Saturday, July 28, 2012

BST Playoffs Recap

Day 2 of the first round playoff games in the BST Summer League took place on Thursday night, and the NH Notebook was in the house for all four games to cover the action. Now that all of the first round games have been played, the quarterfinal match-ups are set and will be played on Tuesday night at SNHU.

In Thursday night's games Concord, Windham, Bishop Guertin and Souhegan all moved on with wins. Here's a recap of each game.

Concord 48 John Stark 34
The Marquis brothers came up big in this one, as 5-foot-9 senior guard Kaleb Marquis and 5-foot-11 sophomore guard Sam Marquis both dropped over 20 points and played tenacious defense to lead Concord to the win.

John Stark actually had a 17-3 lead early on in this game before Concord took control, going on a 16-2 run midway through the 1st half. After Sam Marquis drilled back-to-back three-pointers from the right corner the Crimson took a 29-22 lead.

Both teams were playing shorthanded, as Stark was missing their 6-foot-8 big man Zach Grattan and Concord was playing without sophomore guard Zack Jones. Both of them are down in Florida competing in the AAU nationals along with their Bishop Elite teammates.

With Grattan out, it really put the pressure on 5-foot-7 senior point guard Nicolas Lloyd to carry the team. He played well and as usual he gave it his all every minute he was out there. Lloyd looked to push the tempo and attacked the rim. Him and Kaleb Marquis was a fun match-up to watch.

Also playing well for Stark was forward Nic Simeone, who did a nice job on the boards and had some strong takes to the rim and tough finishes inside. On one play Lloyd drove to the rim and when he was met by a help side defender he made a great dish inside to a cutting Simeone who finished and got fouled.

Still, the story of this game was the Marquis brothers, who really played well on both end of the court. The two of them along with Jones gives Concord a very tough back court for opposing teams to deal with.

Windham 48 Groton-Dunstable 32
Windham continues to have a strong summer as a program, and you have to be impressed with the fact that game in and game out they have 10 or more kids show up for these games. Pretty impressive for a program that's entering only their third year as a varsity program. It's a credit to Coach Steffanides and his staff.

In past articles I have mentioned Windham's returning nucleus of Andrew Lowman, Danny Cannone, Joe Lorenz and Conor Redmond as well as guard Tucker Lippold. And in this game all of them played well (except Lorenz who wasn't at this game). But in this game there was another player who really stepped up for the Jaguars and really made some solid plays out there and it was David Carbonello. Carbonello is a sophomore guard, and according to Coach Steffanides he expects him to see an increase in minutes this year.

Windham played tough defense in this game, they held Groton to one shot and moved the ball well on offense. Redmond got things off to a strong start for the Jaguars as he hit a foul line jumper and then on the next trip down the floor on defense he drew a charge.

Bishop Guertin 50 Merrimack 34
There was a lot of new faces in this game. BG graduated their entire starting lineup and Merrimack only has one returning starter. And that returning starter (Eric Gendron) is out in Las Vegas playing in an AAU tournament for the Rivals Basketball Club. BG was also playing without CJ Boykin and Steve Toscano, while Merrimack was also missing Austin Franzen and Brandon Malloch.

This meant other kids had an opportunity to get some playing time and earn their stripes. BG was led by Jeff Lunn, who missed some easy shots inside early on but as the game went on he got better and overall had a very strong game on both ends of the floor. Lunn (who is a big baseball prospect) was the best player on the court in this game.

Taylor Malloch and Brad Jarry both played well for the Tomahawks.

Souhegan 50 Bishop Brady 33
This game was played at pretty high level. Both teams were missing key players (no Zach Simmonds for Souhegan and no Jourdain Bell for Brady), but at the same time there was enough depth and talent on both teams to make for a solid game. And even though they were playing against a Brady team that was missing their best player it was still an impressive win for Souhegan, who has had a very strong summer.

Brandon Len once again played a solid game at point guard, hitting shots, attacking the rim and making some great passes. However in the 1st half of this game it was actually Tyler Ford who really stood out for the Sabers. Ford is a very athletic wing player who is also a standout football player at Souhegan. He made some strong drives and finishes at the rim, made steals on defense and finished in transition. Then Len made a great pass to Brian Dworkin for a shot inside. Big man Jake Kennedy also dominated the paint for Souhegan.

With his older brother missing from the lineup is was Joe Bell who stepped up for Bishop Brady, pushing the ball on the break, looking to score but also set teammates up for looks. Also playing well for Brady was sophomore guard Brendan Johnson, who hit shots and hustled after loose balls.

Here's the schedule for the league's quarterfinals:

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
5pm: (4) Bedford vs. (12) Concord

6pm: (14) West vs. (11) Windham

7pm: (2) Central vs. (10) Bishop Guertin

8pm: (1) Alvirne vs. (9) Souhegan

1 comment:

  1. Jeremy, what are the matchups and times for the Quarterfinals on Tuesday July 31st at SNHU. Go 100 % with your reporting !!!