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Gallagher/Fyrer lead Ipswich past Georgetown (55-51) in boys basketball

Brenden Gallagher steps back after making the first of two clutch free throws.

Erik Fyrer – 21 points

(Georgetown) Brenden Gallagher had an assist and two free throws in the last thirty seconds to help Ipswich get past Georgetown, 55-51, in non-league action on Monday night at GHS.

The Tigers defeated the Royals on January 13th (61-41) at Ipswich but this one was much more of a struggle.  The home team went down by eleven (34-23) early in the third quarter but fought all the way back to a 40-40 tie early in the final quarter.

Ipswich went up by six a couple of times after that (48-42 & 50-44) before three straight Tyler Wade assisted baskets knotted the score at 50-50 with ninety seconds left.  During the Royal comeback, 6-6 Pat Bjork twice rushed back to intimidate Ipswich shooters (Dan O’Flynn and Matt Jaeger) on breakaways.

Erik Fyrer (21 points) and Cesar Miranda-Black (14 points) traded single free throws (51-51) before Erik cut down the lane and received a perfect pass from Brenden Gallagher for the go-ahead layin with thirty second left.

A Pat Bjork miss and Jon Fierro’s block of Cesar Miranda-Black’s rebound attempt gave the ball back to the Tigers with thirteen seconds left.  Brenden Gallagher was immediately fouled and made both freebies despite plenty of noise from the Georgetown student section.

Pat Bjork (#31) hustles back on defense

Now up four (55-51) the Tiger defense put heavy defense on Tyler Wade and he wasn’t able to get off a quick three instead had to settle for a wild three that ended the contest.

Erik Fyrer (21 points) had a big game.  The 6-4 sophomore converted six offensive rebounds into points.  He also had a steal on an inbounds pass for an easy layup.

Senior Jon Fierro had three blocks including the one very late as G’Town tried to tie the score.

Brenden Gallagher (8 points and 3 assists) defended Tyler Wade into a quiet (for him) nine points.  Tyler had seventeen in the first meeting.

Cesar Miranda-Black (14 points) did his damage in close.

Georgetown was 12-for-21 shooting free throws – Ipswich 11-for-15.

Christian Gesualdi made the Royals only 3.  Matt Jaeger and Dan O’Flynn (10 points) had long ones for the Tigers.

Georgetown ( 1-6 in the Cape Ann League / 4-10 overall ) is at North Reading tomorrow (Tuesday). The Royals have lost eight of their last nine.

Ipswich ( 2-5 in the CAL / 4-9 overall ) has now won three of their last five.  They host Lynnfield on February 3rd.

Ipswich boxscore

Georgetown boxscore

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Georgetown cheerleaders

Dan OFlynn and Christian Gesualdi

Cesar Miranda-Black

Tyler Wade and Brenden Gallagher

Mike Bjork and Tyler Hale

Jon Fierro goes for block

Erik Fyrer pressures inbounder Ben Warren

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Super Start Earns Ipswich a 70-54 Win Over Amesbury in Boys Basketball

Erik Fyrer attempting layup. The 6-4 sophomore finished with twenty-one points and sixteen rebounds.

Brenden Gallagher – 12 points

Dan OFlynn – 18 points

(Ipswich)  I am not sure that the Ipswich Tigers could play any better.

The Tigers demolished Amesbury, 70-54, in a Cape Ann League game on Friday night at Ipswich.

Ipswich (2-5 Cape Ann League / 3-9 overall) put an excellent everything on the Indians for 1 ½ quarters and presto the visitors were looking at a 31-7 deficit.

You want defense.  The Tiger pressure forced eleven Amesbury first half turnovers.

You want scoring.  Ipswich had 6-4 Erik Fyrer (21 points) dominating in the paint while Brenden Gallagher (12 points with three 3’s) and Dan O’Flynn (18 points with four 3’s) stroked accurately from long range.  It was quite a show.

Amesbury had defeated Ipswich in the first meeting (60-56) in overtime and had won three of their last five so there wasn’t any certainty even with a 31-7 lead that the Tigers (losers of seven of their last eight) could hold the lead.  But they did.

Mike Zelinsky (16 points) in the lane

Amesbury (1-5 in CAL / 4-10 overall) actually “won” the last 2 ½ quarters (47-39) mostly via the long ball – they made nine of them.  However, that early deficit was way too much to recover from.

Ipswich would get the lead to 38-11 on a Louie Galanis triple from Brenden Gallagher with less than two minutes in the first half.  Early in the final quarter a couple of 3’s by Dan O’Flynn pushed the Tigers ahead, 58-32.

The Indians answered with two minutes of their best basketball, running ten straight thanks to 3’s from Curran O’Connor and Tommy Connors and layups by Matt Talbot and Jack Fortin.  This rush of points caused Tiger coach Alan LaRoche to call a timeout, as his team’s twenty-six point lead had shrunk to sixteen.

I heard shouting during the timeout and the Tigers responded in the next minute with a jumper from Tyler Hale and a three from Dan O’Flynn, both hoops assisted by Erik Fyrer.  This put the lead back into the comfort zone and both team’s reserves finished out the last four minutes.

Erik Fyrer had a terrific game.  In the first meeting, Erik got into foul trouble and played short minutes.  Not this time.  The sophomore was a big part of the Tigers’ fast start, collecting ten points early on.  He owned the boards too, grabbing sixteen rebounds (Thanks, Mitch MacDonald) and blocked several shots.  The normal righty showed a good left hand on one inside move.

Matt Talbot (14 points) in Ipswich traffic

Mike Zelinksy (16), Matt Talbot (14), and Tommy Connors (11) led the Amesbury scorers.

Mike tossed up a no-look, backhanded layup that had no business going in……..but did.

The Ipswich student section and the Amesbury student section did their best to out-do each other.  Tough for the Amesbury kids since their team trailed big early and never really threatened to overtake the Tigers.

Ipswich next plays at Georgetown on January 30th.  I saw Ipswich defeat G’Town in the first meeting.

Amesbury gets Lynnfield at home on January 31st.

Ipswich boxscore

Amesbury boxscore

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where is the ball

Erik Fyrer and Curran OConnor

Dan OFlynn looks to pass

Erik Fyrer block of Matt Talbot shot

Louie Galanis draws charge from Devlin Gobeil

Tommy Connors

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Newburyport Recovers to Defeat Ipswich 34-14 in Football

Peyton Primack (62) takes a recovered fumble into the end zone for a first play score for Ipswich.

QB Connor Wile was sacked on the first play but recovered to throw three TD passes and a 2 point conversion.

(Newburyport)  One play in the Newburyport Clippers didn’t know what hit them…………especially quarterback Connor Wile.  The Clipper QB ended up on all fours as the visiting Ipswich Tigers celebrated in the end zone.

That was the start but thereafter the Clippers straightened out their pass protection and scored at will to defeat Ipswich, 34-14, at War Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

But if you want to lose a quarterback, allow a full-speed defender a clean shot from the QB’s blindside as he‘s back to pass.  But that’s what happened and the hit caused Connor to fumble. Tiger Peyton Primack found the loose ball and took it 25 yards into the end zone.  Brenden Gallagher’s extra point kick (Nick Andreas hold) put Ipswich (1-4) in front 7-0.

This all turned out to be very misleading.  The thoughts that Newburyport might be less inclined to pass or that their offense would be limited, vanished by halftime.  For by then the Clippers (4-2) had put up four touchdowns – two on the ground and two in the air – and were in command, 27-14.

Tyler Martin (32) goes 47 yards for first quarter touchdown.

Connor’s protection was superb after that first disastrous play and the only times he went down were when he decided to scramble.

Newburyport operated out of the shotgun most of the time and spread the field with receivers (Brett & Colton Fontaine, Ian Michaels, and Jimmy Conway) that every scout (I saw Triton in the stands) is well aware of.  When Ipswich over-concentrated on pass defense the Clippers ran speedy Tyler Martin up the inside.  On this day, Ipswich was seriously burned by both forms of attack.

Tyler Martin got them first.  On a 3rd-and-21 from the Ipswich 47, NHS sent Tyler up the middle on a draw play.  Tyler stayed in the middle briefly and then cut right and sped to the end zone.  Brandon Trego’s kick was good (Tyler held).  So 3 ½ minutes into the first quarter, the Clippers were even.

Clear sailing for Brett Fontaine (3 TD catches) as Tiger defenders Louis Galanis (10) and Pat Curran collide.

Next possession, Newburyport struck through the air.  A harmless looking pass in the flat to Brett Fontaine did the trick.  The Tigers’ first defender (John Elnagger) missed the tackle and the next two defenders (Pat Curran and Louis Galanis) took each other out – Louis slipped into Pat.  Brett ended up with a clear 65-yard route to the end zone.

Brandon Trego’s kick was wide but Newburyport was ahead, 13-7, with 4:19 left in the first quarter.

Next possession, Newburyport moved deep into Ipswich territory early in the second quarter.  They reached the Tiger 7 before a Connor Wile pass intended for Brett Fontaine ended up in defender Nate Glaster’s hands.  Off the fast sophomore went down the left sideline on a 93-yard TD run.  Brenden Gallagher’s kick gave Ipswich a shocking, 14-13, lead with 9:10 left until halftime.

Nate Glaster (80) finishes a 93 yard interception return touchdown.

The thought at the time that Newburyport was just overly pass happy and needed to shelf that attack never seemed to be a consideration for the NHS staff.

The Clippers moved back down the field with a collection of passes and rushes.  A pass interference call helped greatly.  Tyler Martin provided the finishing touch with a 6-yard burst up the middle.  The kick was missed but Newburyport was ahead, 19-14, with 5:43 until the half.

A bit of trickery by Ipswich (fake punt by Louis Galanis) got them into Newburyport territory but the defense refused to give up any big plays from the line of scrimmage and the Clippers took over late in the half.

Again it was passes that quickly moved the Clippers close.  Connor Wile connected with Brett Fontaine for the score on the right side in the last minute from 8 yards away.   The pattern looked a lot similar to the one that had resulted in an Ipswich interception (TD) at the start of the quarter.

The Clippers went for two points.  They faked Tyler Martin up the middle (I was fooled by it!) and then Connor hit a very wide open Jimmy Conway in the right corner of the end zone.  This gave NHS a 27-14 lead at the half.

The second half started with turnover, turnover, and turnover.  Connor Wile was intercepted (Nate Glaster) while Ipswich fumbled twice.  The second Tiger fumble was recovered by Tyler Souther at the Ipswich 12.  Way too delectable field position for the Clipper offense on this day.

Brett Fontaine catches TD pass despite face mask infraction in third quarter.

NHS struck quickly as Connor hit Brett in the end zone.  Brett hung on despite suffering one of the more blatant face mask penalties you’ll ever see.  Brandon Trego kicked the extra point to put the Clippers further ahead, 34-14, with 7:34 left in the third quarter.  And that turned out to be the final score as a lot of clean jerseys were seen the rest of the way.

Credit Newburyport for sticking with a passing attack throughout the game.  Credit center Kyle Monahan for enabling the Clippers to function out of shotgun formation with a game of clean snaps.

Connor Wile might be a little tougher than your average high school quarterback.  In the winter he’ll be seen playing hockey and in the spring catching for the NHS baseball team.  Point?  He’s no stranger to contact!

The weather was full of surprises.  A half hour before game time it was pouring.  Thereafter we saw clouds and even some sun………only in New England.

The Clippers face Saugus at NHS next on Friday night (7PM).  Ipswich gets Lynnfield at home on the same night.  The rest of the way the games are league games.

Quarterback Nick Andreas sits on sideline with trainer Nicole Tougas and IHS coach Ted Flaherty.

Tiger freshman quarterback Nick Andreas was hit hard in the third quarter and didn’t return.  Sophomore Kyle Blomster took over the rest of the way.

Clipper junior Tyler Cusack was hit hard during kickoff coverage in the second half and didn’t return.

(I collect my own information and take my own pictures.  I own the mistakes but I try hard to avoid them.)

The pictures will enlarge to normal size if you click on them.  Enjoy.

Newburyport sky

Brenden Gallagher (13)

Brett Fontaine (10) and Chris Desmond (50)

Louis Galanis (10 and Trevor Pituck (55)

Jimmy Conway flies after hit.

Peter Moutevelis (20)

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Matt Talbot (22 points) and Tyler Lay (20 points) Shoot Amesbury to a Win Over Ipswich 53-46

Tyler Lay (#20) and Matt Talbot (#5) shot Amesbury to their first win.

Amesbury team celebrates first win.

(Amesbury) Matt Talbot (22 points) and Tyler Lay (20 points) carried the Amesbury Indians (1-12) to their first win of the 2010-11 season against winless Ipswich (0-10) on Friday night by the score of 53-46.

This battle for Win #1 was tight through three quarters with eight lead changes.

Ipswich took the lead for the last time (35-34) on a pair of Dan O’Flynn (7 points) free throws with 34 seconds left in the third quarter.

The Indians followed with a run of nine unanswered points that elevated them to a 43-35 advantage with five minutes left and put them in control the rest of the way.

Tyler tries to deny Doug Shaughnessy a pass.

Both Matt and Tyler were big in the winning surge.  Matt (5-10) scored on a Rajon Rondo looking runner in the lane over 6-6 Doug Shaughnessy. Next he assisted on Sean Ward’s jumper.  Tyler started the consecutive offense with an old-fashioned 3-point play to end the third quarter.  Later he stripped Doug (they were matched up throughout the game) and went the length of the court for a two-handed jam.  That dunk really fired up the Amesbury crowd as well as his teammates.

Thereafter, the Tigers cut the lead a couple of times to five points on the shooting of Brenden Gallagher (19 points) but could never get to the point of taking a shot that would tie the game.

Ipswich did themselves no favors in the final quarter by committing nine turnovers.  Bad passes seemed to be the primary culprit. They had only eight turnovers over the previous three quarters.

Tyler did an excellent job in the middle of the Amesbury defense denying Doug (9 points) the ball and making every shot by the normally high scoring Ipswich captain a heavily contested one.

Brenden Gallagher (#10), here with Stephan Deas, led Ipswich with nineteen points.

Ipswich was an excellent 6-for-11 long range but made only one in the second half.

Both Matt and Brenden connected on four 3-point shots.

The shot-blocking interior of the Ipswich defense kept 5-4 Stephan Deas’ darts to the basket to a minimum.

Active Dan O’Flynn had numerous deflections in the first half.

Both teams missed eight free throws.  My theory is that high school players practice more 3-point shots away from coach-directed practices than they do free throws.  A stationary shot is different from all of the other shots attempted.

Amesbury   16     8   13   16  =  53
Ipswich        13   12   10   11  =  46

(I collect my own stats, take my own pictures, and draw my own conclusions.  Errors are unintentional and unavoidable.)

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Ipswich Streaks By Triton 62-46 in Cape Ann League Opener

Traveling Tiger fans had plenty to cheer about as Ipswich put points together in bunches against Triton

(Byfield) A put-back at the first quarter buzzer by junior Doug Martone started Ipswich on a 17-0 run that gave the Tigers a 28-14 lead before the run ended at 2:40 of the second period on a Jedd Hutchins free throw.

Triton never recovered and the final score was 62-46 on Monday night as both teams opened their Cape Ann League seasons.  Both teams are now 1-3 overall.

During the game-deciding seventeen straight, Doug had another put-back basket as well as two other layups. He was set up by Brenden Gallagher on the first and Colin Smith on the second.

Ipswich played some pretty serious man-to-man defense throughout and that led to another stretch of empty Triton possessions that started at the end of the first half and went four minutes into the third quarter.

Specifically, the Vikings missed four shots and turned the ball over on the other four possessions.  Meanwhile the Tigers ran off twelve unanswered points.

Aaron Jessen – Tallied ten points including an NBA-range trey

Three of those points came on an NBA-range long one by senior Aaron Jessen.  Freshman Colin Smith was the catalyst in the rest of them with a layup, a free throw, and assists on baskets by Brandon Ashe and Doug Shaughnessy.

Now up, 47-24, the bench-clearing started and continued until the end.  Tom Bashaw tallied ten points for Triton in the last quarter.

Ipswich has had difficulty handling pressure in previous games but Triton’s poor shooting (17 for 59 overall – 28.8%) limited their opportunities to press.

The Vikings had some good looks at 3’s but even in their own gym made just 5-of-18.  Blaise Whitman’s trey ended the Tiger 12-point run in the third quarter.

Those on hand at the start wouldn’t have predicted the final score because after five minutes Triton led, 10-4, and Ipswich had already committed six turnovers including four in a row.  However, Ipswich recovered and went on two impressive scoring runs that clinched this one.

Doug Martone topped IHS scorers with eleven (all in the first half), while Darren Lewis paced Triton with fourteen.

The Tigers did end up with 21 turnovers but most of them did not lead to Triton easy baskets.  In other games, the turnovers have opened up the floodgates to layups.

Things didn’t go well for the Triton cheerleaders, either.

The Triton faithful didn’t have much to cheer about after the first five minutes.  Matters got worse at halftime when the Triton cheerleaders were unable to do their routine because the music needed wasn’t available.

Triton next meets Lynnfield at home on Wednesday.  Ipswich will be at Wilmington on the same day.

(All stats presented are unofficial.)

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