Hanover Goes 3-for-3, Wins Shootout Title

  • Hanover's Charlie Adams.

Valley News Correspondent
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Hanover — Charlie Adams scored 14 points, Graham Penfield chipped in 10 and the host Hanover High boys basketball team cruised past Stevens, 52-27, in Thursday’s Connecticut River Shootout championship game.

The Marauders (4-1 overall, 1-1 NHIAA) won their holiday tournament by playing three games in as many days. The trio of wins, coupled with daily workouts, have made Hanover’s week off from school demanding on the hardwood.

“We also practiced in the morning all of those days,” Adams said. “It’s been a long week. It was tiring, but it felt good.”

The double sessions of a sort following Christmas come as no surprise, considering that the season is young and teams are still tooling up before facing the meat of their schedules. Holiday tournament games don’t count toward NHIAA standings.

The hosts opened up Thursday’s contest with 10-2 first quarter, their points stemming from action in the paint. Penfield, who landed on the all-tournament team along with Adams, contributed a turnaround jumper inside the foul line, two free throws and layup, and teammate Martin Paulsen scored on a driving layup and two free throws. Hanover played strong on-the-ball defense, forcing seven Cardinal turnovers in the first quarter.

The second quarter belonged to Stevens, which mounted a defensive effort backed by two blocks from Tanner Durkee, coupled with a block and drawn charge by Teagan Daignault. The Cardinals (3-3 overall, 2-2 NHIAA) got points from Luke Come (two field goals), Derrick Stanhope (two free throws), Damon Roy and Daignault during a resurgence that led to the visitors’ first and only lead of the evening at 12-10 with three minutes remaining in the first half.

The Marauders led 16-12 at intermission, then poured it on with a 12-0 run to open the third quarter. Stevens halted the scoring streak when Mitch Paquette hit a baseline jumper, but the Cardinals couldn’t muster a comeback as they did in the first half. Hanover’s sudden hot shooting also contributed to Stevens’ demise: The Marauders hit all seven of their 3-pointers in the second half.

“In the first half, it wasn’t very good,” Adams said. “But we pushed the ball well in the second half, and I think that made us successful.”

Hanover coach Tim Winslow offered his perspective on what helped turned the tide on Thursday.

“It was really good for our kids to have some adversity in the second quarter,” Winslow said. “We needed to play better defense that created offensive opportunities, and that’s really going to be who we are.”

Hanover beat Woodsville on Tuesday, then Mascoma on Wednesday — victories that took a toll on the Marauders.

“We’re a little beat up,” Winslow said. “Caleb Putnam separated his shoulder, and he’s done it before. He would have played tonight if we had let him. … We’re hoping that we can have him back for a week from Friday. And we also had Calen Thomas, who sprained his ankle (on Tuesday).”

Stevens, was led by Come, who scored 16 points in Wednesday’s win over Littleton and another six on Thursday. The senior forward was named to the all-tournament team.

The Cardinals’ roster was a bit depleted against Hanover.

“We were without three tonight,” Stevens coach Matt Baird-Torney said. “Our leading scorer is out tonight, and our best defender is out tonight. … Just family stuff, it’s still the holidays. We allow them to be with their families.”

Baird-Torney explained the mentality he brings into the exhibition games such as Thursday’s.

“We didn’t really scout for these much,” he said. “We’re about running our stuff. Obviously, that’s not something you would get away with during the regular season, but here sometimes you get more out of just exposing your weaknesses. Letting the kids figure out what’s going on and seeing what adjustments they make. ... The sink-or-swim method early in the season is really good, too, because we’re only a few games in — we don’t know our rotation.”