basket with a lot less concern with Peter Merry sitting on the Danvers bench and not in uniform.
No question the backcourt pressure created by LE took a toll on the Falcons in the second half. The Bulldogs also had the luxury of having shot-blocker Johnny Hilaire (6-6) as the final defender when Danvers broke through the pressure.
The next game for Danvers will be hosting Billerica (2PM) on Super Bowl Sunday.
Lynn English matches up with Salem away on Friday night (7PM).
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