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Lawrence Academy defeats Governor’s Academy 52-43 in ISL matchup

Sherron Dailey-Harris leads the break for Lawrence Academy

Sherron Dailey-Harris leads the break for Lawrence Academy

shot-block attempt

shot-block attempt

(Byfield MA) Lawrence Academy gained separation early in the second half and defeated Governor’s Academy, 52-43, in an ISL game on Wednesday night.

LA (2-8) snapped a five-game losing streak with the win.  The Govs (3-6) now have lost four straight.

After four lead changes in the first half the visitors from Groton put eight unanswered points together taking a 27-20 lead.  Nick Lynch, Sherron Dailey-Harris, and Martin Mann were the point-getters in the breakaway segment.

There was plenty of time left (12+ minutes) for a GA comeback but the Spartan’s zone defense forced outside shots and on this evening GA had no answers from there.  The Govs didn’t hit a single 3-pointer.

Governor’s also did not take good care of the ball, recording twenty-two turnovers.  Four of the miscues led to breakaway layups, three by sophomore Sherron Dailey-Harris.

Elijah Earley (12 points) led a GA rally in the second half

Elijah Earley (12 points) led a GA rally in the second half

The Spartans had their biggest lead, 40-27, with five minutes left.  Game over?  Someone forgot to tell the Govs’ Elijah Earley and Nick Osarenren.  That twosome guided the Govs on a 12-4 run that put GA within four (44-39) with two minutes left.  The outcome was no longer certain.

However, the rest of the way LA displayed the ability to pass over and get through GA’s full-court pressure without turnovers.  Sherron Dailey-Harris and Tim Preston cashed layups for LA while 6-6 Nick Lynch added two loud dunks to seal the victory for the Spartans.

Junior Demitri Jackson had an impressive two-minute run of hustle basketball in the second half converting three offensive rebounds into baskets.

Lawrence Academy finished with three players in double figures: Sherron Dailey-Harris (11), sophomore Luke Benoit (10), and Nick Lynch (10).

Senior Elijah Earley (12 points) paced GA.

Nick Lynch jam

Nick Lynch jam

Senior Tim Preston of LA made the only 3-point shot in the game.

6-8 Matt Peart will play football for UConn in the fall.

The poor GA shooting extended to the foul line as well where they were only 7-for-14.

Both teams resume action on Friday at home.  The Govs play Thayer Academy while the Spartans take on Worcester Academy.

Basketball players from Endicott College were on hand for this one.

Lawrence Academy boxscore

Governor’s Academy boxscore

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Jalyn Hinton

Jalyn Hinton

Eddy Fish and Luke Benoit

Eddy Fish and Luke Benoit

Tyler Harrington and Martin Mann

Tyler Harrington and Martin Mann

Jalyn Hinton finishes

Jalyn Hinton finishes

Jalyn Hinton and Tim Preston

Jalyn Hinton and Tim Preston

Matt Peart shoots over Nick Lynch

Matt Peart shoots over Nick Lynch

Freshman Shane Smith runs into some tight defense

Freshman Shane Smith runs into some tight defense

 

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Cold shooting Pingree falls to Governor’s Academy 53-46

Kam Nobles sends a pass to Matt Peart for a layup

Kam Nobles sends a pass to Matt Peart for a layup

Matt Peart (15 points) shoots over Alonzo Jackson and Kyle Lentini

Matt Peart (15 points) shoots over Alonzo Jackson and Kyle Lentini

(Byfield MA) Governor’s Academy took the lead for good with 7+ minutes left and defeated Pingree School, 53-46, on Saturday afternoon in non-league action.

There were five lead changes in the first half and the Highlanders (12-7) had a slim, 29-27, advantage at the half.

The turnover-prone Gov’s (13 in the first half) survived in the first half because junior Matt Peart (15 points) was a force at both ends.  Matt blocked shots and intimidated Pingree penetrators while getting eleven of his points in the first sixteen minutes.

Matt Peart converted a rebound to tie the score at 35-35 with just under twelve minutes left in the second half.  However, Kyle Lentini (16 points) was part of a Pingree push that had them ahead, 40-37, with 10:12 remaining.

Last year the Gov’s won, 58-57, at Pingree and this game looked, at this point, as if it was heading in the same direction.

It didn’t work out that way.

Justin Assad and Nick Osarenren (10 points)

Justin Assad and Nick Osarenren (10 points)

Sometimes there’s a basket in the game that turns the tide.  I think it was the go-ahead-for-good basket by freshman Nick Osarenren.  The Govs were very patient on most of their second-half possessions but on this key one, they were almost a little too patient.  Nick ended up with the ball on the left baseline and with everyone on the GA bench yelling for him to shoot he did and swished a jump shot as the 35-second clock went off.

Nick’s shot put GA (4-10) in front, 41-40, with 7+ minutes left.  The Highlanders had no scoring answers the rest of the way.  The visitors from Hamilton made just one outside shot (Justin Assad) in the second half.

The Govs put an 8-2 segment together and increased their advantage to 49-42 with just under three minutes left.

Pingree could not get closer than five points the rest of the way even though GA made only two of seven free throws in the final minute.

Kam Nobles (11 points) tries to go between Erik Fyrer and Griffin Beal

Kam Nobles (11 points) tries to go between Erik Fyrer and Griffin Beal

I was impressed with the play of GA point guard Kam Nobles.  Kam was the stabilizer against a persistent Pingree press and was the key to GA’s clock-eating offense down the stretch.  Kam collected eleven points including two 3’s.

Johnny Spears was back for Pingree and made a number of passes that “wowed” the sizable crowd.

Pingree benefited from a scorebook miscue early in the game.  Kyle Lentini ended up with a couple of extra free throws as a result.

Kyle had Pingree’s only three in the game.

Kyle Lentini (16 points) puts up a shot

Kyle Lentini (16 points) puts up a shot

Justin Assad had twelve points for Pingree.

Pingree’s next game is at Providence Country Day School on Friday, February 7th.

Governor’s will be at Brooks in their next action on Wednesday (7PM).

Governor’s box

Pingree box

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Johnny Spears tries to get between two defenders

Johnny Spears tries to get between two defenders

Johnny Spears and Charles Odei

Johnny Spears and Charles Odei

Justin Assad gets an open look

Justin Assad gets an open look

Matt Peart blocks the shot of Kyle Lentini

Matt Peart blocks the shot of Kyle Lentini

Erik Fyrer (#5) deflects a shot

Erik Fyrer (#5) deflects a shot

heavy action under the basket

heavy action under the basket

Pat Davis

Pat Davis

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