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Raiders pull away to win opening-round game

  • Bishop Brady's Ryan Johnson tries to dribble past Lebanon's Caleb Smith during the first round playoff game at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, N.H., on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. (Valley News - Joseph Ressler) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Lebanon's Wade Rainey (22) stays open for a pass from Jonathan Willeman during the first round playoff game against Bishop Brady at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, N.H., on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. (Valley News - Joseph Ressler) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Joseph Ressler

  • Lebanon head coach Dave Faucher talks to his team in an extra long break between the first and second quarter due to a problem with the clock during the first round playoff game against Bishop Brady at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, N.H., on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. (Valley News - Joseph Ressler) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Valley News — Joseph Ressler

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 3/6/2019 10:05:31 PM
Modified: 3/6/2019 10:05:40 PM

LEBANON — Sluggish at the start, the Lebanon High boys basketball team nonetheless defeated Bishop Brady, 47-40, on Wednesday in an NHIAA Division II first-round playoff game at Lang Metcalf Gym. The seventh-seeded Raiders have won six consecutive games by an average margin of 20.1 points and last lost Feb. 13 at fourth-seeded Pelham.

Wednesday’s 24-24 halftime deadlock dissolved into a six-point lead for the hosts after three quarters. Lebanon advances to play at No. 2 Con-Val, winner of 17 consecutive contests, on Saturday night in Peterborough.

“We weren’t used to their height, but we went after every offensive board like we were the team with the size advantage,” said Raiders coach Dave Faucher, whose team is 15-7. “We had some missed shots and gave away possessions with (traveling) violations, but the effort and intensity was there.”

Tenth-seeded Bishop Brady started a front line of 6-foot-7 center Ryan Johnson and 6-foot-5 twins Billy and Tommy Fraser. Johnson had 10 points, Tommy Fraser had 11 points and Billy Fraser had three. Lebanon answered with 14 points each from Wade Rainey and Jon Willeman, seven from Hunter Bienvenu and six each from Logan Falzarano and Caleb Smith.

With its comparative lack of height, Lebanon had no real inside options. The Green Giants took advantage by pushing out on the Raiders’ guards defensively, harassing the hosts into a hurried and harried pace of play during the first half.

More settled after intermission, Lebanon used better ball movement and possession to produce a 43-37 lead after Smith sank a 3-point shot with 3 minutes, 20 seconds remaining. Bishop Brady point guard William Spencer appeared to have pulled his team within three points with 2:20 to play, but was whistled for traveling before the ball sailed through the net.

“It wasn’t a good matchup up for us but we did a good job on defensive rebounds and that really helped,” Faucher said.

Lebanon, which avenged a six-point loss to Bishop Brady on Jan. 11, has not played ConVal this winter. The Cougars, whose school serves Peterborough and nine surrounding towns, are 18-1 against NHIAA foes this season.

Notes: Each team had only two seniors, Lebanon’s being Hunter Bienvenu and Ryan Preston. … Mike Stone, Lebanon’s athletic director, said a significant leak of hot water from machinery in the gym’s roof earlier this winter did not result in any part of the basketball floor being replaced. However, Stone said a new, cutout portion is likely to be installed during the summer. The machinery, part of a heating system installed before the current school year, hangs over the Lebanon home bench, and a game had concluded only an hour or so before the deluge. …

Lebanon’s boys basketball state titles came in 2017, 1998, 1980, 1967 and 1944. Its runner-up finishes occurred in 2016, 1995, 1994, 1988, 1966, 1941 and 1925. … The 1966 title clash produced an 86-66 loss to Bishop Brady, while the 1994 championship saw Con-Val win, 52-49. … Sally Rainey, a Lebanon sophomore and soccer and basketball standout, wore a No. 14 University of Iowa football jersey to Wednesday’s game. The Rainey family lived in the Hawkeye State before father Ron took the Dartmouth women’s soccer coaching job several seasons ago. … Dartmouth men’s golf coach Rich Parker, a 1977 Lebanon graduate, took in the game, recalling his days on a Raiders hoops squad that reached the state semifinals. … Bishop Brady was founded in 1963, replacing St. John’s High School, and annual tuition is roughly $13,000.

Tris Wykes can be reached at twykes@vnews.com.




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