By: Tuesday and Friday
Junior Scott Spenard scored 18 points and his older brother senior Shawn Spenard scored 11 to help Coe-Brown beat Milford to advance to the Title game this Saturday at Noon at UNH vs Lebanon. These 2 brothers are the double straws that stir the CB drink. Scott, with his angular drives to the basket and Shawn with his defense, good rebounding at 5’9, are the look-a-like Coe Brown Catalysts.
Milford had a good start to this game and seemed to relish the role of being the better seed. A Shane Winnett layup with 1:32 left in the 1st gave Milford a 12 – 4 lead. CB was looking for answers as they were struggling. It was almost like Scott Spenard said, “Climb on my back boys. I’ll get you back in the game.” In the next minute Spenard went on a 7 – 0 run. He had a runner, a 3 and another slash drive to close the CB deficit to 12 to 11 at the end of 1.
At the start of the 2nd Scott Spenard slashes to the rack to give CB the 13 to 12 lead. The Bears have the momentum and their student body is rocking. A put back by Milford’s Evan Ryan gives the lead back to the Spartans. With 6:14 left a Mulligan 3 gives the lead back to CB at 16 to 14. CB would not relinquish the lead for the rest of the game. It’s amazing how in the blink of a basketball eye a game can turn. With 1:30 left in the 1st quarter Milford was in command. In about 3 ½ minutes of playing time the momentum shifted squarely back to CB.
Now, don’t get me wrong, as Milford had plenty of opportunities to gain control of this game over the remaining 22 minutes. It just seemed like Milford lost their Mojo when CB took control in the 2nd quarter outscoring them 21 to 10. Sure, Milford cut into the CB lead a few times in the second half coming within 2 at 39 to 37 with 2:28 left in the 3rd, but the Spartans just couldn’t get over the hump in the 2nd half. A very good CB defense was the cause of this as the Spenard Brothers made it difficult for Banuskevich and the Pare Brothers to make strides into the scoring column.
Even though Banuskevich led Milford with 15 points, it was a quiet 15, which the dogging defense of CB made him work for. CB had a nice balanced scoring effort with 4 players in double figures. CB took care of the ball in the 4th and hit enough FTs to keep Milford at a distance. Sam Lupinacci had a strong game for CB with 10 points. The 6’1 senior helped control the Bear paint along with 6’5 senior Dylan Andrews. It was definitely a very good team effort for CB to advance to the Title game.
Coe-Brown now plays Lebanon for the Championship at High Noon on Saturday at UNH. CB lost to Lebanon on Feb. 27th 74 to 58. The backcourt matchup will be a great one with the Spenard Brothers going against The Double M’s, Mattee and Milliken. I have a feeling this backcourt matchup will be a stalemate, so then it will come down to the frontcourts. If the CB frontcourt of Andrews and Lupinacci can score some points and stay out of foul trouble, the Championship game will be close and could go to the wire. If the CB frontcourt can’t impose their will on the Raiders, then we’ll probably see Lebanon hoisting the Big Plaque around 1:30 pm this Saturday.