(Newburyport MA) Things were falling in Newburyport.
And it wasn’t the snow.
That’s scheduled to arrive later.
What was falling was long shot after long shot by the Newburyport Clippers boys’ basketball team.
I don’t have access to the Clippers’ stat records but I’m guessing that tonight’s avalanche of three’s (seventeen!) was a school record or close to it.
Triton was on the wrong end of Newburyport’s hot shooting and fell, 72-48, on Friday night in Cape Ann League action.
The Clippers collected twelve 3’s in the first half and exploded to a 46-24 advantage.
Senior James Scali (16 points) had four 3’s in the first quarter and gave the Clippers the lead for good (5-4) with the first one he made.
“It was a fun first quarter,” said James afterwards. “It set the tone for the rest of the game.”
Junior Will Thoreson (12 points) came off the Newburyport bench to drill three 3’s in the second quarter. He loved the corners getting two of his 3’s from the right and the other from the left.
“It felt good coming off my hands every single time,” said Will post-game.
Coach Dave Clay was pleased with Will’s success tonight. “Will has been working so hard in practice. The shots haven’t always been falling for him, but they were tonight. I’m glad for him.”
Triton’s Dylan Wilkinson (20 points) led all scorers. His ability to weave and spin his way through defenders to the basket makes him difficult to contain.
“We started out okay,” said Dylan afterwards, “but then that (James) Scali kid got hot. They’re a good team. Every kid on that team can play.”
The Clippers took a twenty-point lead for the first time with two minutes left before halftime. The Vikings (5-7) moved their deficit inside of twenty twice in the fourth quarter. The first (57-38) was after a Dylan Wilkinson rebound put-back. The second one (60-41) followed Luke O’Leary’s crowd-pleasing three from the right corner.
“Newburyport made a ton of three’s,” said Triton coach Ted Schruender post-game. “Credit them for hitting all the shots they did, but we have to get off to better starts. On this night they scored against whatever we tried to do defensively.”
The Newburyport fans turned out and had plenty to cheer about.
Coach Clay did the player introductions for the second time this season. “I’m trying to make myself more valuable,” he said laughing.
Senior Jack Fehlner also had sixteen points for Newburyport. There were four 3’s in his scoring package. He also turned a steal into a layup (Pick Two) in the fourth quarter.
The Clippers are now 9-4 and have won four straight. They are also 5-0 at home.
Newburyport defeated Triton, 61-52, in December. James Scali had four three’s in that game as well.
Newburyport 27 19 11 15 = 72
Triton 16 8 10 14 = 48
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