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.