Raiders Make Their Baskets Count in Victory
Concord — If you’re only going to have three points in the fourth quarter, and still hope to win, it’s important to make sure those three points are impeccably timed. With the game knotted at 46-46 and the Lebanon boys basketball team scoreless in the fourth quarter with less than a minute to play, Kalin Sou came through with a 3-pointer that gave the Raiders a 49-48 victory over host Bishop Brady.
Sou finished with five buckets from downtown on his way to a team-high 17 points. Dominick Morrill added 11 points, David Hampton had 10 and Austin Whaley chipped in with six. The Raiders started slow, trailing 15-6 through the first quarter, before scoring 20 points in each of the next two to take a 46-37 lead into the fourth.
The Raiders went cold from the floor in the fourth quarter, going scoreless for seven minutes as the Giants climbed back in. With the score tied, Sou attempted a 3-pointer with just over a minute to play but was off the mark. Morrill grabbed the ,offensive rebound and then found Sou behind the arc for another attempt — this one found the bottom of the net to put Lebanon in front, 49-46.
“We’ll take it,” Raiders coach Kieth Matte said. “You’ve got to win in all sorts of ways in this game. You just never know. Sou played a great game.”
Matte went on to praise the defensive effort by Sou. Lebanon has now won six straight games and is unbeaten in February. The Raiders (14-4 overall, 13-3 in New Hampshire D-II) look forward to senior night, which was rescheduled to Monday at 6:30 p.m. because of a conflict with the Lebanon girls’ first round playoff game on Tuesday.
Hanover 82, John Stark 80 (2ot)
Weare, n.h. — The Marauders rallied from an 18-point deficit with 12 minutes to play in regulation to extra time and then won a thriller in the double overtime.
Hanover (8-8 overall, 6-8 in New Hampshire D-II) finished regulation play on a 16-3 run and then shot 9-for-10 from the free throw line in overtime to claim the narrow victory. The Marauders were 23-for-28 from the line in the game.
Cyrus Rothwell-Ferraris had 21 points for Hanover while Liam Gantrish had 18, Ryan O’Rourke had 16 and John Flory had 10 points. O’Rourke had four 3-pointers. All nine players who entered the game for the Marauders scored, including five different players who dented the scoresheet in overtime alone.
Nick Lloyd had 35 points, including seven 3-pointers, for John Stark. The Marauders host Windham tomorrow night.
Thetford 51, Harwood 48
Thetford — Brandon Gray’s 4-point play with a minute left brought the Panthers within two and then Ian Weider added a late 3-pointer to cap a successful Thetford comeback.
Weider finished with a game-high 13 points while Dominic Chatot added 11. Weider’s go-ahead bucket gave Thetford (15-4) their first lead of the game.
“Harwood played us extremely tough. We struggled to get anything together on offense and defense tonight,” Thetford coach Justin Smith said. The win keeps the Panthers in line to claim the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Vermont Division III playoffs.
Thetford closes the regular season with a visit to Lamoille on Friday night.
Woodstock 61, Leland & Gray 46
Woodstock — The Wasps (11-8) led 33-14 at halftime and then held on in the fourth quarter to earn the victory.
Connor Fegard had 18 points and eight rebounds to lead Woodstock. Dougie Avellino added 14 points and dished out 10 assists while Reid Langona also had 14 points. Bradley Lewis added 10 points while Nehemiah Wood had five points and pulled down eight rebounds.
The Wasps host Windsor on Friday night.
Kearsarge 50, Mascoma 38
West Canaan — The Cougars (6-11) slowed down Mascoma star Adam Dutille and won a revenge game over the Royals (12-7 overall, 11-6 league).
Peter Allen had 17 points for Kearsarge while Casey Laughinghouse added 13, Oliver Gallo had nine and Carter Noordsij had eight. Walter Hammond led Mascoma with 13 points while Dutille was held to three after scoring 29 points in the Royals’ 61-47 victory over the Cougars in North Sutton on Feb. 7.
Kearsarge coach Nate Camp, cousin to Mascoma’s Dutille, made it a point to slow his high-scoring family member. Allen, Noordsij and George Benoit rotated tough man-to-man defense to “make Adam uncomfortable,” said Camp.
The Cougars host Newport on senior night Friday.
South Royalton 40, Sharon 39
South Royalton — The Royals (5-14) held off a late rally by the Phoenix (10-9) to win on senior night.
Nate Moore had 12 points for SoRo, while senior co-captains Ian Kinnarney and Troy Tracy each had seven. Tracy drew the praise of coach Jeff Moreno for his work defensively on Sharon star Trenton Morrison.
“Troy had the game of his life. He held Trenton, one of the best players in the Upper Valley, to 10 points. He made him work and anytime you can hold Trenton to 10, that’s a success,” Moreno said.
Andy Bando-Hess led Sharon with 11 points, including three 3-pointers, while Brandon Tracy added nine points.
“We’re starting to turn it around a little bit, the offense looked as good as it has all season. Hopefully we’re getting hot at the right time,” Moreno added. “I wouldn’t want to see Sharon again, they are a tough, well-coached team.”
Both teams have one more game to play in the regular season, with SoRo visiting Craftsbury on Friday night and Sharon hosting Whitcomb tomorrow night.
Hartford 70, Springfield 48
Springfield, Vt. — The Hurricanes (11-9) closed their successful regular season with a blowout victory over the Cosmos.
The win gives Hartford a six-win improvement over last season’s 5-15 record. Nick Fucci had a season-high 21 points for the Canes, Cameron Gaudette had 17 and Justin Devoid had 11.
“Like I said to the guys after (the game), going from five to 11 wins took the effort of every single guy on the roster,” first-year boys coach Steve Landon said. “We did this because of the guys on this basketball team, it took all of us.”
The Canes will likely host a first round playoff game next week.
Randolph 37, Lamoille 31
Randolph — The Galloping Ghosts (11-8) emerged from a low-scoring battle with the Lancers with a victory.
Jacob Sprague led Randolph with 10 points while Ross Caswell had nine and Levi West had eight. Randolph led 15-14 at halftime and will close its regular season slate at Montpelier on Friday night.
Mill River 67, Windsor 59
Windsor — The Jacks (6-13) led 32-24 at halftime before the Minutemen staged a rally to pull out the victory.
Tanner Tibbits had 19 points for Windsor while Tyson Boudro had 11 and Nick Kapuscinski and Luke TanCreti each had eight points. The Jacks close the regular season at Woodstock on Friday night.
Lyndon 76, Oxbow 56
Lyndon, Vt. — The Vikings’ press paved the way for a 32-point fourth quarter as Lyndon finally shot down an impressive showing by the upset-minded Olympians.
Andrew Lyman had 16 points for Oxbow (4-15) while Caleb Lafaille added 15 and Lucas Wheeler had 12. The O’s trailed just 44-42 heading into the fourth quarter. “We went toe-to-toe with them for three quarters and played stretches of good basketball,” Oxbow coach Rich Thornton said. “They pressed (in the fourth quarter) and the wheels came off. We couldn’t stop the floodgates.”
The Olympians visit Union-32 on Friday night.
Twinfield 51, Rivendell 44
Plainfield, Vt. — The Raptors’ shooting touch wasn’t there as Rivendell shot 32% from the floor in falling to the Trojans.
Nathaniel Eastman had 11 points for Rivendell, Jack Steketee had nine while Luke Bell and Cole Stever each had seven points. Rivendell fell to 15-4 with the loss and will conclude their regular season at Proctor tomorrow night.
Lebanon 65, Manchester West 25
Lebanon — The Raiders cruised over winless Manchester West in their penultimate regular season game.
Vanessa Fleury led the attack with 16 points followed by Samantha MacDonald with 13 points, Heather King with 11 and Jennifer Laramie with eight. Lebanon improves to 19-0 overall, and 17-0 in new Hampshire D-II.
Senior leaders Emily Kehoe and Moriah Morton sat out but will be back in action tonight on senior night when Kingswood comes to town; tipoff is at 6 p.m.
Woodsville 47, Moultonborough 25
Moultonborough, n.h. — The Engineers went on the road and won in the first round of the New Hampshire D-IV tournament.
Lebanon 1, Bishop Guertin 1 (ot)
Nashua, n.h. — This battle of two of the top teams in New Hampshire girls hockey battled to a draw.
Sierra Rogers scored unassisted in the first period for Lebanon (12-3-2); the Cardinals then scored the equalizer in the third period. Raiders goalie Erika Moffitt stopped 28 saves while counterpart Julia Pelletier had 39 saves for Bishop Guertin (11-5-1).
“It was very good back-and-forth hockey,” Lebanon coach Brad Shaw said. “Both goaltenders played extremely well. I would dare say it was Erika’s best performance of the season. She made some really big stops tonight to keep us in the game.”
Amelia Gage and Chrissy Drake each had good scoring chances in overtime, but couldn’t convert. Lebanon closes the regular season against Trinity-Bishop Brady in Concord tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.
Kingswood 6, Lebanon 2
West Lebanon — Mike Servant scored both goals for the Raiders, who fell to 2-16 (2-14 New Hampshire Division II).
Donncha Coyle contributed two assists, while Tanner Simms and Nick Haidari had one helper each.
Joe Grout made 28 saves for Lebanon, which hosts Somersworth tonight.
Men’s College Hoop
Colby-Sawyer 80, Thomas 57
New London — Colby-Sawyer defeated Thomas in a North Atlantic Conference quarterfinal. The Chargers advanced to the semifinals to play Husson, which defeated Johnson State.
The NAC uses a final four format for its basketball championships, which means the highest remaining seed after the quarterfinals will host the semifinals and championship on Friday and Saturday. The Colby-Sawyer-Husson game will be played at the University of Maine-Farmington on Friday at 8 p.m. The other semifinal matchup, at 6, will feature top-seeded Maine-Farmington and fourth-seed Castleton.
Colby-Sawyer had three players reach 20 points, led by a career-high 24 from sophomore Zach Bean. He was 9-for-13 from the floor and also added a career-high 10 rebounds. Teammate Mike Dias added 22 points and a career best 16 boards, and Wol Majong added 20 points off the bench.
Women’s College Hoop
Colby-Sawyer 71, Lyndon 46
New London — Colby-Sawyer defeated Lyndon in a North Atlantic Conference. The Chargers advances to the semifinals to play third-seeded New England College on Friday at 8 p.m., at Castleton State College, which will host the semifinals and finals by virtue of earning the tourney’s top seed.
Colby-Sawyer was led by junior Ashley Fruzzetti who scored 12 points, all from 3-point range. Teammates Cailin Bullett and Taylor DeSanty each scored 11 points, and Bullett added a game-high 10 assists. Mari Meserve chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench.