Tuesday, July 27, 2010
BST Recap at SNHU
It is the last week of the BST regular season before playoffs get started next week. Last night there was a lot of depleted rosters going at it over at SNHU. Between players playing in national AAU tourneys, injuries and vacations, almost every team was playing shorthanded.
The games I took in were Trinity vs. BG (girls), Pembroke vs. Trinity (boys) and Dover vs. Goffstown (boys). Here's my recap of all 3 games, plus the schedule for the BST "Crossover Weekend" for both the boys and girls.
Game 1: Trinity vs. Bishop Guertin (girls)
Last week when I recapped Trinity's game it became known that Trinity star guard Jasmine Theroux suffered a torn ACL during AAU action and will need surgery. She will likely miss the entire season, but may come back late in the year. A tough break for the Pioneers, but they still have enough talent to be a good team. Proof of that is the fact that even without Theroux, Trinity still had the 2 best players in this game playing for them in Emily Marro and Emily Martin.
Marro and Martin were just too much for BG to handle (who was also missing key players) and Trinity cruised to a 40-15 win.
In addition to Theroux, Trinity was also playing without junior Lia Nawn, who has been out in D.C. for nationals with the Shooting Stars. Guertin meanwhile played without sophomore forward Meghan Green, sophomore guard/forward Nikki Hayner, sophomore guard Madison Gibbs, guard Lauren Stelmash and freshman guard Jamie Sherburne.
BG took a 4-2 lead early, but then Trinity scored 16 straight points to go up 18-4. From there Trinity would only increase their lead, and this game was never really in question.
Marro and Martin played very well to lead the way for the Pioneers. She forced a couple of shots, but overall played very well. Marro can shoot it as well as put the ball on the floor and score off the drive. Martin rebounded the ball well and also had a good rhythm offensively, hitting mid-range shots from the baseline as well as in the paint. Paige Heslin also played well for Trinity, providing good defense and finishing inside.
BG will of course be a different team with all of their top players there (not to mention their coach who was at nationals coaching the Crusaders). Still, they did get solid play from Jenny Fallon, Hannah Hyatt and Leandra Piercy.
Game 2: Pembroke vs. Trinity (boys)
2 more depleted teams going at it in this one. Pembroke only had 5 players, and Trinity only had 5 high school players. I say high school, because Trinity actually brought 4 middle school kids off their bench to play. That shows how depleted these teams were. Trinity won it 66-44, with Madol being the difference.
Trinity had David Madol, Jake Hamel, Hunter Viscarello, Pat Keefe and Dawson Dickson. Some of their players, including Sylvere Aluko, Mabor Gabriel and Travis Descoteaux were at national tournaments with the Bishop Elite and Rivals.
Madol had a big game, and he also squashed any rumors about him going to Vermont Academy. He informed me after the game that he plans on staying at Trinity. The game comes very easy for him, as Madol was barely even trying out there but still dominating.
Pembroke meanwhile was led by their sophomore duo of Rene Maher and Matt Persons. Despite losing by 22, both players were solid, especially Maher. He's a fearless player who goes to the rim hard despite his lack of size and also has a dangerous pull-up jumper that he can hit anywhere on the court 3 point line or closer. Persons had some tough luck, have a number of shots go in and out on him. He still had a solid game too though, showing the ability to shoot it or put the ball on the floor.
As usual, the freshmen for Trinity were very good. Keefe and Dickson are both very quick, explosive players who can get up and down the floor, defend and shoot. When you watch them play you would never guess that they just graduated middle school. Hamel shot the ball well and played a solid all around game, and Viscarello played his usual tough defense.
For Pembroke, 6'2" junior Kent Noyes had a tough game, but did well on the boards. The Spartans were missing key players Patrick Welch, Tyler Morrison and Jordan Williams.
Game 3: Dover vs. Goffstown (boys)
Here's another indication of how depleted these teams were last night. Goffstown only had 4 players! In order to avoid having a forfeit, Keefe, Madol and a couple of the middle school players that played for Trinity the previous game played for Goffstown in this game...yikes! With this lack of interest in basketball at Goffstown, it is a good thing they are moving down to Division II (Class I).
Dover meanwhile was the complete opposite of the other teams I saw yesterday. They brought 14 kids with them, and virtually ALL of their top players were there. It is nice to see the commitment that Coach Romps has instilled in his program.
Dover went up 7-0 early and never looked back, winning it 55-46 in a game that really wasn't that close. The Green Wave had a 39-25 second half lead, but they took their starters out with about 9 minutes to go. And then Madol started to heat up and get Goffstown back in the game.
Kenaan Al-Darraji had a quiet game for Dover, serving as more of a facilitator instead of looking for his shot. Doing most of the damage instead was Morgan Faustino, Jarell Mejia, Bubba Mahan and Mike LeBlanc.
A nice moment in this game happened for Dover early in the second half. Mejia took a charge and then immediately the entire Dover bench (including Romps) stood up clapping their hands. On the very next Goffstown possession, Mahan took a charge. Again, the entire bench including Romps stood up and clapped for him. Good stuff. On a day when the teams were so depleted, and the level of play in the games was less than stellar, it was nice to see one program making the most of their summer league games.
For Goffstown, they continue to be led by their senior backcourt of Brandon Shea and Ryan Lange. Two solid players with good fundamentals and both play the game hard.
Crossover Weekend Schedule
All games will be played this Saturday at the Rockingham Athletic Club in Plaistow, NH.
Red Court - Derryfield vs. Windham
Blue Court - Raymond vs. Nashua North
Black Court - Alvirne vs. Merrimack
Red Court - Bishop Brady vs. Sanborn
Blue Court - Trinity vs. Amesbury MA
Black Court - Dana Barros HS (Blue) vs. Manchester West
Red Court - Bishop Guertin vs. Haverhill
Blue Court - Manchester Memorial vs. Dana Barros (white)
Black Court - Dover vs. Groton/Dunstable
Red Court - Souhegan vs. Bedford
Blue Court - Milford vs. Pembroke
Black Court - Manchester Central vs. Greater Lawrence Tech
Red Court - Merrimack Valley vs. Campbell
Blue Court - Hollis/Brookline vs. Concord
Black Court - Raymond(green) vs. Goffstown
Now, here's Saturday's schedule for the girls division:
Red Court - Bishop Guertin vs. Campbell
Blue Court - Trinity vs. Nashua South
Black Court - Manchester Central vs. Bedford
Blue Court - Bishop Brady vs. Pembroke