Raiders Boys Basketball Raid Trifectas
Lebanon center Dylan Drew, in white, gets tangled up with John Stark center Zachary Grattan while going for a rebound last night in Lebanon. The hosts won, 80-51. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Purchase photo reprints »
John Stark’s Nicolas Lloyd takes the ball upcourt against the half-court press by Lebanon’s Vincent Guerin, left, and Kalin Sou in the third quarter last night in Lebanon. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Purchase photo reprints »
Lebanon’s David Hampton gets airborne while defending John Stark’s Camden Williams At right is Lebanon’s Vincent Guerin. Lebanon won, 80-51. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Purchase photo reprints »
Lebanon — Woe be to any New Hampshire Division II boys basketball opponent that throws a zone defense at the Lebanon Raiders this winter, especially on a night when they’re hitting 3-pointers like home runs.
Senior David Hampton buried five of Lebanon’s 12 trifectas last night as the Raiders ran past John Stark, 80-51, at Lang Metcalf Gymnasium. Four other Raiders nailed at least one 3-pointer as Lebanon (3-1 league, 4-2 overall) shredded the Generals’ full-court pressure and 2-3 zone with quick feet and quicker ball movement.
Lebanon shot 53.6 percent from the floor (30-for-56) and 52.2 percent from beyond the arc (12-for-23) against the first team to exclusively play zone against them this season. Future foes may have to reconsider similar strategies.
“We’ve really talked about playing faster, because we have a lot of good kids who are skilled and good athletes,” Lebanon coach Kieth Matte said. “Sometimes it hasn’t been pretty, but we’ve really stuck to what we believe is going to make us the best team at the end of the season.
“Tonight, we were able to speed John Stark up. And when we sped them up, they struggled and we thrived.”
Lebanon surrendered the game’s first four points and six of the first eight, but the Raiders never trailed again after Hampton canned the second of two straight 3-pointers just three minutes into the contest. Mat Cowles (16 points) put the hosts ahead to stay with back-to-back low-post buckets for a 10-6 cushion that grew to 22-13 after one quarter and 44-24 at the half.
Dominick Morrill (12 points), Austin Whaley (season-high 11) and Kalin Sou all had a pair of long-distance bombs, and Vincent Guerin added one as well for Lebanon. It’s nothing new: The Raiders shot 18-for-40 as a team from 3-point territory in a win and a loss at Keene State College’s Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament last week.
Guard Nicolas Lloyd led John Stark (1-2 league) with 26 points. Six-foot-9 senior center Zachary Grattan — the anchor of the Generals’ zone defense — was never a factor, limited to just two field goals and seven total points by the interior defensive play of Morrill, Cowles and Dylan Drew, among others.
Lebanon is off until entertaining Bishop Brady next Friday.
Rivendell 75, Twinfield 72
Orford — Luke Bell and Nate Eastman each scored 18 points as the Raptors erupted for 26 points in the fourth quarter to beat the Trojans.
Twinfield scored 18 points in the third quarter to take a 55-49 lead into the fourth. The Raptors then turned to their defense to rally their cause, switching from zone to man defense.
“The kids really picked up on man-to-man and applied a lot of pressure,” Rivendell coach Tim Dyke said. “Our defense fed the offense, which is what we try to do.”
Bell, Cole Stever and Jack Steketee each came up with big steals in the fourth quarter, each of which led directly to fast-break buckets for Rivendell. Steketee finished with 13 points while Stever, Tim Stimson and Josh Marshall each had eight.
“I’m very proud of the kids. It was a total team effort, we had to have the fast break to get back in it and we hit foul shots when we needed to,” Dyke added.
Brandon Gibbs led Twinfield with 33 points. The Raptors (4-1) host Oxbow on Wednesday.
Green Mountain 55
Mid Vermont Christian 37
Quechee — The Chieftains pulled away in the second half for the victory at the Eagles.
Austin Sayers led MVCS with 15 points, but battled foul trouble. James Horner added seven points.
“We played a good first half, they just denied us the ball and turnovers killed us in the second half,” Eagles coach Brian Sayers said.
MVCS (3-3) trailed 27-23 at halftime and will play host to Concord (Vt.) on Monday.
Mill River 62
Woodstock — Connor Fegard had 22 points, but the Wasps lost to drop to 3-3.
Doug Avellino added 13 points for Woodstock, while Reid Langona had 12. James Morgan added two points and played what coach Jeff Thomas called “an outstanding job defensively.”
The Wasps visit Hartford on Monday.
Blue Mountain 65
South Royalton 41
Wells River, Vt. — Ian Kinnarney scored 10 points and David Ballou added eight, but the Royals fell to 0-3. South Royalton hosts Northfield on Monday.
Chelsea 60, Whitcomb 23
Bethel — The Hornets couldn’t dig out of an early hole and fell to 0-6.
Bradford Allen led Whitcomb with seven points. The Hornets trailed 29-16 at halftime and will visit South Royalton on Tuesday.
Williamstown, Vt. — The visiting Phoenix (3-2) played without starting center Brandon Tracy, out with a fractured sinus, and with standout guard Trenton Morrison picking up three fouls in the first quarter. Tanner James and Jay Knoerlein each had 10 points and Morrison had nine for the visitors.
“They’re phenomenal and we were definitely overmatched,’’ said Sharon coach Blake Fabrikant, who noted that the Blue Devils are the defending Vermont Division III champions. The Phoenix, a Division IV program, host Cabot on Monday.
Bow 56, Kearsarge 11
North Sutton — The Cougars failed to score in the first and third quarters, falling to 1-7. Kearsarge hosts Bishop Brady on Tuesday.
John Stark 24
Weare, n.h. — Moriah Morton had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in fewer than 20 minutes and the Raiders improved to 8-0. Emily Kehoe had 14 points and Vanessa Fleury chipped in 12.
Lebanon, which led 18-2 after a quarter, had 25 assists and hosts Manchester West on Friday.
Manchester West 12
Hanover — Fourteen different players scored as the Marauders (5-3 overall, 2-3 league) dispatched the Blue Knights.
Holly Schlosser outscored the opponents on her own with 14 points. Cathleen Beliveau added a career-high 10 points for Hanover, which hosts Hartford on Monday night.
Harwood 45, Oxbow 37
Bradford — The Olympians (1-4) couldn’t quite dig out of a 16-5 first quarter deficit.
Malaina Wright had 11 points to pace Oxbow, and Savannah Fay added nine. The Olympians outscored the Highlanders 25-20 in the second half.
Oxbow hosts Lyndon on Tuesday.
Littleton 47, Woodsville 41
Littleton, n.h. — Samantha Thurston had 12 points and pulled down 14 rebounds for the Engineers.
Chrissy Valliant led the Woodsville attack with 15 points and grabbed seven boards. Tiarra Beatrice added six points. The Engineers (6-2 overall, 4-2 league) trailed 26-17 at halftime and then closed the gap by outscoring the Crusaders 11-3 in the third quarter. Woodsville visits Pittsburg on Tuesday.
Northfield 5, Hartford 2
White River Junction — A pair of third-period penalties doomed the Hurricanes’ chances against the Marauders.
Northfield led 1-0 after the first period. Nick Terino then knotted the score for Hartford, converting on a feed from Jeremy McGlone in the second period.
After the Marauders took back the lead with a goal before the end of the period, Hartford committed back-to-back penalties early in the third — each of which led to power play goals as the Marauders took a 4-1 lead.
McGlone added the second Hartford goal with assists going to Terino and Cam Lemieux. Goalie Teighan Meeker stopped 27 shots for the Canes (4-3), who visit Peoples on Wednesday night.
Manchester — Five area football players were selected to this summer’s second Annual New Hampshire East-West High School all-star football game earlier this week when the two 37-player teams were announced.
Joining Jim Schubert’s West squad was Mascoma’s Chris Sanborn (TE/DE), Hanover’s Cyrus Rothwell-Ferraris (WR/S), Lebanon’s Dylan Drew (RB/LB), Newport’s Matt Tremblay (RB/LB) and Stevens’ CJ Gosselin (RT/MLB).
The game will be played June 29 at UNH’s Cowell Stadium.
The West team won the inaugural game last summer, 44-12.
College Women’s Hockey
RPI 2, Dartmouth 1
Troy, n.y. — Rensselaer (6-11-2, 4-5-0 ECAC) edged Dartmouth (7-5-2, 3-4-1) to snap the Big Green’s three-game winning streak.
For the third straight game, senior Jenna Hobeika scored for Dartmouth, a third-period tally to make the score 2-1.
RPI’s Taylor Horton give the Engineers a 1-0 lead 7:19 into the game, and teammate Lauren Wash made it 2-0 in the second.
Dartmouth goalie Lindsay Holdcroft made 20 saves and suffered her first loss since Dec. 5 at No. 5 Northeastern. Engineer netminder Kelly O’Brien turned aside 26 shots.
The Big Green visits Union this afternoon in Schenectady, N.Y.
College Men’s Hoop
Colby-Sawyer 71, MMA 46
New London — Colby-Sawyer (3-7, 3-2 NAC) used 42 points in the paint to defeat Maine Maritime (3-6, 2-2). Sophomore Mike Dias led the Chargers with a game-high 15 points and nine rebounds.
College Women’s Hoop
Colby-Sawyer 51, MMA 35
New London — Senior Taylor DeSanty scored a game-high 21 points to help lift Colby-Sawyer (7-4, 5-0 NAC) over Maine Maritime Academy (4-5, 2-2).