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Governor’s Academy downs Nobles 53-48 on Seniors’ Day

Governor’s pressure gave Nobles trouble

Seniors Zach Clough, Eljay Morris, Jason Mahoney, and John Gorgol honored pre-game

Gov’s coach Michael Shelton

(Byfield MA) “I told the team that tonight was not going to be about anybody but the seniors,” explained Governor’s Academy coach Michael Shelton afterwards.

And that’s the way it went.

The four Govs seniors were honored before the game, then started the game, and later finished it.

“Coach told us in the second half,” said senior John Gargol, “that we started it and we’re going to end it.”

Governor’s (17-8) held off fast-closing Nobles, 53-48, on Wednesday night to give the evening a perfect ending.

One more game on the Gov’s schedule before they start the Class B tournament next Wednesday.

Despite differing lineups, the Govs applied effective pressure against the Bulldogs (10-13).

Governor’s “run-and-jump stuff,” as Coach Shelton called it, helped turn a 10-9 Nobles lead into a 21-10 Govs’ lead five minutes later.

Henry Mitchell over Eljay Morris

Senior Eljay Morris was the chief contributor with six points in the 12-straight Govs points, including a crowd-pleasing dunk on an assist from Drew Sachs.

“They did a good job with their pressure defense,” said Nobles coach Adam Cluff post-game. “They were relentless and very disciplined with it.”

Nobles (10-13) rallied in the last 1 ½ minutes of the half (3 by Brendan McNamara, jump shot Duke Ferrara) and only trailed, 28-21.

The Govs dominated the first eight minutes of the second half. Six different players contributed points with senior Jason Mahoney nailing a 3-pointer. Defensively? Even better, as they limited the team from Dedham (MA) to only a triple by Channing Bryant (11 points).

The Govs lead increased to 49-29 with 5 ½ minutes left.

There wasn’t enough time for the Bulldogs to catch the bench-clearing Govs but they certainly finished with a rush and that pleased Coach Cluff.

Brett Cosby (10 points)

“We decided that no matter what happened we were going to be resilient,” said Coach Cluff. “We ended up going with a smaller lineup and it gave us a little more flexibility against their full-court pressure.”

Nobles made shots and forced the Govs into mistakes (four turnovers) and closed the game on a 19-4 run but lost, 53-48.

Brett Cosby (10 points) and Channing Bryant (11 points) each contributed 3-pointers and layups in Nobles late run of good basketball.

Governor’s has a five-game win streak going and will start Class B tournament play next Wednesday.

Peyton O’Leary (11 points)

“We’re peaking at the right time,” said Coach Shelton. “Our young guys have bought into our principles and our daily habits. On Saturday (against St. Sebastian’s) we had a season-high twenty assists. We’re really sharing the ball and defending at a really high level.”

The team-to-beat in Class B would be undefeated Brooks. “We were close against them on the road and they went on a big run to end the half,” said Coach Shelton. “It was a tough game for our young guys. We look forward to seeing them in the tournament.”

Will Batchelder: “Tonight was a fun game for our seniors. It was a good win in a good atmosphere.”

Will is taking his road test on Saturday. Stay clear of the Haverhill Registry on that day!

John Gorgol shoots

Senior John Gorgol on being from Arizona and choosing Governor’s Academy: “My uncle and grandmother live about three minutes away from Govs. I learned about it from them. Having my grandmother nearby has been great because I can go over to her house every weekend and eat chicken.”

John’s college plans: “I am going to go to Babson. It’s a great business school. I will be playing basketball. I met with some of the players and I felt like I was already part of the team.”

Coach Sanders: “We’re a talented young team so some of our seniors have had to sacrifice playing time to the younger kids. They have made it work. They are all captains for us. I wanted to send them out on a high note tonight.”

Governor’s box

Nobles box

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Zach Clough

Will Batchelder past Marc Garraud

Will Batchelder

Midcourt scramble

Marc Garraud

Liam Dunfee

Holden Symonds

Gov’s team with seniors and parents

Duke Ferrara

Channing Bryant (11 points)

Brett Cosby from the corner

Brendan McNamara

 

 

 

 

 

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Governors Academy defeats Groton School 79-71 – Will Batchelder 28 points

Will Batchelder (28 points) dribbles out of trouble

Nate Salander (25 points) for Groton

(Byfield MA) Governors Academy was playing their third game in four days…….and it showed.

“We looked like a young, tired team out there,” said Govs coach Michael Shelton afterwards.

But the Govs were able to pull themselves together enough to catch and hold off Groton, 79-71, on Saturday afternoon.

Will Batchelder led Governors (10-5) with twenty-eight points.

Nate Salander paced the Zebras (5-8) with twenty-five.

Drew Sachs (10 points)

“We had two good days of practice and we executed the game plan,” said Groton coach Harold Francis.  “Sometimes it doesn’t show on the scoreboard.”

Early on the scoreboard confirmed that the Zebras had come to play.  They had a 27-22 lead with four minutes left in the first half after a Rami Hahami (14 points) layup.

The Govs followed with their best collection of offense in the entire game.  They put twelve unanswered points in place and 2 ½ minutes later were ahead, 34-27.

Will Batchelder started the scoring streak with an end-to-end drive.  Three’s by Drew Sachs (10 points) and Will followed.  Holden Symonds (18 points) added a layup and John Gorgol made two free throws.

Coach Shelton mixed in a zone defense during his team’s run of nice offense.

Govs coach Michael Shelton

“We thought that by changing the tempo we could force them to shoot from outside,” said Coach Shelton, “and steal a few possessions.”

The Zebras tallied the only points the rest of the half and trailed only 32-30.

In the second half the teams were tied twice early on before Governors took the lead for good.

The Govs broke from a 39-39 tie with a run of seven straight points.  A jumper by Kalu Anya (10 points) started it.  Drew Sachs then drained a three assisted by Will Batchelder.  Prettiest play of the game may have been what happened next.  A Groton drive to the hoop was blocked by 6-6 Kalu Anya.  Kalu blocked the shot, secured the rebound and fed ahead to a breaking Will Batchelder for a layup.

This surge put Governors in front (46-39) with 12 ½ minutes left.

The scoring picked up for both teams, but Groton needed stops to get closer and on this afternoon they couldn’t do it.

Junior Nate Salander

Nate Salander had fourteen points, including two triples, during the final 12+ minutes.  Caleb Coleman (13 points) added nine points including an off-balanced triple in the closing minute.

“We had to fight against adversity today,” said Will Batchelder afterwards.  “We underestimated them and once they started playing good, we picked it up.  At the end we all came together.”

Will made shots from long range (four 3’s) and was able to get to the basket.

“He’s a good kid,” said Coach Francis.  “We knew about him and tried our best to deny him the ball.  But you know what, good players find ways to make it happen and he did.”

Coach Shelton: “Will is an absolute gym rat.  He’s a coach’s dream because he puts so much energy into the game of basketball.  He puts in the work in the unseen hours like nobody I’ve ever seen in coaching.  We’re looking for him to put the ball in the basket at a high level.  When he wants to pass, he’s excellent at that as well.”

Sophomore Will Batchelder

Will has scholarship offers from two D1 schools (George Mason & Brown) already with several others showing interest.  Not bad for a sophomore!

Junior Nate Salander was impressive for Groton.

“We had a spy on him,” said Coach Shelton.

“Nate has been in our program for a long time,” said Coach Francis.  “He has gotten better every year.”

Season so far?

Coach Francis: “It’s a season I’m proud of.  Our guys play for each other.  Our chemistry has been great.  I do wish, however, that the wins and losses columns were a little different.”

Coach Harold Francis (Groton)

Coach Shelton: “Our team is young and many of them are experiencing the NEPSAC for the first time.  It’s a different speed and pace and the players are older and stronger.  We have a ways to go to solidify ourselves for the post-season.”

Amesbury High School boys basketball had representatives in the crowd.

Groton’s Caleb Coleman has a football scholarship to Princeton.

Is it important?  Who knows, but this is where a blogger has freedoms that newspaper writers don’t have.  I work for Hoffman Driving School.  In that capacity I have given Will Batchelder several driving lessons.  We briefly discussed driving post-game because he will be taking his road test in February.  “I’m a little better at this (basketball) than I am at driving,” he admitted.  I won’t argue that!

Scoring totals:

Groton (71 points) Caleb Coleman 13, Rami Hahami 14, Henry Haskell 2, Matthew Kandel 10, Obinna Nwaokoro 7, Nate Salander 25.

Governors (79 points) Will Batchelder 28, Drew Sachs 10, Jason Mahoney 1, Peyton O’Leary 6, Liam Dunfree 2, Kalu Anya 10, John Gorgol 3, Holden Symonds 18.

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Rami Hahami (14 points) drives

Peyton O’Leary

On the floor

Obinna Nwaokoro

Matthew Kandel (10 points) floats in the lane

Kalu Anya at the rim

Kalu Anya (10 points)

John Gorgol and Nate Salander

Jason Mahoney

Jack Pedreschi and Matthew Kandel

Henry Haskell in Govs traffic

Will Batchelder shoots free throws

Will Batchelder and Caleb Coleman

Caleb Coleman has a football scholarship to Princeton

Aroon Sankoh and Caleb Coleman

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lawrence Academy defeats Governor’s Academy 52-43 in ISL matchup

Sherron Dailey-Harris leads the break for Lawrence Academy

Sherron Dailey-Harris leads the break for Lawrence Academy

shot-block attempt

shot-block attempt

(Byfield MA) Lawrence Academy gained separation early in the second half and defeated Governor’s Academy, 52-43, in an ISL game on Wednesday night.

LA (2-8) snapped a five-game losing streak with the win.  The Govs (3-6) now have lost four straight.

After four lead changes in the first half the visitors from Groton put eight unanswered points together taking a 27-20 lead.  Nick Lynch, Sherron Dailey-Harris, and Martin Mann were the point-getters in the breakaway segment.

There was plenty of time left (12+ minutes) for a GA comeback but the Spartan’s zone defense forced outside shots and on this evening GA had no answers from there.  The Govs didn’t hit a single 3-pointer.

Governor’s also did not take good care of the ball, recording twenty-two turnovers.  Four of the miscues led to breakaway layups, three by sophomore Sherron Dailey-Harris.

Elijah Earley (12 points) led a GA rally in the second half

Elijah Earley (12 points) led a GA rally in the second half

The Spartans had their biggest lead, 40-27, with five minutes left.  Game over?  Someone forgot to tell the Govs’ Elijah Earley and Nick Osarenren.  That twosome guided the Govs on a 12-4 run that put GA within four (44-39) with two minutes left.  The outcome was no longer certain.

However, the rest of the way LA displayed the ability to pass over and get through GA’s full-court pressure without turnovers.  Sherron Dailey-Harris and Tim Preston cashed layups for LA while 6-6 Nick Lynch added two loud dunks to seal the victory for the Spartans.

Junior Demitri Jackson had an impressive two-minute run of hustle basketball in the second half converting three offensive rebounds into baskets.

Lawrence Academy finished with three players in double figures: Sherron Dailey-Harris (11), sophomore Luke Benoit (10), and Nick Lynch (10).

Senior Elijah Earley (12 points) paced GA.

Nick Lynch jam

Nick Lynch jam

Senior Tim Preston of LA made the only 3-point shot in the game.

6-8 Matt Peart will play football for UConn in the fall.

The poor GA shooting extended to the foul line as well where they were only 7-for-14.

Both teams resume action on Friday at home.  The Govs play Thayer Academy while the Spartans take on Worcester Academy.

Basketball players from Endicott College were on hand for this one.

Lawrence Academy boxscore

Governor’s Academy boxscore

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Jalyn Hinton

Jalyn Hinton

Eddy Fish and Luke Benoit

Eddy Fish and Luke Benoit

Tyler Harrington and Martin Mann

Tyler Harrington and Martin Mann

Jalyn Hinton finishes

Jalyn Hinton finishes

Jalyn Hinton and Tim Preston

Jalyn Hinton and Tim Preston

Matt Peart shoots over Nick Lynch

Matt Peart shoots over Nick Lynch

Freshman Shane Smith runs into some tight defense

Freshman Shane Smith runs into some tight defense

 

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Governor’s Academy runs winning streak to eighteen defeating Pingree 12-0

All smiles around Courtney Cashman after her grand slam in the fifth inning.

All smiles around Courtney Cashman after her grand slam in the fifth inning.

Sarah Dupere (two-hitter with seven strikeouts)

Sarah Dupere (two-hitter with seven strikeouts)

(Hamilton) That’s eighteen straight for the Lady Govs softball team.

Governor’s Academy defeated Pingree, 12-0, in a nonleague game held on Pingree’s dry field on Wednesday afternoon in the season opener for both teams.

Tough opponent for the Highlanders as they had to face senior pitcher Sarah Dupere (twice MVP in the Independent School League). Sarah struck out seven and allowed only two flare hits.

Sarah might have had more K’s, and I suppose Pingree might have had more hits, if the game wasn’t suddenly ended after 5 1/2 innings. The Pingree scoreboard had the teams in the 7th inning when it should have been the 6th inning. Whatever, the unscheduled ending kept both coaches from using more reserves which was unfortunate.

The Govs not only got good pitching but their hitting wasn’t too shabby either. They certainly didn’t drive over from Byfield to take walks. They only had two. The Lady Govs had twelve hits off of Pingree starter Christina Chalmers.

The biggest hit for GA was a grand slam by sophomore Courtney Cashman in GA’s six-run fifth inning. Courtney’s blast cleared the fence in left center. Courtney hit another ball just as hard in the first inning but it was straight at Pingree centerfielder Maria Garbarino.

Christina Chalmers

Christina Chalmers

Sarah Dupere not only did damage with her arm but also with her bat. The GA leadoff batter (going to Gettysburg College) had three hits (two singles and a double) and scored three runs. Sarah’s only out was on a hard grounder that pitcher Christina Chalmers made a nice play on after it caromed off her leg.

Pingree (11-6 last year) had their best chance in the second inning. Kelsey Dion walked and Hannah Stasiuk flared a single down the rightfield line. Both runners moved into scoring position before Sarah Dupere got a groundout by Maria Garbarino to end the threat.

The Govs picked up three in the first inning. Senior Ashlyn Bedard (2 hits/2 runs/2 RBI) beat out a hit to shortstop driving in Sarah Dupere. Later in the same inning, junior Devyn McHugh singled to center bringing in teammates Ashlyn Bedard and Carli Citrano.

The three-time defending ISL champs put up another 3-spot in the second inning. Cassie Hanlon’s double scored Sarah Dupere. Courtney Cashman brought Cassie home and then Ashlyn Bedard (going to WPI) did the same for Courtney with a single.

Cassie Hanlon (2 rbi, 2 hits, 2 runs)

Cassie Hanlon (2 rbi, 2 hits, 2 runs)

Governor’s double their score in the fifth inning. The big shot was Courtney Cashman’s grand slam but Cassie Hanlon and Carli Citrano also had RBIs.

Jill Witwicki had Pingree’s other hit.

The Highlanders had two flare hits down the first baseline but otherwise did not get the ball into the outfield. That’s dominating pitching!

The next game (weather permitting) for Pingree is on Saturday (1PM) at Buckingham Browne & Nichols in Cambridge.

The Govs will be at St. George’s (Newport RI) on Saturday (1:30PM) looking to extend that winning streak. Last loss was on May 19th of 2012 against Phillips Exeter.

Pingree senior third baseman Gabby Munoz has a softball scholarship to Holy Cross. I saw her play for a very good Rockport team in the Cape Ann League.

freshman Chloe Quigley fields a grounder

freshman Chloe Quigley fields a grounder

Cassie Hanlon and Courtney Cashman made the ISL All-League team last season.

Courtney and Carli Citrano were starters on the Govs’ basketball team.

Pingree is in the Eastern Independent League (EIL).

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Courtney Cashman

Courtney Cashman

Gabby Munoz

Gabby Munoz

Gabby Munoz tries to catch a popup as Haley Sabino looks to help

Gabby Munoz tries to catch a popup as Haley Sabino looks to help

Sarah Dupere pitches

Sarah Dupere pitches

Third baseman Ashlyn Bedard camps under a popup

Third baseman Ashlyn Bedard camps under a popup

Coach Scott Kingsbury sends Sarah Dupere home as the ball reaches the fence

Coach Scott Kingsbury sends Sarah Dupere home as the ball reaches the fence

Hannah Stasiuk and Maria Garbarino get together on a fly ball

Hannah Stasiuk and Maria Garbarino get together on a fly ball

 

 

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Governor’s Academy reaches NEPSAC Class B semifinals with 45-36 win over Lawrence Academy

Action during the GA/LA quarterfinals game

Action during the GA/LA quarterfinals game

Courtney Cashman (17 points) tries to shoot over Gabrielle Reuter (16 points)

Courtney Cashman (17 points) tries to shoot over Gabrielle Reuter (16 points)

(Byfield MA) Twelve days ago, the Lawrence Academy girls hung on at Byfield for a, 37-36, win over Governor’s Academy.  The rematch today figured to be a close game and it was.

Governor’s Academy controlled the beginning and the end this time around and that was enough to defeat Lawrence Academy, 45-36, in the NEPSAC girls’ quarterfinals on Wednesday afternoon.

The Govs (13-8) put ten straight points together to start this game but the Spartans recovered and even had the lead in the second half.

Lawrence Academy (12-9), however, did not recover from a 2 1/2 minute scoring drought at the end of the game.  LA was within two points (38-36) but all seven points the rest of the way were GA free throws.

Governor’s Courtney Cashman paced her team with seventeen points.  Courtney (sophomore) swished four straight free throws in the last two minutes.

Gabrielle Reuter drives

Gabrielle Reuter drives

Sophomore Gabrielle Reuter led LA with sixteen points.

Governor’s advances to the Class B semi-finals at Tilton School.  The #1 seed Rams are 19-3 and buried GA, 68-28, at Byfield on January 11th.  Tilton won the Class B championship last year and has been in the championship game five straight times.  They will be a formidable opponent for GA to say the least!

In my opinion, Lawrence Academy lost this game because of turnovers.  They had twenty-seven miscues, by my figuring, and all of them were in the frontcourt.  Way too many empty possessions because of dangerous passes by the visitors from Groton (MA).

The Spartans had five turnovers in the first 4+ minutes and no points.  Meanwhile, GA junior Carli Citrano was cooking for the Govs.  Carli started the scoring with a three and later had two inside baskets as the Govs raced off to a 10-0 start.

Carli Citrano looks to pass

Carli Citrano looks to pass

The visitors were still down by ten (16-6) halfway through the half before a GA scoring drought and a run of nine straight LA points aligned themselves.  Sophomore Gabrielle Reuter had a jump shot, layup, and free throw in the LA comeback segment.  Lawrence Academy was within one (16-15) with 3 1/2 minutes to go in the first half.

GA led, 22-18, at the half.

Lawrence Academy pulled in front, 27-25, early in the second half on a run of six points featuring a fastbreak layup by Jalian Marquez and four free throws.

Carli Citrano reaches in against Elise Bojanowski

Carli Citrano reaches in against Elise Bojanowski

Two minutes later, Courtney Cashman converted her own miss and GA had the lead back (29-28) with eleven minutes left.  The home team would stay ahead the rest of the game.

A layup by Gabrielle Reuter on a pass from Emily Pratt had LA behind just, 36-34, with 6 1/2 minutes remaining.

The GA lead was still only two (38-36) with 2 1/2 minutes left.  I was anticipating another one-point game between these two teams.  It never happened.

The Spartans couldn’t make a shot and were forced to foul to stop the clock.  The Govs hit seven of ten pressure free throws to ice this one for the #4 seed.

Both teams had the same record and LA had defeated the Govs during the season yet Governor’s still got the home game.  Why?  They had defeated better opponents.

Some GA boys’ team arrived in a group to offer encouragement to the girls’ team.

Emily Pratt and Isa Berzansky

Emily Pratt and Isa Berzansky

The unsung hero for the Govs was Isa Berzansky.  At some point in the second half, Isa took over defending Emily Pratt and did a terrific job.  Emily struggled to get shots off and had only two points in the second half.

The Govs ended up with twenty-one turnovers.

Both Gabrielle Reuter and Emily Pratt were chosen for the NEPSAC Class B East All-Star team.

Is there a faster combo than the look-alike Ham sisters?  When seniors Jackie (#2) and Kendall (#3) are on the floor at the same time, mistaken identity becomes a strong likelihood.  I’m reaching for excuses for messing up their stats!

Governor’s Academy box

Lawrence Academy box

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Jackie Ham goes for the block against Tate Jordan

Jackie Ham goes for the block against Tate Jordan

Jalian Marquez looks to shoot

Jalian Marquez looks to shoot

Tate Jordan lines up a free throw

Tate Jordan lines up a free throw

Kendall Ham dribbles

Kendall Ham dribbles

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Cold shooting Pingree falls to Governor’s Academy 53-46

Kam Nobles sends a pass to Matt Peart for a layup

Kam Nobles sends a pass to Matt Peart for a layup

Matt Peart (15 points) shoots over Alonzo Jackson and Kyle Lentini

Matt Peart (15 points) shoots over Alonzo Jackson and Kyle Lentini

(Byfield MA) Governor’s Academy took the lead for good with 7+ minutes left and defeated Pingree School, 53-46, on Saturday afternoon in non-league action.

There were five lead changes in the first half and the Highlanders (12-7) had a slim, 29-27, advantage at the half.

The turnover-prone Gov’s (13 in the first half) survived in the first half because junior Matt Peart (15 points) was a force at both ends.  Matt blocked shots and intimidated Pingree penetrators while getting eleven of his points in the first sixteen minutes.

Matt Peart converted a rebound to tie the score at 35-35 with just under twelve minutes left in the second half.  However, Kyle Lentini (16 points) was part of a Pingree push that had them ahead, 40-37, with 10:12 remaining.

Last year the Gov’s won, 58-57, at Pingree and this game looked, at this point, as if it was heading in the same direction.

It didn’t work out that way.

Justin Assad and Nick Osarenren (10 points)

Justin Assad and Nick Osarenren (10 points)

Sometimes there’s a basket in the game that turns the tide.  I think it was the go-ahead-for-good basket by freshman Nick Osarenren.  The Govs were very patient on most of their second-half possessions but on this key one, they were almost a little too patient.  Nick ended up with the ball on the left baseline and with everyone on the GA bench yelling for him to shoot he did and swished a jump shot as the 35-second clock went off.

Nick’s shot put GA (4-10) in front, 41-40, with 7+ minutes left.  The Highlanders had no scoring answers the rest of the way.  The visitors from Hamilton made just one outside shot (Justin Assad) in the second half.

The Govs put an 8-2 segment together and increased their advantage to 49-42 with just under three minutes left.

Pingree could not get closer than five points the rest of the way even though GA made only two of seven free throws in the final minute.

Kam Nobles (11 points) tries to go between Erik Fyrer and Griffin Beal

Kam Nobles (11 points) tries to go between Erik Fyrer and Griffin Beal

I was impressed with the play of GA point guard Kam Nobles.  Kam was the stabilizer against a persistent Pingree press and was the key to GA’s clock-eating offense down the stretch.  Kam collected eleven points including two 3’s.

Johnny Spears was back for Pingree and made a number of passes that “wowed” the sizable crowd.

Pingree benefited from a scorebook miscue early in the game.  Kyle Lentini ended up with a couple of extra free throws as a result.

Kyle had Pingree’s only three in the game.

Kyle Lentini (16 points) puts up a shot

Kyle Lentini (16 points) puts up a shot

Justin Assad had twelve points for Pingree.

Pingree’s next game is at Providence Country Day School on Friday, February 7th.

Governor’s will be at Brooks in their next action on Wednesday (7PM).

Governor’s box

Pingree box

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Johnny Spears tries to get between two defenders

Johnny Spears tries to get between two defenders

Johnny Spears and Charles Odei

Johnny Spears and Charles Odei

Justin Assad gets an open look

Justin Assad gets an open look

Matt Peart blocks the shot of Kyle Lentini

Matt Peart blocks the shot of Kyle Lentini

Erik Fyrer (#5) deflects a shot

Erik Fyrer (#5) deflects a shot

heavy action under the basket

heavy action under the basket

Pat Davis

Pat Davis

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Fast start propels Governor’s Academy past St. George’s 53-36

Katie Barrand hits one of three early 3-point shots by the Govs

Katie Barrand hits one of three early 3-point shots by the Govs

Courtney Cashman (14 points) led all scorers

Courtney Cashman (14 points) led all scorers

(Byfield MA)  Governor’s Academy overwhelmed St. George’s in the first six minutes and the visitors from Middletown (RI) never recovered losing, 53-36, on Thursday night in an Independent School League game.

The Gov’s (6-5) totaled five 3’s in the entire game but three of them, by Carli Citrano, Courtney Cashman, and Katie Barrand, were made in the first 3+ minutes.

So by the time the Dragons (6-6) put a point on the board (Meggie O’Connor free throw) the home team already had nine points.

GA’s Jackie Ham followed with an old-fashioned three-point play and Courtney Cashman added a layup.  Those scores put the Gov’s ahead, 14-1, in the first six minutes.

The Dragons had five turnovers in the early going.

Carli Citrano (13 points) looks for an opening

Carli Citrano (13 points) looks for an opening

Sophomore Courtney Cashman (14 points) drilled a halftime, buzzer-beating trey that started GA on another nine-point run.  Courtney later started the second half with a layup and junior Carli Citrano (13 points) connected twice from in close.  Out of that surge the Gov’s led, 39-18, two minutes into the second half.

I anticipated that things would get worse but instead, led by sophomore Logan Amaral (10 points), St. George’s chopped eleven points off the GA lead in the next eight minutes.  A layup by junior captain Lane Davis had the Dragons within ten (43-33) with 5:46 to play.

However, the visitor’s hopes of getting closer were quickly squelched as Carli Citrano drained a very long three and Kendall Ham followed with two free throws.  Back went the lead to fifteen points and St. George’s couldn’t recover the rest of the way.

Sophomore Logan Amaral (10 points) shoots a jump shot

Sophomore Logan Amaral (10 points) shoots a jump shot

Plenty of time for the reserves of both teams in the last 2+ minutes.

Neither team was particularly good at the free throw line.  GA was 6-for-14 while SG was 10-for-23.  Some of the misses were on the front end of one-and-one’s.

The Gov’s defeated St. George’s twice last season.  The second time was in the quarterfinals of the New England Championships.

It seemed strange not to see Kat Fogarty on the floor for GA.  Kat is now at Division 1 Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.  Kat’s new team is now 13-5.  Kat is averaging sixteen minutes per game for the Red Foxes.  She averaged twenty points and twelve rebounds at Governor’s.

No doubt St. George’s wasn’t missing Kat Fogarty.  Kat had thirty rebounds in the Gov’s 51-48 win exactly a year ago in Rhode Island.

The Gov’s were 19-6 last year while St. George’s was 10-9.

Both teams are in Class B of NEPSAC.

This game was originally scheduled for Wednesday but the snow in southern New England forced the postponement.

Governor’s Academy box

St. George’s box

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Logan Amaral eyes the hoop

Logan Amaral eyes the hoop

Lane Davis gets two

Lane Davis gets two

Meggie OConnor looks to pass while Kendall Ham defends

Meggie OConnor looks to pass while Kendall Ham defends

Sterling Etheridge and Aya Nagai

Sterling Etheridge and Aya Nagai

Kendall Ham tries to save

Kendall Ham tries to save

looking for a rebound

looking for a rebound

Jackie Ham (#2) gets to the basket

Jackie Ham (#2) gets to the basket

loose ball

loose ball

coaches Erin OConnell and Katie Titus

coaches Erin OConnell and Katie Titus

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Jon Siu (20 points) and Aaron Swenson (16 points) lead Middlesex past Governor’s Academy 56-40

Jon Siu (20 points) led all scorers

Jon Siu (20 points) led all scorers

Aaron Swenson flies to the hoop for Middlesex

Aaron Swenson flies to the hoop for Middlesex

(Byfield MA) Middlesex School started fast in each half and defeated Governor’s Academy, 56-40, on Wednesday evening in Independent School League action.

The visitors from Concord (MA) scored the first seven points in the first half and the first eight points in the second half.  It wasn’t hard to see where this one got away from the Govs.

Jon Siu (20 points) and Aaron Swenson (16 points) had big games for the Zebras (3-1) as the team won its opening ISL game.

Jon is a terrific leaper and hurt GA from the outside.  Aaron might be 5-7 but he could certainly get to the basket which he did six different times.

Jon was responsible for all eight of Middlesex’s fast-start points in the second half.

Matthew Peart (22) blocks Peter Beatty (12)

Matthew Peart (22) blocks Peter Beatty (12)

Governor’s Academy (0-2) had trouble making shots the entire game.  Many of the GA attempts were from in close but on this evening just didn’t fall.

The Govs recovered nicely from a 13 turnover first half to commit only five miscues in the second half.

Middlesex had their 13 turnovers in the second half but still outscored the Govs by nine (33-24) in the second half.  It’s fair to say that the chances were there for GA but they just didn’t cash in.

Middlesex jumped off 7-0 on two layups by Aaron Swenson and a three by Ben Cherington.  The Zebras had a ten-point lead (23-13) before Daniel Healey threw in a prayer at the half-time buzzer.

Jon Siu did all the scoring in the first 3 1/2 minutes of the second half and the visitors soared ahead, 31-16.  GA got within double figures once (46-37) with 2 1/2 minutes left but couldn’t get closer.

Michael Osarenren (32), Jon Siu (33), and Patrick Davis (15) look for a rebound

Michael Osarenren (32), Jon Siu (33), and Patrick Davis (15) look for a rebound

Middlesex next plays on Friday night (6:15PM) against BB&N.

The Govs travel to Roxbury Latin on Friday night (7PM) looking for their first win.

The Govs defeated Middlesex, 65-57, at Concord last season.

Aaron Swenson made the All-ISL first team last season.  He had an 18PPG average.  He scored 42 points in one game and had 15 rebounds in another.

The Zebras were 15-9 in 2012-13.

The first thing I noticed when I entered the GA gym was the new lights.  What a pleasant difference.  Now if they can just get the lights in the scoreboard fixed!

Charles Odei (4) and Hamza Usman (3)

Charles Odei (4) and Hamza Usman (3)

I saw Governor’s alum Stephen Basden play for Endicott College in their loss to Gordon College.  Stephen starts for the Gulls.

Matthew Peart led the GA scorers with nine points.  Matthew also blocked a number of Middlesex shots.

Govs boxscore

Middlesex boxscore

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Aaron Swenson (16 points)

Aaron Swenson (16 points)

Kam Nobles (5) tries to steal from James McGrath (6)

Kam Nobles (5) tries to steal from James McGrath (6)

Khari King gets in for two

Khari King gets in for two

midcourt action

midcourt action

Patrick Davis (15) heads for the hoop with Ben Cherington (13) in pursuit

Patrick Davis (15) heads for the hoop with Ben Cherington (13) in pursuit

Tyler Harrington

Tyler Harrington

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Governor’s Academy gets past Belmont Hill 65-57 with strong second half in boys basketball

Joe Kuo (19 points) grabs a rebound

Joe Kuo (19 points) grabs a rebound

Eli Earley soars in for two for GA

Eli Earley soars in for two for GA

(Byfield) Governor’s Academy had a very strong second half and defeated Belmont Hill, 65-57, on Friday night in Independent School League action.

The Govs (12-8) trailed by two (32-30) at the half and traded baskets to start the second half.

After that, the home team put on quite a show of offense and defense during the next 8 ½  minutes.  Maybe it was because the GA seniors were honored before the game and plenty of friends and family were on hand. Whatever it was, the Govs put together a 19-2 segment.

That great offense/defense turned a 34-32 deficit into a commanding 51-36 lead with six minutes left.

Maybe it was a coincidence but all of the points for Governor’s were scored by seniors during the game-deciding run.  Stephen Basden (6), Kam Nobles (2), Tate Jozokos (5), Eli Earley (2) and Joe Kuo (4) put the 19-point package together for GA.

Harry Roberson (17 points)

Harry Roberson (17 points)

Belmont Hill (8-16) responded with a 10-2 run of their own featuring two layups and two free throws by Harry Roberson (17 points) to close to seven (53-46) with three minutes to go.

The Hillies would cut the lead to six (59-53) on a Kevin Scarlet (12 points) layup with 1:09 left.  However, GA answered with a breakaway layup by Eli Earley (7 points) and a Joe Kuo (19 points) free throw to elevate the Govs lead to nine and seal the win.

Joe Kuo led all scorers with his nineteen points.  I saw the 6-9 senior get a career-high thirty-eight points against St. Paul’s.  The difference tonight?  Not enough touches for the big guy.  Some pretty active BH defense had a lot to do with it.

The Govs started fast and led 14-10 after 6 ½ minutes.  Then Belmont Hill ran eight unanswered points over the next three minutes to get in front (18-14).  They would maintain the lead into halftime (32-30).

A big part of the BH first-half success was the 3-pointer.  There were two each by Hilal Dahleh and Sultan Olusekun as well as one by Kevin Scarlett.

Harry Roberson (17 points) had twelve of them in the second half helping the Hillies fight back from the 19-2 run GA threw at them.

Sultan Olusekun looks for an opening

Sultan Olusekun looks for an opening

The crowd at GA was sizable and noisy.  Easily the biggest excitement was over a Joe Kuo jam on an inbounds play in the second half.

The tight defense forced turnovers (34 by my count) and plenty of foul shots.

To put it kindly, the foul shooting by both teams was pitiful.

Belmont Hill lost by eight points but they missed twelve free throws including three that were the front end of one-and-one’s.

Governor’s won by eight points despite missing sixteen free throws including two that were the front end of one-and-one’s.

Which shot do you suppose players everywhere practice the most…..layup, free throw or 3-pointer?

Stephen Basden (12 points)

Stephen Basden (12 points)

Stephen Basden (12 points), Tate Jozokos (11 points), and Kam Nobles (10 points) all reached double figures for GA.

Kam went down hard after a layup early in the second half.  He did return to action not too long after that.

I thought maybe BH alum Jonathan Kraft (President of the Patriots) might be in the house but word was that he was trying to find a Denver Boot big enough to fit on Gronk’s leg!

Governor’s Academy Boxscore

Belmont Hill Boxscore

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Kyrief Kelley and Kevin Scarlett

Kyrief Kelley and Kevin Scarlett

Harry Roberson caught in GA traffic

Harry Roberson caught in GA traffic

loose ball

loose ball

Joe Kuo looks for a pass as Jesse Wims defends

Joe Kuo looks for a pass as Jesse Wims defends

Kevin Scarlett (12 points) shoots over Kam Nobles

Kevin Scarlett (12 points) shoots over Kam Nobles

Kam Nobles (10 points) looks for a pass

Kam Nobles (10 points) looks for a pass

Tate Jozokos (11 points)

Tate Jozokos (11 points)

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Undefeated Nobles (23-0) holds off Governor’s Academy 59-50 in Independent School League girls basketball

Kat Fogarty (27 points) looks to block the shot of Alexandra Maund (15 points)

Kat Fogarty (27 points) looks to block the shot of Alexandra Maund (15 points)

Katie Benzan (16 points) lines up a three

Katie Benzan (16 points) lines up a three

(Byfield)  Noble and Greenough School (23-0) continued on their undefeated ways with a, 59-50, win over Governor’s Academy on Wednesday night in Independent School League action.

The Bulldogs level of dominance in the ISL is mind boggling.  They are a win away (on Friday at Milton Academy) of winning the 13-team league for the tenth straight season.

Their won/loss record in ISL regular-season games during this amazing run?  117-2!

Nobles came close to picking up an “L” against league member Rivers on Friday night.  Rivers made only 13-of-28 free throws and missed two of them with no time on the clock in a 42-41 loss.

Today’s game with GA wasn’t that close at the end.  However, the Govs recovered from a bad start and had a two-point lead (38-36) with 9:40 left.

Governor’s (17-5) were still within one-possession territory at 44-42 (6:23) and 46-44 (5:10).

However, Nobles put a 10-2 segment together over the next 3 ½ minutes to get a commanding ten-point lead (56-46) with 1 ½ minutes left. GA couldn‘t recover.

Kat Fogarty shoots over Kate Kerrigan (14 points)

Kat Fogarty shoots over Kate Kerrigan (14 points)

Kat Fogarty (27 points) put on another remarkable scoring show.  The 6-1 Marist signee was trouble for Nobles every time she had the ball.  Junior Kate Kerrigan was her primary defender and was solely interested in denying Kat the ball.  When Kat did manage to get the ball, other defenders showed up to help Kate out.

Despite this sort of coverage Kat was still able to get twenty-five of her points during the first twenty-seven minutes of the game.  Holding Kat to only two points over the last five minutes of the game was certainly a reason why Nobles is still undefeated.

The visitors from Dedham jumped in front, 14-4, after six minutes.  Two three’s by freshman Katie Benzan (15 points) were big in the fast start.

The Govs put seven straight points together later in the half and got back to within two (18-16) with 5 ½ minutes left in the first half.  Kat Fogarty had three free throws in this run while Jackie Ham assisted on layups by her sister Kendall (10 points) and Isa Berzanski.

Nobles closed the half, 11-5, and led 29-21.

Nobles had been winning games by an average of twenty-eight points so I thought they might take off in the second half.  Didn’t happen that way.

The Govs went down by nine (34-25) before Kat carried the team to a 13-2 collection with eleven points including two 3’s.  Those 4 ½ minutes of excellent offense put the home team in front (38-36) with 9:40 left.

Kate Kerrigan heads for the hoop

Kate Kerrigan heads for the hoop

Down but definitely not out was Nobles.  A drive by Kate Kerrigan (14 points) tied the score.  Then the junior stole the ball and put in another layup for the lead.  A Lauren Dillon free throw was followed by Kate Benzan’s third three.  Nobles was now up by six (44-38).

GA would close to within two (46-44) with five minutes left.  Four free throws by Kat and two by Isa Berzanski provided the points.

Over the next 3 ½ minutes the Govs would get a steal and layin by Kendall Ham but that would be the only scoring they were able to manage.

During those same 3 ½ minutes Nobles registered ten points.  Six of the points came on free throws; two by Hannah Peterson and four by Katie Benzan.  Two of Katie’s free throws were the result of a technical foul called on the GA coach for, according to the referee, “for getting in my face.”

The other four points in the game-deciding minutes came on layups by Kate Kerrigan and Alexandra Maund (15 points).

Lauren Dillon

Lauren Dillon

Alexandra’s layup was well set up by point guard Lauren Dillon.  Lauren got by her defender into the lane and when Kat Fogarty came away from Alexandra to prevent Lauren from getting a layup Lauren’s pass set up Alexandra for a layup.  That play worked several times over the course of the game.

Kat Fogarty not only had twenty-seven points but also had at least four blocks.

Nobles was 25-1 last season and won their first Class A title in twenty-five years.  You’d have to like their chances of doing it again.

Despite all the good players in this game there were still (by my unofficial count) forty-eight turnovers.  Nobles was whistled for twenty-one of them.  However, another key to the win was that only one of the miscues happened in the last four minutes of this game.

Junior Lauren Dillon is an All-ISL selection in basketball and soccer.

Junior Kate Kerrigan was the MVP in the 2012 NEPSAC Class A tournament.

I thought that Nobles grad and Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck might be in the audience but I didn’t see him.  He was probably busy trying to decide if it’s time to trade Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

Governor’s Boxscore

Nobles Boxscore

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Alexandra Maund caught between the Ham sisters

Alexandra Maund caught between the Ham sisters

Jackie Ham

Jackie Ham

Katie Benzan shoots technical foul shots

Katie Benzan shoots technical foul shots

loose ball

loose ball

Hayley Newhall and Kate Kerrigan

Hayley Newhall and Kate Kerrigan

Jackie Ham flies to the basket

Jackie Ham flies to the basket

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