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Newburyport holds off Lynnfield in overtime 66-62 in boys basketball

Colton Fontaine (twenty points and twelve rebounds) breaks away in overtime

Colton Fontaine (twenty points and twelve rebounds) breaks away in overtime

Pat Kearney (31 points) drives past Adam Traxler

Pat Kearney (31 points) drives past Adam Traxler

(Newburyport) I overheard Clipper coach Tom L’Italien say to his team before overtime started, “I told you that this was going to be a struggle.”

And it sure was but Newburyport (9-4) held off a good Lynnfield (8-6) team, 66-62, in overtime on Tuesday night in Cape Ann League action.

The shorthanded Clippers were missing starters Ian Michaels (illness) and Matt Canning (injury) and labored to be consistent on offense and defense with replacements.

The Pioneers weren’t much better through three quarters missing a ton of shots.  But in the final quarter (down 38-26 at the start) Pat Kearney (31 points) and Eddie Moore (10 points) caught fire and led the visitors through a 26-point quarter all the way back to overtime.

Conor Sullivan (#10) ties the score in regulation with ten seconds left

Conor Sullivan (#10) ties the score in regulation with ten seconds left

Pat had three long ones and Eddie had two in the remarkable comeback.  An inbounds play with Corey Sullivan on the scoring end, with ten seconds left, finished the Pioneer run back to a tie (52-52).

The Clippers took charge in the five-minute overtime despite losing shot-blocking, rebounding, seventeen-point producing Dillon Guthro on fouls after little over a minute had gone by.

Senior John Baribeault tallied the go-ahead-for-good basket with 1 ½ left (60-57) in OT and Lynnfield ran out of the long-range success they needed to come back.

Senior Pat Kearney had eight points in the overtime to reach thirty-one points.  It was hard for me to believe that this was the same player I saw held to four points by undefeated North Reading four days ago in the Hornets’ 62-36 win.  When you’re hot you’re hot, when you’re not…….

Clipper John Baribeault (six points in OT) sees a possible turnover

Clipper John Baribeault (six points in OT) sees a possible turnover

This was a tough loss for Lynnfield.  They have now lost four straight with a home game ahead with a strong Manchester-Essex team on Friday night at home.

The good news for Lynnfield, however, is that they are on top in the CAL Division 2 standings.  That position alone, at the end of the regular season, would gain them a spot in the post-season state tournament.  They could be formidable in Division Four.

Newburyport (9-4) moves a win short of making the tournament in Division Three.  This was a win pulled off without several starters while losing formidable big man Dillon Guthro in overtime, and squandering a twelve-point lead.  The Clippers continued to add “excitement” in overtime by missing six of fourteen free throws.

The Clippers visit undefeated North Reading on Friday night.  I came away from NR’s 62-36 win over Lynnfield four days ago believing I had seen the best player in the Cape Ann League.  That player is 6-4 John Mastascusa.  The transfer from Malden Catholic had twenty points, including four dunks, without forcing his offense against Lynnfield.  John plays on the perimeter so I suspect that Colton Fontaine will draw the very tough defensive assignment.

Colton Fontaine scores despite a block attempt by Pat Kearney

Colton Fontaine scores despite a block attempt by Pat Kearney

6-1 Colton led the Newburyport scorers against Lynnfield with twenty points and also took in twelve rebounds.

John Baribeault (11 points) and Colby Morris (10 points) also reached double figures for the winners.

Impressive ball-handling performance at halftime by a large delegation of Bresnahan students.

Newburyport boxscore

Lynnfield boxscore

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Colby Morris (10 points) shoots over Traverse Briana

Colby Morris (10 points) shoots over Traverse Briana

halftime performers

halftime performers

Drew Bourdeau rebounds

Drew Bourdeau rebounds

John Baribeault puts Newburyport ahead for good in OT

John Baribeault puts Newburyport ahead for good in OT

Eddie Moore (eight points in 4th quarter comeback) defends

Eddie Moore (eight points in 4th quarter comeback) defends

Dillon Guthro beats Adam Buchanan to the hoop

Dillon Guthro beats Adam Buchanan to the hoop

Pat Kearney blocks the shot of Mike Shay

Pat Kearney blocks the shot of Mike Shay

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Late Surge Sends Lynnfield to 66-53 Victory Over Triton in Boys Basketball

Steve Carangelo (17 points) hits a 4th quarter three for Lynnfield

Pat Kearney (17 points) drills a three as Pioneer coach Scott MacKenzie watches

(Byfield)  The Lynnfield Pioneers blew open a close game in the fourth quarter and defeated Triton, 66-53, on Wednesday night at Triton in Cape Ann League play.

Lynnfield (5-4 overall / 3-0 in the CAL) had a tenuous, 50-48, lead with six minutes left but put a 15-2 hit on the Vikings over the next five minutes to win going away.

The primary villain in Lynnfield’s spurt was junior Steve Carangelo (17 points).  The CAL All-Star of 2010-11 registered eight unanswered points with two long ones and a layup to boost the Pioneers to a 10-point spread with 4 ½ minutes left.

There was more Lynnfield damage ahead as Kevin Gamble (13 points) scored twice in close and added a free throw while Pat Kearney (17 points) hit a jumper.  The only offense Triton had to show during all this was two Jedd Hutchins free throws.

Triton (3-5 overall / 2-1 in the CAL) had 5-point leads several times in the first quarter thanks to an old-fashioned 3-point play by Derek Paquette and later a jumper by Jedd Hutchins behind a nice double screen.

Blaise Whitman breaks away

The Vikings looked to be in serious trouble in the 3rd quarter when they trailed, 37-30, but they responded with an 11-4 run to tie the score at 41-41 with a minute left in that quarter.  A three by Jedd Hutchins (7 points) and two layups by hustling Rich Fecteau (8 points) keyed this rally.

The Pioneers pulled off some late-quarter magic in the first and third. Steve Carangelo had a steal and layup just beating the buzzer to end the first quarter.  At the end of the third quarter Triton tried to take the last shot but instead shot too early (and missed) giving lefty Pat Kearney time to can a long three from in front of the Pioneer bench at the buzzer.

Triton coach Dave Clay wasn’t shy about using his bench and ended up with ten players scoring.

Kevin Gamble (13 points) lay in

There was no fog in the Triton gym to cloud my mind but I failed to realize until later that the Kevin Gamble playing for Lynnfield and the interested parent in the crowd were connected.  Yes, it was the former Celtic Kevin Gamble.

Lynnfield made six 3’s including five in the second half.

Triton is at Rockport on Friday.

Lynnfield box score

Triton box score

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Steve Carangelo blocks Jedd Hutchins

Kevin Gamble converts Pioneer miss

Zack Alaoui layup

Ryan Clark layup

loose ball

Rich Fecteau runs at 3-point shooter Nico Varano

Steve Carangelo goes in on Mike Campbell

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