Another Night, and Another Cardinals Victory

Claremont — The Stevens High boys basketball team won for the second time in as many nights Tuesday, its 58-46 defeat of visiting Mascoma improving the Cardinals’ record to 4-6.

The Royals won the teams’ first meeting this season by 12 points on Jan. 7.

“I think we were just sick of losing,” said Stevens senior Ryan Tanguay, whose squad had dropped four of its five previous games before its current streak began.

“We just want to start winning. I think we’re definitely beginning to turn it around.”

Said Cardinals coach Scott MacNamee: “We got a complete game for a lot of players and we also stayed in front of the (Royals) on defense.”

Mascoma (5-5) went scoreless during a seven-minute stretch that overlapped the first and second quarters. The visitors struggled at rebounding in the first half and missed several uncontested layups during the game.

“I don’t know what to say,” Mascoma coach Jim Barry said.

“We just got rattled. I think it’s something about this gym.”

Tanguay had 15 points for Stevens, which also received 12 points, five rebounds and five assists from Nate White. Chase Hussey and Parker Smith each had 10 points, the latter getting eight of his total before halftime.

“He’s sneaky,” MacNamee said of Hussey, a junior guard who came off the bench as one of 12 Cardinals to see action. “He sees things others don’t see and gets open.”

Mascoma scored only eight points during the first 12 minutes and trailed 25-15 at halftime, but avoided a blowout.

The Royals got 11 points from Justin Marsh and eight from Kyle Kosiorek and pulled within 47-38 with four minutes remaining.

Stevens visits Conant for its next action and Mascoma travels to Franklin, both on Friday.