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High schools: Coe-Brown basketball weathers slow start to beat Plymouth

Monitor staff
Published: 2/19/2018 11:16:15 PM

After scoring just six points in Monday’s first quarter at Plymouth, it seemed like things couldn’t get worse for the Coe-Brown boys’ basketball team. But that’s exactly what happened as the Bears found only two lonely points in the second quarter.

Coe-Brown’s defense was also stingy with the points, and the Bears trailed by five at halftime despite the paltry offensive production. They finally found some gaps in the Plymouth zone in the second half and pulled a 44-35 win out of what looked like a lost night.

“Plymouth played great defense, and we adjusted very slowly,” Coe-Brown coach Dave Smith said. “Fortunately for us, our kids played good defense all night or we would have been in real trouble.”

Luke McCusker led Coe-Brown (11-3) with 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Brendan Eaton finished with 12 points and six rebounds, Scott Spenard had six points and five assists and Albert Lapiejko added four points and eight rebounds.

After the single-digit first half against the extended zone defense from Plymouth (7-9), the Bears scored 18 points in both the third and fourth quarters.

“I’d like to say it was great coaching, but we started to hit a few shots, so that helped immensely,” Smith said. “Our players got used to what they were trying to do, and our defense kept bailing us out.”

Coe-Brown has now won six straight games as it heads into Wednesday’s showdown with Kearsarge (12-4), which has won nine straight after getting Tayler Mattos and Tommy Johnson back from suspension. Both teams are fighting to secure a top-four seed in the Division II playoffs. Hollis-Brookline (12-2) is currently on top of the standings, followed by Lebanon (12-3), Coe-Brown, Kearsarge, Merrimack Valley (11-4), Oyster River (11-4) and Pembroke (10-4).

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Gilford 76, Newfound 40

Key players: Gilford – David Hart (21 points, 5 assists, 4 steals), Greg Madore (17 points), Nate Hudson (11 points, 4 assists, 4 steals), Jon Nelson (9 points)

Highlights/key moments: All five of Gilford’s seniors started – Hart, Hudson, Nelson, Chris Remick (four points) and Logan Bell (two points, four rebounds) – and all five scored on Senior Night in Gilford. The Golden Eagles led 18-3 after the first quarter and 38-12 by halftime. They wrap up the regular season at White Mountains on Friday.

Records: Gilford 13-4; Newfound 0-17

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Manchester Memorial 69, Concord 34

Key players: Concord – Kasie Maloney (7 points), Ashley Kelley (7 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Crusaders were on fire from deep, hitting contested 3-pointers and 3s from a few steps beyond the arc at NHTI.

Coach’s quote: “Tonight was our Senior Night. We are thankful for NHTI for allowing us to use their gym for some of our home games while our gym floor gets fixed. We had a great time celebrating our seniors tonight. While we did not have the hot shooting night like Memorial, we had a lot of girls play hard and leave it all out on the floor. I am proud of our kids and the strides they’ve made toward turning our program around.” – Concord’s Tim LaTorra

Records: Concord 5-11; Memorial 14-3


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