Friday, July 2, 2010

Raymond Bounces Back


Raymond beats Campbell in a Division III showdown to highlight week 3 of the BST League's Southeast Division. The other highlight of the night was one of the coaching match-ups where Dana Barros coached against Scott Hazelton. Here's my recap of all 4 games.


Game 1: Sanborn vs. Greater Lawrence Tech
Tough match-up for Sanborn in this one. Greater Lawrence Tech is a very fast, athletic team. They take it hard to the rim and they're tough on the boards. They were just to quick and too skilled for Sanborn, although they Indians battled hard against them for all 40 minutes. Tech won this game 68-36.

The top players for Sanborn in their games at the BST League have been Ryan Morris, Chris Matthews, Dylan Spence and Casey Nolan. They all had solid games again last night. But two other players stepped up and showed solid play, especially in the second half. They were forward Nick Carson and guard/forward Richie Marini. Carson showed good toughness in the post, grabbing boards and finishing down low and also made a nice pass from the high post to a cutter. And Marini played hard every minute he was out there, showing good energy. The 6'0" senior was making some nice passes, hitting 18 foot jumpers and crashing the boards hard.

Greater Lawrence Tech didn't have a great season last year in the Merrimack Valley Conference. But they were a young team last year. All of their top players are back this season and they will now be a team to be reckoned with.


Game 2: Campbell vs. Raymond
What a difference a day makes. On Wednesday Raymond did not look like a Division III title contender at all, losing to Concord 51-33. But the very next day on Thursday, against a Campbell team which is more talented than Concord, Raymond won 65-42 (they played without key player Kevin Paynter both games). It was a statement game for the Rams.

Campbell was also playing without one of their better players in John Houston, and Jason Paquin only played in the second half. But Raymond not having Paynter is just as big of a loss.

This didn't have the feel of just any old summer league game. These are two teams who battle it out every year in Class M. Both squads are expected to be top 10 teams in the division this upcoming season. It had the intensity of a regular season contest.

Raymond went up 14-5 early behind some hot shooting from Joe Morin. Campbell answered back though, and after Josh Morgan hit a three-pointer from about 28 feet away it was just a 16-14 lead for the Rams. Raymond answered back though, and pushed their lead back up to 9 at halftime, 29-20. Jeff Lang (pictured above) was having a strong all-around game for the Rams. For Campbell, Andy Lepine was having a solid game. he was hitting shots, distributing the basketball effectively and playing tough defense.

In the second half Campbell hung tough and stayed in the game for the first 9 minutes or so, but then Raymond made a run. They pushed the lead up to 49-29 with 6:30 left. Lang was playing excellent basketball and Jordon Richards was also doing a nice job of running the offense, handling the ball against defensive pressure and hitting shots.

After Raymond pushed the lead to 20, Campbell didn't give up. They went on a 7-0 run, thanks to a nice and-one by Morgan and some nice passing and finishing by guard Max Gouveia. The Cougars cut the lead to 13, but that's as close as they would get.

This was a good win for Raymond. They needed to bounce back after the way they played vs. Concord on Wednesday and they did. Their "Big 4" of Lang, Paynter, Morin and Richards has the potential to be VERY tough to stop next season in Division III.

After seeing this game, I still expect both squads to be top 10 teams next year in D-III. Another player who has been playing well in summer league for the Cougars is sophomore Jacob Morgan. Campbell will have a solid rotation with both Morgans, Lepine, Gouveia, Tyler Syphers, Houston and Paquin.

The other teams to watch out for in D-III will be Berlin, Bow, Conant, Hopkinton, Mascoma and Somersworth.


Game 3: Dana Barros HS (Blue) vs. Haverhill
This game had a very interesting coaching match-up. Dana Barros was coaching his team, and Scott Hazelton was coaching Haverhill. Two of the best basketball players to ever come out of Massachusetts squaring off. The old Director of Basketball Operations at the RAC vs. the new Director of Basketball Operations at the RAC.

Once again, Noah Vonleh was out of the lineup for Haverhill after suffering a concussion 2 weeks ago (Vonleh is ranked by ESPN has one of the top 30 sophomores in the country). Even without him in the lineup, Haverhill ended up winning this game 64-35.

The Dana Barros team is a free agent team that was led by Proctor Academy's Mike Lombard and Timberlane junior Shayne Mullins. Lombard played very well. He was unselfish but scored when he had to, and he was a rebounding machine.

Haverhill only led 24-20 at the half. And the Dana Barros team made it a 2 point game early in the second half 24-22. From that point on however, Haverhill outscored them 40-13. The Hillies played about 13 kids, and compared to just 6 for the Dana Barros team, who ran out of gas in the second half.


Game 4: Amesbury vs. Dana Barros HS (White)
Some of the same players played on both of the Dana Barros teams last night. Once again the team was led by Lombard and Mullins. Lombard had about 20 points in both games. Mullins showed good speed and ball handling, and was able to get in the lane and make plays. There was also a couple of kids from Concord who played for this Dana Barros team and contributed. Amesbury led the whole way, and won it 58-49.

With the way Lombard played in both games last night, I definitely expect him to get some good minutes next season at Proctor.

62 comments:

  1. Looks like campbell will not be giving any of the top i or l teams any comp this year.

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  2. campbell struggled big time last night,every single player did they will be fine this year you can not be jugded on a bad game

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  3. Yes you can if it's against raymond. Raymond could not compete against any elite team in I or L sorry.

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  4. Campbell really struggled at Exeter as well. More than one bad game.

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  5. How many times have you seen Raymond play 8:07? don't talk before you don't know

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  6. If Raymond is as bad as everyone thinks then why didn't Campbell beat them? This wasn't a loss by 2 or 3 points. It was by 23. I will say that Campbell is definitely a very good team, but this year, I think that Raymond is also a very good team. I'm not saying that Raymond will beat every team by over 20 points this season either. Each team will have their good and bad games. I'm just saying that playing Raymond will not be a game on your schedule to automatically mark down as a win before the season even starts. This year will be different. And who said anything about competing in class I or L??? That's why different classes don't play eachother during the season. When they do, and you get to play Raymond, then you can talk trash. Until then, worry about your own team.

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  7. Yeah its not like Campbell had good looks and they just wernt falling, Raymond had relatively good defense, sometimes not very good transition d though.. Raymond had many open three;s and killed them on the boards..Josh Morgan honestly is not good, he shoots threes, doesnt box out, doesnt play defense...Jeremy when you rank someone like him I think you should look more into all around game..

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  8. What does a "free agent team" mean. Who are the kids on that team and what schools do they actually go to. Mascoma will be very good for DIII and will beat both of the teams being talked about above. Connor Torrey POY??????

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  9. When they do, and you get to play Raymond, then you can talk trash. Until then, worry about your own team.

    Friday, July 2, 2010 9:45:00 PM EDT


    It was Campbell talking about how great they were because they and conant beat some team last year in a christmas tourney. But that said lets be real there is no reason to talk trash because there is no way you could compete with a BG in L or a Milford in I everyone knows that.

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  10. if campbell played your team the best defensive player on the team will play josh and the 2nd best defender will have to help him or you will have a long knight. and that is honestly the truth.

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  11. obv they cant compete with bg or milford, no one can thats why milford won it all and bg just has good talent but those are big schools compared to raymond or campbell which has only four hundred peoplee in it.

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  12. why are you comparing m to i and L ? compare i toi and L to L .

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  13. if campbell played your team the best defensive player on the team will play josh and the 2nd best defender will have to help him or you will have a long knight. and that is honestly the truth.

    Saturday, July 3, 2010 11:05:00 AM EDT

    Huh? Last time i checked Morgan was eighteen on the 2011 list so what kids in front of him or behind him will need help in stopping him? Can you imagine him going up against some of the kids listed on Jeremy's top defensive team? Talk about a long night he would be better suited to just pass the ball and hope he tripped over someones foot to get a foul call and get to the line.

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  14. 1;19, After playing Morgan for the last 4 years and in BST a few nights ago, I could not agree more with what you said.

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  15. Why the hating on josh,you would think he was going to bg the way you guys are ripping him.He is a zone buster,don't leave him alone.

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  16. I think there is so much hating becauseee he is ranked 18th in the state and IS NOT a complete player..He shoots 28 footers every once in awhile, yes, but other then that there is much better all around players then him

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  17. It's not his fault he is ranked 18th.You have to remember this is one man's opinion.I appreciate all the hard work Jeremy does,but in the end it is just that, his opinion.My list is different then his, he tends to like offensive players,I like complete players.Holder would be 2 or 3 on my list.3:37 who are your top 5?

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  18. I think most agree with the basics of Jeremy's list. Some are hating on Josh because his shot selection and attitude. He is not in the top 15 by any means.

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  19. When you saw him play or if you saw him play at the all star game at the rac you could clearly see he was out of his league and what shocked me was to see him still chucking up bad shots during that game. The thing with holder is he's a legit top of list offensive and defensive player and one of the fastest kids on the court plus it doesn't hurt to be able to dunk the ball as a point guard. Bottom line i just don't see him being compared to the kids that were on the floor with him that day.

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  20. That being said do you think anyone has a chance of beating Holders team this year? I mean they didn't lose anyone that was a impact guy and the only teams that played them tough lost several guys. Is there any chance that the do not go back to back?

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  21. the rac is one game get over it one game will not and will never determine if you are a good player or bad player. basketball is a long year not one game 8:08 pm

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  22. 8:15
    Cleary the favorite, but do not jinx the thing. Too many things can go wrong.

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  23. josh morgan keep up the good work you must be one of the best offensive players in nh or the parents would stop saying things about you to make there kids look better. 1000 points as a junior good job. how about milfords 1000 point kids. that right you do not have one as a junior. josh keep on shooting.a frend from the class of 2010

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  24. Yeah nobody has gotten 1,000 for Milford as a Junior because they PASS the ball? And this is not a Milford player/fan/parent either, that is just real talk

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  25. coming from a coach who has had to prepare to stop Josh more than a few times...he's as solid as they come in "M" and can play with most anyone in the state...let's not forget we are talking about a summer game here...when Thanksgiving comes around, Josh tends to bring his "A" game...It matters how you perform after Christmas that counts...not after the 4th of July...understand that Raymond and Concord???

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  26. How can you have three players in Olaughlin holder and mitchell each score a thousand points by now? Not to mention they played very few minutes sophmore year because they had a senior laden team not to mention Jasmine who took eighty percent of the shots that year. Bottom line can you really see josh taking it to any of those three players not if you have any basketball sense. By the way josh doesn't even see the floor with the jayhawks.

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  27. If that free agent team only has 2 players worth mentioning, do you think they have any chance of winning any games?

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  28. By Junior year Milford has done something that Josh hasn't they won a title. Keep your 1000 pts Josh we will enjoy our banner and championship rings.

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  29. They were only down by 2 early in the second half to Haverhill, and they were right in the game the whole way vs. Amesbury. That being said, they're a group of random players from different schools playing against actual high school teams.

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  30. Let's ask an independent person for their perspective. Jeremy full campbell squad against a full Milford squad final score and how would morgan do against them?

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  31. Who is comparing Campbell to Milford?

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  32. We can't even beat Raymond! What a ridiculous post 11:16am

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  33. I saw some of the Amesbury game because my son played, Lombard was unstoppable and that PG was the only kid that could bring the ball up, but yes for a bunch of random kids they didnt do to bad...what happened against Haverhill?

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  34. josh morgan keep up the good work you must be one of the best offensive players in nh or the parents would stop saying things about you to make there kids look better. 1000 points as a junior good job. how about milfords 1000 point kids. that right you do not have one as a junior. josh keep on shooting.a frend from the class of 2010

    Tuesday, July 6, 2010 2:16:00 PM EDT

    We can't even beat Raymond! What a ridiculous post 11:16am

    Wednesday, July 7, 2010 12:07:00 PM EDT

    This poster is and so my simple question back to him is Morgan the 1000 point scorer for campbell against a no 1000 point scorer in a milford team who wins? If you don't want to answer that then don't. I think we all know what would really happen don't we.

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  35. 11:16, yes that is kind of a silly question. Obviously Milford would beat Campbell. Morgan would probably get about 10 points.

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  36. how about milfords 1000 point kids. thats right you do not have one as a junior. josh keep on shooting.a frend from the class of 2010

    Tuesday, July 6, 2010 2:16:00 PM EDT

    That's the post i was referring to. We don't have a 1000 point junior but those those three are far better players and have a state title as juniors.

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  37. milford needs to stop with the campbell morgan stuff. you will win. but if morgan has a good game then you look bad. the big three all thay have to do is stop morgan if you do not thay look bad. three on josh good luck josh like most games you play in

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  38. Yes I think we all know what would really happen that's why it was a ridiculous post. We also all know that if you have as many talented players as Milford does you won't have or need any 1000 pt scorers. So let's put an end to that silly discussion.

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  39. Jeremy,

    If it is so silly & obvious that Milford would be Campbell, why were you arguing so heavily for this post season title clash of the various state class champions?

    You are now making the exact point that was being presented to you. Both teams are considered to be among the very best in their respective classes/divisions. Yet you claim its obvious that Milford would win. So what is purpose of your desire to have a team like Campbell play a Milford or a Pinkerton for a "real title"? To watch a Class L team beat up on a class M or S team ? From your statement, a Milford/Campbell game would appear to be a rour if their top player is only going to post 10 pts.

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  40. You're reaching here, 1:55. Maybe just looking for an argument, not sure. When you say that "both teams are among the very best in their respective classes/divisions" that might be your opinion but it isn't mine. Milford is the undisputed, clear cut favorite in their division next season. Campbell is not. I said the other day that Campbell is probably a top 10 team in D-III, but that's it. Not exactly the same as being the undisputed, clear-cut favorite in your division, is it?

    Conant vs. Milford last year would have been a game. So would Milford vs. Pinkerton.

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  41. Milford played conant last year before the season started and beat them by thirty it was not that good of a game.

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  42. Milford scrimmaged Conant in the preseason, I was there. They played running time, they played a quarter of varsity and then the JV played a quarter, etc. and the score was reset after each quarter. Not a real game, no flow to the game. Conant was a completely different team when I saw them in March. Martin didn't really impress me in the scrimmage before the season, but he was a beast when I saw him against Mascoma over at SNHU. Milford was also a better team at UNH than they were preseason. But it would have been a MCH different game if the two squads met in March with something actually riding on it.

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  43. Agreed Jeremy while I am biased about Milford I think it would have been a good game. I think Milford wins it but they would have had to play well to get a victory. I do know that Conant will win it all again this year. Their JV and remaining varsity guys are playing very well and the coach is a top 5 coach in the state in any division. I do not see anyone beating them come March.

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  44. Jeremey, are you going to SNHU to see Raymond vs BB at 5:00?

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  45. Sorry Jeremy but i am biased about Milford also and by the end of the year both teams were better. however the difference became rebounding and what would make Milford man handle Conant would be Kyle Nelson he went from pretty much non existent to a beast on the low post with a the ability to take it outside on the offensive side of it. Milford's biggest issue last year was nobody could or would rebound and once Kyle and for that matter Desmaris fixed that issue the team became in my opinion a fifty percent better because we were not giving up extra shots to the other team and getting less shots for us. And kyle also gave us a blocking machine I bet he blocked atleast five a game at the end of last year. And so that's where a peard would have done his damage against us other then that there was no other threat to us on that team.

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  46. I never said I though Conant would have won this hypothetical game. Milford would be favored. But it would definitely be a game. And it wouldn't be nearly as lopsided as the preseason scrimmage. I have mentioned on here before that yes, Nelson has improved a lot. That being said, Ethan O'Neill from John Stark outplayed him in the quarterfinals and I think the inside combo of Peard and Hodgson would have done just fine against Nelson and Desmarais.

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  47. But they would not have done as well at the end of the year against them as compared to the start of the year and that's my point. Kyle did not have a great quarter final game i agree but look at the portsmouth game and the pembroke game which by the way he had to compete against a better one two punch then peard and hodgson and look how he did against them.

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  48. Hodgson never played inside at all. He was a spot up shooter. Not sure he would have done much other than that.

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  49. Oh and just a reminder that in the finals against berlin who they barely beat 41-35 Peard scored 7 and Hodgson scored 5 not exactly and eye opening game in the finals wouldn't you agree? And that game that kyle struggled in against O'Neill and John stark he still had 9 points 11 boards and a three blocks not exactly a horrid game right?

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  50. but look at the portsmouth game and the pembroke game which by the way he had to compete against a better one two punch then peard and hodgson and look how he did against them.



    LOL, .......Nelson -> 1 pt Vs Portsmouth.
    -> 8 pts Vs Pembroke
    -> 9 pts Vs John Stark
    -> 10 pts Vs #16 Seed MV

    Yep real "Beasty", only double digit game vs the #16 seed!

    **** Oh and just a reminder that in the finals against berlin who they barely beat 41-35 ****

    Lets See....

    Milford - 66 John Stark - 59 7 pt win.
    Milford - 60 Portsmouth - 56 4 pt win in OT.
    Milford - 52 Pembroke - 46 6 pt win.

    Seems like milford barely won 3 games on its way to the title. Hardly the dominant team milfordites love to claim. In Fact, they trailed Portsmouth most of the game. Imagine, all that incredible talent and they barely beat a team with 2 guys who are D1 baseball players!!!

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  51. Banner.. Ring... Jealousy!

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  52. It is funny that parent of MIlford is being blamed for posting negative things about Conant and yet the most known parent in the Milford program is a big fan of Conant. I was and am a big fan of their coach and the seniors who I watched for 4 years. I have been to their gym and even sat on the Conant side to watch them win the state tourney. Last year after they won it all I made it a point to congratulate them at the Franklin Pierce Tourney. So if you think it is Mr Mitchell bashing the Conant program you are way off base. I have posted on the other blog that they could play with anyone in I including Milford and I think they are the best run program in the state from top to bottom. I also think that anyone in class L that thinks they would dominate them they are just being arrogant and not looking at the facts. I watched the Rotary team last week and Peard and Martin were two of the top 5 guys on the floor for them. In fact last year when Jeremy came to see our scrimmage he came because of the nice things I had said about the Conant team and program. So please know I am not the one bashing the Conant program period. MM

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  53. Banner.. Ring... Jealousy!

    LOL, No one in Portsmouth is 'jealous' of milford.

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  54. anyone know who won souhegan or bg in the southern league last night?I left before it started, it didn't look like bg had many kids there.

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  55. guertin was up 20 with4 minutes when i booked so i think they won.

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  56. I watched the Portsmouth and Milford game last year in Durham. After the game there was nothing but respect by most of Milford and it was quite obvious which kids that have the talk trash in their blood. Youtube it and watch the end where the kids are shaking hands. Some players had class and others were celebrating. It is real easy to see.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3KaAzB_Lt4

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  57. unh tourny this weekend,bg trinity,exeter,portsmouth,oyster river,alvirne,dover,salem,hanover,spaulding,south,st thomas,are some of the nh teams in it.

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  58. Thursday, July 8, 2010 1:28:00 PM EDT

    Ok just wasted my time watching the video all i saw was about fifteen seconds of Milford kids hugging each other along with Portsmouth kids and coaches hugging each other then getting in line to shake hands. So where is your issue here?

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  59. Jeremy,have you seen bg play yet this summer? kesty looks like he has been playing with these kids for years,not weeks.I have a very critical eye,and have not seen a hole in his game,he gets his 12-15 points in the flow of the game without taking 15 shots,he plays great d,rebounds, assists,unselfish. I have a feeling he will be moving up your rankings board once you see him play.

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  60. That was my point. The Milford boys are always good sports. They were nothing but respectful to Portsmouth.

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  61. I only saw BG play at the BST kickoff jamboree, which I don't think you can take much away from. I'll see them over at Rivier either this week or next.

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