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Mounties best Eagles to advance to Final Four

by Jody Houle
Contributing Writer - Berlin Reporter

Berlin hoop star Evan Arsenault, who reached 1,000 career points this year, led the hometown team to victory with 22 points against the Gilford Golden Eagles during a quarterfinals match at a filled-up Berlin High School gymnasium on Saturday evening. Berlin won 56-50 and advanced to the final four. Jody Houle. (click for larger version)
March 07, 2018
BERLIN – Similarly to the preliminary match before against the Sachems, the Berlin boys' hoop team played against Gilford in a nail-biting experience. Last Thursday, the Berlin Mountaineers faced a tough team, Laconia, and for most of the game, it was fairly even with Berlin coming out on top. On Saturday, in similar fashion, Berlin defeated the Gilford Golden Eagles 56-50 in the quarterfinals and advanced to the final four.

Berlin scored 11 points in the first quarter and 15 points in each quarter after. Gilford scored 15, 13, five and 17.

Evan Arsenault was the top scorer for Berlin with 22 points. Joey Fodor had 11, Seth Balderrama had 10, Michael Moore had seven, Damien Larochelle had four and Sinciere Davis had two.

Berlin was 11-16 in free throws and Gilford was 11-13.

In the first quarter, Fodor had two field goals, Arsenault had a basket and a free throw, and Larochelle and Balderrama each had a basket. Gilford led 15-11 at the buzzer.

In the second, Arsenault scored a two and a three-pointer. Fodor and Balderrama each had two baskets and Moore had a basket. Gilford still led by two points at the buzzer.

Berlin maintained as Gilford slowed down in the third. Arsenault was on fire with three three-pointers, Fodor had a basket and a free throw, Larochelle had a basket and Balderrama had a free throw. Berlin was in the lead 41-33 at the end of the third.

Even though Gilford outscored Berlin by two points in the last quarter, Berlin kept up their strength and won 56-50. Gilford had a series of fouls called on them near the end of the quarter and Moore netted five of his six free throws. Arsenault nailed another three-pointer and a basket underneath the net. Balderrama had a basket and a free throw and Davis had two free throws.

At the end, the Berlin fans exploded and the Mounties high-fived and embraced in celebration of their victory, which advance them to the semifinals against Somersworth. That game was to take place tonight, March 7, at 6 p.m. at Southern New Hampshire University but was postponed until Thursday, March 8, at 6 p.m. at Exeter High School.

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