By: Ross Laorenza
Nashua South overcame a five point halftime deficit to knock off Hollis-Brookline 62-55 in Game 4 of the Chick-fil-A Holiday tournament. It was a hard fought battle for both teams as the score swung back in fourth in second half.
Starting for the Panthers was Trevor Knight, Cam Joyal, YordyTavarez, VinnyOrtolano and Mike Osgood. Hollis-Brookline countered with Matt Fothergill, Cole Gallant, Logan Blake, Daniel Bentall and Shea Whalen.
South started out strong building and 10-5 lead midway through the first period, but Hollis-Brookline ended the quarter with two buckets by Nick Fothergill and another by Logan Blake. At the end of the first period South held a slim 16-14 lead.
As we moved into the second quarter Hollis-Brookline began to overtake the Panthers with an impressive offensive attack and gained a 19-18 lead with just over five minutes to play in the half. Yordy Tavarez drilled a three to knot the game a 21 two minutes later, but the Cavaliers wold close the half on a 7-2 run and go into halftime with a 28-23 lead.
Tavarez led all scores at the half with 12 points. Daniel Bentall had 9 point to lead the Cavaliers.
The crowd was fairly silent for the average tournament game, but Mike Osgood got the South fans excited with a monster slam dunk in the opening minutes of the third quarter, bringing his team within two. Shea Whalen for Hollis-Brookline scored two early buckets as well. Matt Fothergill sank another three-pointer to put his team up 39-32, but this quarter it was South’s turn to end on a run. They outscored Hollis-Brookline 6-2 and ended the quarter trailing 41-38.
It was anyone’s game now starting the fourth. South briefly gained a 42-41 lead with a shot from Zavier Williams, but Logan Blake came right back with a shot of his own to put Hollis-Brookline back up. Mike Osgood tied us back at 43 from shooting 1/2 from the free throw line. Blake knocked down two from the stripe to put Hollis-Brookline up 45-43 and the Shea Whalen scored down low for a four point edge. YordyTavarez drew a blocking foul on Whalen with an aggressive move to the basket and Whalen fouled out of the game on the ensuing possession. Tavarez hit his shot and made the free throw completing the three point play. South now trailed 47-46. Blake hit two free throws putting Hollis-Brookline back up three, but then momentum began to shift.
Trevor Knight knocked down a shot, Osgood hit a free throw tying the game at 49. South would take the lead on its next possession with a shot from Osgood and then two quick buckets from Malik Langa put the Panthers ahead 55-49. What a turnaround! The last two minutes were fouls and free throws. With the clock ticking towards zero the South fans began to cheer. They knew this game was in the books. Final score, Nashau South: 62, Hollis-Brookline: 55
YordyTavarez finished with a game high 21 points, Mike Osgood scored 14 points and Trevor Knight finished with 9. Daniel Bentall and Matt Fothergill finished with 13 points each for Hollis-Brookline.
From Nashua, New Hampshire. Ross Laorenza: New Hampshire Notebook