(Byfield MA) Hamilton-Wenham went down by eleven in the first quarter but rallied back to defeat Triton, 51-44, in the season opener for both squads in the Cape Ann League on Tuesday night.
The Vikings shot well early and played the Generals even in the second half but had a nightmare segment in between. Triton went from a 15-4 lead in the first quarter to a 29-17 deficit in the third quarter during just under twelve minutes of playing time. Nine Vikings’ turnovers played a big part in the lengthy drought.
Newcomer Nolan Wilson (transfer from Landmark) paced HW with fifteen points. Nolan is 6-5 and at least 200 pounds and Triton (with 6-4 Ellsworth Rogers injured) had trouble matching up. The Generals seemed to look to get the ball inside on each possession.
Max Zegarowski finished with fourteen points. The 6-5 sophomore nailed four 3’s in the Generals’ 25-2 surge.
Senior Cam Armand (13 points) keyed Triton’s fast start with ten points in the first quarter.
Triton was down by twelve (29-17) early in the second half but Corey Parsons (15 points) and Nick Venora (12 points) carried the team to within four points in the final quarter.
Nikos Lara enabled the visitors to preserve their lead down the stretch with an old-fashioned 3-point play at the three-minute mark and minute later converting his own miss for a basket.
Marcus Zegarowski (11 points) was solid playing point guard for HW. The sophomore made a couple of quick drives to the basket in the first half.
Jimmy Campbell finished with six points but had at least five assists. In the end game he was matched up on Triton’s Corey Parsons.
The Vikings Kevin Clark didn’t score any points but he did a pretty good job covering the Zegarowski brothers.
Both teams resume play on Friday night. HW hosts Pentucket while Triton travels to North Reading.
Jimmy Campbell was a Cape Ann League first team All-Star last year. Ellsworth Rogers, Cam Armand and Marcus Zegarowski were on the second team.
HW 7 15 13 15 51
Triton 15 2 13 14 44
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