(West Newbury MA) No catching the Sachems on this night!
Pentucket (7-9) was way too fast as they defeated Triton, 59-39, on Thursday night in Cape Ann League action ending a three-game losing streak.
Triton (4-12) did not shoot very well most of the evening and it seemed as if every time the Vikings missed, Pentucket would break away for layups down the other end.
The Sachems jumped out 7-0 and never trailed.
In the second quarter the Pentucket advantage would reach sixteen (22-6) before Corey Parsons (14 points) hit two three’s in the last 1 1/2 minutes to cut the Sachems margin to eight (28-20).
I anticipated a competitive game in the second half and suspected that Triton would get closer. If the Vikings could start making shots and stop getting caught in the frontcourt on misses, things could turn around. Unfortunately for the visitors, the second half was way too similar to the first half.
Pentucket started the second half with eleven straight points. Jeff Porter (13 points) had three layups in the run including one on an inbounds play.
Meanwhile, during this same stretch, Coach Dave Clay of Triton burned his fourth timeout and pulled his starters. However, on this night, there was nothing that the Triton coaching staff could do to turn this one around.
Corey Parson’s three put the Triton deficit at twenty-two (44-25) with 2 1/2 minutes remaining in the third quarter.
The next five minutes of playing time were all Pentucket (again). The Sachems put nine unanswered points together and led, 53-25, with 5+ minutes left in the game.
The Vikings bunched eleven points into the last three minutes to lessen the Pentucket spread to 59-39 when this one was over.
The lights dimmed in the first quarter because of a power outage in another part of West Newbury. Three nights ago in the same gymnasium, the lights went out because someone pulled the wrong switch in the Masconomet girls’ locker room.
Eleven players scored for Pentucket. Jake Bortdeiano and Will Sullivan had nine apiece.
There will be a rematch between the two teams next Monday at Triton.
Triton hosts Newburyport tomorrow. A number of Clippers were on hand checking out the Vikings against Pentucket.
Pentucket hosts North Reading tomorrow.
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