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Governor’s Academy gets past Belmont Hill 65-57 with strong second half in boys basketball

Joe Kuo (19 points) grabs a rebound

Joe Kuo (19 points) grabs a rebound

Eli Earley soars in for two for GA

Eli Earley soars in for two for GA

(Byfield) Governor’s Academy had a very strong second half and defeated Belmont Hill, 65-57, on Friday night in Independent School League action.

The Govs (12-8) trailed by two (32-30) at the half and traded baskets to start the second half.

After that, the home team put on quite a show of offense and defense during the next 8 ½  minutes.  Maybe it was because the GA seniors were honored before the game and plenty of friends and family were on hand. Whatever it was, the Govs put together a 19-2 segment.

That great offense/defense turned a 34-32 deficit into a commanding 51-36 lead with six minutes left.

Maybe it was a coincidence but all of the points for Governor’s were scored by seniors during the game-deciding run.  Stephen Basden (6), Kam Nobles (2), Tate Jozokos (5), Eli Earley (2) and Joe Kuo (4) put the 19-point package together for GA.

Harry Roberson (17 points)

Harry Roberson (17 points)

Belmont Hill (8-16) responded with a 10-2 run of their own featuring two layups and two free throws by Harry Roberson (17 points) to close to seven (53-46) with three minutes to go.

The Hillies would cut the lead to six (59-53) on a Kevin Scarlet (12 points) layup with 1:09 left.  However, GA answered with a breakaway layup by Eli Earley (7 points) and a Joe Kuo (19 points) free throw to elevate the Govs lead to nine and seal the win.

Joe Kuo led all scorers with his nineteen points.  I saw the 6-9 senior get a career-high thirty-eight points against St. Paul’s.  The difference tonight?  Not enough touches for the big guy.  Some pretty active BH defense had a lot to do with it.

The Govs started fast and led 14-10 after 6 ½ minutes.  Then Belmont Hill ran eight unanswered points over the next three minutes to get in front (18-14).  They would maintain the lead into halftime (32-30).

A big part of the BH first-half success was the 3-pointer.  There were two each by Hilal Dahleh and Sultan Olusekun as well as one by Kevin Scarlett.

Harry Roberson (17 points) had twelve of them in the second half helping the Hillies fight back from the 19-2 run GA threw at them.

Sultan Olusekun looks for an opening

Sultan Olusekun looks for an opening

The crowd at GA was sizable and noisy.  Easily the biggest excitement was over a Joe Kuo jam on an inbounds play in the second half.

The tight defense forced turnovers (34 by my count) and plenty of foul shots.

To put it kindly, the foul shooting by both teams was pitiful.

Belmont Hill lost by eight points but they missed twelve free throws including three that were the front end of one-and-one’s.

Governor’s won by eight points despite missing sixteen free throws including two that were the front end of one-and-one’s.

Which shot do you suppose players everywhere practice the most…..layup, free throw or 3-pointer?

Stephen Basden (12 points)

Stephen Basden (12 points)

Stephen Basden (12 points), Tate Jozokos (11 points), and Kam Nobles (10 points) all reached double figures for GA.

Kam went down hard after a layup early in the second half.  He did return to action not too long after that.

I thought maybe BH alum Jonathan Kraft (President of the Patriots) might be in the house but word was that he was trying to find a Denver Boot big enough to fit on Gronk’s leg!

Governor’s Academy Boxscore

Belmont Hill Boxscore

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

Kyrief Kelley and Kevin Scarlett

Kyrief Kelley and Kevin Scarlett

Harry Roberson caught in GA traffic

Harry Roberson caught in GA traffic

loose ball

loose ball

Joe Kuo looks for a pass as Jesse Wims defends

Joe Kuo looks for a pass as Jesse Wims defends

Kevin Scarlett (12 points) shoots over Kam Nobles

Kevin Scarlett (12 points) shoots over Kam Nobles

Kam Nobles (10 points) looks for a pass

Kam Nobles (10 points) looks for a pass

Tate Jozokos (11 points)

Tate Jozokos (11 points)

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Governor’s Academy Buries Kent’s Hill in Boys Basketball 82-40 Led by Duncan Robinson (32 points)

Duncan Robinson poured 32 points on Kents Hill including this early jam.

Eli Roberts had nineteen points for overmatched Kents Hill.

(Byfield) When a private school in Class C plays against a bigger Class B school, you can get a mismatch.

Such was the case as Governor’s Academy (9-3) crushed Kent’s Hill (Maine), 82-40, on Wednesday afternoon.

The vastly undersized Huskies (3-5) had multiple shots maybe two or three times during the entire game.

Meanwhile, the Govs’ eyes lit up as they got to shoot against a zone defense for the full thirty-two minutes……and did they shoot!  How does connecting on eleven 3’s sound?

Duncan Robinson (32 points) scored from just about everywhere and made it look easy.  The 6-6 senior had dunks, jumpers, layups, and 3’s.  The only missing piece was free throws because there just wasn’t enough Huskie defense when the Gov starters were in.

Seldom seen Max George (17 points) connected on five triples.  Stephen Basden had nine points and five assists.

Eli Roberts paced the Huskies with nineteen points.

The Govs jumped off to an 11-1 start in the first 3 ½ minutes and never looked back.  Duncan Robinson set the tone taking the opening tip in for a layup and followed that with a steal that ended with a dunk.

Max George (17 points) came off the bench to nail five triples.

The lead stabilized to 19-8 with Eli Roberts getting all of KH’s points.  The wheels fell off for the visitors over the next 1 ½ minutes as GA ran ten unanswered almost entirely on the inside – so much for a zone defending in close to the basket!

That 29-8 spread was 38-19 at halftime.

GA coach Mike Williams had substituted quickly and liberally in the first half.  He returned the starters to the floor at the outset of the second half and we were treated to The Duncan Robinson Show.

Duncan put together a twelve point run by himself and was assisted on four of the five baskets he made.  We saw two layups, a tip in, a dunk, and a triple.  Quite the show!

That “show” extended the GA lead to, 50-23, with nearly eleven minutes left.

But there was more.  After baskets by O’Shea Bell and Eli Roberts, the Gov put together a 14-1 segment in three minutes.  Duncan had three 3’s during this burst and assisted on Kam Nobles triple.  So now it was 64-28 with nearly nine minutes left.  All reserves the rest of the way to the 82-40 end.

The lighting at Governor’s continues to be a mystery to this amateur photographer.  Stationary shots…..not so bad.  Action shots……work in progress.  I’m quite sure that brighter lights in that place would help.

The number of wide open looks amazed me.  I saw the GA/Andover game and the only open shots were in warm-ups!

Governor’s boxscore

Kent’s Hill boxscore

(The pictures above and below will enlarge if you click on them.)

Duncan Robinson

Joe Kuo defended by Luka Dow

Kam Nobles layup past Eli Roberts

Ethan Feldman defended by Eli Earley

Joe Kuo goes for block against Cam Dow

OShea Bell

Robin Bodin

Stephen Basden layup

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Shooting Woes Doom Governor’s Versus Rivers 64-57

Plenty of excitement in the last minute of the Governor’s/Rivers game.

James Gomes defends Kyle Reardon.

(Byfield) Governor’s Academy shot poorly and lost to Rivers School (Weston), 64-57, on Monday night in ISL action.

The final seven-point margin suggests a close game but a lot of that “closeness” was a result of Rivers’ coach Andrew Mirken pulling all of his starters at once with a 61-42 lead with 1 ½ minutes left.

Let’s just say that there was a significant dropoff in playing ability and the Gov starters swarmed the newbies relentlessly wracking up fifteen points in the frenzy that was the end of the game. However, that nineteen point margin was more than they could overcome.

The Govs (5-8) started hot (making four of their first five shots) and led 9-4 early.  After that, the looks were there but the consistent accuracy wasn’t.

That poor shooting led to a couple of ten-point runs by the Red Wings.

Frank Barba (14 points) and Nick Lund (13 points)

The first run featured a two-handed dunk by Nick Lund on an inbounds play and ended with the Red Wings leading, 20-13, with 7 ½ to play.

The second run had Kyle Reardon nailing his third 3 of the half and dart-like Carlin Haymon drawing six free throws.

Rivers (9-7) led at the half, 35-21.

Playing at home, the Govs started fast (again) in the second half with the first eight points to close to 35-29.  A steal and layin by Carlin Haymon ended the run but the Govs were still around 39-35 with ten minutes left.

A Rivers timeout was followed by a 9-1 Red Wing stretch over two minutes.  Kyle Reardon had two more 3’s in this segment which put Rivers in front, 48-36, with 7:50 to go.

That cold shooting I referenced before kicked in big-time over the next six minutes.  The Govs could manage just two free throws and two layups while Rivers built their lead to a seemingly comfortable, 61-42, before the end game scramble began.

Freshman Carlin Haymon – Drew fouls and scored 17 points.

Freshman Carlin Haymon and junior Kyle Reardon led all scorers with seventeen each.  Carlin slashed against any defense he saw while Kyle shot over any defense he saw.

Junior Nick Lund ended with thirteen points, several blocks, and plenty of rebounds.  I’m guessing that the junior is at least 6’7”.  He earned plenty of attention from the Gov’s defense.  I did get a shot of one of his pregame dunks.

James Gomes topped the Gov’s with fifteen followed by Frank Barba (14) and Stephen Basden (12).

Last time at GA I saw them lose to Lawrence Academy getting few good looks and very few second chances.  Not so against Rivers. GA had sixteen more shots than Rivers did.  However, they ended up missing 41 shots from the outside (22-for-63) and 10 from the foul line (10-for-20).  Their usually effective long-range game slumped to 2-for-12.

The game was not without its adventures.
(1)It didn’t start on time (5:15PM).  I figured that out when the Rivers bus arrived when I did at 4:55PM.
(2)The 35-second clock wasn’t working so attempts were made to fix the clock before hand to no avail.  So a system was set up so that the referees would be alerted to when the time was getting close.  All that planning was unnecessary as there never was a situation where the 35-second clock would have been a factor.
(3)Rivers had a player who wasn’t listed in the scorebook.  It might not have made a difference except he got called for a foul.  That recognition earned Rivers a technical and added to the excitement in the end game scramble I described earlier.

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Governor’s Academy Buries Visiting Hebron Academy 85-27

James Gomes paced Governor’s Academy with twenty points.

(Byfield) Governor’s Academy beat the daylights out of Hebron Academy, 85-27, at GA on Friday afternoon in a non-league game.

The Govs (2-2) had way too much firepower on both ends of the court for the visitors from Paris, Maine.

The Govs’ defense was solid all game. Here sophomore Colin Smith (Ipswich MA) prevents Hebron’s Jerimee Moses from getting the ball.

The Lumberjacks (2-2) committed 34 turnovers, many of which led to breakaway layups for the speedy Govs.

On the other end, the Govs had second chance opportunities galore.  They ended up with 41 more shots than Hebron did.

The Govs ran points together often.  In the first half, Stephen Basden (Lynn MA) got them off to a 7-3 start.  The next four minutes GA went on a 12-2 run as James Gomes (South Dennis MA) led with a three and a layup to give GA a 19-5 lead.

Things worsened for Hebron when freshman Kameron Nobles (Roxbury MA) tallied thirteen of GA’s nineteen straight in a run that stretched into the second half.  That made it 52-18.

For Hebron, the longer this game went the more they probably wished they’d jumped into the bus at halftime!

With 13 minutes to go, a free throw by Hebron’s Jerimee Moses set the score at 57-25.  Jerimee didn’t score again until there was a minute left.  In the meantime GA collected an amazing 28 straight.  Governor’s coach Mike Williams kept reminding his players to use the clock but he couldn’t slow the barrage much.

Jerimee Moses held off by Grant O’Brien (North Andover MA).

Jerimee earned some tight defense with his ability to get to the rim.  He ended up with 16 points anyhow.

The Govs had five players in double figures and plenty of playing-time minutes spread around their roster.

GA feasted on the many layups their defense and quickness opened up for them.  The long shot wasn’t there (3/17) and their free throw shooting (6/16) could haunt them in a future close game.

Hebron had only three players score.  Besides Jerimee’s sixteen, Levi Lincoln had nine, and Christian Gumbs added two.

(I collect my own stats.  Take my own pictures.  The commentary is my own opinion.  Any miscues are unintentional.)

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