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Berlin unified hoop finishes as runners-up

by Jody Houle
Contributing Writer - Berlin Reporter

Berlin unified hoop player Felix Frechette was the top scorer with 13 points against Keene last week. Berlin defeated them 29-20 and advanced to the championship. Jody Houle. (click for larger version)
March 21, 2018
BERLIN The Berlin coed unified hoop team was the number one seed this year, being undefeated 8-0 in the regular season. Last week the team defeated Nashua South in the quarterfinals and went on to defeat the Keene Blackbirds in the final four, earning a shot in the championship. On Friday at UNH, Berlin were the runner-ups against Exeter for the state championship.

Last Thursday, March 15, in the semifinals, Berlin won 29-20 in a close, aggressive game against the Keene Blackbirds at the Berlin High School gymnasium. There was plenty of rough and tumble and both teams fought hard. It was back-and-forth, with each team stealing and playing aggressive defense, preventing a lot of scoring.

For the game, the Berlin coach chose its top scorers and partners who assisted in taking the win. Partners were Matt and Jon Demers and Jenah Arsenault. On the roster for Berlin was brothers Randy and Roger Belanger, Felix Frechette, Christopher Trask and Kolbe Delafontaine. Frechette was the top scorer with 13 points.

Berlin led 6-5 at the end of the first quarter. Roger Belanger had two field goals and Frechette had one. Berlin had its best quarter in the second with 11 points. Keene managed two points. Frechette scored on two layups and a three-pointer. Randy Belanger had a basket.

Keene had their best quarter in the third with seven points. Berlin managed six. Frechette was 2-2 in free throws and also scored a field goal.

In the last quarter, Berlin tallied another six points and so did Keene and the Mounties and fans cheered in victory at the buzzer. Roger Belanger swished a three-pointer and his brother scored a two-pointer.

Berlin played Exeter at the University of New Hampshire for the championship on Friday and Exeter won 49-37.

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