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Hamilton-Wenham recovers to rout Cathedral 64-35 in D4 state semfinals

Marcus Zegarowski (24 points) floats in for two

Marcus Zegarowski (24 points) floats in for two

Nolan Wilson (13 points) scored all his points in the second half

Nolan Wilson (13 points) scored all his points in the second half

(Boston MA) It was as dramatic a change as you’ll ever see come over two basketball teams in a game.

For twelve minutes one team (Cathedral) was quick and made shots while the other team (Hamilton-Wenham) looked a step slow and couldn’t hit anything.  That disparity sent the South champion Panthers (17-8) off to a 12-5 first quarter lead and the team from Boston was still up 18-12 halfway through the second quarter.

After that the dramatic change took place and the undefeated North champion Generals (24-0) put everything together to overwhelm Cathedral, 64-35, and win the Division 4 state semifinals on Monday afternoon at the TD Garden.

The reasons for the change?  One was the HW zone defense.  The Generals had size and Cathedral had limited good looks at the 3’s they generally take.  The Panthers still tried to live long range and had almost no offensive rebounds or layups.  The other reason for the HW turnaround was sophomore point guard Marcus Zegarowski (24 points).  His ability to run an offense became more and more evident as the game went on.  Marcus created for himself and he also set up teammates (6 assists).  The Panthers ran a number of man-to-man defenders at him but his quickness opened up shots from near and far.  Marcus was able to get to the rim for five scores.

Moses Flowers dribbles and Nikos Lara defends

Moses Flowers dribbles and Nikos Lara defends

But in the early going Cathedral looked to be the better team.  Though smaller than HW, they connected twice from long range (Trevor Lynch and Moses Flowers) and forced three Generals’ turnovers in the first quarter.

Two layups by Julian Howell and a converted rebound by Trevor Lynch in the first four minutes of the second quarter started to make believers of some of the upset-hopers in the crowd.

But before that second quarter was over the Generals had rattled off ten unanswered points to hold a 22-18 halftime advantage.

The last minute of that first half (eight HW points) was a foretaste of Hamilton-Wenham’s domination to come.  Marcus Zegarowski started it with a steal and layup. (Cathedral had three turnovers in the final minute.)  Then after a turnover, reserve Nick DiMarino drained a three.  After yet another turnover Max Zegarowski finished the pull-away final minute with three of his own to finish the quarter.

Marcus Zegarowski gets to the rim

Marcus Zegarowski gets to the rim

You thought maybe Cathedral would regroup at halftime.  They were only down four.  You thought wrong.  HW was just getting started.  The Generals added eleven more in a row to start the third quarter before Christopher Alzate hit a three for Cathedral.  That basket cut the Cathedral deficit to 33-21.

Plenty of time for the Panthers to regroup with 1 ½ quarters remaining.  But as I said before, the Generals weren’t finished.  The rest of the quarter was all Hamilton-Wenham.  The Panthers tried to tighten up on the perimeter but HW then had husky 6-4 Nolan Wilson (13 points) getting single coverage in close.  The Generals milked that mismatch for eight points.  Meanwhile Marcus Zegarowski added his ten points to the 26-point HW quarter.  The team from the Central Catholic League had only the 3-pointer to show for the quarter.

When that quarter ended the Generals were in complete command, 48-21.  That quarter was either beautiful or horrific depending on the team you were with but there was definitely no middle ground!

If there had been a Mercy Rule, as in softball, this one would have ended after three quarters but it didn’t.  I was glad for that because both teams had the opportunity to give their entire rosters a chance to play at the Garden.

Jimmy Campbell

Jimmy Campbell

Senior Jimmy Campbell collected thirteen rebounds for the Generals.

Hamilton-Wenham will play for the Division 4 state title on Friday night at WPI at 7:45PM.

Cathedral won the state D4 title in 2006, 2007, and 2009.

HW coach Doug Hoak won a state title coaching the Generals baseball team back in the day.

Hamilton-Wenham is from the Cape Ann League.

Cathedral had twenty-five turnovers while the Generals had only eight.

Hamilton-Wenham box

Cathedral box

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Marcus Zegarowski

Marcus Zegarowski

Max Zegarowski

Max Zegarowski

Nick DiMarino clicked twice from long range

Nick DiMarino clicked twice from long range

HW whiteout

HW whiteout

tie up

tie up

Trevor Lynch

Trevor Lynch

prom question

prom question

 

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Hamilton-Wenham rallies to defeat Triton 51-44 in season opener

Max Zegarowski (14 points) defends Nick Venora (12 points)

Max Zegarowski (14 points) defends Nick Venora (12 points)

Nolan Wilson (15 points) gave Triton trouble inside

Nolan Wilson (15 points) gave Triton trouble inside

(Byfield MA) Hamilton-Wenham went down by eleven in the first quarter but rallied back to defeat Triton, 51-44, in the season opener for both squads in the Cape Ann League on Tuesday night.

The Vikings shot well early and played the Generals even in the second half but had a nightmare segment in between.  Triton went from a 15-4 lead in the first quarter to a 29-17 deficit in the third quarter during just under twelve minutes of playing time.  Nine Vikings’ turnovers played a big part in the lengthy drought.

Newcomer Nolan Wilson (transfer from Landmark) paced HW with fifteen points.  Nolan is 6-5 and at least 200 pounds and Triton (with 6-4 Ellsworth Rogers injured) had trouble matching up.  The Generals seemed to look to get the ball inside on each possession.

Max Zegarowski finished with fourteen points.  The 6-5 sophomore nailed four 3’s in the Generals’ 25-2 surge.

Senior Cam Armand (13 points) keyed Triton’s fast start with ten points in the first quarter.

Corey Parsons (15 points) eyes the hoop

Corey Parsons (15 points) eyes the hoop

Triton was down by twelve (29-17) early in the second half but Corey Parsons (15 points) and Nick Venora (12 points) carried the team to within four points in the final quarter.

Nikos Lara enabled the visitors to preserve their lead down the stretch with an old-fashioned 3-point play at the three-minute mark and minute later converting his own miss for a basket.

Marcus Zegarowski (11 points) was solid playing point guard for HW.  The sophomore made a couple of quick drives to the basket in the first half.

Jimmy Campbell in heavy traffic

Jimmy Campbell in heavy traffic

Jimmy Campbell finished with six points but had at least five assists.  In the end game he was matched up on Triton’s Corey Parsons.

The Vikings Kevin Clark didn’t score any points but he did a pretty good job covering the Zegarowski brothers.

Both teams resume play on Friday night.  HW hosts Pentucket while Triton travels to North Reading.

Jimmy Campbell was a Cape Ann League first team All-Star last year.  Ellsworth Rogers, Cam Armand and Marcus Zegarowski were on the second team.

HW       7   15   13  15   51
Triton  15   2   13   14   44

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Marcus Zegarowski (11 points) launches a three

Marcus Zegarowski (11 points) launches a three

Nikos Lara shoots in the lane

Nikos Lara shoots in the lane

Kevin Clark defends Max Zegarowski

Kevin Clark defends Max Zegarowski

loose ball

loose ball

Corey Parsons double-teamed by Nikos Lara and Max Zegarowski

Corey Parsons double-teamed by Nikos Lara and Max Zegarowski

Cam Armand (13 points) keyed the Vikings fast start

Cam Armand (13 points) keyed the Vikings fast start

opening tip

opening tip

Ellsworth Rogers (blue sweater) watches

Ellsworth Rogers (blue sweater) watches

 

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