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Devan Harris (35 points) leads Danvers past Belmont 62-59 in D2 North semi-finals

Devan Harris (35 points) made shots in close all night long.

Devan Harris (35 points) made shots in close all night long.

Devan Harris draws contact in the lane

Devan Harris draws contact in the lane

(Beverly MA) Danvers made only one shot from the outside, missed ten free throws, and didn’t take good care of the ball (eighteen turnovers) but they still found a way to win.

How?  The Falcons (20-3) totally dominated on the inside.  Control of the interior enabled Danvers to edge Belmont, 62-59, on Tuesday night to reach the Division 2 North finals on Saturday at the Tsongas Arena (3:45PM).

Junior Devan Harris (35 points) was unstoppable inside gathering rebounds and converting seven caroms into put-back baskets.

Peter Merry (6-8) had six blocks (by my count) and discouraged the Marauders a number of times from even taking shots close to the basket.

This was a game in which leads were short-lived.  There were eighteen lead changes and the final one came with twenty-three seconds left.

Keith Burns lines up a shot

Keith Burns lines up a shot

#6 Belmont (18-7) jumped ahead, 59-58, on a three by senior Keith Burns assisted by Matt Kerans with fifty seconds left in the game.

After a Belmont timeout, Devan Harris tried an outside shot and missed but Kieran Beck came up with the offensive rebound and was fouled.

Kieran connected on both pressure shots giving the Falcons the lead, 60-59, with twenty-three seconds remaining.

Matt Kerans tried a 3-pointer from straight away which rimmed out.  Devan Harris rebounded and was fouled.

Devan made one of two giving Danvers a 61-59, edge with twelve seconds left.

Matt Kerans went for another three, with Kieran Beck defending, and missed again with 1.4 seconds to go.  Freshman Devon Allen got this rebound, was fouled, and made one of two attempts.

Matt Kerans fires a three in the closing seconds

Matt Kerans fires a three in the closing seconds

Belmont ended up with less than a second to try for a three.  Kieran Beck intercepted the pass in and the celebrating began.

Belmont was clearly at a size disadvantage from the get-go.  Adam Kleckner (6-4) was their tallest player and he fouled out at the end of the third quarter.  Adam had a quiet six points in this game.  In the Belmont win over Salem in the D2 North quarterfinals, Adam had twenty-one points.  Earlier in the season, in a win over Lexington, the Belmont junior put up thirty-six points and collected fifteen rebounds.  No question the Marauders missed Adam at both ends of the court in the final quarter.

Kieran Beck looks to pass

Kieran Beck looks to pass

It’s hard for me to imagine a team winning a game in which all their field goals (twenty), but one (Kieran Beck three), are scored in the paint.

Belmont connected seven times from long range.  They came very close twice to an eighth 3-pointer in final twenty seconds that could have given them the victory.

The Marauders trailed 12-10 in the first quarter before running off eight straight points.  The points came from Adam Kleckner with four and Justin Wagner and Jalyn Hinton two each.

Trailing, 18-12, it was #2 Danvers’ turn to run consecutive points.  The Falcons put together a steak of nine unanswered.  It was Devan Harris scoring on his own miss and following that up with a layup on a nice pass from Mark McCarthy.  Kieran Beck did the rest with the lone Danvers outside score and two free throws.

Peter Merry gets a rebound

Peter Merry gets a rebound

Belmont hit two 3’s late in the second quarter (Keith Burns and Matt Kerans) to erase a Danvers five-point lead.  Danvers led, 29-28, at halftime.

Devan Harris erased a four-point Belmont lead (39-35) in the third quarter with two layups and two free throws.

The Marauders broke a 43-43 tie with a seven-point run stretching into the final quarter.  A layup and two free throws by Matt Kerans were followed by a long one from Keith Burns.

The resulting 50-43 spread with 7 1/2 minutes left looked like the beginning of the end for the Falcons but they came back with three inside scores (layups Devan Harris and Rashad Francois plus a converted rebound by Devan) and cut the Belmont lead to one (50-49) six minutes left.

There were five lead changes the rest of the way and plenty to cheer about for both fan bases.

Adam Kleckner saves a ball going out of bounds

Adam Kleckner saves a ball going out of bounds

Former Falcon point guard Eric Martin was in the house.  No question Coach John Walsh would have found a spot for him on the floor especially in the second half when Danvers had thirteen turnovers.

But despite the deficiencies the Falcons found a way to win and extend their improbably season.  No one imagined such a successful season for a team losing four starters and Vinny Clifford.

Kieran Beck and Peter Merry each had ten points for Danvers.

Ben Lazenby (16) and Keith Burns (14) had double figures for Belmont.

Belmont is out of the Middlesex League while Danvers plays in the Northeast Conference.

There was certainly a good crowd on hand but the noise and numbers hardly compared to the reported 3,500 in attendance for the St. John’s/Central Catholic game the night before.

Danvers box

Belmont box

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Adam Kleckner defends Mark McCarthy

Adam Kleckner defends Mark McCarthy

Kieran Beck gets a late-game offensive rebound

Kieran Beck gets a late-game offensive rebound

Ben Lazenby, Peter Merry, Justin Wagner

Ben Lazenby, Peter Merry, Justin Wagner

Falcons celebrate

Falcons celebrate

Devan Harris shoots over Justin Wagner

Devan Harris shoots over Justin Wagner

Aaron Croce goes for the block

Aaron Croce goes for the block

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Salem holds off previously undefeated Danvers 41-38

Jamie Dominguez (11 points) hit clutch free throws vs Danvers

Jamie Dominguez (11 points) hit clutch free throws vs Danvers

Devan Harris lines up the last shot of the game

Devan Harris lines up the last shot of the game

(Salem MA) It wasn’t pretty but it was plenty exciting!

Salem held off formerly undefeated Danvers, 41-38, before an excellent weekday crowd on Tuesday night.

Danver’s Devan Harris took the last shot…….a three from the right corner that rimmed out with a second left.  If that goes the game would have gone into overtime, but instead Rashad Keys of Salem secured the rebound and the Witches had the win.

This game was low in scoring but abundant in miscues.  Bad passing decisions caused many of the forty-one turnovers (21 Danvers, 20 Salem) that I unofficially totaled.

Danvers (8-1) started fast getting the game’s first seven points and later building a 19-10 advantage with 4 1/2 minutes left in the second quarter.

Bryan Martinez-Rodriguez (10 points) and David Kazadi (10 points)

Bryan Martinez-Rodriguez (10 points) and David Kazadi (10 points)

The Falcons had five turnovers and one point to show for the rest of the second quarter.  Salem (5-1) took flawless care of the ball and put ten points together (three layups Bryan Martinez-Rodriguez, jump shot David Kazadi, 3-pointer Jamie Dominguez) and had a 21-20 halftime lead.

That one-point lead held up through the third quarter.  Jamie Dominguez (11 points) and Mark McCarthy (12 points) both had two 3’s in the period.  Jamie’s first one was three straight free throws.

Danvers regained the lead (34-33) early in the final quarter as Peter Merry (14 points) converted his own rebound.

Salem scored all the points in the next 3 1/2 minutes on outside shots by Rashad Keys, Kelven Perpetuo, and David Kazadi (10 points) and Danvers never recovered from the 39-34 deficit.  They certainly came close!

Peter Merry (14 points) gets a rebound

Peter Merry (14 points) gets a rebound

Inside scores by Peter Merry at 1:27 and :26 had the visitors within one.

The Falcons gave two fouls and then got Jamie Dominguez to the free throw line shooting 1-and-1 with ten seconds left.  Jamie calmly sank both tries boosting the lead to three.

The Falcons executed their tying attempt perfectly.  The ball was on one side and Devan Harris, who had been in close to the basket all night long, drifted to the weakside corner.  A long diagonal pass (from Kashad Francois) found the Hingham transfer with a great look.  But his shot rimmed out to deny overtime.

A scary moment for Salem was when Rashad Keys went out with a leg injury early in the second quarter.  The newcomer from Mississippi, however, did return in the second half.

Good crowd on hand from both schools.  There was plenty to cheer and groan about in this one.

halftime cancer awareness speakers

halftime cancer awareness speakers

At halftime there was an excellent presentation on cancer awareness.  Both teams were wearing shirts for the event.

Next for Salem is home versus Revere on Friday night.

Danvers will travel to Swampscott on the same night.

Salem box

Danvers box

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Salem shot blockers

Salem shot blockers

Jamie Dominguez drives on Devonn Allen

Jamie Dominguez drives on Devonn Allen

sportsmanship

sportsmanship

fancy pass

fancy pass

Rashad Keys goes for the block on Kieran Beck

Rashad Keys goes for the block on Kieran Beck

Devan Harris in heavy traffic

Devan Harris in heavy traffic

Mark McCarthy (12 points)

Mark McCarthy (12 points)

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