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NHIAA boys hoop: Bow holds off Hanover at the end

  • Hanover's Maxwell Galbraith brings the ball upcourt against Bow's defense, including Owen Petretta (23) and Shaun Lover (33), in the third quarter of their playoff game in Hanover, N.H., on March 4, 2021. Following Galbraith is teammate Trevor Pierce. Bow won, 47-42. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to

  • Family members of players watch the Hanover-Bow boys basketball playoff game in Hanover, N.H., on March 4, 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was the first time spectators have been allowed into the gym for a game and there was a limit to the number allowed inside. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to

  • Hanover's Kevin Pillsbury drives up for a layup against Bow's Owen Petretta in the first quarter of their playoff game in Hanover, N.H., on March 4, 2021. Bow won, 47-42. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to

Valley News Sports Editor
Published: 3/4/2021 10:30:32 PM
Modified: 3/5/2021 9:46:25 PM

HANOVER — The Bow High boys basketball team didn’t enjoy a runaway on Thursday night. One run away from host Hanover ultimately proved decisive, however.

A 9-0 charge to open the fourth quarter gave the Falcons hard-to-come-by distance, enough to hold off the Marauders, 47-42, in an NHIAA Division II preliminary-round tournament game at Hanover High. The burst turned a knuckle-whitening 28-27 lead into a more comfortable 37-27 advantage, although the Marauders (7-5) never allowed the Falcons (14-1) to get too cozy.

Junior Matt Lamy produced a game-high 20 points for the visitors, who still had to survive a pair of late 3-point tries from Hanover’s Max Galbraith, either of which would have forced overtime if successful.

“I don’t think it was tough to break free from them; that’s a very quality team,” Bow coach Tim Lee said. “They make you play hard when you’re trying to slow the game down. When you’re trying to speed it up, they do the same thing. I think we’re 14-1 because we have a lot of versatility on our team.”

Hanover trailed most of the night and defended well. A 7-0 spurt — on a Kevin Pillsbury three-point play followed by four free throws from Will Cahoon (team-high 10 points) and Pillsbury (nine points) — gave the Marauders a 23-22 lead, their first since the first quarter, with 2:27 left in the third period. Two ties followed, the latter Lamy broke with a 3-pointer that put Bow ahead to stay.

It was anything but a safe lead, but the Falcons took care of that quickly in the fourth. Lincoln Routhier hit a putback and a top-of-the-key trifecta, Matt Cardarelli converted an offensive rebound and Lamy hit two at the line for the 10-point lead.

It was about the only time all night that Hanover coach Tim Winslow’s squad showed a hint of impatience.

“In the fourth quarter, in the first three possessions we were one pass and a shot,” Winslow said. “We lost that kind of endurance, and it happens when you’re in a situation like this.”

Galbraith (eight points) gave Hanover a late hope. A three-point play with 33.1 seconds kept the Marauders within 44-39; a 3-pointer moments later, after a Lamy free throw, left the home team one possession from tying. Two last-second beyond-the-arc bids missed the mark.

Lee credited perseverance for his squad’s late-game success.

“They didn’t really change anything up too much,” Lee said. “Their intensity was still top shelf. It was a matter of being able to have our composure in the fourth quarter, and that’s what won the game.”

Hanover defended aggressively in the opening all night, forcing Bow into long possessions and denying the Falcons any attempt to find an offensive rhythm. The visitors led, 9-7, after one quarter but never could gain larger than a six-point advantage by halftime.

The Marauders particularly defended Lamy well, at least through the first half, limiting him to one field goal. The lanky junior opened the second half with a 3-pointer and closed the third quarter with two hoops, including the triple that set the table for the one run away to victory.

“Our kids battled really hard tonight,” Winslow said. “They did everything we asked them to do.”

Free Throws: Hanover welcomed spectators for the first time this winter, limited to two people per athlete for both teams. That produced a vocal crowd of about 50 fans. … The Falcons were declared co-champions with ConVal after last year’s D-II tournament was halted after the quarterfinals by the pandemic. The Marauders were one of six runners-up. … Hanover graduates Cahoon, Brett Simmons, Indy Coylewright and Linus Mayo.

Greg Fennell can be reached at or 603-727-3226.

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