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Governor’s Academy gets past Belmont Hill 65-57 with strong second half in boys basketball

Joe Kuo (19 points) grabs a rebound

Joe Kuo (19 points) grabs a rebound

Eli Earley soars in for two for GA

Eli Earley soars in for two for GA

(Byfield) Governor’s Academy had a very strong second half and defeated Belmont Hill, 65-57, on Friday night in Independent School League action.

The Govs (12-8) trailed by two (32-30) at the half and traded baskets to start the second half.

After that, the home team put on quite a show of offense and defense during the next 8 ½  minutes.  Maybe it was because the GA seniors were honored before the game and plenty of friends and family were on hand. Whatever it was, the Govs put together a 19-2 segment.

That great offense/defense turned a 34-32 deficit into a commanding 51-36 lead with six minutes left.

Maybe it was a coincidence but all of the points for Governor’s were scored by seniors during the game-deciding run.  Stephen Basden (6), Kam Nobles (2), Tate Jozokos (5), Eli Earley (2) and Joe Kuo (4) put the 19-point package together for GA.

Harry Roberson (17 points)

Harry Roberson (17 points)

Belmont Hill (8-16) responded with a 10-2 run of their own featuring two layups and two free throws by Harry Roberson (17 points) to close to seven (53-46) with three minutes to go.

The Hillies would cut the lead to six (59-53) on a Kevin Scarlet (12 points) layup with 1:09 left.  However, GA answered with a breakaway layup by Eli Earley (7 points) and a Joe Kuo (19 points) free throw to elevate the Govs lead to nine and seal the win.

Joe Kuo led all scorers with his nineteen points.  I saw the 6-9 senior get a career-high thirty-eight points against St. Paul’s.  The difference tonight?  Not enough touches for the big guy.  Some pretty active BH defense had a lot to do with it.

The Govs started fast and led 14-10 after 6 ½ minutes.  Then Belmont Hill ran eight unanswered points over the next three minutes to get in front (18-14).  They would maintain the lead into halftime (32-30).

A big part of the BH first-half success was the 3-pointer.  There were two each by Hilal Dahleh and Sultan Olusekun as well as one by Kevin Scarlett.

Harry Roberson (17 points) had twelve of them in the second half helping the Hillies fight back from the 19-2 run GA threw at them.

Sultan Olusekun looks for an opening

Sultan Olusekun looks for an opening

The crowd at GA was sizable and noisy.  Easily the biggest excitement was over a Joe Kuo jam on an inbounds play in the second half.

The tight defense forced turnovers (34 by my count) and plenty of foul shots.

To put it kindly, the foul shooting by both teams was pitiful.

Belmont Hill lost by eight points but they missed twelve free throws including three that were the front end of one-and-one’s.

Governor’s won by eight points despite missing sixteen free throws including two that were the front end of one-and-one’s.

Which shot do you suppose players everywhere practice the most…..layup, free throw or 3-pointer?

Stephen Basden (12 points)

Stephen Basden (12 points)

Stephen Basden (12 points), Tate Jozokos (11 points), and Kam Nobles (10 points) all reached double figures for GA.

Kam went down hard after a layup early in the second half.  He did return to action not too long after that.

I thought maybe BH alum Jonathan Kraft (President of the Patriots) might be in the house but word was that he was trying to find a Denver Boot big enough to fit on Gronk’s leg!

Governor’s Academy Boxscore

Belmont Hill Boxscore

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

Kyrief Kelley and Kevin Scarlett

Kyrief Kelley and Kevin Scarlett

Harry Roberson caught in GA traffic

Harry Roberson caught in GA traffic

loose ball

loose ball

Joe Kuo looks for a pass as Jesse Wims defends

Joe Kuo looks for a pass as Jesse Wims defends

Kevin Scarlett (12 points) shoots over Kam Nobles

Kevin Scarlett (12 points) shoots over Kam Nobles

Kam Nobles (10 points) looks for a pass

Kam Nobles (10 points) looks for a pass

Tate Jozokos (11 points)

Tate Jozokos (11 points)

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Joe Kuo gets 38 points and takes Governor’s Academy past St. Paul’s 66-50

Joe Kuo (38 points) gets in for two

Joe Kuo (38 points) gets in for two

Joe Kuo (16-for-20 from the foul line)

Joe Kuo (16-for-20 from the foul line)

(Byfield) There was nothing St. Paul’s School could do about Joe Kuo.

The Governor’s Academy 6-9 senior poured thirty-eight points down on St. Paul’s (Concord NH) and led the Govs to a, 66-50, win on Wednesday afternoon in Independent School League action.

GA (10-7) led by only two points (29-27) at halftime but erupted with a 16-2 stretch to start the second half and never looked back.

In the early going St. Paul’s (4-13) had enough offense to stay with GA despite Joe Kuo.  Ethan Schlager (16 points) and David Smith (11 points) made three’s and Jared Neves (15 points) ran seven points in a row by himself.  This collection of offense was part of an attack that put Big Red in front, 23-18, with 3:42 left in the first half.

The next 2 ½ minutes the steady flow of Joe Kuo points kept coming (9 points) but there were no St. Paul’s answers.  Cam Nobles added two free throws and the Govs had an eleven-point run and the lead (29-23) with 1:25 until halftime.

Two free throws by Jackson Gates (8 points) and a layup in heavy traffic narrowed the Govs lead to, 29-27, at halftime.

Jared Neves (15 points) and Stephen Basden (10 points) battle

Jared Neves (15 points) and Stephen Basden (10 points) battle

Who knows what went on in the GA locker-room at halftime but they came out flying in the second half.  In the first five minutes of the second half the visitors had only a David Smith layup.  Meanwhile, the Govs rolled up sixteen points.

Naturally Joe Kuo had points (six) but also involved was Stephen Basden (six) and Tate Jozokos (four).  In the mix was a turnover that Stephen took in for a jam.

This good spell of scoring gave the Govs a, 45-29, advantage.  The rest of the way both teams scored twenty-one points each but the closest Big Red could get was, 56-45, with 4:17 remaining.  Joe Kuo (layup) and Cam Nobles (two free throws and a layup) provided a quick response and any suspense about the outcome departed.

Joe Kuo was very impressive.  His game is not of the highlight-reel variety but he was a big factor at both ends.

Ethan Schlager (16 points) looks for an opening

Ethan Schlager (16 points) looks for an opening

GA was very interested in getting Joe the ball because he was productive.  St. Paul’s had no one who could block his shot and were forced to foul him.  He made sixteen-of-twenty free throws.  He was also able to convert missed shots – he did it four times.

Even tougher for Big Red was that often times they had Joe blocked out but he could reach over players with his size and long arms and get rebounds anyway.  More than a few times the St. Paul’s bench yelled to referees that Joe was going over Big Red backs.

Joe had nineteen points in each half.

Defensively Joe had a number of blocks.  Instead of trying to block shots into the stands Joe blocked them enough so that the Govs could create some quick offense.

The play that raised the most excitement was a jam by fast-moving, 6-6(?) Jared Neves in which he went at and over 5-7 Charles Odei in the first half.  Charles looked for a moment as if he might consider taking a charge but wisely side-stepped Jared just before a bad collision occurred.

David Smith (11 points) and Tate Jozokos

David Smith (11 points) and Tate Jozokos

Tate Jozokos was terrific on defense for Governor’s.

I thought that St. Paul’s alum John Kerry might make this one but apparently he had better things to do.

Governor’s Academy boxscore

St. Paul’s boxscore

(The pictures above and below will enlarge if you click on them.)

Joe Kuo shoots over Jared Neves

Joe Kuo shoots over Jared Neves

Stephen Basden

Stephen Basden

Kam Nobles (10 points) boxed in by David Smith and Josh Ward

Kam Nobles (10 points) boxed in by David Smith and Josh Ward

Jared Neves in the corner with Joe Kuo defending

Jared Neves in the corner with Joe Kuo defending

David Na

David Na

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