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Rally in regulation sets Triton up for 54-51 win in OT against Rockport

Kyle Odoy (16 points) sends the game into OT with this last-second triple

Max McKenzie (16 points) and Jake Knowlton (14 points)

(Byfield MA) You hear it all the time, but how often does it mean anything?

“It’s not over ‘til it’s over.”

Triton’s Kyle Odoy (16 points) dropped that line into our post-game interview tonight after his team rallied late in regulation and then went on to defeat Rockport, 54-51 in overtime.

Triton (5-2) certainly needed a miracle finish to get this one into overtime and they pulled it off.

Three straight free throws by Jake Knowlton (14 points) put Rockport (2-6) up, 48-43, with only twenty-three seconds left in regulation.  Comfortable lead…….or so it seemed.

“We had really good shots the whole entire game and we just missed them,” recalled Triton coach Ted Schruender. “We figured that they would eventually start falling.”

And fall they did as Kyle Odoy drained two straight from long range in the closing 23 seconds.

The first last-minute triple was on an inbounds play from in front of the Triton bench with eleven seconds remaining.  The second was of the “Hail Mary” variety from straight away.

“I just got it and chucked it,” said Kyle describing the buzzer-beating second one.

Noah Rawson at the line in the closing seconds of regulation

In between the two Kyle triples, Noah Rawson (10 points) made one of two free throws for Rockport.  Noah missed the second and there was a tie-up.  The possession arrow favored Triton and gave them time to come down for the final shot.

If you’ve read this far, you’re probably saying something like, “The game wasn’t won in regulation so what happened in the four-minute OT?”

“Not much,” would be the answer!

Noah Rawson tied the game (51-51) with a layup halfway through OT.  Kyle Odoy then put Triton in front for good with 1:45 left on a jump shot.

Triton defense

After that the Triton man-to-man defense kept Rockport away from the basket.  The visitors didn’t turn the ball over, they just couldn’t get their outside shots to fall.

On the other end, Triton took the ball to the basket and forced fouls.  That “it’s not over ‘til it’s over” thing was still in play because Triton missed four of five free-throw attempts.  Rockport had three possessions to catch up but not on this night.

“We had just enough to win,” said Coach Schruender.

Tonight’s game was tied ten different times.

TJ Overbaugh (8 points) hit a three in the closing seconds of the first period.  Max McKenzie (16 points) drove the length of the court to end the third period with a layup.  I guess we should have expected that something could happen at the end of regulation!

Triton had a 28-20 lead a minute into the third quarter.  Ezra Mendoza, Gavyn Hillier (14 points), and Austin Matus put points together and knotted the score at 30-30.

Gavyn Hillier (14 points) shoots over Max McKenzie

Rockport used a 1-3-1 zone defense and kept Triton away from layups.  Triton passed and dribbled their way into open looks but couldn’t make shots.

Triton’s man-to-man kept Rockport from doing much damage in close.  A few times 6-7 Jake Knowlton was able to get the ball inside and finish.

Max McKenzie took the ball to the basket even against the Rockport zone. He was also a key defender.

Triton box

Rockport box

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Kyle Odoy shoots

Mason Ferrick (2) covered by Ezra Mendoza

Max McKenzie at the free throw line

Max McKenzie to the basket in overtime

Max McKenzie shoots over Austin Matus (13)

Pressure on the ball by Kyle Odoy

Rebound battle

Andrew Guelli (30) rebounds

Austin Matus (13)

Facial

TJ Overbaugh (1) guarded by Jake Knowlton

Triton coach Ted Schruender

 

 

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Newburyport opens with a 61-49 win over Rockport

Max Gagnon was part of a very tight Newburyport defense

Casey McLaren at the front of the Newburyport defense

(Newburyport MA) The combination of two sizable runs of points and an effective full-court defense keyed Newburyport’s 61-49 win over Rockport on Tuesday night.

The Vikings (0-2) had won four of their last five previous meetings with the Clippers (1-0).

“Our bigs struggled to get going tonight,” explained Rockport coach Phil Whitley afterwards.

Some of that struggle was due to the never-ending in-your-face defense by the home team.

“The defense was good,” said NHS coach Dave Clay, “but there still are some things we need to clean up.”

Tight defense

Rockport had twenty-two turnovers (by my count).  That’s a lot of empty possessions in a 32-minute game.

“We want the defense to be a staple of the team,” said Coach Clay.

Having 6’5” Casey McLaren at the point on the full-court defense, forced inbounds passes to the sides where the Clippers could double-team.

The Vikings broke open a close game (14-13) with a run of six points in the second quarter.  A rebound basket by Jake Knowlton and two free throws apiece by Gavyn Hillier and Ezra Mendoza had RHS up, 20-13, with 3:49 left in the second quarter.

Ryan Archie (with the ball) was part of the run that gave the Clippers separation

Then junior Ryan Archie heated up.

A rebound basket by Jacob Robertson was followed by eight straight Ryan points (two three’s and two free throws).

Both of Ryan’s 3-pointers were set up by George Coryell.

Newburyport led by a point (23-22) at the half.

Rockport opened the second half with three points and then the Clippers ran thirteen points over the next 3+ minutes.

That streak sent the home team up by ten points (35-25) and Rockport didn’t have the shooting to get closer than six points (51-45) the rest of the way.

Jacob Robertson and Noah Rawson

The beauty of Newburyport’s run of thirteen points was that the scoring was done by four different players (Ryan Archie, Parker McLaren, Casey McLaren, Charlie Cahalane).

“When we moved the ball by passing instead of dribbling, we did better against their zone,” said Coach Clay.

Casey McLaren (19), Ryan Archie (14), Jacob Robertson (13), and Parker McLaren (10) were the top Newburyport scorers.

Rockport was paced by Jake Knowlton (17) and Gavyn Hillier (10).

The NHS defense was a factor in the outcome, but foul trouble was certainly a problem for Rockport as well.

Starters Jake Knowlton and Ezra Mendoza both had three fouls in the first half despite sitting out some minutes in that half.

Ezra Mendoza was gone in the third quarter

Ezra fouled out of the game in the third quarter and Jake had his 4th before that same quarter was over.

Minus a primary ball-handler and their top scorer not only limited the Vikings offense but it added to their troubles handling pressure.

Jake Knowlton had thirty points in Rockport’s 83-77 loss to Bishop Fenwick in their opener.

I was impressed, as usual, with senior Casey McLaren.  On a night when the three’s weren’t falling, he moved in for mid-range shots and drives.  His defense within the press was important for NHS.

Parker McLaren above the Rockport defense

Coach Clay: “Parker (McLaren) played well.  We need to keep him out of foul trouble.  I love it when he attacks the basket. He’s such a big guy.  Think of LeBron James in high school.  I wouldn’t want to get in his way!”

Coach Whitley: “Their defense gave us trouble and our foul trouble didn’t help.  I think we got tired in the second half.”

Serious man-to-man defense was played by George Coryell and Max Gagnon.

Good crowd in the house for the Clippers home opener.

Newburyport starts the season with six straight home games all in December.

Part of that good crowd was made up of other CAL schools scouting the two future opponents.

Newburyport box

Rockport box

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Jake Knowlton in for two

Jake Knowlton fends off Parker McLaren

Jake Knowlton block a shot

Jake Knowlton at the line

Austin Matus (13) eyes the hoop

Casey McLaren layup

Gavyn Hillier (35)

George Coryell in the air with Ezra Mendoza

 

 

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