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Danny Baribeault (42 points) takes Newburyport past Pentucket 71-59

Danny Baribeault (42 points) had a night of high-percentage shots like this one.

Danny Baribeault (42 points) had a night of high-percentage shots like this one.

Danny Baribeault among four Sachems

Danny Baribeault among four Sachems

(Haverhill MA) Newburyport outscored Pentucket 15-3 over the final six minutes to break a tie and go on to a 71-59 win in Round 1 of the D3 North at Whittier on Tuesday night.

And then there was Danny. Senior Danny Baribeault, that is. Forty-two points in as smooth a performance as you’ll see in such a big scoring night.

Only two three-point shots in Danny’s night. No need for low-percentage three-pointers when the inside had openings galore. Five times Danny was able to score off of offensive rebounds.

Danny Baribeault looks for two

Danny Baribeault looks for two

I knew Danny was accumulating points but what distracted me from noticing his totals was that undersized Pentucket was very much in this one until the final six minutes.

There were six lead changes and six ties before things went south at the end for the team from West Newbury.

The Sachems (9-10) hadn’t played in nineteen days but there certainly wasn’t any evidence of it in the early going. Pentucket put eleven unanswered points together (a three by Jimmy Cleary included) and were ahead 16-4 with two minutes left in the first quarter.

It took an 11-2 run in the second period for the Clippers (11-10) to get all the way back, 25-25, with 2:24 left until halftime.

Robbie Shays had a three in that sequence and Cam MacRae made a marvelous save of a ball going out of bounds (right in front of me) and set up teammate Brendan Powers for the tying score.

Jacob Dickson’s trey at the buzzer gave Pentucket a 32-27 advantage.

Jimmy Cleary in the corner

Jimmy Cleary in the corner

The Sachems only lost a point off their lead in the third quarter despite Danny Baribeault’s remarkable seventeen points. Danny put eight of those scores in a package to send NHS ahead, 39-35, but later Pentucket answered with nine in a row (another three from Jimmy Cleary in the mix) to lead 48-43. The quarter ended, 50-46.

The outcome was still very much in doubt into the final period. The Sachems, however, had players in foul trouble. Those are the players who hurt you on defense and on this night Danny Baribeault saw plenty of openings.

Conor O’Neil’s three knotted things at 56-56. But right after that came a layup by Danny (on a nice feed from Cam MacRae), two free throws by Robbie Shay, and a drive by Cam MacRae. This small run gave Newburyport separation (62-56) with four minutes left. Pentucket needed the long-range fix but in the end game dialing long-distance got no answers. All three of the Sachems’ points in the final four minutes were from the foul line.

Conor O'Neil

Conor O’Neil

Junior Conor O’Neil (18 points), and Nate McGrail (10 points) paced the Sachems.

Robbie Shay had thirteen points including seven in the final quarter. Cam MacRae added ten points.

Newburyport moves on to face Cape Ann League opponent Lynnfield on Friday night (7PM) at Lynnfield. The Clippers lost twice to the Pioneers during the regular season.

Plenty of support on hand for both teams.

Pentucket reached the D3 state semifinals at the Garden last year. The Sachems were wiped out by graduation and the transfer of Pat Friermuth but scrapped and scrambled their way to enough wins to qualify for the tournament this year.

One things that didn’t impress me about Pentucket was their free throw shooting. In the OT win over Newburyport to start the season they made only 9 of 29 attempts. Tonight it was 12-for-23.

In Newburyport’s win over Pentucket (48-32) freshman Casey McLaren had twenty-seven. This time around Casey had only two but teammate Danny made up plenty of slack with his 42 points.

After six turnovers in a tough first quarter the Clippers had only four miscues the rest of the way.

Cam MacRae (10 points)

Cam MacRae (10 points)

I was impressed with the speed and passing of Cam MacRae.

Danny Baribeault and Nate McGrail were matched up most of the game.

Another matchup of note was Spencer Pacy and Casey McLaren. Both are already impact players as freshman.

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Pentucket box

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Robbie Shay shoots over Spencer Pacy

Brendan Powers shoots over Spencer Pacy

Danny Baribeault and Nate McGrail

Danny Baribeault and Nate McGrail

Robbie Shay (13 points)

Robbie Shay (13 points)

Kevin Childs drives

Ryan DePaolo drives

Lucas Chory

Lucas Chory

Brendan Power in for two

Brendan Powers in for two

Danny Baribeault

Danny Baribeault

Danny Baribeault made 5-of-6 free throws in the last quarter

Danny Baribeault made 5-of-6 free throws in the last quarter

Casey McLaren at the rim

Casey McLaren at the rim

Fight for a loose ball

Fight for a loose ball

 

 

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Pentucket wins Cape Ann League opener in OT 55-52 over Newburyport

Dan Baribeault gets off the possible game-winner at the end of regulation

Dan Baribeault gets off the possible game-winner at the end of regulation

Nate McGrail (21 points) drives to the basket

Nate McGrail (21 points) drives to the basket

(Newburyport) Trust me, Pentucket didn’t win this one at the free throw line!

The Sachems (1-0) missed twenty of twenty-nine free throws yet still managed to get by Newburyport, 55-52, in overtime on Tuesday night.

This game started the Cape Ann League schedule for both teams.

Newburyport (0-1) looked close to victory in the final quarter after senior Dan Baribeault put five points together in a row to push the Clippers ahead, 44-38, with just under four minutes left. But Pentucket, which had six 3’s in the game, clicked on three of them in the final 2:25 to force overtime.

Lucas Chory, Jimmy Cleary, and Ryan DePaolo connected from long distance in the exciting Sachems’ finish. Ryan’s three was with fifteen seconds left.

The Clippers had the final possession is regulation and Dan Baribeault had a good look at the game-winner from the top of the key. On this evening Dan’s shots weren’t falling, he was limited to eight points, and overtime became necessary.

The key to the win? Pentucket’s ability to get to the basket. Granted at times this approach got them to the foul line where they had serious trouble but other times they made layups.

Sophomore Nate McGrail (21 points) had two such layups in overtime and that was enough to get Pentucket the victory.

Nate’s second layup gave the visitors a 53-52 lead with forty-three seconds left. The Clippers had two more possessions to answer back but neither of Quinn Stott’s shots connected. The Sachems responded with two free throws.

Nick Rogers (12 points) connected four times from long range

Nick Rogers (12 points) connected four times from long range

Jimmy Cleary totaled thirteen points for the Sachems. He also had an important block on Dan Baribeault late in regulation.

Nick Rogers paced Newburyport with twelve points all on 3’s.

The Newburyport student section went straight for the jugular pre-game chanting, “Where is Pat Friermuth?” The remarkable junior transferred to Brooks after leading Pentucket to the D3 state semifinals last year.

Lots of black and orange on display as a reminder of the passing of long-time Ipswich coach Doug Woodworth.

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Newburyport box

Newburyport box

Pentucket box

Pentucket box

Season under way

Season under way

Quinn Stott pressures Conor O'Neil

Quinn Stott pressures Conor O’Neil

Ronnie Mwai gets two

Ronnie Mwai gets two

Ryan DePaolo (#21) sent the game into OT with a 3-point shot

Ryan DePaolo (#21) sent the game into OT with a 3-point shot

Jimmy Cleary blocks Dan Baribeault's shot

Jimmy Cleary blocks Dan Baribeault’s shot

Conor O'Neil attempts a free throw in front of the Newburyport student section

Conor O’Neil attempts a free throw in front of the Newburyport student section

Lucas Chory chased by Nick Rogers

Lucas Chory chased by Nick Rogers

Nate McGrail

Nate McGrail

Jimmy Cleary (13 points)

Jimmy Cleary (13 points)

Danny Baribeault on defense

Danny Baribeault on defense

 

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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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Newburyport rallies past Ipswich 61-58

Dan Baribeault (14 points) surrounded by Tigers

Dan Baribeault (14 points) surrounded by Tigers

Jake Long (24 points) made six 3-pointers including this one at the final buzzer

Jake Long (24 points) made six 3-pointers including this one at the final buzzer

(Ipswich MA) Newburyport trailed by eleven early in the second quarter but came all the way back to defeat Ipswich, 61-58, in Cape Ann League action on Friday night.

The Clippers (4-5) took the lead for good at the end of the third period (40-39) as Liam Hundertmark converted his own miss.

Quite a shooting display put on by Dan Baribeault (Newburyport) and Jake Long (Ipswich).  Both players finished with twenty-four points.

Dan was able to create space for shots for himself whenever he wanted to.  Jake was a long-range specialist hitting six from beyond the arc including three in the final quarter.

contested shot

contested shot

The Tigers (2-6) were uptempo from start to finish.  That uptempo style and a persistent IHS student section seemed to fluster Newburyport in the early going.  The Clippers committed seven turnovers in the first quarter and had several air balls.

Jake Long’s first 3-pointer was part of eight straight IHS points that put them in front, 8-4, in the first three minutes.  Later in the quarter, and stretching into the start of the second quarter, the home team put seven points in a row.  Kyle Silva drained three straight free throws to key that run that put Ipswich in front, 21-10.

Thereafter Newburyport became more patient on offense and did a better job of protecting around the basket.  Open shots began to be found by NHS.  When Quinn Stott opened the 3rd quarter with a three the Clippers were within one (27-26).

Newburyport caught IHS at the end of the third quarter (40-39) and started the final quarter with consecutive hoops by Jake Berger and Liam Hundertmark (12 points) with an assist from Matt Short.  Now down five points, the Tigers answered with baskets but on this night couldn’t get the stops they needed.

Dan Baribeault (#10) eyes an open teammate

Dan Baribeault (#10) eyes an open teammate

The Clippers kept the ball in Dan Baribeault’s hands in the end game which limited turnovers.  Dan made five-of-six free throw attempts in the last 3 1/2 minutes.

The Tigers went full-time, long-range looking for the quick fix and saw Jake Long hit three times while Robbie Glavin (16 points) successfully dialed long distance two times.  Plenty of late-game offense was generated by the Tigers but there just wasn’t enough effective defense to cut into their deficit.

The two teams had met earlier in the season with Newburyport earning a , 52-47, victory.

Both teams pressed but there were few mistakes in the backcourt.  Half-court was a different story, however.  The Clippers ended up with twenty turnovers while Ipswich had eighteen.

Robbie Glavin (16 points) launches a jump shot

Robbie Glavin (16 points) launches a jump shot

The Tigers were assessed an intentional foul late in the game.

Newburyport had lost two in a row before tonight’s win.  Their next game is at home on Tuesday versus Manchester-Essex.

The Tigers have now dropped five straight.  Next for them will be an away game at Triton on Monday night.

I was impressed with the Ipswich student section.  They were loud, persistent, and kept it clean.  The IHS student section appeared to have the attention of the Newburyport players in the first half when the Clippers shot at their end.

Newburyport box

Ipswich box

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Liam Hundertmark (12 points) gets off a shot

Liam Hundertmark (12 points) gets off a shot

Mike Shay (#11) tries to outrun Jake Long and Chris Remy

Mike Shay (#11) tries to outrun Jake Long and Chris Remy

Jake Long appeals a call

Jake Long appeals a call

Pat Flaherty (#15) flies at Dan Baribeault

Pat Flaherty (#15) flies at Dan Baribeault

young fan

young fan

 

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Newburyport holds off Amesbury 5-4 in Cape Ann League baseball

Scott Webster congratulated after recording the final out

Scott Webster congratulated after recording the final out

Spencer Fournier takes the final swing of the game

Spencer Fournier takes the final swing of the game

(Amesbury MA)  Amesbury changed dugouts, uniforms and even had some help from the sun but it wasn’t enough as Newburyport defeated the Indians, 5-4, on a sunny/cloudy Sunday afternoon.

With the victory Newburyport (4-7) ended a three-game winless streak.  The Clippers claimed four runs in the first inning and the eventual game-winner in the fourth inning.

Amesbury (3-9) saw its losing streak reach eight.  The Indians tallied twice in the first and sixth innings.

After the 4-run first, AHS starter Zack Fitzgerald yielded just a run and three hits the rest of the way.

Travis Wile flips the ball to pitcher James Nutter covering first

Travis Wile flips the ball to pitcher James Nutter covering first

James Nutter (5 1/3 innings) and Scott Webster (1 2/3 innings) handled the pitching for Newburyport.  They allowed only five hits and two walks.  Scott struck out the last two Indians to preserve the win.

Newburyport loaded the bases in the first inning with no outs.  Scott Webster drove in two of the baserunners (Caleb Stott and Chance Carpenter) with a single to left center.  An Amesbury attempt to get the second runner at home allowed the other two NHS runners to end up in scoring position.  Later in the inning Dan Baribeault’s two-out, two-strike single to right delivered both Ryan Furlong and Scott Webster.

Ben Cullen heads for home

Ben Cullen heads for home

Amesbury came back in the bottom of the first to load the bases with one out.  Spencer Fournier’s fly ball scored Ben Cullen from third.  On that play the NHS throw from the outfield came home but the throw (catcher Scott Webster) back to second was wild and the two runners ended up in scoring position.  A passed ball (Scott Webster) allowed Pat Scanlon to cross with Amesbury’s second run.

So after one inning both teams, in my opinion, had given up an extra run.  At that point I envisioned a lot of runs the rest of the way.  But it didn’t go that way thanks to good pitching and sound defense.

The Clippers collected their important fifth run in fourth inning.  Caleb Stott reached on a perfect bunt and then stole second.  Caleb took third on Chance Carpenter’s fielder’s choice and scored on Ryan Furlong’s single to deep short.

Ryan Furlong and catcher Mac Short collide at the plate

Ryan Furlong and catcher Mac Short collide at the plate

Newburyport came close to a second run in that fourth inning but a good throw by shortstop Ben Cullen to catcher Mac Short nailed Ryan Furlong at the plate.

Amesbury entered their sixth down 5-2 but added two runs with help from the sun.  After NHS starter James Nutter put two batters on with a hit batsman and a single, Scott Webster came on in relief.  After a strikeout, a wild pitch put two Indians in scoring position with two outs.  Then on an afternoon in which the sun was in and out, it popped out on a routine Brad Kelleher fly ball to centerfielder Chance Carpenter.  The result was that the two-out, routine fly ball turned into a two-run single.  Both Jared Dupere and Zack Fitzgerald came across.    Ben Cullen lined to Dan Baribeault to end the sixth but the Indians were within one run, 5-4.

Mac Short walked with one out in the Amesbury seventh but then Scott Webster caught Nick Hawrylciw looking and Spencer Fournier swinging to give NHS their 4th win.

Caleb Stott steals second

Caleb Stott steals second

Caleb Stott and Chance Carpenter paced Newburyport with two hits apiece.

Mac Short singled twice for Amesbury.

Third baseman Dan Baribeault played his second game with the Newburyport varsity and drove in two runs.

Weather?  Plenty of sun and plenty of clouds with a couple of sprinkles.

Amesbury was 11-9 last year while Newburyport was 15-8.

Amesbury’s next game is Tuesday at North Reading.  Newburyport will be at Masconomet on Monday.

Newburyport box

Amesbury box

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Scott Webster

Scott Webster

Pat Scanlon

Pat Scanlon

Dan Baribeault

Dan Baribeault

Zack Fitzgerald

Zack Fitzgerald

Mac Short prepares to throw to first

Mac Short prepares to throw to first

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Joe Bertrand (32 points) guides Saugus past Newburyport 62-48

Joe Bertrand (32 points) shoots a three over Drew Bourdeau

Joe Bertrand (32 points) shoots a three over Drew Bourdeau

Joe Bertrand

Joe Bertrand

(Newburyport MA)  He was just your average Joe for a half.

But then came the third quarter and senior Joe Bertrand of Saugus lit up the Clippers for seventeen points.

Joe’s terrific period gave Saugus separation from Newburyport and the Sachems came away with a, 62-48, win on Friday night in Cape Ann League action.

Newburyport (2-1) hung with Saugus (2-2) for 2+ minutes into the second half.  A layup by Dan Baribeault (15 points) on a nice pass from Dillon Guthro (13 points) had the Clippers down just one (31-30).

But the rest of that third quarter……..total disaster for the home team.  The Clippers didn’t score a single point in the last 5 1/2 minutes of that quarter.

Meanwhile, Saugus rang up nineteen unanswered points to blow this one wide open (50-30) at the quarter’s end.

6-5 Joe Bertrand (32 points) did most of the damage.  He hurt the Clippers from long range (seven 3’s) getting five of them in the 3rd quarter.

Joe Bertrand launches a late three to end the third quarter

Joe Bertrand launches a late three to end the third quarter

It seemed fitting on this night that Joe would end that quarter with a fade-away long one from in front of the excited Sachems’ bench as the buzzer sounded.

It was a credit to Newburyport that after the horrible 3rd quarter they reeled off ten straight to start the next quarter.  Three inside moves by Dillon Guthro sparked the comeback.

But the Sachems had another run in them and tallied all the points (eight) in the next two minutes and moved back into a comfortable margin (58-40) with 2 1/2 minutes left in the game.  Lamarr Jones, Jack Furey, and Joe Bertrand put up the points in this game-sealing segment.

Dillon Guthro (13 points) shoots over Mike Lichwala

Dillon Guthro (13 points) shoots over Mike Lichwala

6-1 Drew Bourdeau had the unenviable task of shadowing Joe Bertrand.  Drew’s frustration got the best of him in the final period.

Saugus used a zone defense.  It worked because Newburyport had little success shooting from long range.  However, the Clippers did pass themselves into high percentage shots in close.

Justin Winn ended the first quarter with a three (off the backboard) and Kyle Artilo ended the first half the same way.

The Sachems had seventeen turnovers but only one of them in the third quarter.

This is Saugus’ first year in the Cape Ann League after forty-five years in the Northeast Conference.  The reason for the switch is that now Saugus will be able to play more schools their own size.

Two nights ago versus Triton, Joe Bertrand had twenty-five points and ten rebounds.

Dan Baribeault (15 points) breaks ahead

Dan Baribeault (15 points) breaks ahead

The Sachems next game is on Monday versus Masco on the road.

The Clippers don’t play again until a week from Monday (December 30th) when they host Triton.

Saugus was 12-10 last year.

I saw Saugus lose to Danvers two years ago at the Tsongas Arena in Division 3 tournament play.

Newburyport box

Saugus box

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Kyle Artilo (22) runs into some strong NHS interior defense

Kyle Artilo (22) runs into some strong NHS interior defense

Joe Bertrand blocks the shot of Dan Baribeault

Joe Bertrand blocks the shot of Dan Baribeault

Lamarr Jones tries to get around Mike Shay

Lamarr Jones tries to get around Mike Shay

Newburyport coach Tom LItalien

Newburyport coach Tom LItalien

Dillon Guthro in for two

Dillon Guthro in for two

Drew Bourdeau

Drew Bourdeau

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Late Ian Michael’s three gives Newburyport 43-42 tourney win over Hamilton-Wenham

Ian Michaels cuts left to get room for game-winning three

Ian Michaels cuts left to get room for game-winning three

Clippers celebrate the one-point win

Clippers celebrate the one-point win

(Newburyport) Ian Michaels drained a three with two seconds left to carry Newburyport past Hamilton-Wenham, 43-42, in a thriller on Monday night in Division 3 North First Round action.

The Clippers (14-7) will now face the winner of the Amesbury/Whittier game.

Ian’s exciting game-winner came ten seconds after Henry Eagar’s runner in the lane had given the Generals (10-9) a two-point lead and revved up the HW fans.

After a timeout the Clippers put the ball in Ian’s hands in the backcourt.  The 5-11 senior crossed half court and looked as if he was going to use a high screen to go right (he’s a righty).  At the last second, he used a crossover dribble to cut left and get separation from defender Nikos Lara.  He then drilled the season-on-the-line long one.

James Foye (25 points) takes the last shot

James Foye (25 points) takes the last shot

James Foye launched a last-second heave from the backcourt that fell well short and Newburyport had the win.

This was a game when both teams had their very good moments and their very bad moments.  The points came consecutively and both teams looked at various times like sure winners and sure losers.

Newburyport had point runs of eight, six and twelve.  The Generals ran nine straight points and later ten plus a 9-1 segment after 3:44 of the final quarter.

Newburyport started fast (8-2) but by the end of the first quarter trailed, 11-8.

The HW lead was two (15-13) before the visitors put ten unanswered points up in less than six minutes during the second quarter.  Surprisingly, sophomore James Foye (25 points) was not part of the scoring.

James Foye puts up a layup with Dillon Guthro closing for a block attempt

James Foye puts up a layup with Dillon Guthro closing for a block attempt

The damage was done by: Henry Eagar (3 free throws), a layup off a steal by Shawn Kotch, a jump shot by Nikos Lara, and a three by Ben Kozlowski.  The Clippers had seven turnovers during the six minute dry spell.

That point barrage gave HW a 25-13 spread.  A Matt Canning three closed the NBPT deficit to, 25-16, at the half.

The Generals still looked to be in good shape with a 31-20 advantage with 3 ½ minutes left in the third quarter.

But just when you thought the Clippers were cooked they started putting points up while HW couldn’t buy a basket.

Over the next 7:15 stretching into the fourth quarter, Newburyport sliced and diced the Generals to an 18-2 tune.  Three assisted baskets by a cutting Colton Fontaine started the surge.  The 6-1 senior added three free throws before three’s by Ian Michals, Dillon Guthro (old-fashioned), and Dan Baribeault had the Clippers looking unbeatable with four minutes left (38-33).

But James Foye (25 points) was still in the game.  He nailed a three with 3:44 left and, after Ian Michaels missed the front end of a one-and-one, put in a layup to tie the score, 38-38, with 3:24 left.

Colton Fontaine (15 points) sees an opening

Colton Fontaine (15 points) sees an opening

James missed the free throw that went with the layup and HW turned the ball over the next two times they had it.  In between the HW miscues Colton Fontaine (15 points) had yet another assisted layup (from Ian Michaels) and up went Newburyport (40-38) with two minutes left.

Now it was Newburyport’s turn to turn the ball over two straight possessions.  James Foye hit a baseline jumper in between the turnovers with 49 seconds left to tie the score, 40-40.

The Generals would grab the lead after a steal by Henry Eagar.  HW had a timeout and thirty-six seconds to use.  I’m betting that everyone on hand figured that James Foye would get the shot out of the possession.  But it didn’t work that way.  Matt Canning kept James outside and as the clock ran down Dylan Guthro joined him.  James spotted teammate Henry Eagar open in the lane.  Henry got the pass and hit a runner with twelve seconds to go.

The HW crowd started celebrating just a bit early and left disappointed after Ian Michaels hit the 3-point, game-winner.

Dillon Guthro blocks the shot of James Foye

Dillon Guthro blocks the shot of James Foye

6-4 Dillon Guthro (9 points) challenged every HW layup attempt and blocked several shots including a couple taken by James Foye.

Ian Michaels and Henry Eagar both tallied eight points.

Newburyport finished with twenty-four turnovers by my count.  HW had sixteen.

Good crowd on hand.  Plenty of excitement for the partisans of both teams.
Newburyport boxscore

Hamilton-Wenham boxscore

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

loose ball

loose ball

Colton Fontaine gets inside for two

Colton Fontaine gets inside for two

Dan Baribeault made two long ones

Dan Baribeault made two long ones

Henry Eagar (#11) scores with twelve seconds left

Henry Eagar (#11) scores with twelve seconds left

James Foye defended by John Baribeault

James Foye defended by John Baribeault

Henry Eagar (8 points) shoots over Ian Michaels

Henry Eagar (8 points) shoots over Ian Michaels

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