(Wolfeboro NH) New Hampton School (6-1) jumped all over Brewster Academy (5-3) in the first half and that carried the visitors to a, 66-58, win on Wednesday night at Brewster Academy.
Part of the first-half breakaway was an 18-2 run by the Huskies that turned a Bobcat lead (4-2) into a Bobcat deficit (20-6) after eight minutes played.
Travis Jorgenson (16 points) had two three’s and two assists in that important NHS surge.
A Brewster timeout and some loud-volume instruction/correction from Coach Jason Smith steadied things for a while. But before the half ended New Hampton ran nine straight and were up, 35-14, with three minutes left in the half.
Lincoln Davis (15 points) was key in that run with a layup, a converted rebound and two free throws.
NHS led 37-19 at halftime.
I suspect that the halftime chatter in the BA locker room was mostly about playing better defense. And that’s what we saw……..and it worked as the Bobcats started 10-2 in the first 6 ½ minutes to close to ten – 39-29. All five baskets were layups.
Later, the home team lowered the Bobcats’ lead to 54-45 (with 6 ½ minutes left) on two free throws by Kyle Washington (5 points) and a runner in the lane by Martez Harrison (10 points).
But back came point guard Travis Jorgenson with an end-to-end layup, followed by a back-breaking Noah Vonleh three. The quick five-spot pushed the Huskies’ margin into the comfort zone (59-45) with 5 ½ minutes to go.
BA closed strongly (10-2) riding a couple of three’s by Ron Patterson (10 points) but there just wasn’t enough time or stops to get all the way back.
Chris McCullough (18 points) paced Brewster. Among those points was a crowd-pleasing jam late in the first half.
In the same half, Lincoln Davis had the highlight-film jam with a spectacular putback of a missed shot. Lincoln is listed at 6-2 but believe me he plays a lot taller!
The key player for New Hampton School? No question to me that it was Travis Jorgenson. The 6-foot playmaker was able to handle the ball under relentless man-to-man pressure with few turnovers. He also broke down the tight defense numerous times for scores or for layups for teammates.
This was my first look at Noah Vonleh (14 points). Noah (6-9) is committed to Indiana. I was impressed. He didn’t force his offense and he could handle the ball if Travis needed an outlet. His passing was sound enough that Coach Pete Hutchins had Noah inbounding the ball against pressure.
Noah did get into a one-on-one moment with 6-9 Chris McCullough on one possession from above the key. It didn’t end well for Noah as Chris picked his pocket and led a fast break.
Noah did have the game’s biggest shot in my opinion when he drained his only three to put NHS ahead, 59-45, with 5 ½ minutes left.
Tory Miller (12 points) scored eight of them in the second half. He tipped in teammate Mike LeBlanc’s missed free throw late in the game.
Good crowd on hand to see these New Hampshire rivals.
Last time I was at Brewster the place was packed as the Bobcats faced, and defeated, Tilton. I’m still trying to get over seeing Nerlens Noel as a 6-11 point guard in that game. I don’t think we’ll be seeing much of that happening at Kentucky!
Brewster gets another chance with New Hampton at New Hampton on January 16th (5PM). It might be worth a look.
Brewster has several players committed to D1 colleges: Ron Patterson and Chris McCullough (Syracuse), John Edwards (UNH), Kyle Washington (North Carolina State), and Elijah Macon (West Virginia).
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