In the 3 games I saw last night at week 4 of the BST Summer Madness Southeast Division, all 3 games were decided by 11 points or more. They weren't exactly barn burners. Still some solid basketball was played. Haverhill, Raymond and Dana Barros HS (White) all came away with wins. Here's the recap.
Game 1: Greater Lawrence Tech vs. Amesbury
2 Mass. teams, I didn't see much of this one. I'm guessing Tech won, though. As long as they had Celestin and they're other key guys there, they're a better team. Them and Haverhill are the 2 best teams in this division with all teams at full strength.
Game 2: Campbell vs. Haverhill
After Campbell had a disappointing 20+ point loss to Raymond last week, you thought maybe this week they would really come out firing, especially since they had pretty much all of their key players there (all except Tyler Syphers).
Unfortunately for them Haverhill had the 6'5 Noah Vonleh (ranked by ESPN as one of the top 30 players in the country from the class of 2013) back in the lineup. Vonleh was seeing his first game action in 3 weeks due to a concussion, but he was still impressive.
Campbell played some solid basketball in this game. But the speed and shooting ability of the Hillies was too much, and they won it 59-40.
Jason Paquin did some nice things off the bench for the Cougars, with 2 and-1's in the span of about 3 minutes. Andy Lepine played a solid all around game in the Campbell backcourt, and Max Gouveia did a nice job of breaking the Haverhill press. At one point he was trapped by 3 Hillie defenders, but he broke through it, got to the rim, and got to the line.
Haverhill though had about 6 different players hit three's. They can all shoot it and they're all real fast. #1 for them had a real nice stroke, hitting 4 three's of his own.
The NH teams in this division have had a tough time against the 3 Mass. teams, but it's understandable. Haverhill, Greater Lawrence Tech and Amesbury all return virtually their entire teams from last season.
Game 3: Raymond vs. Dana Barros HS (Blue)
Once again, Raymond plays without one of their top players. Once again, they win a game by double digits. Kevin Paynter was back in the lineup for the Rams, but they played without guard Jordon Richards. Raymond started off this game slow. They were down 8-2 early, and late in the first half it was tied at 13. But they played a good second half, and won it 41-28.
For the Dana Barros coached team, they were once again led by Mike Lombard. Lombard had a tough shooting game in this one, but still did plenty of other things to help the team. Ben Judson did a nice job on the win of getting into the lane and making plays, especially some nice passes down low (he's only going to be in 8th grade next year too). The two kids from Concord also played well tonight, Seth Purtell and Nick Peters.
Raymond came out strong in the second half, and took a 32-20 lead. They were led by Paynter, Joe Morin, Jeff Lang and Dezmen Everett.
Game 4: Sanborn vs. Dana Barros HS (White)
This Dana Barros team was coached by Barros' assistant Eric, who coaches at Xaverian High in Mass. It was the same team that played the previous game, except without Judson. After a tough shooting game vs. Raymond, Lombard really heated up from the outside, hitting 4 or 5 three's all from the same spot on the right wing. Shane Mullins from Timberlane also hit a couple big shots.
Sanborn played a solid game, but it wasn't enough as the Dana Barros team wins it 54-43.