All season long, and into the tournament the talk in Division IV boys basketball was 3 teams - Newmarket, Moultonborough and Derryfield. Each of those teams went 17-1 in the regular season and advanced to the semi-finals. But none of them won the title, and only 1 of them even made the championship game.
Enter into the equation the Lisbon High Panthers. They knew they were the underdogs. They didn't care. They just went out there and played their game. And now they're champions.
Behind a game-high 14 points by senior guard Jake Clement, Lisbon defeated Derryfield 40-33 to win the 2011 D-IV boys basketball title.
How They Did It
Lisbon is not a very big team at all, and they're not a deep one either. They played the same 5 kids for virtually the entire game (Clement, Dylan Chase, Chad Knighton, Mike Heath and Jamsie Myers). But those 5 players all seemed to be so in sync with each other on the court, their was a nice rhythm to their offense. But it was on defense where Lisbon really thrived, holding an explosive Derryfield team to just 33 points. Derryfield was really confused by the Lisbon 2-3 zone.
Free throws were also a big factor. Lisbon was 14/20 from the charity stripe. Jake Clement went 10/12 from the line, including some BIG shots down the stretch to seal the win. Derryfield meanwhile only shot 3/9 from the foul line. Not only did they shoot just 33%, but Lisbon MADE 5 more free throws than Derryfield ATTEMPTED. Ouch!
Knighton is a fearless player. Only 5'5" and only a freshman, he had a pair of big baskets in the 2nd half. Heath had a strong all around game with 9 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals. In addition to his 14 points, Clement also had 8 rebounds and 5 assists. He is a versatile 6'2" combo-guard.
The difference was a run that Lisbon made late in the 2nd quarter and into the 3rd. Heath banked a shot in from 15 feet away, giving the Panthers a 27-14 lead in the 3rd quarter, their largest lead of the game.
Other than that one run, Derryfield was right in this game the whole way. Playing well for the Cougars to keep them in it was 6'5" forward Barret Lamp (12 points and 10 rebounds), Alex Zorn (tremendous defense and hustle, did all of the little things) and Anuj Vadalia (8 points, 9 rebounds and some great hustle).