Hanover Pops Stevens
Marauders Roll in Shootout Opener
Hanover — Former New Hampshire Class I boys basketball rivals Stevens and Hanover met for the first time in nearly six years Friday night as they tussled in the opening round of the Connecticut River Shootout. The Marauders were the only ones celebrating the reunion in their 69-38 win at Hanover High School.
Minus leading scorer Rocco Linehan (sprained finger) and starting point guard Tim O’Rourke (flu symptoms), the Marauders had four players in double figures and dominated the boards as they evened their record to 2-2. They’ll face Mascoma in today’s championship game at 3:30 p.m.
Ben Lynch had nine of his game-high 15 points in the third quarter, Noah Huizenga had eight of his 11 in the first half and John Flory (14 points) and Matt Robertson (13 points) also reached double digits, the latter off the bench. The Marauders shot better than 50 percent through three quarters (24-of-47) and owned a huge rebounding advantage, 40-15, including 10 boards by Jack Cavallaro.
Jordan Haines scored 15 and Ryan Tanguay had 12 for the Cardinals (1-1), who have played in Class M/D-III since the 2008-09 season. The Marauders (1-2 league) still play in D-II.
It was the part of the seventh annual Connecticut River Shootout, which often sees the Marauders host area teams from disparate leagues. While occasionally resulting in mismatches such as both of Friday’s games — the Royals beat Woodsville 48-22 in Game 1 — Hanover coach Tim Winslow enjoys the format.
“It’s a very valuable tournament,” he said. “We love having other local teams here to help us get ready for the rest of the season.”
Stevens was also without several contributors, as Nate White, Tyler Haines and Dorion Bolden sat out for team disciplinary reasons. (White scored 10 points in the Cards’ season-opening comeback win over Monadnock on Dec. 20).
It appeared early on as though the Cards might give the Marauders a strong test, running the floor well and taking a 4-2 lead on a layup from Brandon Tanguay.
Huizenga scored in transition for Hanover, Flory heated up with a pull-up jumper and coast-to-coast layup and Robertson, a senior, sank back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Marauders a 14-4 lead.
Tanguay answered with a 3 for Stevens, but Hanover continued a 20-3 run capped with second-chance baskets from Lynch and Flory. Hanover ended up with a 17-3 advantage on the offensive glass, helped by bodies such as the 6-foot-6 Lynch (five rebounds) and the 6-4 Cavallaro. Stevens countered with 6-4 Ryan Tanguay and the 6-3 Haines, but Hanover’s players were in much better position.
“One of our goals was to get our bigs active, especially on offense and to shoot,” Winslow said. “That ended up working out well for us.”
The Marauders exploded for 23 points on 10-for-20 shooting in the third quarter, including nine straight Hanover points by Lynch. The lanky forward had a put-back and scored several times on fast-break feeds from teammates during the stretch, which helped the Marauders extend their lead into the 20s before the second half was three minutes old.
It was a coming-out party of sorts for Lynch, who scored just 25 points last year as a junior and had just two this season before Friday.
“He did a good job getting into position for open shots and doing things he’s capable of doing,” Winslow said. “A lot of our guys were in good position tonight, which I think helped us with rebounding. We went to where the ball was going.”
The Marauders slowly built upon their advantage, never leading by a margin wider than the final score. Haines scored seven of his 15 points for Stevens in the fourth quarter and had a number of blocks, but there was little else to highlight for a Cardinals team hoping to improve upon last year’s 10-11 season.
“We reverted to one-on-one play and didn’t help each other on defense,” Stevens coach Scott MacNamee said. “We didn’t have enough execution in the halfcourt and Hanover’s transition looked really good.”
The Cardinals take on Woodsville in the consolation game today at 1 p.m.
Mascoma 48 Woodsville 22
Hanover — Five players scored at least five points for the Royals (2-2, 1-2 N.H. D-III), who handed the Engineers (2-1, 2-0 N.H. D-IV) their first loss and advanced to today’s Connecticut River Shootout final against host Hanover.
Kyle Kosiorek drained a pair of early 3-pointers as Mascoma built a 15-4 lead after one period. Walt Hammond went on to score six of his game-high eight points in the second quarter as the Royals led 32-8 at halftime. Justin Marsh, Alex Schwarz and Mason Sweet also scored at least five as Mascoma played its entire roster.
It was the first varsity action for Sweet, a sophomore.
Jaret Bemis scored five and Joe Abrahamsen and Sam Pushee netted four apiece for the Engineers.
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