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The cat gets out: Kearsarge ousts Mascoma boys from D-III hoop tourney

  • Ben Seiler, of Mascoma, tries to block a pass from Adam Reeve, of Kearsarge, to teammate Sam Carl, left, in West Canaan, N.H., on Saturday, March 6, 2021. Kearsarge won the NHIAA D3 quarterfinal, 52-46. Cole Moulton, of Mascoma, is at right. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Mascoma coach Silas Ayres, and his bench watch to see if a three pointer will drop during their NHIAA D3 quarterfinal with Kearsarge in West Canaan, N.H., Saturday, March 6, 2021. Kearsarge won 52-46. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Ben Seiler, of Mascoma, left, his teammate Zach Thompson, right, and Sam Carl, middle, scramble after a loose ball during their NHIAA D3 quarterfinal at Mascoma Valley Regional High School in West Canaan, N.H., Saturday, March 6, 2021. Kearsarge won 52-46. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Kearsarge huddles on the court during a stop in play in the last 20 seconds of their NHIAA D3 quarterfinal with Mascoma in West Canaan, N.H., Saturday, March 6, 2021. Kearsarge won 52-46. At left is Ian Moulton, of Mascoma, and at right is Ben Seiler. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Valley News Correspondent
Published: 3/6/2021 9:39:49 PM
Modified: 3/6/2021 9:39:48 PM

WEST CANAAN — March madness rolled into Edward P. Kehoe Gym on Saturday as Kearsarge stepped on Mascoma’s home court for an NHIAA Division III boys basketball quarterfinal matchup with fans in the stands from both teams. With Chris Stanchfield scoring seven of his game-high 19 points early, the Cougars left town with a hard-fought 52-46 victory.

Mascoma jumped out in front with a couple of quick hoops from Ian Moulton and Gabe Rock from the outside. The Cougars opted to pound the ball inside, and the plan worked well early. Kearsarge’s George Jallah got most of the action as Mascoma defenders got into foul trouble quickly and had the Cougars at the line shooting one-and-ones in the first quarter.

The problem for Kearsarge was failure to convert, hitting just three of 11 attempts from the stripe. Despite that, Stanchfield was red-hot from the outside, and that helped Kearsarge to a 16-9 lead after the first quarter.

With the Cougars’ Nolan Grant shadowing Mascoma sharpshooter Ben Seiler, the Royals struggled finding an outside shot as Adrian McCarthy and his Kearsarge teammates controlled the boards.

A deep 3-pointer from Tim Flanders stretched the visitors’ lead, then Seiler responded with a hoop that keyed a Mascoma 5-0 run. Teams traded hoop for the rest of the quarter, and Kearsarge hit the break with a 30-20 lead.

“We kept switching our defense, and when Grant picked up his second foul, we stuck Sam Carl on Seiler. We knew that kid can really score,” Kearsarge head coach Nate Camp said.

Mascoma flew out of the locker room on a 12-2 run to tie things up 32-32 midway into the third quarter. Mascoma coach Silas Ayres’ plan to go to the hoop resulted in a quick bucket from Moulton and four free throws off the fingers of Rock and Zach Thompson, energizing the Mascoma fans.

“We never gave up, and our intensity was just where it needed to be to start the second half,” Ayres said.

Kearsarge went to a 2-3 zone to slow things down, and a Carl three-point play gave the lead back to Kearsarge at 39-37 to begin the action-packed final quarter.

Mascoma held a 44-43 lead with four minutes left when Carl returned to guard Seiler. That helped turn the game Kearsarge’s way.

“When Nolan picked up his second foul, I switched on Seiler and felt like I could cover him, so Coach let it ride,” Carl said.

Kearsarge grabbed the lead back off a back-door cut by Carl. The Royals’ Thompson responded with back-to-back steals, regaining the lead on a layup. When Mascoma missed on its next trip up the court, McCarthy’s rebounded and Jallah connected on Kearsarge’s next two possessions for a 49-46 advantage it wouldn’t lose.

“This came down to three possessions today, and we just couldn’t hit that one shot or get a call when we needed it,” Ayres said.

Rock fouled out on press duty, and Kearsarge hit key free throws down the stretch to clinch the victory. Stanchfield knocked down both of his opportunities from the line, and Carl and Jallah hit the shots they had to.

“This is a game that needed stops down the stretch, and we made them against a very good Mascoma team,” Camp said.

Carl and Jallah backed up Stanchfield with nine points apiece for the Cougars (11-4).

Moulton, Seiler and Thompson each had 10 points for the Royals (10-5), who saw a nine-game winning streak come to an end.




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