This you don't see everyday. All 10 starters in today's boys basketball Division III title game between Bow and Somersworth were seniors. Plus both teams had key players off the bench who were seniors as well, lots of experience in this game.
"The key was our boxing out on their bigs and keeping them off the boards" said Somersworth head coach Lorne Lucas.
Somersworth definitely gave up a lot of size inside to Bow, but they still managed to out-rebound the Falcons 37-29. The Hilltoppers were just quicker to the rebounds and quicker to the loose balls. And as a result, they are the 2011 boys basketball Division III champions, after defeating Bow 45-39 on Saturday evening.
Somersworth Led the Whole Way
The Hilltoppers jumped out to a quick lead early and never looked back.Bow battled, they hung around, but never got going offensively. Rebounding was a big part of that, being able to limit the Falcons to 1 shot. But also Somersworth just dug in, they worked hard and they shut down all of Bow's scorers. The 4 best scorers on Bow are Connor Hill, Erik Michaud, Josh Faber and Ryan Hill. Connor Hill had 6 points, Michaud had 0, Faber had 6 and Ryan Hill had 6. Ouch! Gregg Froleiks led Bow with 12 points, and Greg Roemer also came off the bench and played well.
Somersworth also got out in transition, taking defensive rebounds or turners and turning them into quick points on the other end.
"All year long I just knew that if we could make it here to the bigger floor, with our speed we could do this" said Somersworth head coach Lorne Lucas.
Somersworth has an all-senior starting lineup, they all played big minutes in this game and they all played well. You have Matt Fauci (game-high 16 points, 3 steals, 3 assists), Bobby Shatinsky (15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 steals), Pat Lavin (8 points including a big crossover and leaner off the glass and in in the 2nd half, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals), Dillon Lanctot (9 rebounds and some great defense and hustle all game) and Brody Hornung (big shot from elbow in 2nd half and also drew a big charge late in game as well).