Friday, June 18, 2010

BST Recap at the RAC

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.

18 comments:

  1. Judging on that game, what do you think about raymond and their class M hopes?

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  2. They'll be pretty good. I can tell that their core group of players has been playing together for awhile. Not much size, but good ball handlers and shooters which is more important. Raymond looked better than Campbell did, and Campbell will likely win about 10 games.

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  3. do you think they are good enough to be a championship contender ?

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  4. Berlin is going to be the favorite, followed by Bow and then Mascoma. Conant will also be top 5. Raymond could be somewhere in that top 5 or 6 teams too though. Tough to tell much more than that from seeing them once.

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  5. Im suprised morin isnt somewhere on the 2012 list, maybe if you see him again..

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  6. Jeremy,

    Campbell was missing which I project to be 2 starters, a center and a power foward. Although this will be a rebuilding year I think your selling them short predicting only ten wins. I believe Coach Roy and the boys from Campbell will do better than that. I guess we'll find out quickly where they stand as Campbell opens up vs Raymond.

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  7. Campbell would be better if they brought up Jesiah Wade and let him play varsity. The kid is only going to be a freshman but would likely be one of Campbell's top 4 or 5 players. The other player who wasn't there was John Houston who is also a solid player. Between Morgan, Lepine, Max, Houston, Paquin and Wade you have a solid core. Still Morgan would be the only one over 6'0".

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  8. Jeremy,

    You can forget about Wade. Rumor has it that he'll be playing at Londonderry High School. The big that you did not mention is Tyler Syphers who is 6'2". Tyler did not get a lot of time last year but he'll be a senior this year and will be relied upon to rebound and defend. Houston is also now over 6' although barely. But John is constantly in the weight room and is as strong as an ox. John did a nice job defending Conner Torrey in last years quarters up in Masoma using his muscle. It is no secret that height will be an issue for Campbell but lets remember it is Class M...oops I mean Division 3. It should be an interesting season.

    One thing I cannot disagree with you on is that Berlin will be a HEAVY favorite.

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  9. Londonderry? I thought he lived in Litchefield though? Syphers is a solid player. I'm sure they'll be a different team with him and Houston in the lineup.

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  10. Everyone just looks past Raymond because they have a relatively weak program up through but you can not look past the squad they will have next year. All 5 starters don't play baseball and played for a respectively good AAU team this season, also they have games every Wednesday and Thursday for summer league... This is a team that when they were all 8th graders in middle school they made it to the champioship.. A Veteran team which will hurt next year, but in class M this year they will definetly put on a show. You can't just look at all of the Campbell, Conant, Somersworth teams in Class M just because of their programs..This is just raw talent and some kids playing basketball all the way up through as bestfriends..

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  11. Put Noah in the game and Haverhill wins by 20+ going away.If he played in NH basketball next year no one would be to contain him, slow him down a little maybe. This kid is the real deal. He caught the eye of the Syracuse coach at the RAC when Noah was in 8th grade.

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  12. True Noah would have made a difference. But Haverhill played Alec Brennan in place of Noah. Brennan is also an incoming sophomore and is 6'7". Not as good as Vonleh of course but still a very good player. He goes to Weston High, he just played for Haverhill because Vonleh was out injured. So if Noah was there Brennan wouldn't have played.

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  13. Jeremy, Why are the rosters not all correct? I know there r players on concord who have scored in the last 2 games and there scores r not posted. Can you find out why?

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  14. Concord beat up on Bishop Brady last night... WOW!!

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  15. Jeremy,

    Are you going to do a recap of last nights games?

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  16. I have seen Brennan play for the Rivals, good rebounder and defensive player but he couldnt score the ball. Missed a lot of easy inside shots that you gotta make at 6'7, also couldnt shoot foul shots.

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  17. And Haverhill would have won with Noah instead of Brennan. Alec is going to be a very good player and is well on his way but that is Noah's team and the things he excles at Alec isnt close to yet. Haverhill wins by 10+ with Noah.

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  18. If haverhill had Noah instead of Brennan then Morin would have stepped up even more. Raymond wins either way.

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