Sunday, November 22, 2009

No Luck For "Green Teams" on St. Paddy's Day

3/17/10
Today there was 2 different teams whose school color is green who were in action in the boys Class L semi-finals on St. Patrick's Day. No luck for the green teams however, as both Dover and BG lost. Pinkerton beat Dover in the first game 61-57, and Winnacunnet defeated Guertin 63-56 in the other semi-final game. Perhaps the luck would have been different if the infamous "Green Men" from Bedford made an appearance!

A Couple of Cool Tid-Bits
-The top 2 seeds in the tournament have now advanced to the title game this year in boys Class L, (Winnacunnet/Pinkerton), Class I (Milford/Pembroke) and Class M (Conant/Berlin) as well as girls Class L (Winnacunnet and Pinkerton).

-Winnacunnet and Pinkerton are meeting in the Class L title game on the boys side as well as the girls.

-Winnacunnet beat Pinkerton in the girls final 46-41. If Winnacunnet beats Pinkerton in the boys final on Saturday, the Warriors will take home the Class L title for both the boys and girls. That would be a great achievement for the school.

-It wouldn't however, be the first time a school in NH has captured both the boys and girls basketball championships in the same year. In fact, it's already happened twice...this year! Groveton won both championships in Class S, and Conant did the trick in Class M. And in Class I, the Kennett girls team won the title. And while their boys team didn't match them by winning it all, their boys hockey team did. The Kennett boys hockey team won the Division III title. So Groveton wins Class S boys and Girls, Conant wins Class M boys and girls, Kennett wins Class I girls and D-III boys hockey. And Winnacunnet won Class L girls and they're in the championship game for the boys. Who knew!?

Pinkerton 61 Dover 57
Dover was in control of this game in the first half. They led 31-29 at halftime despite the fact that Pinkerton 6'7" center Zach Mathieu had 22 first half points, including 16 in the second quarter.

Dover guard Kenaan Al-Darraji hit a three to start the third quarter, but after that Pinkerton went on a 19-7 run. On this run it wasn't just Mathieu doing the damage. He did have a big and-one play following a Green wave turnover, but Alex Patrikis, Ben Proulx and Kevin Colbert also made plays during the run as well. The run gave the Astros a 48-41 lead, and it was 49-42 after 3 quarters.

Everyone was getting involved for Pinkerton in their third quarter run, as opposed to the first half when it was "All Mathieu All the Time." In fact, Proulx, Patrikis and Chad Park all went scoreless in the first half for the Astros. That's why despite the 22 from Mathieu, they were still losing at the half.

Dover made a nice run though in the fourth quarter. Alex Burt hit a three to tie it up, 51-51 with 3:41 to play for a 9-2 Green Wave run. Coach Romps' team began double and triple teaming Mathieu. He only scored 10 in the second half as opposed to 22 in the first. From there the pace of the game picked up, the intensity heightened, and both fan sections really got into it as the two teams traded baskets at a furious pace.

Proulx and Mathieu had a couple of big buckets for Pinkerton to put them up 57-55 with 1:36 left. These were a couple of easy layups after the Astros beat Dover full court pressure. Dover made their run early in the quarter by pressing full court and forcing Astro turnovers. But then Pinkerton adjusted, and got some easy layups off the pressure.

Dover had a chance a chance to tie it up in the final seconds. They trailed 60-57 with 20 seconds left. With Burt, Al-Darraji and Duffy as some of the best shooters around you would think they could definitely have a legit shot (no pun intended) to tie it up. But Burt was dribbling the ball a few feet behind the top of the keep. Al-Darraji was running off of screens, trying to get open. Credit the defense of Pinkerton, because he wasn't able to do so. Burt was also covered well on the ball and had nowhere to go with the ball, and Dover was out of timeouts. Burt took a couple dribbles to the left and was trying to force the ball over to a teammate when Proulx came up with a steal with about 3 seconds left. Proulx was fouled, made 1 of 2 FT's, and with it being a 2 possession game it was over.

Mathieu for POY?
Mathieu was the reason Pinkerton won this game, no question about it. The kid was "in the zone," especially in the second quarter. The future Franklin Pierce baseball player and possible Major League player had 32 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks. If Nicco Demasco from Monadnock got a full scholarship and Salem's Josh Jones got a partial to play basketball at Franklin Pierce, there's no question that Mathieu could at least get a partial to play basketball there.

I'll be just a baseball player in college" said Mathieu. "The basketball coach at Franklin Pierce knows that. I'll just be trying to stay healthy for baseball."

But the fact remains that after last night's performance, Mathieu has to be currently the leading candidate for Class L Player of the Year. The voting has already happened however. But if you follow this blog you know how I feel about this issue! Last night however, was a POY caliber performance from Mathieu, that's for sure.



Winnacunnet 63 Bishop Guertin 56
There were 2 BIG stories with this game:

1) The fact that Winnacunnet jumped out to such a HUGE lead.

2) The fact that BG was able to come back (but not quite all the way) from such a large deficit.

Winnacunnet started out the game on fire. They went up 14-3 right off the bat. They ked 36-18 at the half, and built their largest lead of the game in the third quarter.

For the first 2 and 1/2 quarters the Warriors played darn near perfect basketball. They were playing the game at an extremely fast pace, but at the same time they maintained control and composure. They played suffocating man-to-man defense, really getting in the face of the BG players, playing good help defense, getting in passing lanes and beating the Cardinals to EVERY loose ball. They were also limiting BG to 1 shot on virtually every possession. Offensively, they were unselfish, they pushed the ball, and set each other up for good looks. And when they got good looks at the basket, whether they were three's or layups they were making them. This team flat out plays team basketball, and they don't care who scores just as long as the TEAM scores.

Jesse Gould drilled a three from the top of the key to make it 42-20 Winnacunnet with 3:58 left in the third. It sent the Warriors faithful into a frenzy. At the time I felt like that shot was the dagger that would end Guertin's season. At that point I thought the game was over.

So BG was down 22 with 3:58 left in the third. And then thanks to a furious rally they cut the Winnacunnet lead to as little as 2, at 51-49 with about 3 minutes left in the game. You have to give the Warriors a ton of credit for the way they played for the first 2 and a half quarters when they playe near perfect team basketball. But at the same time, you have to give the Cardinals a lot of credit as well for battling back.

"I'm proud of my kids" remarked a melancholy BG coach Jim Migneult after the game. "I'm proud of the way we battled back, and how we had different kids step up."

From there though, Winnacunnet was able to hold on for the win. Harry Knowles had a couple of big steals and Nick McGrail had a big and-one play with 16 seconds left to seal the deal.

Knowles Squashes Rumors
There have been some rumors on here that Harry Knowles is headed to the University of Connecticut. Last night he squashed those rumors.

"Yeah, I heard about those rumors, but they're not true. I'm not going to UConn" Knowles informed me after the win over BG. "I'm looking at doing a post-grad year, possibly at Tilton. I'll be looking to play baseball, that's my best sport."

45 comments:

  1. When was the last time in both Class I & Class L that the two top seeds were in the finals?

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  2. Dover Pinkerton game was great, both teams played good, pinkerton just a little bit to much size, but i was amazed by the crowd that dover brought with them , they made the place very loud, and when burt made the three to tie it late i couldnt hear my own voice.

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  3. Bg only had 4 players contribute. Scott who fouled out later, mcclung who was cold, green who helped late, and Nicholas who contributed all game. All stepped up at times. But didn't have great games and no one else helped. Winny had a team. Bg every one but those four didn't want the ball

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  4. 11:28 i agree dovers crowd was intense and very fun to watch

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  5. We talkin STATE
    Winnacunnet runs it baby

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  6. Connor Green blowing that dunk changed the game. That's New Hampshire basketball for you though, white boys that can't jump. BG wasn't nearly anything they were blown up to be. Winnacunnet isn't either, but they did the little things and came away victorious. Maybe BG should recruit some more players from Massachusetts and develop a more competitive basketball team.

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  7. Rough game for BG last night, although you really need to give them credit for their comeback attempt. To be down by 23 points in the third quarter and then bring it back to a 2 point game, tells you something about those boys. They could have easily given up in the third quarter, but they didn't.

    Green had a rough first half, and Mclung had a rough entire game. Any time Mclung goes 3 for 18 from the field, BG is not going to win, because he takes such a dominating role in the offense. The poor kid couldn't buy a shot. St. Lawrence got himself in early foul trouble, and that hurt. Give credit to St. Lawrence, Green, and Pzyzoca for fueling the fourth quarter comeback, it was quite remarkable. I thought they were going to take it. A few turnovers at the end, and letting Winny go long on a few full court passes, killed the comeback.

    Winny should be given credit for playing great team ball, and making good decisions. They are obviously very well coached, better than BG.

    BG has a lot to look forward to next year. They will surely miss St. Lawrence, but they have alot of talent returning, and some incoming transfers. Although last night's loss was very tough to take, the BG boys should be proud of a 14-4 year and taking it all the way to the semi-finals.

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  8. bg coach is tuugh and rude to his players, i find the nicer the coach the better the team plays for him,

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  9. ay BG what happened? state baby. and we will be seeing you at state in footballnext year.

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  10. Did anyone notice at the end of the game that Mignault tried to put his last player on the bench in the game, with 10 seconds to go! The kid just shook his head no and said he wasn't going in the game. Why would a coach want to humiliate a kid in front of 3,000 people, going in with 10 seconds for no purpose whatsoever? What good comes out of that? If Mignault thought he was doing the kid a favor, then he has no clue as to how kids think. I give the kid credit for having the courage to say no. BG's administration really needs to take a look at this coach and determine whether his actions are appropriate. When you see all these other coaches, like McKenna, Fitzpatrick, Carey, Wheeler, Perry, etc., that get more out of less talent and treat their kids with respect and don't publicly humiliate them, you have to start to wonder what is going on over at BG.

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  11. What transfers will bg be having next year 10:12? I don't think so.

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  12. Huge Questions for class L,

    Who will reclassify or go prep?
    You have a long list of players that could or would lie to.
    Any coaching changes? No one has asked if Memorial coach will return with his son now gone. Does Green stay at BG or return to Bedford to join Fahmy and the Bedford core?
    Anything else?

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  13. well i am pretty sure that if a team makes it to the semi-finals has a pretty good damn coach! i would have to say i know were mignault was coming from. he wanted to get a starter out of the game. it isnt that big of a deal so stop complaining

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  14. 9:45, Connor Green's missed dunk changed the game?? How is that? BG was down by over 20 points at the time, so it wasn't like if he made that particular dunk he would have put his team ahead or something. Yes, he probably should have just taken the safe route and gone in for the layup. But it was a calculated risk, and if he made the dunk he would have helped get more momentum on their side. Hindsight is 20/20.

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  15. BG has transfers coming in? what a shock.
    It's so unfair that a school that plays Division II football is forced to compete in Class L. Drop to I, win some titles. Isn't that the school's philosphy?

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  16. What is this, the circus? and the huge question is who will reclassify or go prep? How is this a huge question for class L? The only pertinent question of the moment is which team will yet prevail? Then you can begin the meaningless speculation about a season that will begin 8 months hence. And I believe if the only negative comment that can be made about Migneault is the one above, then most should assume he's probably had a pretty good year.

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  17. It's obvious to any basketball fan that knows the game, the winner of the Dover/Pinkerton game will be the Class L Champs this year. Those were the two best teams in the final four.

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  18. "why would a coach want to humiliate a kid in front of 3000 people?"
    It's called what goes around comes around. Remember the Londonderry chant that humiliated the seniors? Well, time to grow some tougher skin there BG, you're in HS now, it happens. Coach wasn't trying to humiliate that kid any more than BG fans were trying to humiliate the Londonderry Seniors.

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  19. BG's shot selection is what killed them. They have best roster in Class L as far as ability goes. The stuff they run is probably good for a team that is not as talented as they are. Terrible shot selection by all. That is what is allowed run and gun helter skelter. Bottom line is it starts with the coach. It's his system that if he runs next year the same thing will happen. One of the playoff games out of four they will be cold and end up losing again.
    very fun for his players to be in but will not get best results from it with roster he has.

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  20. 2:21, he was putting in the last man on his bench,a kid that was manager last year so someday he could say he was on the floor.BG'S 2 best offensive players shot a combined 8 for 33,but remember those 2 players will be back next year with many others from this years team.Keep up the bg hating,it gives the kids motivation in the off season.

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  21. Mathieu could be tourny mvp sure but not poy. Just because you have a good tourny doesnt make you the best all around player in class L. You should not lump it all together.

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  22. Enough of the BG talk. They got totally outplayed in the first half and that is what lost the game for them. Nobody picked Winny to win vs. BG. Just goes to show, supposed "superior talent" doesn't always prevail.

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  23. hey 2:21

    its not what goes around comes around buddy, the kid never plays in any of the game and migneault tried to put him in but he didnt want too. its totally opposite when fans start chanting stuff.

    By the way Green apparantly didnt go to school today, and theres no way hes going to prep school so everyone needs to stop even thinking that. He's already got an Ivy League looking at him so i dont think he needs anymore help. St. Lawrence will truly be missed because you cant tell that he controls the pace of how bg plays, it was a total loss when he got fouled out. Experience is deffinetly key and all the juniors that come back next year will be making noise in class L.

    O and by the way, why would bg go prep league? there not prep so ya, and please stop bringing football up again.

    GO BGGGGGGGG!!!!! p.s. Pinkertons gonna be the champs

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  24. 3:38,

    Yes, you are right. Someone should not win POY just based on one tourney game. However, I think anyone would agree that at the end of the regular season POY in Class L was up for grabs. There was NO clear cut favorite. You had Mathieu, Madol, Burt and LaRosa. All 4 players with a legit chance at winning it and if you asked 12 coaches which one they would vote for I bet each player would have gotten 3 votes.

    And even after those top 4 you had a bunch of other kids right behind (St. Lawrence, Gould, Fitzpatrick, McClung and Proulx).

    Bottom line POY was wide open. I'm not saying that you only look at the tournament to decide the winner, but when it is this close you have to use tourney play as a factor. Out of the top 4 candidates, Mathieu has played better in the tournament hands down, which SHOULD give him edge for the award as of right now.

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  25. Hell of a season for BG. No matter what garbage people wish to speak of about the school, the players, the coaches, this was truly a remarkable season, putting them back on the basketball radar.

    It truly shocked me that the Winnacunnet players had the nerve to talk trash in the line shaking hands after the game, saying "Have a nice ride back to BG you (insert plural vulgar word for a female body part here)" and "Stick to football" (to Mike Kelly). It wasn't all of the players, and is not in any way reflective of the school, but it's an interesting reflection upon the character of certain individuals who have been previously acclaimed as some of the top athletes in the state. After their great effort in cutting the lead to 2 pts from 23, a word synonymous to female body parts was not by any means an appropriate word to use to describe the Bishop Guertin players. May the best team win on Saturday, and to 10:43, who brought up seeing Bishop Guertin on the gridiron next year, you certainly will.

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  26. Good point 5:22. What about your classy BG fans after the game going up to the Winnacunnet fans proclaiming them as "inbred" and all related. Talk about good sportsmanship. I thought a good bunch of Catholic boys and girls would have a bit more respect and class instead of stooping to the level of public school kids. Oh well. A private school tuition may buy you some championships, but it obviously doesn't buy, or teach sportsmanship after a well fought game.

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  27. What about my classy BG fans? Acceptance of a common stereotype is not my responsibility. I agree with you that calling Winnacunnet fans inbreds was uncalled for. The irony is that during the summer months, BG fans flock to the Hampton area to enjoy the seacoast. Calling the natives inbred was silly, and certainly unsportsmanlike. Trust me, BG students are not "a good bunch of Catholic boys and girls." Much to the disbelief of other NH natives, BG students are not flawless or to be placed on a moral pedestal above public school students. Teenagers are teenagers, regardless of where they go to school. In my opinion however, athletes, regardless of their school, must be held to a higher standard.

    Thus far my private tuition has not bought me championships or even taught me sportsmanship, the latter of which we can agree on. My sportsmanship was developed by my parents and coaches while I was a young guy growing up. It was due to my well-developed sportsmanship that I sincerely congratulated each member of the Winnacunnet basketball team for their victory, but unfortunately was responded to with insults from a select few. I have a tremendous amount of respect for players like Dunn, McGrail, and Cronan who went out there and led their team to victory, after which they were able to respectfully shake hands. Goodluck on Saturday fellas.

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  28. Pinky sportin new hardware Sat nite!

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  29. This bg vs winnacunnet talk is just getting me pumped for football. The hype for that game next year is gonna be huge. Warriors will come out on top tho. State.

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  30. 2:41, to your point, I can't understand why Mignault didn't try to leverage his strengths the other night. His biggest advantage over Winny was size. Why didn't he post up Green and St. Lawrence at all? There was nobody on Winny, except maybe Cronan, who had the size or strength to contain Connor Green down low. He could have had Green and St. Lawrence picking for each other across the lane. Get the ball down low, and if they're doubled, have them kick it back out to guys like Mclung and Cuipa for open looks. At least that keeps St. Lawrence and Green in position to crash the offensive boards, instead of being 20 feet from the basket all the time. Seems pretty simple to me, but I think Mignault has one way of doing things, and he never makes adjustments.

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  31. Winny didn't win it. BG lost it. Much better team. Talking to BG players all week they came in VERY cocky. they all thought they were already in the championship. that's why they went down so bad early. Theyr attitude was their problem all year, they were by far the best team in the state, ability wise but the attitude and chemistry problems killed them.

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  32. Leave mignealt alone he is a great coach and a really nice guy. The school loves him and supports him 100%. As for recruiting just stop it makes you sound like you have mo idea what your talking about. THEY DONT RECRUIT. Find a new excuse because that is invalid. What do you think they recruit based on? Elementary games in the playground? Don't be rediculous. Football doesn't either it is a well documented fact. Look for a new reason to hate them because that one has absolutely no truth to it.

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  33. I don t know the guy but stop saying great coach. A "good" coach wins with the best talent.

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  34. If he is such a good coach maybe you should look at his wins at Durham. He has 0 at the big show take a look even at Merrimack.

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  35. 11:15, is that a true fact. Mignault has never won a game in Durham? How many times has he been there, do you know?

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  36. has a team he coached ever made to the championship??? Then you'd know.

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  37. This was the first time Mignaults team was ever in the Final 4

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  38. Pinky State Champs!!!!!! Winny played real well.

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  39. bg's 2 best players shot 8 for 33, which means they missed 25 shots.It's not migs fault,players have to be held accountable too.The good news {if your a bg fan} is those 2 will be back next year.A loss like that can certainly show what needs to be worked on in the off season, and turn a negative into a positive.

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  40. It's what the coach allows the players to do. bed shot selection is what the norm is

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  41. 7:44, yes, you have to blame the players themselves for missing shots, but it's also the coach's responsibility for putting his players in the right position to win. Mignault had a huge size advantage against Winny and he didn't take advantage of it. He should have had both his bigs down low, and just pounded it in to them. It would have produced higher percentage shots, gotten Winny's bigs in foul trouble, and allowed BG's bigs to crash the offensive boards better. Look at what the Pinkerton coach did. He used his size as an advantage. Not that BG has any kids as big as Mathieu, but they do have Green at almost 6'5, and St. Lawrence at 6'4. Not once did I see those kids post up down low, except maybe at the end when they were trying to finish their comeback.

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  42. If you allow your players to shoot that many shots as well wouldn't why did he not have others in there to get good looks. Cuipa can come off the bench and hit shots, Lavash can also shoot, why did they not get on those 25 missed shots and try to get there own. Mig only had those 2 kids try and win the game when really it is a team effort and he let his team blow it. NOT THE PLAYERS FAULT.

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  43. If you allow your players to shoot that many shots as well wouldn't why did he not have others in there to get good looks. Cuipa can come off the bench and hit shots, Lavash can also shoot, why did they not get on those 25 missed shots and try to get there own. Mig only had those 2 kids try and win the game when really it is a team effort and he let his team blow it. NOT THE PLAYERS FAULT.

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  44. Migneault is a great coach, no one here other than players would have any clue how good a coach is on any team. Your just seeing him yell and going off sheer opinion of what kind of guy he looks like from 4 rows up in the bleachers. I dont care that he yells, get over it, it toughens kids up and will help them out in the long run.

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