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Pentucket hangs on to edge Amesbury 54-53

All eyes on Riley O'Connor's last-second shot over Lucas Chory

All eyes on Riley O’Connor’s last-second shot over Lucas Chory

Spencery Pacy (#31) and Ben Thornton (#51) double-team Dan Welch

Spencer Pacy (#31) and Ben Thornton (#51) double-team Dan Welch

(Amesbury MA) This game came down to the last shot.

Amesbury’s Riley O’Connor let it fly from very long range with Pentucket’s Lucas Chory defending.

The shot hit the rim and bounced away giving Pentucket an exciting 54-53 win at Amesbury on Friday night.

Pentucket (6-6) has now won four of their last five games.

Amesbury (5-6) has squandered a terrific start and now has lost five straight.

The Indians had size advantages at almost every position and worked the inside nicely early on. Dan Welch found open space three times and Riley O’Connor cashed in from long range twice giving the home team a 25-18 advantage 2 ½ minutes into the second quarter.

Amesbury timeout with Coach Tom Comeau

Amesbury timeout with Coach Tom Comeau

But over the next eight minutes of playing time things changed entirely. Amesbury had all kinds of trouble scoring while Pentucket, despite six turnovers, tallied fifteen straight points.

That run of consecutive points took the 25-18 Indians lead and transformed it into a 33-28 Sachem advantage 2 ½ minutes into the third quarter. Jimmy Cleary (12 points) notched a 3-pointer and a left-handed hook in the lane during Pentucket’s lengthy run.

The Sachems would elevate their lead to eight (38-30) before Amesbury suddenly found their game and took a 10-2 run to the end of the third quarter tying Pentucket at 40-40. Ryan Foley (15 points) turned a steal into a layin during the Amesbury comeback.

The final quarter was truly back and forth. There were four lead changes in the first 4+ minutes. A three by sophomore Spencer Pacy (13 points) knotted the score at 50-50 at 3:21.

The Sachems ran several nice backdoor plays during the game and none more important than the tie-breaking one late in the game that saw Conor O’Neil send Jimmy Cleary in for a layup.

Jimmy Cleary gets a backdoor layup after a pass from Conor O'Neil (#11)

Jimmy Cleary gets a backdoor layup after a pass from Conor O’Neil (#11)

Pentucket added another layup on their next possession when Conor O’Neil (15 points) exploded to the rim for two. I suspect that many of the Amesbury partisans wondered where the help defense was on that play.

Both teams struggled at the foul line

Both teams struggled at the foul line

Now down by four points, Amesbury got two points back on a Freddie Halloran layup and another point back on a Dan Welch free throw in the final minute but the Indians needed more. Not on this night.

Plenty of tight defense all night long. Pentucket collapsed all over 6-5 Dan Welch and kept him from turning to the basket most of the game.

Amesbury jumped passing lanes very effectively causing twenty-two turnovers by my unofficial count.

Free throw shooting was a nightmare for both teams. Final quarter Amesbury was 2-for-8 and 9-for-19 overall. Pentucket was able to win the game despite making only four-of-eleven freebies and missing along the way the front end of FIVE one-and-one’s.

Ryan Foley paced Amesbury with fifteen points. Three of those points came on a last-second prayer with the shot-clock buzzer sounding in the final quarter.

The surprise to me in the Pentucket scoring was sophomore Spencer Pacy with thirteen points. I saw Pentucket’s opening win over Newburyport and Spencer only played in the second quarter. His three in the final quarter tied the score at 50-50.

Next game for Amesbury is at Newburyport on Tuesday night. Pentucket hosts Ipswich on Monday for their next game.

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Pentucket box

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Race to the basket

Race to the basket

Kyle Martin in Pentucket traffic

Kyle Martin in Pentucket traffic

Nate McGrail lifts a floater

Nate McGrail lifts a floater

Conor O'Neil (15 points)

Conor O’Neil (15 points)

Game on!

Game on!

Nate McGrail

Nate McGrail

Jimmy Cleary (12 points)

Jimmy Cleary (12 points)

Amesbury cheerleaders

Amesbury cheerleaders

Ryan Foley (15 points) launches a three

Ryan Foley (15 points) launches a three

Dan Welch at the rim

Dan Welch at the rim

Spencer Pacy (13 points) contests Riley O'Connor's layup attempt

Spencer Pacy (13 points) contests Riley O’Connor’s layup attempt

Kyle Martin surrounded by Sachems

Kyle Martin surrounded by Sachems

 

 

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Triton wins tight one 53-52 over Amesbury

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Cam Armand (16 points) had four long ones

Cam Armand (16 points) had four long ones

(Byfield MA) No one person loses a team game but you’d probably have trouble convincing Amesbury’s Pat Scanlon.

Pat had a great chance at a game winner in the last second of the Indians’ 53-52 loss to Triton on Monday night in Cape Ann League action.  His shot rimmed out and the Vikings survived to put to rest a six-game losing streak.

For Amesbury (2-9) the string of losses reaches eight.

This figured to be a tight game with both teams looking for their first victory in 2014 and seeing this matchup as one they could win. It turned out to be a tense contest to say the least especially in the last minute.

Ryan Foley set up Pat Scanlon for a basket in the lane with a remarkable behind-the-back pass to pull Amesbury to within one (53-52) with thirty-nine seconds left.

Brad Whitman hit two free throws with a minute left

Brad Whitman hit two free throws with a minute left

Triton (4-8) then turned the ball over (Ryan Foley steal) with twenty-five seconds to go.  Plenty of time for Amesbury.  The Indians, in fact had the ball the rest of the way.  Shots in heavy traffic by Jack Fortin and Ryan Foley failed to connect.  Then the inbounds play from Fred Halloran to Pat Scanlon failed to get the points needed as the game ended.  Close, so very close!

The Vikings relied heavily on the 3-pointer and connected eleven times.  Cam Armand and Corey Parsons both cashed in four times from long range.  Nick Venora had two and Brad Whitman one.

Amesbury chose to get to the basket as often as possible.  Pat Halloran (14 points) and Ryan Foley (10 points) made several successful drives with defenders all over them.

Pat Halloran (14 points) floats in the lane

Pat Halloran (14 points) floats in the lane

The Indians ran eleven unanswered points in the first quarter to take an 11-3 lead with 3+ minutes left.  The Vikings, playing in front of a vocal support group, recovered in the second quarter putting eight straight together to pull in front, 24-22, four minutes before halftime.

There were six lead changes in the exciting second half and neither team led by more than four points.

Amesbury missed three field goal attempts in the last twenty-five seconds but probably even bigger misses were the three front end’s of one-and-one’s by Fred Halloran, Pat Halloran, and Pat Scanlon earlier in that final quarter.  Meanwhile, Brad Whitman made both of his free throws with a minute left.  Brad’s second made free throw turned out to be the game winner.

Triton would have cringed at their final forty seconds if this game had been lost.  Up by a point, they just did not take good care of the ball.  If they had they probably would have been fouled and could have added to their lead.  Their turnover gave Amesbury a golden chance.

Corey Parson (14 points including four long ones)

Corey Parson (14 points including four long ones)

Another Vikings lapse was in Amesbury’s last possession as their defensive breakdown on the inbounds play almost gave away the game-winner to the Indians.

But it was all these near-misses and up-and-down action that made this a terrific game to watch.

And while I think of it, when a team loses by a point you have to go back to what happened to the Indians at the start of the second half.  Amesbury was very late getting back after halftime.  They never warmed up and came onto the floor not even knowing which end they were defending.  As the Indians settled into the wrong end defensively, Triton’s Kevin Clark was left alone to dribble in for an uncontested layup to start the half.  Those two points turned out to be huge.

Cam Armand (16 points) and Corey Parsons (14 points) led the Triton scorers.

Jack Fortin had two three’s for Amesbury.

Triton’s next game is Wednesday (6:30PM) hosting Rockport.

Amesbury will travel to North Reading for a 7PM game.

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Triton box

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rebound battle

rebound battle

Triton cheerleaders exceed legal limit in fun

Triton cheerleaders exceed legal limit in fun

 

Ryan Foley (10 points) drives on Kevin Clark

Ryan Foley (10 points) drives on Kevin Clark

Coaches Dave Clay and Tom Comeau

Coaches Dave Clay and Tom Comeau

Pat Halloran and Jake Gilbert

Pat Halloran and Jake Gilbert

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