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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

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

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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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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