Sunday, November 22, 2009

"In Class I It's Milford and Everyone Else"

1/19/10
Those were the words of Pelham Head Coach Todd Kress following his team's 44-36 win at Souhegan tonight. "The rest of us are just beating up on each other" he went on.

Tonight I went to Amherst to see Pelham play Souhegan. I went in thinking that these were two teams that were still a work in progress. That's exactly what I saw.

It was a very slopping game, especially for Souhegan. There was a ton of missed free throws, turnovers, poor shot selection and silly fouls on both sides. Souhegan played decent basketball in the third quarter, and Pelham played well for most of the first half. But overall this was not either team's best game.

It was just one of those games. Pelham's Steve Spirou had a game-high 13 points, but even he didn't have his best game. He missed a couple easy ones in the paint and went 6/13 from the free throw line. For Souhegan, Ryan Redmond only scored 2, Seth Cordts went scoreless in the first half. And Devin Gilligan started off very slow, with turnovers and forced shots before playing better as the game went on to finish with a team-high 11.

Souhegan is a team with good size and strength at all five positions on the floor, but they still allowed Pelham to get 11 offensive rebounds. They need to work on their defensive rebounding and discipline. They also need to play better team basketball. Oh yeah and then there's the free throw shooting.

"In our last three games, we've shot 43%, 36% and 42% from the line" explained Souhegan Head Coach Mike Heaney.

In the Sabers locker room on the chalkboard is another telling stat. In Souhegan's 9 games so far this season (Including the Keene Holiday Tournament) they have shot above 50% from the line just once. Ouch. But the talent is there. They have size, strength and skill. They have a lot of potential. If they can put it all together late in the year they'll be very tough to play. But they have to work on discipline, free throw shooting, defensive rebounding, and getting more of a rhythm offensively.

"I keep telling these guys that it's a marathon not a sprint" said Heaney. "We want to be playing our best basketball at the end of the year."

As for Pelham, They were up 24-9 late in the second quarter. They were playing good team basketball on both ends of the floor. Souhegan was looking very bad, and it looked like it was going to be a blowout. But for the rest of the second and into the beginning of the third, Souhegan chipped away at the lead. They went on a 14-2 run, and with 4:48 left in the third quarter it was only a three point ballgame, with Pelham up 26-23.

I think what happened was Pelham got complacent, and they started playing down to their competition. Also, Souhegan got a couple baskets in a row, started to feel good about themselves and got a little momentum. Overall, the Pythons got a solid team effort. Josh Boissonault played about as well as I've seen him play, with some big rebounds and buckets. Michael Lombard, like usual, complimented Spirou well. Also, Sean Sweeney and Dean Joyce both hit some big shots and Derek DeFranzo played a solid all around game, especially defensively.

The two things that really hurt Pelham was free throws and turnovers. For the most part though it was just the free throws. But early in the third quarter when Souhegan made their run, Pelham made two bad passes on back to back plays, both were stolen away by Cordts.

These are two good basketball teams, and both clearly have things to work on. But like Coach Kress said, everyone in this Class is just chasing Milford right now.

29 comments:

  1. Coach Kress may be right but I think this was more about putting pressure on Milford and hoping teams think Pelham is not dangerous.
    I do not buy it, while Pelham is not as good as years passed they are just as dangerous. Mike Lombard plays a little better each game and once all of the rust from football is gone and his basketball touch is back. Spirou will get more used to being on the floor for big minutes and they will learn to close games. I think Pelham is just as dangerous as MIlford come playoff time.
    The one dangerous thing this year is the Heal system. A lot of strange numbers could have a team like Pelham going into Hanover or Lebanon in the early rounds. So while they are still dangerous the pairings could be the deciding factor to how this all pans out. I know I wouldn't want to face them come March.

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  2. It's a weird year. Heal point system should make it more fair with strength of schedule mattering. But I am not sure. Did you see the Lebanon crowd at the Leb Hanover Game online??? I wouldn't want to go there in the first or second round.

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  3. I think Portsmouth has to be considered a challenger. They have great athletes and play very hard. It's hard to root for them however after seeing the Porstmouth coach rip up the OR coach in the paper. Completely without class. Check Fosters Daily Democrat Oyster River Portsmouth Game.

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  4. I do not see where Jim ripped anyone. HE said he was baffled by them slowing the game down but that is hardly a ripping. Did I miss something?

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  5. Coach Mulvey is a class act. His comments were taken out of context a little. And being someone at that game, he is right. O.R. killed all their momentum with that tactic.

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  6. His comments were certainly not taken out of context, just watch the video feed on the Fosters article. I was also at the game, and I think I saw him yelling at one of the Oyster River Players...Class Act?

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  7. Taken out of context??? Class Act? How can you say that it's on video and wasn't even asked a question about it. He should apologize to the OR coach.

    The real kicker is that OR was winning and he is the one who sat in Zone. Coach your team sir.

    If he is a class act he will appologize.

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  8. Portsmouth Beats Milford by 5 05 6

    The McLaughlin (sp?) kid is by far the best player we have seen this year - hands down.

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  9. Jeremy, you need to make the text on this site small again. This is obnoxious. Also, unless I missed something I doubt Portsmouth beat Milford highly.

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  10. Portsmouth did beat Milford by 5 or 6 points

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  11. It was a great game, tough calls in the end but Portsmouth played well. The zone they played all night really kept Milford off balance. Not sure what Milford's goals are against zone but they seem to just be trying to beat it individually. I seen gaps at the foul line all night that Milford did not attack. Came down to Milford in a stall and two bad turnovers lost the game for them. Tough loss.

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  12. Everytime someone plays hard or is competative with Oyster River, someone seems to have a problem with it on the OR side. I think Oyster River has the problem. The boys and girls programs are the same way. Good win for Portsmouth tonight, that's the same way they beat Pembroke who pounded MV tonight as well.

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  13. Zones are coaches way of ruining the greatest game ever played. I think they should be banned. Kind of like teaching a math major to use a calculator, sooner or later he is without that crutch and next thing you know his company is closed and the pension plan has been raided.
    Coach Mulvey did a good job winning a game tonight but he isn't teaching his players anything that will get them to the next level. Good luck with that zone defense in college.

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  14. 10:31 Yeah sure, go talk to Jim Boehiem. He's only one of the greatest college coaches ever and on the USA Olympic coaching staff. Comments like that make you sound very basketball uneducated. All college level player that make it, be Division 1,2,or 3, know how to play vs. man or zone. Please don't make excuses.

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  15. 10:31 "Zones are coaches way of ruining the greatest game ever played. I think they should be banned."

    Great quote, we should make you a coach. Coach Mulvey won the State Champoinship last year and has beat a few of the best teams in the state this year. By your comments, how would you know what to teach kids anyways...

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  16. Maybe that is why his kids are not making it to the next level?

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  17. The zones that wreck the game are the ones coaches use in grammar school. A player should be taught man to man as there base defense growing up. Once that is mastered, zone as a strategy is fine. Hello! A match up zone with man to man principles throws lots of teams off and they don't know what to run against it

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  18. Zone defense decides where the defenders are on the floor but doesn't dictate individual match-ups. Milford didn't take advantage of potential mismatches. Also, if Milford didn't like the tempo of the game why didn't they change it?

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  19. I would try work every practice I have to implement the skills it takes to play at the next level. I think it should be less about winning every game and more about training and trying to close the gap on the athletic side of things. Wins are great but the goal should be at the varsity level to give these kids the best tools to play at the next level. Everyone has an opinion about this and many agree that challenging the athletes we have in this state to defend is one of the things that hold us back at the next level.

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  20. Portsmouth is the high school equivalent of syracuse. Syracuse plays zone because they are loaded with talent with players who lack the discipline to man.
    Portsmouth is similar where they are loaded with talent and just need a simple system to keep winning.
    Mulvey is smart, when he was ripping the OR coach for holding the ball WITH THE LEAD. he was really trying to make it unacceptable for coaches to pull him out of zone.

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  21. Good luck playing zone in college are you kidding me? Boeheim is a great example but there are plenty of others. Even the best ever, Bob Knight played a little zone in the last few years at Texas Tech. Michigan plays 1-3-1. Coach Mulvey saw a weakness and put it in his game plan - thats his job right, to win the ballgame? Great job.

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  22. Your right Milford does not know how to attack the zone. I think we have covered this.

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  23. I want to cover it more. Milford supporters claim to so much better than everyone in class I but clearly they are not. If they are not playing in the open court 1v1 they are not very good at all. Lebanon beat them playing man to man and now Portsmouth playing zone. They are beatable on the slightest of off shooting nights. Even when I have seen them play vs. man defense they are not very good. Not as far as player personel but in execution of plays and reading the defense.

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  24. ok so milford is not good at all. are you kidding me? they have the best record in class I are averaging a 20 point win per game and have 3 firdt team all staters if they were on diffent teams.

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  25. Milford, get over yourself. You're good, but not above the rest. Time to start earning your reputation, instead of reading about it. Atleast two teams in Class I even or better than you right now. Time to man up.(no pun intended) Stop reading the hype and just play ball with urgency each night. As a Milford fan that wants to see a title, its time to put up and shut up boys.

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  26. I am printing the shirts now.. MAN UP!

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  27. Ok.Lets get over this Milford stuff and come to a conclusion that sam carney is single handedley goin to bring his team to the championship and get the title avenged in carneys name.

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  28. single handedly? Does that mean the rest of his team sucks? Does he tell them that?

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  29. How many Class I teams have a Varsity starter right now who can play college basketball? And other than Milford, how many have more than 1? This talk about playing at the next level cracks me up. Class I NH basketball is about doing the best you can with the hand you are dealt, and trying to win a state title. Unless of course you recruit......

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