Flory’s Flurry Leads Hanover
Senior’s Big Quarter Gives Marauders Tourney Title
Hanover's John Flory shoots a jumper against Mascoma Valley during their Connecticut River Shootout boys basketball holiday tournament championship game in Hanover, N.H. on December 28, 2013. Flory was named the tournament MVP, and Hanover won the game 44-40. (Valley News - Elijah Nouvelage) Purchase photo reprints »
Hanover's Chris Washington, right, looks to the basket over Mascoma Valley's Will Morrison during their Connecticut River Shootout boys basketball holiday tournament championship game in Hanover, N.H. on December 28, 2013. Hanover won the game 44-40. (Valley News - Elijah Nouvelage) Purchase photo reprints »
Hanover — Hanover’s John Flory had one of those games that will stay in the memory bank for a long time.
During Saturday’s championship game at the Connecticut River Shootout, Flory’s Marauders were trailing Mascoma 26-18 with five minutes to play in the third quarter. Then Flory took over and scored 14 points over the next five minutes to put the Marauders into a lead they never relinquished in a 44-40 triumph.
Flory, a senior, finished the game with 19 points.
Flory, who was named the tourney’s MVP, had a five-point first half because he had a hard time getting clear.
“They were in my grill,” he said.
But in the final five minutes of the third quarter, he made four 3-pointers and a 2-pointer to put the Marauders in front.
“My teammates set well-planned screens,” he said.
Unfortunately, his teammates had to go on without him after Flory sat the final eight minutes on the bench with his leg elevated after he rolled his ankles.
“That was the game right there,” Mascoma coach Jim Barry said of Flory’s third-quarter flurry.
Flory’s performance was a welcome relief to Hanover coach Tim Winslow, who couldn’t seem to find the right offense against a tight-checking Mascoma defense.
“They played bottleneck defense,” Winslow said.
At least that was the case until Flory put on his Superman cape.
“He’s that kind of player,” Winslow said. “He is definitely a game-changer and he relaxes the players around him.”
For a long time it looked like the defense on both ends of the floor was going to be the story as points were hard to come by. Hanover led 9-8 after one period and it was Mascoma in front at the half, 19-18.
After the break, Justin Marsh hit a 3-pointer and a jumper for Mascoma, and Walt Hammond scored from underneath and the Royals (2-3 overall, 1-2 NHIAA Division III) were cruising with an eight-point lead (26-18). Then Hanover went into a full-court man pressure and Flory made good from the outside.
“They are very disciplined defensively,” Barry said. “And they knew what to do with the ball.”
The game never really fell into the Marauders’ hands until they squirmed out of a couple of tough situations in the final quarter. Hanover built the lead to 36-30, but the Royals, keyed by a couple of Marsh hoops and a Kyle Kosierek free throw, made it a 36-35 game. Jules Evens, who is listed as 5-foot-1 in the program, scored on a drive and a free throw to give the Marauders (1-2 league, 3-2 overall) a 39-35 lead. It got to 42-35 when Ben Herndon-Miller hit a 3-pointer, and the Marauders could breathe a little easier.
Marsh ended with 14 points to lead the Royals.
Stevens won the consolation game, 48-46 over Woodsville. Nate White paced the Cardinals (2-1 overall, 1-0 Division III) with 11 points while Ryan Tanguay had 11. Joe Abrahamsen with 21 points had a big game for the Engineers (2-3, 2-2 Division IV).
Abrahamsen also made the all-tourney team, as did Flory, Hanover’s Noah Huizenga, Mascoma’s Kyle Kosiorek and Stevens’ Brandon Tanguay.