Alvirne tips Souhegan
NASHUA – Adversity gave the Alvirne High School boys basketball team its best shot Friday and the Broncos found enough ways to beat it.
With a depleted bench and facing a defense it struggles with, the Broncos did all the little things well in a 65-51 win over Souhegan in the semifinals of the Chick-fil-A Holiday Basketball Tournament at Nashua South.
Four different players were in double figures for Alvirne and seven of the nine players, including one called up from junior varsity, scored points. The Broncos led by five entering the fourth quarter, but made 13 of 14 free throws in the final eight minutes to secure the win.
Alvirne advances to the championship game against Nashua South, which defeated Thornton Academy 68-65 in the other semifinal. That game will be at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at South. Souhegan will play the Trojans at 3 p.m. in the third-place game.
“It’s nice to see we can close out a game and extend a lead a little bit,” Alvirne coach Seth Garon said. “We won that game because of free throws.
“Tyler Janko, I don’t think he missed a free throw, and Tyler Brown, also hit his free throws. We had some guys step up and do some of the dirty work, which was nice. Some kids did some small stuff, which is a bright spot.”
Brown finished with 14 points, including 9 of 10 from the line, while Janko was 6 of 6 and had 10 points. George Notini led the Broncos with 16 points, including two 3-pointers, and Sam Bonney-Liles was also in double figures with 10.
Alvirne needed those free throws, as it struggled to score from the field when Souhegan switched to its zone defense.
“They put that zone and we struggled a bit,” Garon said. Luckily we got out in transition and we hit free throws. That was the only way we were scoring.”
Souhegan coach Peter Pierce said it was something his team needed to do.
“Unless you’re really exceptional at one thing, you have to have multiple looks and we’re learning all the different things now,” Pierce said. “(The zone) didn’t look as good the first couple of times we tried it as it did (Friday), but we’re getting there. It still needs to be more active than it is, but we’re making progress.”
Brian Dworkin led the Sabers with 19 points, but was the only Souhegan player in double figures. Brock Lefebvre came off the bench to add eight points and Charlie Driscoll had seven.
The Sabers trailed by eight at the start of the second quarter, but scored seven straight to make it a one-point game. Alvirne’s lead was four at halftime, 27-23, and a basket by Brown with 4:12 left in the third made it a 39-28 lead.
Souhegan appeared to be in bigger trouble midway through the quarter when point guard A.J. Hayes went down with a leg injury, but the Sabers battled back and closed the frame on a 12-6 run to pull within five.
“We felt pretty good,” Pierce said of the feeling going into the final quarter. “I think we would have competed into the fourth quarter if we hadn’t lost our point guard.”
The Sabers scored the first basket of the fourth to make it a three-point game, but Alvirne answered with a 9-0 run to take a 54-42 lead with 4:53 left in the game. From there, it was almost all free throws for the Broncos.
George Notini 6-2-16, Tyler Brown 2-9-14, Tyler Janko 2-6-10, Sam Bonney-Liles 3-4-10, Evan Hunt 2-2-6, Brett Richardson 2-0-5, Justin Glenzer 2-0-4. Totals: 19-23-65.
Brian Dworkin 8-2-19, Brock Lefebvre 3-2-8, Charlie Driscoll 3-1-7, Isaac Nevrla 2-2-6, Jerrell Webster 2-0-4, A.J. Hayes 1-0-3, Matt Segul 1-0-3, Tom Stover 0-1-1. Totals: 20-8-51.
ALVIRNE 16 11 18 20-65
SOUHEGAN 8 15 17 11-51
3-pointers: A-Notini 2, Richardson, Brown; S-Hayes, Dworkin, Segul. Next game: Alvirne plays in the championship game Saturday at 4:30 p.m.; Souhegan plays for third place at 3 p.m.
North 59, Milford 45
Jordan Lates scored all of his 21 points in the second half as the Titans pulled away late to beat the Spartans in Friday’s first game at the Chick-fil-A Holiday Basketball Tournament at Nashua South.
Lates made three 3-pointers, including one with 2:26 left that put the game out of reach for North. Down by just five going into the fourth quarter, Milford was outscored 14-5 in the final eight minutes and didn’t score in the game’s final 4:28.
Seth Hopkins 4-3-11, Ross Briggs 2-6-10, Drew Jepson 2-0-6, Jack Briggs 2-0-5, Drew Lesmerises 2-0-5, Dan Murray 2-0-4, Major Wheelock 1-0-2, Evan Perron 1-0-2, Max Urda, Liam Shea. Totals: 16-9-45.
NASHUA NORTH (59)
Jordan Lates 6-6-21, Ashea Bittle 5-0-11, Brennan Kastens 3-2-8, Drew Sheridan 1-3-5, Mike LaVallee 1-3-5, Brendan Barrett 1-0-3, Antoine Alford-Williams 1-0-2, Demitri Jackson 1-0-2, Jefry Almonte 1-0-2, Brandon Rodriguez. Totals: 20-14-59.
MILFORD 10 14 16 5-45
NASHUA NORTH 9 19 17 14-59
3-pointers: M-Jepson 2, Lesmerises, J. Briggs; N-Lates 3, Bittle, Barrett. Next game: North plays Saturday at 1:30 p.m.; Milford plays at noon on Saturday.
South 68, Thornton 65
Yordy Tavarez scored 27 points as the Panthers outdueled the Trojans and Quinn Richardson-Newton (28 points) in a back-and-forth second half in the semifinals of the Chick-fil-A Holiday Basketball Tournament.
Trevor Knight added nine points, going 9 of 10 from the foul line, and as a team, South was 22 of 26 from the stripe. Kevin Barrett added 16 points for Thornton, of Sacco, Maine, while Ben Lambert had nine, but the Trojans were 13 of 22 from the line.
The Panthers got out to an 11-2 lead in the first quarter, but the Trojans answered with a 14-0 run to lead by five after one. South managed to close the gap and trailed by two, 32-30, at the break.
South went up by as many as five in the third quarter, forcing Thornton into seven turnovers, but the Trojans closed the frame on a 10-4 run to take a 49-48 lead. The lead then changed five time in the first five minutes of the fourth before a basket by Tavarez gave South the lead for good.
Quinn Richardson-Newton 11-5-28, Kevin Barrett 5-6-16, Ben Lambert 3-2-9, Reuben Moses 2-0-4, Evan Wright 1-0-2, Demel Ruff 1-0-2. Totals: 23-13-65.
NASHUA SOUTH (68)
Yordy Tavarez 8-9-27, Trevor Knight 0-9-9, Mike Osgood 4-0-8, Cam Joyal 3-1-7, Malik Langa 3-0-6, Vinny Ortolano 1-3-5, Robbie Smyth 1-0-2, Zavier Williams 1-0-2, Jesus Antonio 1-0-2. Totals: 22-22-68.
THORNTON 16 16 17 16-65
NASHUA SOUTH 11 19 18 20-68
3-pointers: T-Richardson-Newton, Lambert; NS-Tavarez 2. Next game: South plays in the championship game against Alvirne at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday; Thornton will face Souhegan in the third-place game at 3p.m.
Hollis Brookline 51, Goffstown 44 OT
The Cavaliers overcame a few scoring droughts and the sharp-shooting of the Grizzlies to win in overtime at the Chick-fil-A Holiday Basketball Tournament.
Shea Whalen led the way for HB with 17 points and Matt Fothergill had 12 points, including 5 of 6 from the free throw line in the final minute of overtime. Logan Blake added 10 points for the Cavs, who will play Nashua North in the fifth-place game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at South.
Tim Riehl led Goffstown with 21 points on seven 3-pointers, as 11 of the Grizzlies 15 field goals were from behind the arc. Marcus Haynes added three 3s for nine points while Ryan Roggenbuck had seven points. The Grizzlies will play Milford at noon Saturday in the seventh-place game.
HB had two stretches – one in the second quarter, one in the third – when it went more than four minutes without scoring. But the Cavs still led, 39-31 with 5:24 left to play before Riehl made three 3s, including one to tie the game at 42 with 1:34 left.
After an HB turnover, Goffstown held the ball for the final 1:22, but missed two last-second shots to send it to overtime. The Grizzlies took a 44-42 lead early in the extra session, but Whalen scored off two offensive rebounds and Fothergill went to work from the line to give HB the win.
HOLLIS BROOKLINE (51)
Shea Whalen 7-3-17, Matt Fothergill 2-7-12, Logan Blake 3-4-10, Ryan Papineau 2-3-7, Cole Gallant 1-0-2, Daniel Bentall 0-2-2, Trevor Bowler 0-1-1. Totals: 15-20-51.
Tim Riehl 7-0-21, Marcus Haynes 3-0-9, Ryan Roggenbuck 2-3-7, Patrick Kelsey 2-0-4, Mike Bailey 1-0-3. Totals: 15-3-44.
HOLLIS BROOKLINE 12 9 11 10 9-51
GOFFSTOWN 12 4 8 18 2-44
3-pointers H-Fothergill; G-Riehl 7, Haynes 3, Bailey. Next game: HB plays Nashua North Saturday at 1:30 p.m.; Goffstown takes on Milford at noon.