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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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Hamilton-Wenham shocks Newburyport 49-44 with late-game run in boys basketball

Key block by Henry Eagar on Colton Fontaine late in the game

Key block by Henry Eagar on Colton Fontaine late in the game

James Foye (23 points) gives the Generals the lead in the last minute

James Foye (23 points) gives the Generals the lead in the last minute

(Newburyport)  The Hamilton-Wenham Generals pulled off a remarkable comeback in the final four minutes and defeated the Newburyport Clippers, 49-44, in Cape Ann League action on blizzard eve (Thursday).

Hamilton-Wenham (9-7 overall and 9-5 in the CAL) edges ahead of Newburyport (10-6 overall and 8-6 in the CAL) with this victory in the battle for second place in the Cape Ann League Division One standings.

However, the Generals next game (Tuesday night) is at North Reading against the undefeated Hornets.  The Clippers travel to last-place Pentucket on the same night.

For 3 ½ quarters in this game the best run of points the Generals could put together was four.  Somehow, some way in the last four minutes of regulation, the visitors put a string of twelve unanswered points together.  In the process, HW turned a seven-point deficit (44-37) into a shocking, 49-44, victory.

James Foye in shot blocker territory

James Foye in shot blocker territory

Newburyport took the lead early and attained a seven-point lead in the second quarter (24-17) and boosted that spread to ten (36-26) in the third period.  Even with four minutes left the Clippers advantage was seven (44-37).  They clearly looked as if they had this one under their control.

But they didn’t.  An old-fashioned three-point play by Henry Eager (11 points), a converted rebound (James Foye), and a layup by Henry and this one was tied, 44-44, with 1:42 left.

A steal by Nikos Lara gave HW the ball back and James Foye sank one of two free throws (45-44).

Next Clipper possession, Colton Fontaine’s shot from in close was blocked by Henry Eagar. James Foye then made both free throws with twenty-two seconds left (47-44).

Colby Morris (14 points) shoots for a tie

Colby Morris (14 points) shoots for a tie

Still within range to tie, the best Newburyport could get was a forced three from Colby Morris that missed.  Shawn Kotch was fouled after getting the rebound and the sophomore canned both free throws with three seconds left (49-44).

The Generals made five straight free throws in the final fifty-one seconds.

6-2 sophomore James Foye (23 points) was impressive.  He was the primary ball-handler for HW and rarely forced his offense.  He faced tight coverage (mainly Adam Traxler) all night long yet had few turnovers.  James had a steal-and-score late in the third quarter and a key rebound-and-score during HW’s remarkable 12-point finish.

Newburyport had the long ball working – six.  Colby Morris (14 points) had four of them.

Adam Traxler defends James Foye

Adam Traxler defends James Foye

Ian Michaels had a terrific second quarter collecting twelve points in a variety of ways.  The surprise was that these were the only points Ian had in the game.

HW made fifteen-for-eighteen at the charity stripe.

Newburyport won the first meeting with the Generals, 54-50, in December at Hamilton.

Hamilton-Wenham started the season inexperienced and 1-5.

Moving the game up a day to avoid the potential bad weather was a smart idea.  However, I’m sure the coaches would have been more comfortable with that extra day to prepare.

Hamilton-Wenham box score

Newburyport box score

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

Dillon Guthro set to block

Dillon Guthro set to block

Henry Eagar

Henry Eagar

James Foye

James Foye

Adam Traxler

Adam Traxler

Colby Morris

Colby Morris

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