Saturday, February 21, 2015

Big 3rd Quarter for Litts & Wilton in Win Over Newmarket

Thanks to the hot shooting of Matt Wilson and Jordan Litts being in foul trouble, the Newmarket High boys basketball team was able to stay close with a favored Wilton-Lyndeborough team in the 1st half. Newmarket trailed 21-20 after 1 quarter, and after a very low scoring 2nd quarter it was 25-24 Wilton at halftime.

Then the 3rd quarter happened. After sitting for the final 7 minutes of the 1st half with 3 fouls, Litts re-entered the game to start the 3rd quarter. He immediately swung the momentum of the game, drilling three consecutive 3-pointers and just like that the Wilton lead went from 1 to 10. They went on to win 54-35, improving to 13-3 on the season.

Litts (game-high 24 points) picked up 2 quick fouls right at the beginning of the 2nd quarter - his second and third fouls of the game. They were both questionable foul calls. He came out to start the 3rd quarter determined to make up for those 7 minutes he had to sit on the bench. He hit a pair of quick 3's and then pulled up in the transition to hit the third one. Timeout Newmarket, as they're now down 34-24. Then Litts hits a step-back jumper from 15 feet. The Mules went scoreless for the first 5 minutes of the 3rd quarter, and the only points they scored in the 3rd quarter were a pair of free throws by forward Ian Bentley.

Newmarket falls to 7-9 on the season, but their record is very deceiving. 8 of their 9 losses have come against teams with a winning record, and most of those losses have come against teams who are title contenders in D-IV. The Mules have faced a tough schedule.

Litts pushed the ball on the break and once the defense collapsed he kicked it out to junior guard Ty Carrier (9 points) for a 3-pointer off the catch from the left corner. That made it 41-26 Wilton, and that was the score after 3 quarters. Wilton outscored Newmarket 16-2 in the 3rd quarter.

Wilson hit a 3 early in the 4th quarter from up top off the catch - his fourth 3 ball of the game. Wilton countered, as Litts pushed it up the floor quickly, creating a 2-on-1 break and then dishing it to sophomore wing Trey Carrier (9 points) for a strong finish. Litts then went hard to the rim for an and-1, making it 46-31 Wilton with just 4:40 left in regulation.

Wilson (team-high 18 points) was doing his best to keep Newmarket in it, connecting on his fifth 3 of the contest. But after quick layups by Rae and Trey Carrier it 50-33 Wilton with just 2:30 remaining. On the other end Trey Carrier made a nice block, and Wilton cruised to the 54-35 win.

With the win, Wilton-Lyndeborough solidifies their place as a contender in Division IV, and Litts confirms his spot as a D-IV Player of the Year candidate.

Litts had a strong start to the game, tipping in a missed shot and then hitting a turnaround jumper. After a layup by Ty Carrier in transition it was 6-5 Wilton early on. Wilson, Cam Jordan and Ben Leahy all drilled 3-pointers in the 1st quarter for Newmarket, as the Mules led 11-10 with 4:00 left in the opening quarter.

Litts made a nice pass on the secondary break, zipping it cross court to Trey Carrier for a strong finish, and-1.

After Litts picked up his third foul early in the 2nd quarter, Wilton slowed the pace of the game way down. Then they got a basket from Melrose and a transition layup from Ty Carrier to make it 25-21 Wilton. Wilson hit a 3 off the catch from the left corner to cut the lead to 25-24. It was the Mules' only field goal of the 2nd quarter.

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