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Will Parsons (21 points) leads Triton by Pentucket 48-39 in D3 North First Round

 

Will Parsons (21 points) and Spencer Pacy (14 points)

Will Parsons (21 points) and Spencer Pacy (14 points)

Will Parsons had seventeen points in the second half

Will Parsons had seventeen points in the second half

(Byfield MA) Will Parsons (21 points) carried Triton to a 48-39 First Round win over Pentucket on Tuesday night.

Triton will face Newburyport on Friday night at Newburyport (7PM) in the Division 3 North quarterfinals.

Will Parsons had a seventeen-point second half.  His three with 1:48 left in the game gave the Vikings two-possession separation (43-37) and Pentucket couldn’t recover.

Pentucket (12-9) did make a remarkable recovery in the first half.  Held to one point in the first quarter and down 14-5 two minutes into the second quarter, it looked like a blowout in the making.  But it wasn’t.

Nate McGrail squeezed between two Vikings

Nate McGrail squeezed between two Vikings

The Sachems put a run of sixteen straight points together and 1 ½ minutes into the second half had a 21-14 advantage.  Now it was Triton’s turn to look to be in serious trouble.

A key to Pentucket’s run to the lead was Spencer Pacy’s ability to get to the basket.  The Sachems’ sophomore had eight in the second quarter and fourteen for the game.

Triton’s Will Parsons took over the offense in the second half.  Tightly covered by Spencer Pacy and other, the talented junior found ways to add twelve points in the third quarter alone.  His old-fashioned three in the closing seconds of the quarter put the Vikings in front for good (28-26).

If you watch enough Triton games you’ve seen junior Colin Brennan get hot a few times.  Pentucket did everything they could to prevent it.  However, in the first 1 ½ minutes of the final quarter, Colin drained two three’s.  The second one put the Vikings ahead, 36-28.

Jack McCarthy hemmed in by a trio of Sachems

Jack McCarthy hemmed in by a trio of Sachems

Time for Pentucket to look to be in serious trouble.  But with two close games versus Triton this season you suspected that they weren’t done.  An old-fashioned three (Nate McGrail), a jumper (Spencer Pacy), and a Conor O’Neil triple put Pentucket within two 38-36 with 3 ½ minutes left.  Anyone’s game.

The crowd was amazing throughout the contest.  And they had plenty to get excited about.  Two-point game with 3 ½ left in a tournament game?  It got loud!

The Sachems, however, had only a Conor O’Neil free throw to show for the crunch-time 2 ½ minutes that followed.

The Vikings during this same segment combined a layup by Jack McCarthy, a three by Will Parsons, and another layup by Jack McCarthy and this restored their eight-point lead (45-37) with a minute left.

Three turnovers and two missed free throws were unfortunate parts of the final minutes of Pentucket’s 2016-17 season.

Both Will Parsons and Liam Spillane went off the court in the 4th quarter with what appeared to be leg cramps.  Will did return to nail a crucial 3-pointer.

Triton was without point-guard Chris Trotta.  Sophomores Dylan Shute and Gabe Butts gained extra floor time as a result.

Liam Spillane loose in the lane

Liam Spillane loose in the lane

Both teams entered tonight’s game on 3-game winning streaks.

Pentucket had a remarkable win over Newburyport recently after losing to the Clippers by 35 points in their first meeting.  A number of the NHS players took in tonight’s game.

It was a well-behaved crowd that had plenty to cheer about.

Conor O’Neil had ten points for Pentucket.

Pentucket box

Triton box

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Triton starts to celebrate

Triton starts to celebrate

Jack McCarthy looks for an opening

Jack McCarthy looks for an opening

Battle for a rebound

Battle for a rebound

Liam Spillane looks to pass

Liam Spillane looks to pass

Colin Brennan finds the range

Colin Brennan finds the range

Pentucket faithful

Pentucket faithful

Gus Flaherty on a break

Gus Flaherty on a break

Nate McGrail finds a lane to the hoop

Nate McGrail finds a lane to the hoop

Gus Flaherty shoots the last shot of the first quarter

Gus Flaherty shoots the last shot of the first quarter

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Lynnfield runs streak to eight with 52-46 win over Triton

 

Billy Arseneault (22 points) guarded by Dylan Shute

Billy Arseneault (22 points) guarded by Dylan Shute

Liam Spillane's collects a rebound

Liam Spillane’s collects a rebound

(Byfield MA) Lynnfield defeated Triton, 52-46, on Friday night in Cape Ann League action.

The Pioneers (11-1) have now won eight straight.  Their lone loss was in December to non-league Melrose.

The Vikings (8-4) started slow and ended even slower.  In between?  Wow!  They dropped five 3’s (three by Colin Brennan and two by Will Parsons) on the visitors in third period and turned a 32-24 halftime deficit into a 42-41 lead at the end of the 3rd.

Triton was still close enough to taste it after Jack McCarthy put in a runner in the lane with 3 ½ minutes left in the game.  The Vikings, at that juncture, were then only down by one, 45-44.

The rest of the way belonged to Lynnfield.  Led by Billy Arseneault (22 points) the Pioneers tallied the next seven points to gain outcome-deciding separation.

Junior Billy Arseneault had a hand in all seven crucial points.  He started with a triple, followed with a drive down the left side of the lane, and then missed a free throw.  On this night, even the missed free throw turned out good for LHS as Lou Ellis snared the rebound and put in the rebound.

Triton ended up with a 4-point final quarter and I’m guessing you don’t win very often doing that.

Lou Ellis defends Colin Brennan

Lou Ellis defends Colin Brennan

A factor in the Triton drought was the move by Pioneers’ coach Scott McKenzie to put Lou Ellis on Colin Brennan (16 points) in the final quarter.  Lou is taller than Colin and he made the clean looks vanish for the Triton junior.

Both teams had players willing to take the ball to the basket.

One concern for Triton going into this game was if they could rebound against Lynnfield.  It turns out that they could.  What they couldn’t do was make shots in the last quarter.

Key player in the game?  Easily Billy Arseneault: Clever off the dribble and able to make 3’s, jump shots, and layups.  In the last minute, he had a steal and there were assists earlier.  Other than that…………..

Jack McCarthy (12 points) and Will Parsons (10 points) struggled to finish around the basket.  Along with Liam Spillane, the Vikings had chances in close but they weren’t falling on this night.

Lou Ellis ended up with seventeen points getting thirteen of them in the first half.  His late-game defense was significant.

Mike Carangelo (11 points) also reached double figures for the Pioneers.

Both teams played man-to-man for the most part with an occasional zone defense tossed in.

Lynnfield box

Triton box

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Liam Spillance

Liam Spillane

Lou Ellis takes a three from the corner

Lou Ellis takes a three from the corner

Triton cheerleaders

Triton cheerleaders

Bryant Dana

Bryant Dana

Mike Carangelo

Mike Carangelo

Jack McCarthy with the ball

Jack McCarthy with the ball

Colin Brennan

Colin Brennan

Will Parsons among Pioneers

Will Parsons among Pioneers

Liam Spillane on the ball

Liam Spillane on the ball

Chris Trotta got the worst of a collision

Chris Trotta got the worst of a collision

Billy Arseneault covers Gabe Butts

Billy Arseneault covers Gabe Butts

Colin Brennan (16 points) to the hoop

Colin Brennan (16 points) to the hoop

Lou Ellis (17 points)

Lou Ellis (17 points)

Billy Arseneault steals from Jack McCarthy.

Billy Arseneault steals from Jack McCarthy.

 

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Triton hangs on for 53-50 win over Pentucket

Liam Spillane breaks in after a steal.

Liam Spillane breaks in after a steal.

Spencer Pacy (15 points) and Will Parsons (14 points)

Spencer Pacy (15 points) and Will Parsons (14 points)

(West Newbury MA) We all watched the last shot to see if this game would go into overtime.

When Conor O’Neil’s 3-point attempt bounced away after hitting the rim Triton had a 53-50 win over Pentucket on Wednesday afternoon/evening.

This was a close Cape Ann League game with eight lead changes in the first half and three ties in the final quarter.

The Vikings (4-2) rode Colin Brennan’s two last-minute 3’s in the third quarter to take its biggest lead of the day (41-33).

Nate McGrail (10 points) sails in for two

Nate McGrail (10 points) sails in for two

Pentucket (2-4) did not go away.  They started the final period with eight unanswered points on 3’s by Steven Johanson and Conor O’Neil plus a Nate McGrail layin.  Suddenly the game was tied (41-41) with just under six minutes left.  There for either team to win.

The Sachems were only down one (49-48) with 2:26 to go after sophomore Spencer Pacy’s layup.

The next two scores were by Triton and they were crucial to the outcome.  John McCarthy’s jump shot put the Vikings up by three (51-48).  Then came the killer score as Triton ran down the clock and Will Parsons made an off-balanced leaner in the lane as the shot-clock sounded.

A five-point lead with 1:13 left should be safe but not when you miss all four free throws in the last minute.

Fortunately for the winners from Byfield, Pentucket was no better at the line.  After Nate McGrail converted an offensive rebound the Sachems missed two free throws including the front end of a one-and-one.

However, because Triton also missed free throws Pentucket ended up with a shot to tie.  Conor O’Neil had two defenders (Liam Spillane and Chris Trotta) to shoot over but there was a window for the game-extender from the top of the key.

Colin Brennan (four 3's)

Colin Brennan (four 3’s)

Will Parsons and Colin Brennan each had fourteen points for the winners.  Colin connected four times from long range.

Spencer Pacy (14), Nate McGrail (10), and Gus Flaherty (10) reached double figures for Pentucket.

The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday night but the power went out at the Pentucket gym just before the game actually started.

Triton’s Liam Spillane had an impressive first half with points, assists, and steals.

Pentucket’s Spencer Pacy had the knack of getting to the basket and finishing.

Going into this one Pentucket had won five of the six previous games against Triton.

One of Pentucket’s top three scorers from last season (Jimmy Cleary) was inactive due to an ankle injury.  The Sachems could have used his outside shooting versus Triton.  Jimmy should be back playing next week.

Triton was 9-11 last season while Pentucket was 9-10.

Triton box from the game.

Pentucket box from the game.

Triton hosts Georgetown on Friday night while Pentucket hosts Manchester-Essex.

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Liam Spillane finishes

Liam Spillane finishes

Pass blocked

Pass blocked

John McCarthy in the lane

John McCarthy in the lane

Gabe Butts

Gabe Butts

Spencer Pacy defended by John McCarthy

Spencer Pacy defended by John McCarthy

Sophomore Gus Flaherty chased by Cameron Willey

Sophomore Gus Flaherty chased by Cameron Willey

Will Parsons

Will Parsons

Zander Willis gets two

Zander Willis gets two

Conor O'Neil

Conor O’Neil

Conor O'Neil triple-teamed

Conor O’Neil triple-teamed

Gus Flaherty (10 points) drives on Dylan Shute

Gus Flaherty (10 points) drives on Dylan Shute

Colin Ganzenmuller battles for a rebound

Colin Ganzenmuller battles for a rebound

Nate McGrail covers Will Parsons

Nate McGrail covers Will Parsons

 

 

 

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Hamilton-Wenham wins tie breaker in 2014 EMass Division 5 XC over Newburyport

Nick Carleo cruises home with the D5 title by 44 seconds

Nick Carleo cruises home with the D5 title by 44 seconds

(Wrentham MA) Senior Jack Blatchford turned out to be the key runner for Hamilton-Wenham at Saturday’s EMass Division 5 Cross Country Championships.

Jack finished 40th but after the totals of the first five runners for both HW and Newburyport were 72 the cross country tie-breaker kicked in.

What is that tie-breaker, you ask?  The matchup between both teams’ 6th runner.  On this sunny morning it meant that Jack Blatchford’s 40th place finish bested Newburyport’s Jackson Kesley’s 61th place finish and gave the Generals the EMass D5 Boys’ title.

xc A11 D5 Boys initial totalsWhen the results of D5 Boys was first posted at Wrentham they reported that HW had won, 68-69.  They also posted the list of finishers.  Some untrusting soul decided to add up the totals for themselves and realized that the closing totals should have been, 72-72.  Somewhere I recall a math teacher in my past telling me to check my work!

Newburyport’s Nick Carleo departed from the D5 pack in the first 100 yards and ended up with a 44 second lead over Pentucket’s Alex Demeule when the 5K was over.

Nick will be running in the Division 2 championship on Saturday at Franklin Park.  There will be challengers to push him in that event.

Getting back to the tie between HW and Newburyport.  Watch the battle for 4th place between HW senior Mike Allara and Clippers sophomore Jack Carleo down the stretch.  If that battle ends differently the outcome is different.  You have to remember that in team results no one person ever loses it for their team.  Too many other variables that could have changed things…..but it was exciting.  xc A4 D5 battle for 4th Michael Allara (1672) and Jack Carleo (1723)xc A5 Battle 2xc A6 Battle 3xc A7 Battle 4

Hamilton-Wenham swept boys and girls in D5 while another Cape Ann League team (Manchester-Essex) did the same thing in Division 6.  Expect the CAL to do very well in the Division 2 championships.

Official results from XC EMass championships

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Jeanine Zheng

Jeanine Zheng

Pat McCue (223), Patrick Guinee (380), Cameron Holley (381)

Pat McCue (223), Patrick Guinee (380), Cameron Holley (381)

Nick Carleo smiles after race

Nick Carleo smiles after race

Maddie Quigley (Triton) with lead pack

Maddie Quigley (Triton) with lead pack

Peter Conway

Peter Conway

Joe Molvar

Joe Molvar

Emily Weigand (5th in D5)

Emily Weigand (5th in D5)

Vivian Burke (653)

Vivian Burke (653)

Maria Sterling

Maria Sterling

Kristen Mackie (Newburyport) and Bella Doyle (Pentucket)

Kristen Mackie (Newburyport) and Bella Doyle (Pentucket)

Alex Demeule finished 2nd in D5

Alex Demeule finished 2nd in D5

Nick Carleo with big lead at the finish

Nick Carleo with big lead at the finish

Colin Brennan (Triton), Mark Landergan (Newburyport), Drew Capener (Pentucket)

Colin Brennan (Triton), Mark Landergan (Newburyport), Drew Capener (Pentucket)

 

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