Wednesday, July 14, 2010
BST Southern Division - Week 5 Recap
Bishop Guertin and Groton-Dunstable picked up wins on Wednesday night in summer league action. Here's my recap of both games.
Game 1: Alvirne vs. Groton-Dunstable
Groton wins it 54-52. Overall, it wasn't the most well played game and it was a little sloppy. But Groton is a young team, and Alvirne was missing a couple of key guys. Considering that it wasn't bad for a summer league game.
Initially it looked like Groton was going to run away with it, as they took a 12-2 lead early. But then Alvirne slowly got back in it, and then really started to play well towards the end of the first half. They were being led by Caleb Donnelly, Pat Nager and Jim Tomaswick. Nager hit back-to-back three's, and Tomaswick was more assertive offensively without fellow 6'5" forward Sean Moyen in the lineup. Also, Britton Doyle did some nice things for the Broncos. He had 2 blocked shots on one possession late in the half. He isn't much of an offensive threat, but he did a lot of little things to help out and really hustled on both ends,
The teams went back and forth in the second half, and it went down to the wire. Groton was in a zone the whole game, and they pressed 3/4 court for the majority of the contest. Alvirne had some turnovers, but for the most part they did ok against both looks Groton was giving them. Donnelly had a solid all around game.
Alvirne had one last chance to tie the game or to win it, down 54-52 with about 20 seconds left. Donnelly got a good look at the rim too, from about 12 feet away. He put up a leaner but it rimmed out.
Tomaswick continues to make strides with his game. Tony Beaulieu had a decent game, but had some bad turnovers in the first half. The Broncos had most of their key players there, but they were missing Moyen and Jonathan Baldwin (both are projected starters).
Groton is a decent team. They're definitely young. I saw them play last summer in the BST League, and again in the Rivier Fall League. I didn't see many familiar faces tonight though, probably just 1 or 2 kids. They're a feisty team though, they play hard and they play unselfishly. And they're giving these NH teams some decent competition over the summer.
Game 2: Bishop Guertin vs. Nashua North
BG ended the game on a 23-4 run and wins it 60-41. Ryan Gauthier had a solid game for North, but BG had too many weapons for the Titans to handle. They turned the ball over, and Guertin turned them into easy baskets on the other end.
There was a good amount of talent on both squads, but both teams were missing key players. The Cardinals were without Connor Green, Sean McClung and Brad Holler, while North was missing Javon Williams. When these two teams meet this winter and they're at full strength it will be a different ballgame. Still, this was a good tune-up for both clubs.
North was really playing some good ball late in the first half and in the beginning of the second. Gauthier was on his game, hitting shots. He also sprained his ankle and had to be helped off the floor early on. But Gauthier's a tough kid. He came back in the game just 3 minutes later and started to heat up. He hit a three at the halftime buzzer, and then open the second half with another one.
North actually led this game 38-37 with about 12 minutes left, before BG went on their run.
Anton Marinchik also played well for the Titans, displaying a solid all around game and really playing hard. He could end up being North's 3rd best player this season after Gauthier and Williams. Once again the North bigs (Mike O'Connor and Jacob Mellin) were solid inside. I said it before, but I'll say it again. North will have a solid starting 5 this year with Williams, Gauthier, Marinchik, Mellin and O'Connor. And off the bench you have the 5'10" Liam Burke and the 6'0" Anthony Farmer. They'll be a solid team, and a definite contender for a top 8 seed in Division I.
Of course BG on the other hand isn't just a threat to be a top 8 seed, they're a serious threat to win it all. Even without Green, McClung and Holler, they still had plenty of talent to go around. Tonight they were led by Nick Pyzocha, Joe McCarthy, Logan Kesty, Kyle Remillard and Steve Cuipa. I was most impressed with the 6'1" Pyzocha, who was very active on both ends, and forced a number of turnovers on defense. McCarthy has good potential, and is a good offensive player and rebounder. If he can improve defensively then he'll really help this team win games.