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Late run gets Pentucket past Newburyport 63-57

Nate McGrail (19 points) starts Pentucket on an eight-point run with this layup in the final quarter

Parker McLaren (19 points) shoots over Alex Willis (22)

(Newburyport MA) This game was close, very close.

There were six lead changes and seven ties.

It was a one-point game (53-52) with three minutes left.

Anyone’s game, for sure, before Pentucket took it over with eight straight points and defeated Newburyport, 63-57, on Senior Night on Friday.

Newburyport coach Dave Clay referenced his team’s defense afterwards: “We needed to play better help defense.”  Who could argue?  The Sachems registered seventeen layups, by my count.

In the crucial eight-point streak in the final three minutes of the game it was four drives to the rim that turned this game to Pentucket.

George Coryell gets Casey McLaren (22) an open shot

According to Pentucket coach Ed Hickey, containing the McLarens (Parker and Casey) was crucial.  “They were terrific tonight.  We made adjustments at halftime to help us to cover them better.  Casey (18.6 points per game) is always capable of scoring a lot of points.”

The Sachems played a high 3-2 zone that limited the outside looks of NHS.  It did open things up for Parker McLaren (19 points) in the lane area.

Junior Spencer Pacy (17 points) got to the rim successfully eight different times.

Let’s review the game-changing segment in the final three minutes.  After a three by Casey McLaren (15 points), the home team trailed by only a point (53-52).  Nate McGrail (19 points) then scored a layup and was fouled but missed the freebie.  Next possession by Newburyport ended with a technical foul.  Gus Flaherty tallied both technical free throws boosting the Sachems lead to 57-52 with 2:45 to go.

Gus Flaherty shoots the technical foul shots

After a turnover, Pentucket had two profitable possessions in a row.  Both were assisted layups.  First by Sam Stys from Alex Willis and then Gus Flaherty from Spencer Pacy.  Those two plays extended the Pentucket advantage to nine (61-52) with a minute left.  Game. Set. Match.

“We made extra passes and it opened things up,” said Coach Hickey.

The visitors from West Newbury had another run of eight unanswered points in the final three minutes of the first half changing a 31-23 score into a halftime tie.

Newburyport put a 10-2 collection together in the first period with five different players (Ryan MacDonald, Ryan Archie, George Coryell, Casey McLaren, Parker McLaren) contributing.

The Clippers will close out the regular season with four straight away games.

The Sachems have now defeated Newburyport three straight times.

The Sachems have a 7-5 edge versus NHS over the past five seasons.

The Pentucket defense collapses on Parker McLaren

Gus Flaherty had twenty-three points in the first meeting (68-54 Pentucket win) including five 3’s.  The Clippers took the long shot away (Gus had only one 3 in tonight’s game) but gave up too many inside scores.

The Clippers five seniors, and their families, were honored before the game and started the game even though none of them were normally starters.

Newburyport (11-6) and Pentucket (12-5) are both in the post-season tournament and both are in Division 3.  And both of them are in the north.  Point?  They could meet again this season.

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Newburyport box

(For the second game in a row I am disagreeing with the official scorer. Maybe I should stop believing my lying eyes?)

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George Coryell guards Spencer Pacy

Harry Bovee (1) guards Spencer Pacy

Sam Stys (8 points) draws a foul on senior Noah Van Schalkwyk

Parker McLaren (44) and Alex Willis (22)

Senior Austin Rosseau sets to shoot

Nate McGrail (24) flies out to defend Casey McLaren

Alex Willis and Spencer Pacy trap Casey McLaren

Senior Ryan MacDonald puts up a shot

Senior Jeevan Kowalski looks for someone to pass to

Senior Jake Valcich (9 points) covered by Sam Stys

 

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Newburyport defeats Triton 57-50 in front of a full house at NHS

Will Parsons (17 points) attracts four Newburyport defenders

Ryan Archies (9 points) launches one from in front of the Triton student section

(Newburyport MA) I had to check my calendar when I arrived at this game.

It wasn’t March but there was definitely a tournament buzz in the room.

However, it doesn’t need to be March when it’s a Triton/Newburyport game.

Last March the two teams had a down-to-the-last-shot Division 3 North quarterfinals get-together in the same building. Newburyport won that game.

In December of last year, the Clippers defeated Triton, 63-57.

That win streak continued tonight as Newburyport (10-3) prevailed, 57-50, on Friday night in Cape Ann League action.

Ryan Archie (nine points) started the scoring with a 3-pointer for NHS and the Clippers never trailed.

The Vikings (4-8) looked done late in the third quarter when a three by freshman Jacob Robertson boosted the Clippers margin to fourteen points (43-29).

Triton sets for an inbounds play

Triton was down but not out.  They scored the next ten points and they did it in a hurry.  In one minute of playing time, the visitors from Byfield, put that ten-spot together.  Kyle Odoy ended the 3rd quarter with a layup and then picked off an inbounds pass and put in two more.  Junior Dylan Shute contributed an old-fashioned 3-point play and then Will Parsons nailed one from beyond the arc.

All of that successful offense moved Triton to within four (43-39) with nearly 7 ½ minutes left in the game.

Newburyport, however, had an answer and his name was McLaren.  If you weren’t there, you’re thinking Casey.  But not on this night.  Casey didn’t score a point in the final quarter.  It was Parker doing the heavy lifting.

Parker went off for seven straight points while the Vikings had four turnovers.  That individual excellence gave NHS an eleven-point lead (50-39) with 5 ½ minutes remaining.

Play out the string?  Game over?  Not yet.

Triton, led by Will Parsons’ seven points and a layup by Jesse Wilkinson, got the Newburyport lead down to four (54-50) with 1 ½ minutes to go.

Triton coach EJ Perry

“We had our opportunities,” said Triton coach EJ Perry afterwards.  “It was 54-50 and we had an offensive rebound, but we didn’t get the putback.”

That missed chance put the ball back in Newburyport’s possession.  A deflected shot ended up in the hands of Parker McLaren and he converted the rebound into points (his 11th of the quarter) and the Clippers won their tenth and qualified for the state tournament.

For the Vikings the road to qualifying is steep.  “We’ll keep getting better,” said Coach Perry, “that’s all we can do.”

Coach Dave Clay praised the work of Harry Bovee guarding Will Parsons: “He knew that his role was strictly defense on Will.  He did a phenomenal job.”

Will ended up with seventeen points, but his only open shots were in warmups.

Casey McLaren (16 points) shoots over Brandon Balesta

Casey McLaren finished with sixteen points.  He had four 3’s including several from in front of the Triton student section.

“Everything on offense goes through Will (Parsons),” explained Coach Perry.  “They did a pretty good job on him.”

Will (averaging 24.8 points per game) not only faced one defender but plenty of support defense was nearby.

“We came out with a lot of positive energy,” said Coach Clay.  “We remained positive even after they made runs and that was the key to the win.”

The crowd was remarkable.  “It was a great environment,” said Coach Clay.

Parker McLaren (18 points) sets to stop a driving Viking

Excellent crowd control in place to make sure no one from either side spoiled it for others.  On one occasion, the Triton student section chanted something, and one NHS student responded inappropriately.  Next thing I saw was the student leaving with AD Kyle Hodsdon.  The AD returned but the student didn’t. End of problem.

Newburyport was 19-3 last year.  Triton was 15-8.

I talked to Dylan Shute before the game.  Dylan took the last Triton shot, from along the baseline, in the tourney loss last March.  He told me, “I think about that shot a lot.”

Ryan Archies’ three 3’s gives him twenty-five 3-pointers for the season.

Casey McLaren had twenty-four points in the first meeting with Triton.  Freshman Kyle Odoy had twenty for Triton.

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Newburyport Box

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Max McKenzie defends Parker McLaren

George Coryell at the line

Harry Bovee (1) covered Will Parsons most of the game

Will Parsons in the lane with Bretton Ross (10), Casey McLaren (22), and Parker McLaren (44)

Jack Tummino gets into the lane

Max McKenzie (12 points) gets past Parker McLaren

Harry Bovee (1) and Parker McLaren (44) guard Will Parsons

Dylan Shute (3) dribbles baseline

 

 

 

 

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Newburyport explodes in the 4th quarter and defeats Lynnfield 68-55

George Coryell (16 pts) guarded by freshman Jack Ford

Ryan Archer (17 pts) in the lane with Billy Arseneault

(Newburyport MA) This game was close into the final quarter, and I thought it would go down to the wire.

Newburyport didn’t let that last-shot thing happen, however, as they exploded in the fourth quarter with thirty-one points and defeated Lynnfield, 68-55 on Friday night in Cape Ann League action.

This game was tied seven times with the final tie (45-45) with 5 ½ minutes left.  After that the combination of Ryan Archer long range and George Coryell drives did in the Pioneers.

Ryan’s two 3-pointers and George’s four layups were the major pieces in a 16-6 run for the home team that sealed this one for the Clippers.

“They figured out our weakness (defending on ball) and they took advantage of it,” said Lynnfield coach Scott MacKenzie afterwards.

George Coryell got to the basket four straight times to key the Clippers separation run.  I mentioned George to Newburyport coach Dave Clay and all he said was, “Wow!”

Casey McLaren (22 pts) had seventeen in the first half

George took the ball to the basket throughout the game but in the final quarter there was no help from other Pioneers’ defenders.  Why?  “They paired George Coryell with Casey McLaren on the wing, so we couldn’t offer help,” said Coach MacKenzie, “It was a smart play.”

Anyone playing Newburyport (6-1) knows the trouble 6-5 Casey McLaren can cause.  And the junior caused plenty of that in the first half with seventeen points.  “Casey kept us in the game in the first half,” said Coach Clay.

Casey has the size to shoot over players and the driving skills to thwart perimeter overplays.  What I didn’t see was him posting the undersized Pioneers in close to the basket.

Casey finished with twenty-two points.  Teammates Ryan Archer (17) and George Coryell (16) reached double figures.

Billy Arseneault (16 pts) defended by George Coryell

I saw Lynnfield twice last year and was quickly dazzled by #11 (Billy Arseneault).  “Billy is a phenomenal plaer,” said Coach Clay.  “We did our best to contain him but he’s going to have points.”

Billy ended up with sixteen points.  The senior was the Player-of-the-Year in the CAL Kinney Division last season.

Billy not only shoots well but he is also a terrific dribbler and passer.  He isn’t Kyrie Irving, but he sure looked like the Celtic guard on some of the plays he made against Newburyport.

Zach Shone led the Pioneers with twenty points.  He led Lynnfield in chasing down offensive rebounds.

“They had extra chances,” said Coach Clay, “but it wasn’t due to a lack of effort on our part.  We need to work on rebounding in practice.”

Zach Shone (20 pts) and Billy Arseneault

The Pioneers graduated nine seniors off last season’s 18-5 team.  “We’re trying to find our bench,” said Coach MacKenzie.  “We are really only playing five kids and we got tired at the end of this game.”

Coach Clay has great respect for Scott MacKenzie: “I think Lynnfield has the best coach in the league.”

This is Coach Clay’s first year coaching at the school he teaches at. “I am still trying to get to know the team.”

Newburyport went from a 5-point third quarter to a 31-point fourth quarter.

Lynnfield (4-2) certainly didn’t help themselves at the foul line missing twelve of twenty-eight attempts.  It is always a challenge shooting free throws with the Nbpt student section under the basket.  Matt Mortellite missed four straight facing the hostile crowd in the second quarter.

It was the first time I have seen Newburyport cheerleaders at a basketball game.

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Casey McLaren shoots a jump shot

Noah Van Schalkwyk

Ryan Archer shows a left hand while Billy Arseneault tries to avoid a foul

Casey McLaren launches from the wing

Casey McLaren gets to the rim

Zach Shone (20 pts) gets past Ryan MacDonald

Twelve Lynnfield misses from the foul line

Billy Arseneault passing

Shooting in Newburyport traffic

Billy Arseneault uses a screen

Jason Ndansi shoots against Parker McLaren

 

 

 

 

 

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Newburyport big in closing minutes to get D3 North quarterfinals win over Triton 59-57

Brendan Powers' go-ahead basket with 1:04 left on a pass from Robbie Shay (on the right)

Brendan Powers’ go-ahead basket with 1:04 left on a pass from Robbie Shay (on the right)

Dylan Shute takes the last shot of the game.

Dylan Shute sets to take the last shot of the game.

(Newburyport MA) This one went right down to the last possession.

#2 Newburyport survived #7 Triton’s last-second shot attempt and won a D3 North quarterfinals game, 59-57, before a standing-room crowd that got their money’s worth on Saturday afternoon.

Triton (15-8) trailed by as many as eleven (34-23) early in the second half but rallied in the final quarter to lead by five (49-44), and later six (55-49), with 2 ½ minutes left in the game.

Newburyport (19-3) had two wins over Triton this season and turned things up at both ends to keep their season going.

Casey McLaren - 21 points for Newburyport

Casey McLaren – 21 points for Newburyport

Casey McLaren (21 points) put up a personal run of points (two layups and a triple) to give the home team the lead, 56-55, while Triton missed a pair of shots and had a 10-second call go against them.

Triton’s Jack McCarthy (24 points) was sent to the line with 1:22 left and fearlessly canned both attempts to put Triton back on top by a point, 57-56.

Anybody’s game for sure.

During Newburyport’s next possession, Robbie Shay made the pass of the game, from right to left, getting teammate Brendan Powers a layup with a minute left.

That last minute that followed could well be a haunting memory for the Vikings.  Triton had three chances for answering points.

Twice the Vikings turned the ball over on bad passes before Casey McLaren made one-of-two free throws giving Newburyport a 2-point advantage.

In Triton’s final possession, with seconds left, Dylan Shute who was probably the 4th option for the shot, was forced into taking it and missed as the game ended.

Casey McLaren forces Will Parsons to pass on the last possession

Casey McLaren forces Will Parsons to pass on the last possession

Credit the Clippers’ defense on that final possession.  Anyone paying attention had to assume a game-on-the-line shot for Triton would come from Will Parsons (24 points) or Jack McCarthy (22 points).  The NHS defense prevented it.

First Robbie Shay closed any lane Jack McCarthy, who had eight inside baskets, could take to the hoop.  Then Casey McLaren got up close enough to Will Parsons so that the talented junior couldn’t launch a long one (he had already made five 3’s).

Because of the NHS defense, and short clock (eight seconds), Jack and Will ended up passing instead of shooting.  Dylan Shute was forced into the last shot (runner on the baseline), with Cam MacRae defending, which rolled off the rim.

The celebrating then began for the Clippers.  They move on to the semi-finals against #6 Bedford during this coming week.

Triton absorbed the loss but certainly played very well in such a tense event.

The game certainly started badly for the Vikings when their “spark” Liam Spillane picked up two fouls in the first minute and had a lengthy sit on the bench.

Jack McCarthy (22 points) scored eight inside baskets

Jack McCarthy (22 points) scored eight inside baskets

Jack McCarthy and Will Parsons had awesome games and proved more than capable of carrying the scoring load.

The Clippers had eight different players put up points.  In a 2-point win every basket was crucial.

Big afternoon for sophomore Casey McLaren.  He clearly has both-ends-of-the-court skills.  Casey made shots inside and out and was a tireless defender. He was the prime defender on Will Parsons and kept him scoreless over the last 5 ½ minutes.

I kept waiting for junior Colin Brennan to catch fire for Triton.  In the games I’ve seen, there have been times when the sharp-shooter has nailed consecutive 3-pointers.  Not today.

Sophomore Jack Tummino handled the ball nicely for Triton off the Vikings bench.

This game had its share of scoring streaks.

Newburyport put nine straight together to go from a 13-9 deficit to an 18-13 lead with 6 ½ minutes left in the second half.

Triton's Liam Spillane takes an early seat

Triton’s Liam Spillane takes an early seat

Later Newburyport put eight straight together to increase a 26-23 lead to 34-23 early in the second half.

The Vikings ran eleven unanswered points together turning a 44-38 deficit to a 49-44 advantage with 5:25 left in the game.

Newburyport followed with a run of five and Triton answered with a run of six: 55-49 with 2 ½ minutes left in the last quarter.

Casey McLaren followed with his killer collection of seven in a row in the next minute to give the Clippers the lead.

As I said earlier, there was plenty for both teams/fans to get excited about.

The Newburyport/Triton staffs was on hand to make sure things went well and things did go well.

Triton box

Newburyport box

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Casey McLaren at the line, in front of the Newburyport student section, with 11.4 seconds left

Casey McLaren at the line, in front of the Newburyport student section, with 11.7 seconds left

Robbie Shay guards Will Parsons

Robbie Shay guards Will Parsons

Colin Brennan

Colin Brennan

Loose ball

Loose ball

Casey McLaren and Will Parsons battle

Casey McLaren and Will Parsons battle

Brendan Powers in for two

Brendan Powers in for two

Will Parsons draws a charge on Cam MacRae

Will Parsons draws a charge on Cam MacRae

Robbie Shay in the lane

Robbie Shay in the lane

Nick Rogers on the move

Nick Rogers on the move

Brendan Powers tries to turn the corner on Jack McCarthy

Brendan Powers tries to turn the corner on Jack McCarthy

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Newburyport drubs Lynn Tech 70-36 in D3 North First Round

Casey McLaren (18 points) had good looks most of the night.

Casey McLaren (18 points) had good looks most of the night.

Nick Rogers (14 points) guarded by Dantai Robertson

Nick Rogers (14 points) guarded by Dantai Robertson

(Newburyport MA) Disappointing performance by Lynn Tech.

#2 Newburyport trounced #15 LT, 70-36, on Monday night in First Round action in the Division 3 North tournament.

The Clippers (18-3) scored the first eleven points of the game before the Tigers (7-14) finally made a basket (John Marino) six minutes into the first quarter.

The second quarter followed suit.  Newburyport started it with a 14-1 run as the game reached the embarrassing level (30-5) with 3:40 to go until halftime.

The Clippers were very impressive all over the court.

The Tigers (winners of four straight coming in) tried to zone the Clippers but instead of shutting down the inside there were opening galore to the basket.  Newburyport made sixteen layups in the game.

I saw the Newburyport game against Lynnfield and Casey McLaren struggled early but ended up with double figures.  No struggles early this time for the talented sophomore.  Shots from all levels seemed available and, versus Lynn Tech, Casey led all scorers with eighteen points.

LT coach Stevie Patrick had Marcus Taylor denying the ball to Casey in the second half but by then the game was well out of hand.

Noah Van Schalkwyk in the lane for Newburyport

Noah Van Schalkwyk in the lane for Newburyport

In Lynn Tech’s disastrous first quarter the Newburyport man-to-man defense forced seven turnovers.

The Clippers usually take and make many three’s during a game but versus Lynn Tech the inside chances ruled the day.  The Tigers had as many 3’s (four) as the Clippers did.

LT had three brutal scoring droughts.  I have already referenced two of them.  Here’s the third: in the final 6 ½ minutes of the game, Lynn Tech was held scoreless while Newburyport collected thirteen points.

Put those three droughts together and during sections of this game Lynn Tech was outscored, 38 to 1!

Belmin Berilo paced the Tigers with eight points.

Lynn Tech won the Commonwealth Athletic Conference Small division.

Good crowd of Newburyport enthusiasts in the house.  Forget just being the sixth-man.  Before the game, they turned into some type of choral group as they performed the National Anthem.

Newburyport box

Lynn Tech box

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Casey McLaren shoots as Pentucket watches

Casey McLaren shoots as Pentucket watches

Casey McLaren up for a rebound

Casey McLaren up for a rebound

George Coryell in the open floor

George Coryell in the open floor

Battle for a rebound

Battle for a rebound

Belmin Berilo was LT's top scorer

Belmin Berilo was LT’s top scorer

Casey McLaren in the open court

Casey McLaren in the open court

Nick Rogers shoots from in front of the NHS student section

Nick Rogers shoots from in front of the NHS student section

Robbie Shay

Robbie Shay

Cam MacRae shoots from in close

Cam MacRae shoots from in close

Brendan Powers hits the deck

Brendan Powers hits the deck

Senior Aquemini Gaston and coach Stevie Patrick

Senior Aquemini Gaston and coach Stevie Patrick

 

 

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Newburyport stuns Lynnfield 67-55

Billy Arseneault (16 points) tries to get past Cam MacRae (14 points)

Billy Arseneault (16 points) tries to get past Cam MacRae (14 points)

Casey McLaren (18 points) eyes the hoop

Casey McLaren (18 points) eyes the hoop

(Newburyport MA) Newburyport turned in an impressive win on Senior Night as they took down Lynnfield, 67-55.

The Pioneers (15-2) had a twelve-game winning streak snapped.

The Clippers (14-3) took the lead in the first two minutes and never gave it back.

The Pioneers went down by thirteen (34-21) three minutes into the second half but battled back to within three points (39-36) in the final two minutes of the third quarter.

Nick Rogers (18 points) ends the third quarter with a three

Nick Rogers (18 points) ends the third quarter with a three. (Ball is above the scoreboard)

Nick Rogers (18 points) pushed the NHS lead back to nine (47-38) with a pair of three’s.

Cam MacRae and Zack Shone (14 points)

Cam MacRae and Zack Shone (14 points)

Later, Cam MacRae (14 points) strung five points in a row to boost the advantage to double digits (57-44) with 3:35 to go and sealed Lynnfield’s fate.

Lynnfield hadn’t lost since December (non-league Melrose) but were in trouble early versus Newburyport because top scorer Louis Ellis was a foul magnet.  Two minutes into this game he had two fouls.  LHS coach Scott McKenzie had to bench him for the rest of the quarter.  Two minutes into the second quarter Louis picked up his third foul.  Again, he was benched for the rest of the quarter.

Did it affect Lynnfield?  For sure!  The Pioneers tallied just eighteen points TOTAL in the first half.  Louis played only four of the sixteen minutes.

Over a year ago, in the MIAA tournament, Louis collected a career-high thirty-four points against Newburyport to help oust the Clippers from the post-season.

What I’m trying to tell you is that when Louis Ellis is on the bench for twelve minutes of the sixteen-minute first half, and then is held to two points in the second half, Lynnfield is in trouble.

Brendan Powers gets off a shot in the lane

Brendan Powers gets off a shot in the lane

Credit Newburyport for much of the Lynnfield trouble. They constantly took the ball to the basket.

After halftime, Louis Ellis was back on the court but another starter, Dan Jameson, wasn’t.  He was sick.

And then there was the Lynnfield foul shooting.  A very unfortunate six-for-eighteen.  I swear that I saw the Pioneers’ terrific point guard (Billy Arseneault) put a free throw in off the backboard.  Things didn’t make sense for Lynnfield on this night.

Again, credit Newburyport for taking advantage despite a dreadful first half shooting-wise of their own.  Casey McLaren ended up with eighteen points but fourteen of them came in the second half after an apparent lid was removed that gave him trouble in the first half.

Casey McLaren (18 points) takes the last shot of the first half

Casey McLaren (18 points) takes the last shot of the first half

Despite tough shooting the Clippers had a 23-15 halftime lead.

Consecutive three’s starting the second half, by Casey McLaren and Nick Rogers from in front of the NHS bench, put the visitors down by eleven (29-18).

The best moments for Lynnfield were in an 11-2 run later in the 3rd quarter that included several spin moves down the lane by Billy Arseneault (16 points).  That collection of good offense narrowed the NHS advantage to three (39-36) with plenty of game left.

Nick Rogers ended that third quarter with a three and added another one (he had four in the game) early in the final quarter.  LHS fell back away from one-possession territory and never got that close again.

Lynnfield had defeated Newburyport 67-48 on December 23rd.  The Pioneers raced off to a 20-5 first quarter lead.  Billy Arseneault had twenty points in that game.

Newburyport made seven of its eight triples in the second half.

Good crowd with many there to honor the Clippers seven seniors.

Luis Ellis - Long night for a talented player

Louis Ellis – Long night for a talented player

Both teams used zones and man-to-man’s.

There were plenty of drives to the basket and attempted three’s.

Newburyport has now won fourteen of the last fifteen games.

In contrast to the Pioneers’ weak free throw shooting, Newburyport cashed thirteen of sixteen FT attempts.

Both teams are in Division 3.  No doubt both teams will have home games in the MIAA tournament.  There is also the possibility that they will meet for the 3rd time this season in the tourney.

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Newburyport box

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Robbie Shay

Robbie Shay

Louis Ellis

Louis Ellis

Dan Jameson tries to shoot over Casey McLaren

Dan Jameson tries to shoot over Casey McLaren

Nick Roger's step-back three gives Newburyport a 37-25 lead

Nick Roger’s step-back three gives Newburyport a 37-25 lead

Newburyport was thirteen for sixteen from the foul line

Newburyport was thirteen for sixteen from the foul line

Zack Shone (14 points)

Zack Shone (14 points)

Bryant Dana in the lane

Bryant Dana in the lane

Tussle on the floor

Tussle on the floor

 

 

 

 

 

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Second half eruption sends Newburyport past Triton 83-68

Triton's Jack McCarthy shoots a free throw facing the active Newburyport student section

Triton’s Jack McCarthy shoots a free throw facing the active Newburyport student section

Brendan Powers (guarded by Liam Spillane) had an 18-point third quarter

Brendan Powers (guarded by Liam Spillane) had an 18-point third quarter

(Newburyport MA) You knew going in that something had to give.  It would either be Triton’s perfect road record (6-0) or Newburyport’s lengthy win streak (eleven).

Turned out it was Triton’s road record that took a hit as Newburyport erupted in the second half to down the Vikings, 83-68, on Friday night before a full house.

The Newburyport (12-2) winning streak now reaches twelve.  They have not lost a game in 2017.

Who saw the amazing Clippers second half coming?  Not anyone crowded into the NHS gym in the first half.  Newburyport averages 65 points per game and they had twenty-six in the first half.  A little more offense and the Clippers would reach their game scoring average in the second half.

But what we saw was a point-adding barrage by Newburyport.  Twenty-nine in the 3rd.  Twenty-eight in the 4th.  That’s NBA level!

Will Parsons in the lane with Casey McLaren

Will Parsons in the lane with Casey McLaren

It is fair to say that in a normal high school game a team could well have one big quarter.  Two quarters like that…..not so likely.

For those who haven’t seen Newburyport, and this was my first look, they can score in a hurry.  Looking for some long-range offense?  The Clippers made thirteen 3’s.  Want some layups?  The Clippers spread the floor and penetrated off the dribble often.

The most noticeable thing about Newburyport, in my opinion, was their ability to break after baskets and long rebounds.  They caught Triton (10-5) frequently this way.

At the money end of many of the breakouts was Brendan Powers (22 points).  You talk about going wild in a quarter: Brendan had eighteen points in just the third quarter.

Triton did not go quietly in this one.  Will Parsons (27 points) and Jack McCarthy (20 points) wouldn’t let it happen.

Jack McCarthy drives baseline

Jack McCarthy drives baseline

The Vikings were still standing after the Clippers 29-point 3rd quarter because they had nineteen points of their own.

In fact, three minutes into the final quarter, the visitors only trailed by four (60-56) after a Will Parsons triple.

The Clippers had put ten unanswered together in the 3rd quarter.  With a four-point lead in the final quarter they created a second run of the same size.  There was no recovery for the Vikings this time.

The decisive run of ten points included an arc-three by Casey McLaren (14 points), an old-fashioned three by Nick Rogers (17 points), and layups by Cam MacRae (12 points) and Robbie Shay (16 points).  That run took just under two minutes to put together.

Now down, 70-56, Triton did not have the time or energy to cut into the lead the rest of the way.

Terrific crowd.  Plenty of support for both teams.  I am a fan of chanting as long as it doesn’t get personal.  The Triton side was quick to reference football while those on the NHS end referenced the scoreboard.  Good clean fun, I thought.

Nick Rogers and Chris Trotta

Nick Rogers and Chris Trotta

The moment in this game that made me laugh was in the final two minutes and Newburyport in command with a 75-64 spread.  There had been a timeout and I’m sure that NHS coach Tom L’Italien stressed taking time off the clock.  Ten seconds into the next possession Nick Rogers, who had made a three just thirty seconds earlier, could not resist launching a three from in front of the NHS bench.  On this night, Nick hit that shot (his 4th three of the game) and that left Coach L’Italien with his hands on his head wondering why the shot was even taken.

The Clippers lost to Lynnfield, 67-48, at LHS in December.  The rematch will be in two weeks.  The Pioneers are undefeated in the Cape Ann League.

Both Triton and Newburyport are in Division 3 and have qualified for the post-season tournament.

Colin Brennan (11 points) and Liam Spillane (10 points) reached double figures for Triton.

Newburyport box

Triton box

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End of game

End of game

Nick Rogers

Nick Rogers

Robbie Shay blocks Liam Spillane

Robbie Shay blocks Liam Spillane

Cam MacRae

Cam MacRae

Brendan Powers gets two of his eighteen third quarter points

Brendan Powers gets two of his eighteen third quarter points

Colin Brennan

Colin Brennan

George Coryell defends Dylan Shute

George Coryell defends Dylan Shute

Colin Brennan looks to get away from Robbie Shay

Colin Brennan looks to get away from Robbie Shay

Jack McCarthy (21) tries to get a shot off against Casey McLaren

Jack McCarthy (21) tries to get a shot off against Casey McLaren

George Coryell

George Coryell

Will Parsons launches a three

Will Parsons launches a three

 

 

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