Good Enough to Win: Royals Take Rough-Around-the-Edges Victory
Woodsville’s Dan Abrahmasen (35) swats the ball away from Mascoma’s Ethan Neily during the sixth annual Connecticut River Shootout at Hanover High School last night. (Jeffrey Porter photograph) Purchase photo reprints »
Mascoma’s Walter Hammond tries to work his way around Woodsville defenders Jaret Bemis (23), Michael Lloyd (21) and Derrick Maccini. (Jeffrey Porter photograph) Purchase photo reprints »
Mascoma’s Andrew Cashe breaks away to put up an easy layup against Woodsville during the Connecticut River Shootout at Hanover High School last night. (Jeffrey Porter photograph) Purchase photo reprints »
Hanover — During what the Mascoma boys basketball team felt was a lackluster effort in last night’s 59-38 win over Woodsville, Royals senior Adam Dutille made sure the game wasn’t without its sparks.
As part of a career-high 20-point night, Dutille sank a pair of 3-pointers in each half — including long balls on back-to-back possessions to start the fourth quarter — as Mascoma won in the first round of the Connecticut River Shootout at Hanover High School.
The Royals (4-2 overall; 3-2 New Hampshire Division III) move on to face the host Marauders in the championship game today at 3 p.m., while the Engineers (1-3; 1-2 N.H. D-IV) face Hillsboro-Deering in the matinee consolation game at 1.
Cam Braley (10 rebounds) and Justin Marsh added eight points apiece for Mascoma, which used a size advantage to help outrebound Woodsville 37-21, including 19-6 offensively.
Still, Mascoma coach Jim Barry felt his team’s hustle and communication were less than stellar against a Woodsville team whose 14 players are dotted with eight freshmen and sophomores.
Mascoma shot a healthy 24-for-59 from the floor (40.7 percent), yet struggled defensively at times. The score might have been closer if not for Woodsville’s shooting struggles (14-of-42 from the field; 6-for-12 from the free throw line).
“We were missing defensive intensity; we were lucky they didn’t hit more baskets,” said Barry, Mascoma’s fourth-year coach. “That can happen when you’re not talking to each other, which we weren’t doing nearly enough.”
Dutille did plenty of talking with his shooting, scoring the Royals’ first five points to help Mascoma open the game with a 9-2 burst.
After a steal and fast-break assist from Andrew Cashe to Zach Warner made it 16-6 with 1:30 to play in the second quarter, Ethan Neily dove to beat a defender for an offensive board. He passed from the floor to Shane Pierce, who relayed on the fly to Dutille for a 3 to conclude the second quarter with the Royals ahead, 19-8.
“There are still some things we need to work on, but overall I felt we played well as a team,” said Dutille, a Mascoma tri-captain. “We moved the ball well and hit some big shots.”
The Royals displayed that crisp movement during a 10-0 burst in the second quarter giving them a 19-point lead, their largest of the first half.
Kyle Kosiorek (four points) found Marsh for a pair of jump shots to start the spurt, the former after a sharp feed in transition from Walt Hammond (eight points, six rebounds).
Kosiorek then found Dutille for two more after his own steal and Hammond stuffed in a putback to make it 29-10 with 5:35 to play in the second.
“Mascoma was more athletic and moved the ball up-and-down the floor offensively real well,” said Woodsville coach Jamie Walker, whose team hadn’t played in two weeks. “Any time you play up (a division) against a more athletic team like we did tonight, it can be tough, but we’re glad we did because we saw some good competition and it doesn’t count (in the D-IV standings).”
Woodsville’s Tom D’Angelo (six points, six rebounds), Kevin Briggs (seven points), Dan Abrahamsen (3-pointer) and Joe Abrahamsen (team-high 12 points; seven rebounds) all scored during a 9-2 Engineer run in the third quarter to pull them within 37-25, but Mascoma responded with a 15-0 rally.
Dutille sank his back-to-back 3s; Marsh scored in transition after another Mascoma steal; Braley hit a bank shot and Todd Buckwold and Dutille had jumpers as the Royals built their largest lead of the night, 52-25, with five minutes left.
Free Throws: Dutille’s previous season and career high of 17 points came in Mascoma’s 61-57 win over Newfound on Dec. 19. ... Marsh showed impressive hops while leapfrogging over Warner during pregame starting-lineup announcements. ... Both teams wore their dark road jerseys; Woodsville was officially the home team. ... Mascoma forward Matt Quow left the game with an open cut near his ankle with 1:44 to play. ... Thirteen of Woodsville’s 15 turnovers came on Mascoma steals; eight of Mascoma’s 13 giveaways came via Engineer thefts.
Hanover — Sophomore Jack Cavallaro scored all of his career-high nine points in the third quarter as the Marauders (2-2; 1-2 N.H. D-II) advanced to today’s CRS title game against Mascoma.
Hanover led by just five at halftime, 20-15, but outscored the Hillcats (2-4; 2-3 N.H. D-III) 17-7 in the third quarter to pull away.
Rothwell-Ferraris had a game-high 12 points for the Marauders, while sophomore center Ben Lynch contributed to the rally with all of his six points in the second half.
Cavallaro hit the only Hanover free throw on a 3-point play as the Marauders shot just three times from the line. Hillsboro-Deering hit three of just eight free throw attempts.
“I don’t think I’ve ever coached a game (where there were so few free throw attempts),” 13th-year Hanover coach Tim Winslow said. “It was some old-school basketball where we hit a lot of mid-range jump shots.”
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