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Late run gets Pentucket past Newburyport 63-57

Nate McGrail (19 points) starts Pentucket on an eight-point run with this layup in the final quarter

Parker McLaren (19 points) shoots over Alex Willis (22)

(Newburyport MA) This game was close, very close.

There were six lead changes and seven ties.

It was a one-point game (53-52) with three minutes left.

Anyone’s game, for sure, before Pentucket took it over with eight straight points and defeated Newburyport, 63-57, on Senior Night on Friday.

Newburyport coach Dave Clay referenced his team’s defense afterwards: “We needed to play better help defense.”  Who could argue?  The Sachems registered seventeen layups, by my count.

In the crucial eight-point streak in the final three minutes of the game it was four drives to the rim that turned this game to Pentucket.

George Coryell gets Casey McLaren (22) an open shot

According to Pentucket coach Ed Hickey, containing the McLarens (Parker and Casey) was crucial.  “They were terrific tonight.  We made adjustments at halftime to help us to cover them better.  Casey (18.6 points per game) is always capable of scoring a lot of points.”

The Sachems played a high 3-2 zone that limited the outside looks of NHS.  It did open things up for Parker McLaren (19 points) in the lane area.

Junior Spencer Pacy (17 points) got to the rim successfully eight different times.

Let’s review the game-changing segment in the final three minutes.  After a three by Casey McLaren (15 points), the home team trailed by only a point (53-52).  Nate McGrail (19 points) then scored a layup and was fouled but missed the freebie.  Next possession by Newburyport ended with a technical foul.  Gus Flaherty tallied both technical free throws boosting the Sachems lead to 57-52 with 2:45 to go.

Gus Flaherty shoots the technical foul shots

After a turnover, Pentucket had two profitable possessions in a row.  Both were assisted layups.  First by Sam Stys from Alex Willis and then Gus Flaherty from Spencer Pacy.  Those two plays extended the Pentucket advantage to nine (61-52) with a minute left.  Game. Set. Match.

“We made extra passes and it opened things up,” said Coach Hickey.

The visitors from West Newbury had another run of eight unanswered points in the final three minutes of the first half changing a 31-23 score into a halftime tie.

Newburyport put a 10-2 collection together in the first period with five different players (Ryan MacDonald, Ryan Archie, George Coryell, Casey McLaren, Parker McLaren) contributing.

The Clippers will close out the regular season with four straight away games.

The Sachems have now defeated Newburyport three straight times.

The Sachems have a 7-5 edge versus NHS over the past five seasons.

The Pentucket defense collapses on Parker McLaren

Gus Flaherty had twenty-three points in the first meeting (68-54 Pentucket win) including five 3’s.  The Clippers took the long shot away (Gus had only one 3 in tonight’s game) but gave up too many inside scores.

The Clippers five seniors, and their families, were honored before the game and started the game even though none of them were normally starters.

Newburyport (11-6) and Pentucket (12-5) are both in the post-season tournament and both are in Division 3.  And both of them are in the north.  Point?  They could meet again this season.

Pentucket box

Newburyport box

(For the second game in a row I am disagreeing with the official scorer. Maybe I should stop believing my lying eyes?)

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George Coryell guards Spencer Pacy

Harry Bovee (1) guards Spencer Pacy

Sam Stys (8 points) draws a foul on senior Noah Van Schalkwyk

Parker McLaren (44) and Alex Willis (22)

Senior Austin Rosseau sets to shoot

Nate McGrail (24) flies out to defend Casey McLaren

Alex Willis and Spencer Pacy trap Casey McLaren

Senior Ryan MacDonald puts up a shot

Senior Jeevan Kowalski looks for someone to pass to

Senior Jake Valcich (9 points) covered by Sam Stys

 

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Will Parsons (21 points) leads Triton by Pentucket 48-39 in D3 North First Round

 

Will Parsons (21 points) and Spencer Pacy (14 points)

Will Parsons (21 points) and Spencer Pacy (14 points)

Will Parsons had seventeen points in the second half

Will Parsons had seventeen points in the second half

(Byfield MA) Will Parsons (21 points) carried Triton to a 48-39 First Round win over Pentucket on Tuesday night.

Triton will face Newburyport on Friday night at Newburyport (7PM) in the Division 3 North quarterfinals.

Will Parsons had a seventeen-point second half.  His three with 1:48 left in the game gave the Vikings two-possession separation (43-37) and Pentucket couldn’t recover.

Pentucket (12-9) did make a remarkable recovery in the first half.  Held to one point in the first quarter and down 14-5 two minutes into the second quarter, it looked like a blowout in the making.  But it wasn’t.

Nate McGrail squeezed between two Vikings

Nate McGrail squeezed between two Vikings

The Sachems put a run of sixteen straight points together and 1 ½ minutes into the second half had a 21-14 advantage.  Now it was Triton’s turn to look to be in serious trouble.

A key to Pentucket’s run to the lead was Spencer Pacy’s ability to get to the basket.  The Sachems’ sophomore had eight in the second quarter and fourteen for the game.

Triton’s Will Parsons took over the offense in the second half.  Tightly covered by Spencer Pacy and other, the talented junior found ways to add twelve points in the third quarter alone.  His old-fashioned three in the closing seconds of the quarter put the Vikings in front for good (28-26).

If you watch enough Triton games you’ve seen junior Colin Brennan get hot a few times.  Pentucket did everything they could to prevent it.  However, in the first 1 ½ minutes of the final quarter, Colin drained two three’s.  The second one put the Vikings ahead, 36-28.

Jack McCarthy hemmed in by a trio of Sachems

Jack McCarthy hemmed in by a trio of Sachems

Time for Pentucket to look to be in serious trouble.  But with two close games versus Triton this season you suspected that they weren’t done.  An old-fashioned three (Nate McGrail), a jumper (Spencer Pacy), and a Conor O’Neil triple put Pentucket within two 38-36 with 3 ½ minutes left.  Anyone’s game.

The crowd was amazing throughout the contest.  And they had plenty to get excited about.  Two-point game with 3 ½ left in a tournament game?  It got loud!

The Sachems, however, had only a Conor O’Neil free throw to show for the crunch-time 2 ½ minutes that followed.

The Vikings during this same segment combined a layup by Jack McCarthy, a three by Will Parsons, and another layup by Jack McCarthy and this restored their eight-point lead (45-37) with a minute left.

Three turnovers and two missed free throws were unfortunate parts of the final minutes of Pentucket’s 2016-17 season.

Both Will Parsons and Liam Spillane went off the court in the 4th quarter with what appeared to be leg cramps.  Will did return to nail a crucial 3-pointer.

Triton was without point-guard Chris Trotta.  Sophomores Dylan Shute and Gabe Butts gained extra floor time as a result.

Liam Spillane loose in the lane

Liam Spillane loose in the lane

Both teams entered tonight’s game on 3-game winning streaks.

Pentucket had a remarkable win over Newburyport recently after losing to the Clippers by 35 points in their first meeting.  A number of the NHS players took in tonight’s game.

It was a well-behaved crowd that had plenty to cheer about.

Conor O’Neil had ten points for Pentucket.

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Triton box

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Triton starts to celebrate

Triton starts to celebrate

Jack McCarthy looks for an opening

Jack McCarthy looks for an opening

Battle for a rebound

Battle for a rebound

Liam Spillane looks to pass

Liam Spillane looks to pass

Colin Brennan finds the range

Colin Brennan finds the range

Pentucket faithful

Pentucket faithful

Gus Flaherty on a break

Gus Flaherty on a break

Nate McGrail finds a lane to the hoop

Nate McGrail finds a lane to the hoop

Gus Flaherty shoots the last shot of the first quarter

Gus Flaherty shoots the last shot of the first quarter

 

 

 

 

 

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Triton hangs on for 53-50 win over Pentucket

Liam Spillane breaks in after a steal.

Liam Spillane breaks in after a steal.

Spencer Pacy (15 points) and Will Parsons (14 points)

Spencer Pacy (15 points) and Will Parsons (14 points)

(West Newbury MA) We all watched the last shot to see if this game would go into overtime.

When Conor O’Neil’s 3-point attempt bounced away after hitting the rim Triton had a 53-50 win over Pentucket on Wednesday afternoon/evening.

This was a close Cape Ann League game with eight lead changes in the first half and three ties in the final quarter.

The Vikings (4-2) rode Colin Brennan’s two last-minute 3’s in the third quarter to take its biggest lead of the day (41-33).

Nate McGrail (10 points) sails in for two

Nate McGrail (10 points) sails in for two

Pentucket (2-4) did not go away.  They started the final period with eight unanswered points on 3’s by Steven Johanson and Conor O’Neil plus a Nate McGrail layin.  Suddenly the game was tied (41-41) with just under six minutes left.  There for either team to win.

The Sachems were only down one (49-48) with 2:26 to go after sophomore Spencer Pacy’s layup.

The next two scores were by Triton and they were crucial to the outcome.  John McCarthy’s jump shot put the Vikings up by three (51-48).  Then came the killer score as Triton ran down the clock and Will Parsons made an off-balanced leaner in the lane as the shot-clock sounded.

A five-point lead with 1:13 left should be safe but not when you miss all four free throws in the last minute.

Fortunately for the winners from Byfield, Pentucket was no better at the line.  After Nate McGrail converted an offensive rebound the Sachems missed two free throws including the front end of a one-and-one.

However, because Triton also missed free throws Pentucket ended up with a shot to tie.  Conor O’Neil had two defenders (Liam Spillane and Chris Trotta) to shoot over but there was a window for the game-extender from the top of the key.

Colin Brennan (four 3's)

Colin Brennan (four 3’s)

Will Parsons and Colin Brennan each had fourteen points for the winners.  Colin connected four times from long range.

Spencer Pacy (14), Nate McGrail (10), and Gus Flaherty (10) reached double figures for Pentucket.

The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday night but the power went out at the Pentucket gym just before the game actually started.

Triton’s Liam Spillane had an impressive first half with points, assists, and steals.

Pentucket’s Spencer Pacy had the knack of getting to the basket and finishing.

Going into this one Pentucket had won five of the six previous games against Triton.

One of Pentucket’s top three scorers from last season (Jimmy Cleary) was inactive due to an ankle injury.  The Sachems could have used his outside shooting versus Triton.  Jimmy should be back playing next week.

Triton was 9-11 last season while Pentucket was 9-10.

Triton box from the game.

Pentucket box from the game.

Triton hosts Georgetown on Friday night while Pentucket hosts Manchester-Essex.

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Liam Spillane finishes

Liam Spillane finishes

Pass blocked

Pass blocked

John McCarthy in the lane

John McCarthy in the lane

Gabe Butts

Gabe Butts

Spencer Pacy defended by John McCarthy

Spencer Pacy defended by John McCarthy

Sophomore Gus Flaherty chased by Cameron Willey

Sophomore Gus Flaherty chased by Cameron Willey

Will Parsons

Will Parsons

Zander Willis gets two

Zander Willis gets two

Conor O'Neil

Conor O’Neil

Conor O'Neil triple-teamed

Conor O’Neil triple-teamed

Gus Flaherty (10 points) drives on Dylan Shute

Gus Flaherty (10 points) drives on Dylan Shute

Colin Ganzenmuller battles for a rebound

Colin Ganzenmuller battles for a rebound

Nate McGrail covers Will Parsons

Nate McGrail covers Will Parsons

 

 

 

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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.

Amesbury box

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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