By: Ross Laorenza
Campbell’s Zach Bergeon scored his 1,000th career point as the Cougars eliminated Mascoma Valley 49-36. Bergeon’s milestone came with 1:42 remaining in the game and Bergeon shooting from the free throw line.
“I knew going into the game that I needed 22 points,” said Bergeon. “I could hear some of the fans cheering one more point, one more point,” he added about making the first free throw.
It was an impressive performance all around for the Cougars. Their strong zone defense limited Mascoma’s big man Walter Hammond to just 15 points. Hammond felt constant pressure by Harrison Vedrani all game.
“Harrison is a great basketball player,” said Coach Langlois. “The game that he gives us inside and on the boards is tremendous.”
Zach Bergeon (#14) opened the scoring sinking two free throws after getting fouled by Hammond. After a Mascoma turnover, Bergeon launched a three from beyond the arch. 5-0 Campbell.
Andrew Cashe (#3) gave Mascoma a needed spark with a three-pointer of his own, receiving the feed out high from Alex Shwarz (#5). Then Campbell when out a 6-0 run, one of many big runs for the Cougars in tonight’s game. Andrew Smarse (#20) scored down low, followed by a tough basket from Bergeon through contact. Vedrani finished the run, grabbing an offensive board for the put back score.
Shwarz was able to feed the ball to Hammond on Mascoma’s next possession for a bucket off glass. “We had a hard time getting the ball into the mid-post,” said Mascoma head coach Jim Barry. “When he (Hammond) gets the ball close to the basket he’s money.”
After another attempt trying to crack the Campbell zone, Coach Barry called timeout. A turnover out of the timeout led to a three-pointer for Smarse. 14-5 Campbell. Mascoma closed the 1st with a 5-0 run. First, Walter Hammond scored down low and then after great ball movement by all five Royals Andrew Cashe sank a three-pointer. At the end of the first, Campbell: 14, Mascoma Valley: 10.
Mascoma continued to battle as the 2nd quarter began. Cashe used some nifty moves to cut to the basket and score. Jeremy Batten (#33) grabbed an offense board on their next possession and scored his first points of the game. Tie game 14-14.
Campbell took over from that point with a 12-2 run. Kyle Shaw went 1 for 2 at the line, Bergeon rose up over his defender, Smarse drove and dished to Vedrani, a basket down low for Hammond, Vedrani with another tough inside, Bergeon for three and Vedrani again to finish off with a strong move by Hammond. A three at the buzzer wouldn’t fall for Smarse but at the half Campbell led 26-16.
Harrison Vedrani opened the scoring in the 3rd quarter with a shot over Hammond. Cashe and Bergeon traded free throws and then Smarse dished again to Vedrani for the score. Walter Hammond took a high lob pass from Shwarz and scored off glass to cut into the lead, but Zach Bergeon used his athleticism to sink a leaner at the other end.
After a mad scramble for the ball Christian Kamacho (#4) came away with it and scored for the Cougars. Hammond again for Mascoma as the zone loosened momentarily for Campbell. Zach Bergeon launched another three with a gorgeous arch into the basket.
“I think we underestimated him a little bit,” said Coach Barry. “He’s better than I thought he was.”
At the end of three, Campbell: 38, Mascoma: 23.
Zach Bergeon opened the scoring in the 4th after and over the back foul by Batten put him at the line. Bergeon went 1 for 2 putting him three points away from 1000 for his career. A quick outlet pass from Andrew Smarse gave Bergeon a fast break score putting him one away and with 1:42 remaining Zach got his moment. The crowd has silent as Bergeon stepped to the free throw line, and then erupted in cheers as his 1000th point swished through the basket. Play was stopped momentarily as the milestone was announced. The Campbell student section quickly hung a “Congratulations” sign at the far end of the court.
About scoring his 1000th point at home Bergeon said, “Last game here as a senior, it means the world.”
As time began to tick away both coaches pulled their seniors and allowed the crowd to give them well deserved ovations. Walter Hammond was the last to exit after shooting a free throw with 23.6 remaining. Final score, Campbell: 49, Mascoma: 36.
Zach Bergeon led all scorers with 23 points, none as special as with 1000th career. Harrison Vedrani finished with 14 for the Cougars.
Walter Hammond and Andrew Cashe scored 15 points each in their final game as Royals. Campbell advances to play Newport on Saturday.
From Campbell High School, Ross Laorenza: New Hampshire Notebook