(Hamilton MA) Pingree School routed Berwick Academy, 97-47, on Wednesday night in Eastern Independent League action.
This was a competitive game for two minutes before Pingree racked up fifteen straight points and built on the resulting, 20-6, lead the rest of the way.
In the last four minutes of the half, the Highlanders put a 12-1 run together and had a very comfortable, 52-26, advantage.
Pingree (2-2) had six players reach double figures with the starters getting limited minutes.
Berwick (2-5) struggled early to handle Pingree’s trapping defenses. The Highlanders were quick to turn first-half Bulldog miscues (11 turnovers) into layups.
This was not a game in which things ever got closer in the second half. Softball has a mercy rule. Just sayin’.
Pingree has all five starters back and have added 6-5 Erik Fyrer (transfer from Ipswich) to the mix. The team was 19-8 last year and you have to think that they could better that in the 2013-14 season.
The Highlanders’ trapping defense was something I never saw last season. But with veteran players with good defensive instincts it makes perfect sense. The successful pressure was a key in the Pingree victory.
Even in the loss, Berwick’s Stephen Sherbahn (26 points) was impressive. On this evening, the BA senior scored from just about anywhere he found an opening.
A stand-out statistic from the scorebook was that the team from South Berwick, Maine only committed seven fouls in the entire game. Maybe I’m misreading the scorebook? The whistles were few and Pingree never slowed down but that few fouls in a losing effort is hard to imagine.
Kyle Lentini, Connor Reardon, and Erik Fyrer each scored thirteen points. Justin Assad, John Spears, and Reese Fullmer each added eleven points.
The structure you can’t help but see getting built when you come onto the Pingree campus is the $21 million gymnasium. That facility will have three gyms in it. The hope is that construction will be finished before the 2014 part of the Pingree season is over.
Connor Reardon has signed on with Worcester Politech.
John Spears has agreed to play football for D3 Trinity (CT) but that could change if he gets a scholarship offer from a D2 school.
Credit 10-year Pingree coach Steve Gibbs for doing his part to keep the score down in the second half. Besides clearing his bench early, he also was heard at various times telling his team to stop fastbreaking, pressing, and taking three’s.
I expected a better game based on last year’s results between the teams. The Bulldogs lost all three meetings but one of them was only, 46-40, in February. Berwick was 14-12 last season despite the three losses to the Highlanders.
Both Justin Assad and Stephen Sherbahn had dunks in this game.
Thanks to Berwick coach Rory Early for making a team roster available.
Pingree will be playing Bancroft on Friday at Bancroft. Berwick will play on the same day at Middlesex School versus Thayer Academy.
One week until Christmas………but you’re not worried since all your shopping is done.
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