By: Ross Laorenza
Keith Brown’s 23 points led the way for Pelham as they win their opener against Campbell 56-45. The junior, Brown, was matched up defensively on Zach Bergeon all night, holding him to 7 points. It was a great way to kick off the season in Division-III.
The three point shot played a crucial role in the game, but Coach Regan doesn’t want his team to depend on it. “If we live and die by the three, we’re not going to win many games like that.”
With Pelham leading 27-19 nearing the end of the 1st half, David Rogers launched one such three pointer that banked off glass and in, giving the Pythons a 30-19 edge at the break.
Dylan Silvestri opened the scoring in the second half, going one for two at the free throw line after a great drive in the paint. Silvestri found himself at the line frequently in the second half, however he was only 3-11. Ryan Cloutier had a quiet night offensively with only one make from outside the arc, but his defense in the paint kept the Cougars in check as they tried to claw back into the game.
Campbell came within 8 points several times but couldn’t string together enough shots to pull out a comeback. Kyle Shaw led the Cougars with 11 points, followed closely by Harrison Vedrani with 10 points.
Regan gave credit to Campbell for their toughness and physicality in the game, “I thought they out hustled us and out physical-ed us and that’s just unacceptable.”
Pelham increased their lead in the fourth quarter, thanks in part to some costly turnovers by Andrew Smarse. Twice, Smarse drove to the basket trying to make and extra pass but they were both swallowed up by the Pythons’ defense. The second turnover was resulted in Brown tossing and outlet pass to Silvestri who got to the line drawing a foul. Campbell tried to change up offensively but the shots wouldn’t fall.
Final score, Pelham: 56, Campbell: 45
Both teams are in action again on Friday. Pelham with host Conant, while Campbell will be home against Farmington.
From Pelham High School, Ross Laorenza: New Hampshire Notebook