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Late rush gets Bishop Guertin boys past Winnacunnet 75-71

No shot available for Rich Ruffin of Winnacunnet late in the game

No shot available for Rich Ruffin of Winnacunnet late in the game

Freshman Jack Zimmerman scored the tying basket.

Freshman Jack Zimmerman scored the tying basket.

(Hampton NH) This game will not be a pleasant memory for the Winnacunnet Warriors boys basketball team.

Visiting Bishop Guerin (8-1) appeared to be heading for a loss until Winnacunnet (4-4) collapsed at both ends in the final quarter and suffered a tough, 75-71, defeat to the Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Winnacunnet took the lead early and seemed to have a night going in which they could answer every comeback by BG with a string of points.  The Warriors did it all night long until falling apart long enough late to let this game get away from them.

Junior Pat Lamprey (15 points) dropped four 3’s on the Cardinals in the last three minutes of the first quarter getting Winnacunnet away to a 17-13 after a quarter.

A long one by Ryan Gigliotti (16 points) boosted the WHS edge to ten (28-18) in the second quarter.

Ryan Gigliotti (16 points) tangles with Jeff Lunn

Ryan Gigliotti (16 points) tangles with Jeff Lunn

Again it was Ryan with a key basket as his steal and layup maintained the ten-point spread (50-40) in the third quarter.

The Cardinals would make mini-runs to cut inside ten but Winnacunnet seemed to have long-range answers (they had ten 3’s through three quarters) when they needed them.

Same thing at the start of the final quarter.  Pat Lamprey’s fifth three gave the Warriors yet another ten-point lead (65-55) and you sensed that the three-ball would carry them home.

After a Steve Toscano (15 points) three, Matt Guerin (10 points) answered with a layup.  Now up, 67-58, with 5:54 left in the game anyone watching the earlier give-and-take was not prepared for what happened during the next five minutes of playing time.

The accurate long shot deserted the home team entirely as did every other shot except one free throw (Ryan Gigliotti).

And while the Warriors couldn’t score, Bishop Guertin put a 16-1 segment together and went ahead 74-68 with fifty seconds left.

Rich Ruffin gets an open look in front of the Warrior student section

Rich Ruffin gets an open look in front of the Warrior student section

I don’t know how many shots WHS missed during those bleak five minutes but it was plenty.  Rich Ruffin had open three’s from either corner and couldn’t get either to drop.

The spark for BG was freshman Jack Zimmerman.  The young man hit a three and then a breakaway layup to tie the score at 67-67.  Later  (at 3:38) when senior point guard Steve Toscano fouled out, Jack took over at point guard the rest of the way.

Five Cardinal free throws enabled them to boost their advantage to 74-68 with 1:08 remaining.

Winnacunnet was obviously in serious trouble but their aggressiveness with the ball earned them six free throws over the next thirty seconds while BG turned the ball over twice.

The six freebies gave the Warriors a legitimate chance to rally but they missed three of the six attempts to douse their hopes.  A late free throw by Kyle Gavin (15 points) sealed the deal for Bishop Guertin.

Pat Lamprey (5 three-pointers)

Pat Lamprey (5 three-pointers)

The two teams combined to make nineteen long ones.  The same two teams combined to miss nineteen free throws.  Those kind of results make me wonder which shot gets the most practice.

Very aggressive defense by Winnacunnet gave 6-6 Jeff Lunn (9 points) a quiet evening.  The Cardinal center had been averaging 20 points per game.  But a defense that shows special attention to one player allows openings for other players.  BG had six three’s in the second half.

Winnacunnet turned every defensive rebound into the start of a fast break.  They were able to get a steady flow of good outside looks doing this.  The problem for the Warriors was when they tried to force their way in for layups against the taller Cardinals.  They just couldn’t finish consistently.

There is no shot clock in New Hampshire and neither of these teams ever came close to needing one.

Coach Jim Migneault instructs

Coach Jim Migneault instructs

Coach Jim Migneault dished out plenty of tough love to his team during the game.  He has done quite the job with a team with no returning starters and a point guard with a separated shoulder.

Next up for BG will be a home game on Friday with Trinity.

Winnacunnet travels to Merrimack on Friday.

Bishop Guertin box score

Winnacunnet box score

(All of the pictures above and below enlarge considerably, and focus better, if you click on them.)

Matt Guerin (10 points) on the break

Matt Guerin (10 points) on the break

Sam Knollmeyer defended by Pat Bilodeau

Sam Knollmeyer defended by Pat Bilodeau

Niarhos Costas (13 points)

Niarhos Costas (13 points)

loose ball

loose ball

Kyle Gavin (15 points)

Kyle Gavin (15 points)

John Noon (12 points)

John Noon (12 points)

Steve Toscano (15 points)

Steve Toscano (15 points)

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Winnacunnet wins with surprising ease (62-31) over Merrimack in boys basketball

High scorer Quinn Parker lines up one of his seventeen points

(Hampton NH) If the win/loss records had been reversed, this one would have made sense……but there was 5-10 Winnacunnet beating the daylights out of 11-4 Merrimack, 62-31, on a rainy Friday night.

Jackson King and Dimitri Floras watch from the sidelines

Granted the Tomahawks were missing two very good injured players (Dimitri Floras and Jackson King), but those two might not have been enough on this night.

The Warriors (6-10) had it going on both ends early.  They held the visitors scoreless for nearly five minutes while putting up eight points of their own to take the lead from the get-to for good, as it turned out.

Winnacunnet had layups from Rich Ruffin (6 points) and Ryan Gigliotti (11 points) plus a jump shot and a converted rebound by high scorer Quinn Parker (17 points).

Down eight points and a timeout later, the Tomahawks (11-5) finally got on the board (two Jeff Giannelli free throws) and matched the Warriors for a few minutes.  A nifty backdoor cut by Tyler Gendron (9 points) with an assist to Brad Jarry put the Merrimack deficit at 14-8.

Because Winnacunnet was carrying a six-game losing streak, my thinking was that this would be a back-and-forth contest the rest of the way.

It didn‘t turn out that way at all! The next five minutes of playing time, stretching to the 4:17 mark of the second quarter, was completely dominated by Winnacunnet.  And similar to the start,  the damage to the Tomahawks was on both ends.  They didn’t score for the 5+ minutes while the Warriors rolled up eleven straight.

The home team was really in command, by the time Tyler Gendron hit a free throw to stop the bleeding.  The Warriors lead was, 25-9, and there were still 2 ½ quarters left.

Ryan Gigliotti (11 points) hits in the lane

During the eleven unanswered, Ben Gareau (10 points) contributed a free throw while Ryan Gigliotti added a spinning layup and a free throw.  Ryan also set up Sam Knollmeyer (10 points) for a long one that ended the first quarter.  Sam added an end-to-end layup and two free throws.

As you can see, Winnacunnet was getting scoring from everywhere while Merrimack struggled to connect from even in close.  It certainly didn’t help that the Tomahawks recorded six turnovers during the lengthy scoring lapse.

The lead was 32-14 at the half, 48-26 after three periods, and 62-31 when it was over.

This was clearly a game that was won early.  Let it be noted that there wasn’t a letup in the effort by either squad despite the large lead.

Minus a shot clock, the Tomahawks had to extend their defense in an attempt to start some sort of a rally.  Here again, the team with the five wins and the six-game losing streak showed the ability to deal with double teams and full court pressure remarkably well.  Instead of getting closer, Merrimack lost more ground.

Sam Knollmeyer (10 points) finds space

Not having Dimitri Floras was huge for Merrimack.  The junior led Division 1 in scoring last season.  He is supposed to be back in March.  His scoring was badly missed by Coach Tom Goodridge and his Tomahawk team versus Winnacunnet.

Merrimack has now lost three straight.  They will host Bishop Guertin on Tuesday night.

Winnacunnet broke their six game losing stretch.  They had been 0-for-February before tonight’s win.  They host Manchester Central on Tuesday.

This was the first New Hampshire high school game I have seen.  Most of the games I cover have been in Massachusetts.  Two differences between the two states are the lack of a shot clock in NH and the fact that all the players have mouth guards in NH.

I did see, arguably, the best team in New England (Brewster Academy) defeat Tilton on Monday afternoon at Wolfeboro.

Winnacunnet boxscore

Merrimack boxscore

(All of the pictures above and below enlarge significantly if you click on them.)

Rich Ruffin fires from the wing

Eric Gendron defended by Sam Knollmeyer

Ben Gareau defended by Tyler Gendron

Tyler Gendron (9 points) shoots

chuck-a-duck judging

young dribbler

midcourt scramble

Spencer Kennedy

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