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Staff photo by JOE MARCHILENA

The Portsmouth boys basketball team holds up the Division II championship plaque after beating Bedford 58-33 in the championship game on Saturday at the University of New Hampshire.
Sunday, March 18, 2012

Clippers cruise to D-II title

DIVISION II FINAL: No. 2 Portsmouth 58, No. 5 Bedford 33

DURHAM – Kamahl Walker scored 22 points and the Portsmouth High School boys basketball cruised to the Division II title Saturday, beating Bedford 58-33 at the University of New Hampshire.

Walker also added six steals as the second-seeded Clippers not only handled the No. 5 Bulldogs larger front line, but forced Bedford to turn the ball over 27 times.

Portsmouth was outrebounded 32-28, but the Bulldogs got just 15 combined points from post players Trevor Famhy (nine points), Collin McManus, Roger Larrivee and Sam Thomas.

Cameron Meservey led Bedford (17-6) with 11 points, with nine of those coming after halftime.

“We didn’t recover after the second quarter,” Bedford coach John Langlois said. “They put a lot of ball pressure on our guards and we had a hard time scoring. We had to go man-to-man in the second half, which played to their quickness. It was kind of which poison would go after.”

The game was tied 8-8 late in the first quarter when Portsmouth started on a run. The Clippers (20-2) put together a 10-0 run, highlighted by a 3-pointer by Walker to end the first. The basket sparked Portsmouth and it outscored Bedford 18-6 over the rest of the first half.

The Bulldogs came out of their zone defense to start the second half, but it didn’t help. Portsmouth opened the third quarter with a 16-2 run that put the game away.

“We had to go man in the second half,” Langlois said. “On offense, we tried to run some ball screens, but they double team it well.”

Famhy finished with nine boards and McManus grabbed six. Gregg Tsougranis added eight points for Portsmouth while Charlie Duprey had six points and eight boards.