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Late steal (Luke Reiniger) leads to game-winner in Triton’s 50-49 win over Newburyport

Mike Shay defended by late-game hero Luke Reiniger

Mike Shay defended by late-game hero Luke Reiniger

Triton starts to celebrate

Triton starts to celebrate

(Newburyport MA)  It was the biggest play of Triton’s season.

Trailing by a point, Triton’s Luke Reiniger intercepted a pass and turned the turnover into a go-ahead, two-points for the Vikings with twelve seconds left.

Luke’s basket turned out to be the game-winner in Triton’s 50-49 win over Newburyport on a frigid Friday night of Cape Ann League action.

Before the Vikings’ celebrating could begin, however, they had to survive the final twelve seconds.  Anyone familiar with Newburyport’s team was reasonably certain that junior Dan Baribeault (16 points) would be taking the final shot.  And it looked like he would as he dribbled across mid-court.  But Triton had at least three defenders thinking the same thing so Dan passed the ball to teammate Jake Barlow and set a screen.  Jake’s defender (Kevin Clark) was screened by Danny and Jake took a dribble to his left and had a good look at a possible game-winner for the Clippers.  The shot missed and the Vikings’ Nick Venora secured the rebound with 1.1 seconds left and was fouled.  Nick missed the first shot unintentionally and the second one intentionally and Newburyport was denied a final shot.

Jake Berger (12 points), Dan Baribeault (16 points) and Corey Parsons (19 points)

Jake Berger (12 points), Dan Baribeault (16 points) and Corey Parsons (19 points)

The Triton team then began celebrating and the Vikings fans came out and joined them.  Why all the celebrating?  Triton (8-10) had lost four straight and another loss would have kept them from getting to the post-season tournament.  They will need to win their last two games.

The Vikings remain alive while Newburyport (7-10), with only two games left, can no longer get the ten wins they need to qualify for the post-season.

This game had four lead changes in the first quarter and three more in the final quarter.

Triton led 10-9 thanks to two Nick Venora 3-pointers but the Clippers found their offense in the second quarter making five free throws and getting contributions from five different players.

Dan Baribeault sees plenty of Triton defenders on the last possession

Dan Baribeault sees plenty of Triton defenders on the last possession

Newburyport’s halftime lead was 29-17 and I sensed that Triton was in serious trouble.  Scoring was the issue.  Ellsworth Rogers (concussion) wasn’t playing.  Cam Armand (ankle) was trying to play but was limping.  Corey Parsons, defended by Dan Baribeault, had only two points.

The difference in the second half?  Corey Parsons (19 points) caught fire.  The Triton senior drained four 3’s in the second half including two in the last 1 ½ minutes of the game.

The first of the two late 3’s went in off the backboard and put the Vikings ahead, 45-44, with ninety seconds left.

That lead was far from safe with all that time left.  Triton had given up three 3’s on Tuesday night to Pentucket in the last minute of that stunning loss.

Jake Barlow gets a good look at the last shot

Jake Barlow gets a good look at the last shot

It wasn’t the 3’s this time, it was the turnovers.  Two straight Triton backcourt turnovers (steals Mike Shay) led directly to layups by Jake Berger (12 points) and a 49-45 NHS lead.  Jake was fouled on the first turnover/two and made the free throw.

After a Triton miss, Dan Baribeault was fouled with forty-three seconds left.  Dan didn’t make the front end of the one-and-one but Triton still needed five points to win.

If folks thought Dan Baribeault would get to take the big shot for Newburyport, you certainly figured that Corey Parsons would soon be trying a 3-point shot for Triton.  Sure enough, Corey came off a screen, cashed a 3-pointer pulling Triton within one point, 49-48, with twenty-six seconds remaining.

Corey Parsons shuts off Will Cataldo

Corey Parsons shuts off Will Cataldo

Shortly thereafter came Luke Reiniger’s steal and score and Triton was able to keep their post-season hopes alive for one more game.

It was Senior Day for Newburyport.  They have seven seniors on their roster.

Terrific crowd on hand.  The way this one went back and forth early and late made for plenty of excitement.

The Vikings won despite missing thirteen free throws (11-for-24).

Triton made seven three’s.

Junior Eric Rybicki had seven points for the Vikings in the second half including a three.

Triton had seventeen turnovers while Newburyport had thirteen.

Triton Boxscore
(For Triton I had Eric Rybicki (7), Luke Reiniger (5), Khalil Brito (2), Nick Venora (9), Conor Henry (4), Corey Parsons (19), Will Parsons (2), Cam Armand (2))

Newburyport Boxscore
(For Newburyport I had Nick Rogers (2), Mike Shay (11), Jake Berger (12), Liam Hundertmark (8), Will Cataldo (2), Dan Baribeault 16))

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Liam Hundertmark reaches for a high pass

Liam Hundertmark reaches for a high pass

Conor Henry looks for a pass

Conor Henry looks for a pass

Khalil Brito gets two

Khalil Brito gets two

Mine!

Mine!

Dan Baribeault gets into the lane

Dan Baribeault gets into the lane

 

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Cam Armand (22) and Corey Parsons (21) lead Triton past Ipswich 56-40

Cam Armand (22 points) made seventeen free throws

Cam Armand (22 points) made seventeen free throws

Corey Parsons (21 points) had twelve points in the first quarter

Corey Parsons (21 points) had twelve points in the first quarter

Pat Flaherty had ten points in the Ipswich rally in the second half

Pat Flaherty had ten points in the Ipswich rally in the second half

(Byfield MA) “What are you trying to do, break in a new whistle?” yelled one of the frustrated Ipswich spectators.

Triton defeated Ipswich, 56-40, on Monday night in a game in which forty-two fouls were called and sixty-three foul shots taken.

The Vikings (5-6) proved to be the much better free throw shooters and that played a big part in carrying them to their fourth straight win.

Seniors Cam Armand (22 points) and Corey Parsons (21 points) had exceptional games for the winners. Cam made 17-of-22 free throws in the second half while Corey tallied twelve points in the first quarter to drive Triton to a 17-6 start.

Ipswich (2-7) couldn’t make shots from anywhere and trailed, 37-18, with 4+ minutes left in the third quarter.

That bad shooting never changed but the ferocity of the Tigers defense did. Over the next 7+ minutes of playing time Ipswich trapped, gambled, and forced ten Triton turnovers and closed to 43-37 with five minutes left in the game. Freshman Pat Flaherty had ten points in the Tigers run to contention.

Cam Armand moves into the lane

Cam Armand moves into the lane

The rest of the way the Vikings made sure that the ball was in senior Cam Armand’s hands most of the time. Why? The young man can shoot free throws. Cam drained 10-of-12 in the final five minutes to keep the visitors from getting any closer.

The Tigers dropped their fifth straight. Their shooting was downright scary! I don’t know what they shot from the field but my stats had them making only eight of twenty-nine free throws. In one section of the second half they missed nine straight.

Triton, despite the win, has to face the reality of twenty-six turnovers. Those empty possessions didn’t hurt them against cold-shooting Ipswich but it might against teams ahead.

Ipswich trailed the entire game.

Fifth win of the season for the Vikings

Fifth win of the season for the Vikings

It was a special win for the Vikings because this was their fifth win with a lot of season left to go. Last year Triton won just four games all season. They are surely improved.

The Tigers’ Pat Flaherty cashed a rebound as he was falling backwards. Later, he got away with inbounding the ball off the back of a Triton player and laying it in.

IHS coach Alan Laroche and guard Jake Long were assessed technical fouls in the third quarter. Every foul called, and there were plenty, seemed to arouse the ire of the team it was called against.

This was a game in which there were many fouls committed. Both teams defended with passion but there was way too much reaching in the open court. Those fouls have to be called.

The referees were several minutes late for the second half.

Jake Long sees a rare opening

Jake Long sees a rare opening

Tough night for Jake Long. I saw the IHS junior nail six 3’s on the way to a 24-point performance versus Newburyport on Friday night. Jake was limited to five points by Triton.

The Tigers look to break their losing streak on Friday night when they host Pentucket. The Vikings will be a Manchester-Essex on the same night hoping to add to their four-game winning streak.

Triton boxscore

Ipswich boxscore

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Action around the basket

Action around the basket

Referee identifies the guilty party

Referee identifies the guilty party

Cam Armand shoots technical foul shots

Cam Armand shoots technical foul shots

Freshman Pat Flaherty

Freshman Pat Flaherty

Corey Parsons followed by Pat Flaherty

Corey Parsons followed by Pat Flaherty

opening tip

opening tip

Conor Henry blocks Alex Kujlic

Conor Henry blocks Alex Kujlic

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Hamilton-Wenham rallies to defeat Triton 51-44 in season opener

Max Zegarowski (14 points) defends Nick Venora (12 points)

Max Zegarowski (14 points) defends Nick Venora (12 points)

Nolan Wilson (15 points) gave Triton trouble inside

Nolan Wilson (15 points) gave Triton trouble inside

(Byfield MA) Hamilton-Wenham went down by eleven in the first quarter but rallied back to defeat Triton, 51-44, in the season opener for both squads in the Cape Ann League on Tuesday night.

The Vikings shot well early and played the Generals even in the second half but had a nightmare segment in between.  Triton went from a 15-4 lead in the first quarter to a 29-17 deficit in the third quarter during just under twelve minutes of playing time.  Nine Vikings’ turnovers played a big part in the lengthy drought.

Newcomer Nolan Wilson (transfer from Landmark) paced HW with fifteen points.  Nolan is 6-5 and at least 200 pounds and Triton (with 6-4 Ellsworth Rogers injured) had trouble matching up.  The Generals seemed to look to get the ball inside on each possession.

Max Zegarowski finished with fourteen points.  The 6-5 sophomore nailed four 3’s in the Generals’ 25-2 surge.

Senior Cam Armand (13 points) keyed Triton’s fast start with ten points in the first quarter.

Corey Parsons (15 points) eyes the hoop

Corey Parsons (15 points) eyes the hoop

Triton was down by twelve (29-17) early in the second half but Corey Parsons (15 points) and Nick Venora (12 points) carried the team to within four points in the final quarter.

Nikos Lara enabled the visitors to preserve their lead down the stretch with an old-fashioned 3-point play at the three-minute mark and minute later converting his own miss for a basket.

Marcus Zegarowski (11 points) was solid playing point guard for HW.  The sophomore made a couple of quick drives to the basket in the first half.

Jimmy Campbell in heavy traffic

Jimmy Campbell in heavy traffic

Jimmy Campbell finished with six points but had at least five assists.  In the end game he was matched up on Triton’s Corey Parsons.

The Vikings Kevin Clark didn’t score any points but he did a pretty good job covering the Zegarowski brothers.

Both teams resume play on Friday night.  HW hosts Pentucket while Triton travels to North Reading.

Jimmy Campbell was a Cape Ann League first team All-Star last year.  Ellsworth Rogers, Cam Armand and Marcus Zegarowski were on the second team.

HW       7   15   13  15   51
Triton  15   2   13   14   44

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Marcus Zegarowski (11 points) launches a three

Marcus Zegarowski (11 points) launches a three

Nikos Lara shoots in the lane

Nikos Lara shoots in the lane

Kevin Clark defends Max Zegarowski

Kevin Clark defends Max Zegarowski

loose ball

loose ball

Corey Parsons double-teamed by Nikos Lara and Max Zegarowski

Corey Parsons double-teamed by Nikos Lara and Max Zegarowski

Cam Armand (13 points) keyed the Vikings fast start

Cam Armand (13 points) keyed the Vikings fast start

opening tip

opening tip

Ellsworth Rogers (blue sweater) watches

Ellsworth Rogers (blue sweater) watches

 

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Speedy Pentucket runs away from Triton 59-39

Jeff Porter (13 points) gets one of many Pentucket breakaways

Jeff Porter (13 points) gets one of many Pentucket breakaways

Will Sullivan (9 points) gets inside Jake Gilbert for two

Will Sullivan (9 points) gets inside Jake Gilbert for two

(West Newbury MA)  No catching the Sachems on this night!

Pentucket (7-9) was way too fast as they defeated Triton, 59-39, on Thursday night in Cape Ann League action ending a three-game losing streak.

Triton (4-12) did not shoot very well most of the evening and it seemed as if every time the Vikings missed, Pentucket would break away for layups down the other end.

The Sachems jumped out 7-0 and never trailed.

In the second quarter the Pentucket advantage would reach sixteen (22-6) before Corey Parsons (14 points) hit two three’s in the last 1 1/2 minutes to cut the Sachems margin to eight (28-20).

I anticipated a competitive game in the second half and suspected that Triton would get closer.  If the Vikings could start making shots and stop getting caught in the frontcourt on misses, things could turn around.  Unfortunately for the visitors, the second half was way too similar to the first half.

Ryan Kuchar tries to drive on Jack Germinara

Ryan Kuchar tries to drive on Jack Germinara

Pentucket started the second half with eleven straight points.  Jeff Porter (13 points) had three layups in the run including one on an inbounds play.

Meanwhile, during this same stretch, Coach Dave Clay of Triton burned his fourth timeout and pulled his starters.  However, on this night, there was nothing that the Triton coaching staff could do to turn this one around.

Corey Parson’s three put the Triton deficit at twenty-two (44-25) with 2 1/2 minutes remaining in the third quarter.

The next five minutes of playing time were all Pentucket (again).  The Sachems put nine unanswered points together and led, 53-25, with 5+ minutes left in the game.

Corey Parsons (14 points) lines up a three

Corey Parsons (14 points) lines up a three

The Vikings bunched eleven points into the last three minutes to lessen the Pentucket spread to 59-39 when this one was over.

The lights dimmed in the first quarter because of a power outage in another part of West Newbury.  Three nights ago in the same gymnasium, the lights went out because someone pulled the wrong switch in the Masconomet girls’ locker room.

Eleven players scored for Pentucket.  Jake Bortdeiano and Will Sullivan had nine apiece.

There will be a rematch between the two teams next Monday at Triton.

Triton hosts Newburyport tomorrow.  A number of Clippers were on hand checking out the Vikings against Pentucket.

Pentucket hosts North Reading tomorrow.

Pentucket box

Triton box

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Khalil Brito gets into Pentucket traffic

Khalil Brito gets into Pentucket traffic

Jeff Porter floats over Brad Whitman

Jeff Porter floats over Brad Whitman

The lights dimmed at Pentucket for the second time this week

The lights dimmed at Pentucket for the second time this week

tussle for a loose ball

tussle for a loose ball

Kevin Clark

Kevin Clark

Jake Bordeiano blocks Brad Whitman

Jake Bordeiano blocks Brad Whitman

Nick Venora finds and opening

Nick Venora finds and opening

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Triton wins tight one 53-52 over Amesbury

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Cam Armand (16 points) had four long ones

Cam Armand (16 points) had four long ones

(Byfield MA) No one person loses a team game but you’d probably have trouble convincing Amesbury’s Pat Scanlon.

Pat had a great chance at a game winner in the last second of the Indians’ 53-52 loss to Triton on Monday night in Cape Ann League action.  His shot rimmed out and the Vikings survived to put to rest a six-game losing streak.

For Amesbury (2-9) the string of losses reaches eight.

This figured to be a tight game with both teams looking for their first victory in 2014 and seeing this matchup as one they could win. It turned out to be a tense contest to say the least especially in the last minute.

Ryan Foley set up Pat Scanlon for a basket in the lane with a remarkable behind-the-back pass to pull Amesbury to within one (53-52) with thirty-nine seconds left.

Brad Whitman hit two free throws with a minute left

Brad Whitman hit two free throws with a minute left

Triton (4-8) then turned the ball over (Ryan Foley steal) with twenty-five seconds to go.  Plenty of time for Amesbury.  The Indians, in fact had the ball the rest of the way.  Shots in heavy traffic by Jack Fortin and Ryan Foley failed to connect.  Then the inbounds play from Fred Halloran to Pat Scanlon failed to get the points needed as the game ended.  Close, so very close!

The Vikings relied heavily on the 3-pointer and connected eleven times.  Cam Armand and Corey Parsons both cashed in four times from long range.  Nick Venora had two and Brad Whitman one.

Amesbury chose to get to the basket as often as possible.  Pat Halloran (14 points) and Ryan Foley (10 points) made several successful drives with defenders all over them.

Pat Halloran (14 points) floats in the lane

Pat Halloran (14 points) floats in the lane

The Indians ran eleven unanswered points in the first quarter to take an 11-3 lead with 3+ minutes left.  The Vikings, playing in front of a vocal support group, recovered in the second quarter putting eight straight together to pull in front, 24-22, four minutes before halftime.

There were six lead changes in the exciting second half and neither team led by more than four points.

Amesbury missed three field goal attempts in the last twenty-five seconds but probably even bigger misses were the three front end’s of one-and-one’s by Fred Halloran, Pat Halloran, and Pat Scanlon earlier in that final quarter.  Meanwhile, Brad Whitman made both of his free throws with a minute left.  Brad’s second made free throw turned out to be the game winner.

Triton would have cringed at their final forty seconds if this game had been lost.  Up by a point, they just did not take good care of the ball.  If they had they probably would have been fouled and could have added to their lead.  Their turnover gave Amesbury a golden chance.

Corey Parson (14 points including four long ones)

Corey Parson (14 points including four long ones)

Another Vikings lapse was in Amesbury’s last possession as their defensive breakdown on the inbounds play almost gave away the game-winner to the Indians.

But it was all these near-misses and up-and-down action that made this a terrific game to watch.

And while I think of it, when a team loses by a point you have to go back to what happened to the Indians at the start of the second half.  Amesbury was very late getting back after halftime.  They never warmed up and came onto the floor not even knowing which end they were defending.  As the Indians settled into the wrong end defensively, Triton’s Kevin Clark was left alone to dribble in for an uncontested layup to start the half.  Those two points turned out to be huge.

Cam Armand (16 points) and Corey Parsons (14 points) led the Triton scorers.

Jack Fortin had two three’s for Amesbury.

Triton’s next game is Wednesday (6:30PM) hosting Rockport.

Amesbury will travel to North Reading for a 7PM game.

Amesbury box

Triton box

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rebound battle

rebound battle

Triton cheerleaders exceed legal limit in fun

Triton cheerleaders exceed legal limit in fun

 

Ryan Foley (10 points) drives on Kevin Clark

Ryan Foley (10 points) drives on Kevin Clark

Coaches Dave Clay and Tom Comeau

Coaches Dave Clay and Tom Comeau

Pat Halloran and Jake Gilbert

Pat Halloran and Jake Gilbert

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