Saturday, February 15, 2014

Glynn Brothers Lead Portsmouth Past Windham

Two things that most of the state already knew were further solidified on Friday night. One, that Portsmouth is as good as any team in Division II. And two, that Jim Mulvey is as good as any coach in Division II.

However there is one thing that we found out on Friday night that most of the state did not already know - that Joe Glynn is one of the best freshman players in the state. Glynn had a game-high 20 points plus 12 rebounds, as Portsmouth improved to 12-2 on the season with a 55-44 win over a tough Windham team.

"This is his third game starting for us" said Portsmouth senior forward Pat Glynn, Joe's older brother who had 13 points on the night. "He has stepped in with De'Vonn (Wilson-Miles) being out for the past 3 games. It's awesome playing together."

The Glynn brothers combined for 33 of the Clippers' 55 points. It was clear that their game plan was to get the ball inside as much as possible. Windham played a 3-2 zone defense and Portsmouth did a great job of moving the ball, finding the seams in the zone and getting good looks inside.

"Coach told us that if they went to the 3-2 zone there's no way they'd stop us" said Pat Glynn. "He was right."

Right from the get-go both teams made it a point to the ball inside. It was 14-11 Portsmouth after 1 quarter. Of those 25 points, 20 of them were scored in the paint. Joe Glynn got off to a strong start with 8 points in the 1st quarter. He was aggressive all game long battling for position in the post and attacking the rim.

Seniors Andrew Lowman and Tucker Lippold had 18 points apiece, combining for 36 of the Jaguars' 44 points. Lowman had back-to-back buckets inside early, then Joe Glynn answered with 2 straight hoops of his own on the low block to knot the game 6-6. Lippold then hit a 3, and on the other end Donovan Phanor drove the rim for a strong finish. The teams kept going back and forth trading the lead as Lowman again knifed his way inside for 2, and on the other end Joe Glynn stepped outside and drilled an 18-footer.

"They're a really, really good team" said Coach Mulvey. "Their record might not show it, but in the tournament they could beat anybody."

Portsmouth took a 14-11 lead after 1 quarter, and they led for the rest of the game. Charlie Lehoux drew a charge on Lowman to start the 2nd quarter - it was a tough call! PHS took a 21-13 lead, but then Lippold hit another 3 to get Windham back in it. Joe Glynn again went to the rim and scored inside to make it 23-16. The 1st half had a fast and furious finish, as Loden Formichelli hit a 3, and then Lehoux drained a fadeaway jumper from the baseline at the buzzer. That was a big shot, as it not only gave the Clippers a 31-24 lead, but it gave them the momentum going into halftime.

They carried that momentum with them into the 2nd half, as Nick Mackey and Phanor both buried 3-pointers at the beginning of the 3rd quarter, as Portsmouth went up 37-26 - their largest lead of the game to that point. Pat Glynn was working hard on the boards, and Phanor made a great pass to Zac Hansler who was wide open inside for a layup right before the end of the quarter. PHS took a 42-28 lead after 3, as they held Windham to only 4 points in the 3rd quarter.

"The 3rd quarter defensively was the game" said Mulvey. "We don't play much zone, it may have been the first time all year we played zone. But we went to the zone, they couldn't figure it out so we stayed with it."

Portsmouth continued to pull away in the 4th, as Phanor made another good pass, this one to Joe Glynn for a layup. Windham kept battling to stay in it, as Joe Frake (7 points) showed grit and determination on a put-back. The Clippers were just too good though. They kept moving the ball well, as Mackey zipped a great pass over to Pat Glynn who was cutting the rim for a layup. Then Mackey threw a lob pass for Lehoux, who caught it and while in mid-air still laid it in. The Clippers were now hitting on all cylinders and lead 48-31.

"At halftime we made some adjustments, then in the 2nd half we got back to playing Portsmouth basketball" said Pat Glynn.

Again, Windham kept battling to stay in it. Lippold hit a pair of free throws then another 3-pointer to cut the Portsmouth lead to 50-38 with 3:03 left - it wasn't over yet.

However the jaguars had another breakdown on defense, as Portsmouth made another uncontested all-oop. This time it was Phanor throwing the lob pass up for a wide open Joe Glynn on a sideline out of bounds play out of a timeout. PHS held on from there for the 55-44 win.

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