Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Portsmouth Headed Back to D-II Finals

Portsmouth High continues to show why they are the most consistent winner in Division II boys basketball. They have now made it to the final four 5 of the last 6 years. The one year during that span they didn't make it they lost in the quarterfinals in a heart breaker to eventual champion Monadnock. 2012 will also be their fourth title game appearance since 2007, and on Saturday afternoon the Clippers will try to win their second championship in the last 4 years. It has been quite an impressive run for the Clippers. You have to give a lot of credit to the kids in the program and head coach Jim Mulvey, as they defeated Coe-Brown on Wednesday night 54-46 in the D-II semi-finals at UNH.

The football and baseball teams at Portsmouth also won championships in 2011. The football team has made 4 straight title game appearances while the baseball team has a national record 83 game winning streak.

Coe-Brown fought hard and they were right there with Portsmouth the whole way. They were only down 39-37 heading to the 4th quarter, but then the Clippers outscored them 16-9 in the final frame to take the win. Portsmouth got a big 2nd half from Gregg Tsougranis (17 points and 9 rebounds for the game) and a strong all-around performance by Bill Lane (14 points). They also out-rebounded Coe-Brown 55-46 and forced 18 turnovers.There were a number of lead changes in the 1st half, with the Bears playing some fearless, inspired basketball led by Darren Doyon (20 points and 10 rebounds).

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