Last night was the kickoff night for the BST League's Southeast Division over at the RAC and it was "NH vs. Mass." in all 3 games, with Mass. teams winning 2 out of 3. Here's the recap.
Game 1: Raymond vs. Haverhill
This was the game of the night. It was a back-and-forth contest with Haverhill leading 30-28 at the half. The beginning was sloppy on both sides, but it got better, especially in the second half when both squads were really getting after it and players on both sides were hitting big shots.
Raymond won it 53-52 in a nailbiter. The Rams had a balanced scoring attack which was led by Joe Morin and Jeff Lang. Morin, who is only a sophomore, showed solid ball handling, took it hard to the rim, made the outside shot and played hard defense. Lang is a 6'2" forward with the ability to draw the opposing big man from the basket and knock down the three. Kevin Paynter also played well for Raymond.
For Haverhill, Noah Vonleh did not play. He was injured on Wednesday night at Rivals practice.
Game 2: Campbell vs. Greater Lawrence Tech
This game was close for most of the first half, but towards the end of the half and in the beginning of the second half Greater Lawrence broke it open. They were too fast and too skilled for Campbell, despite only having 5 players and the Cougars having 9. Tech wins it 68-46.
Tech got good guard play led by 6'2" junior Donald Celestin, who is a potential scholarship player.
Campbell was led by Josh Morgan, Max Gouveia and Andrew Lepine. Those three can handle the ball and move it around the perimeter to get good looks at the bucket. They'll get better offensively over the summer. They definitely do lack size though, and gave up too many offensive rebounds to Greater Lawrence.
Game 3: Sanborn vs. Amesbury
Amesbury wins this one 50-44. Sanborn was down by as many as 16, but ended the game on a 12-2 run which was encouraging.
Sanborn played without two of their top 3 players in Trevor Phillips and Chris Matthews. Stepping up in their absence was Ryan Morris and Dylan Spence, a pair of sophomores who made a number of strong drives the rim. We have a young team, but the kids are working hard and getting better all of the time.
Amesbury had one kid who blocked about 8 shots, and two others who were very quick off the dribble. They're not a bad team, and they played about 15 kids.