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Bobcats rally to knock off Knights

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by Joshua Spaulding
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Sports Editor - Salmon Press Newspapers

Jordan Docen drives to the basket during his team's game with Kingswood last week. RC Greenwood. (click for larger version)
February 12, 2017
PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth boys' basketball team picked up a big win last week, edging Kingswood with a late rally.

The Bobcats welcomed the Knights to town on Wednesday, Feb. 8, and took a 49-48 win.

"It was a good win for us," coach Mike Sullivan said, noting that eight of the 10 guys who played got on the scoresheet. "It was pretty good balance."

The Bobcats created 22 turnovers, playing an up-tempo, pressing game and were looking to run.

"Sometimes when we get turnovers we'll turn it over ourselves," Sullivan noted. "But we took care of the ball."

With all the weather over the course of the last week, the Bobcats didn't get a chance to practice after Monday, playing games on Wednesday and Friday sandwiched around snow days on Tuesday and Thursday. Plus snow on the weekend meant that the Bobcats were unable to get together then either.

"It was a nice team win," Sullivan said. "They beat us up when we went to Kingswood, but we felt like we could beat them at our place if we showed up and defended.

"And we really defended well," Sullivan continued.

The Bobcats trailed by seven points in the third quarter, but the Bobcat coach noted that his team stuck with it and got back in the game and closed it out.

Jordan Docen led the way for the Bobcats with 12 points, while Jake Lamb added 10 and Danny Carey finished with nine points.

The Bobcats traveled to Hanover on Friday night and dropped a 65-45 decision to the Marauders.

"That's a tough place to go and play," Sullivan said. "It was in the second quarter when they pulled away."

The Marauders led by 17 at halftime and it stayed right about that the rest of the way.

"They have some guards who can play," Sullivan said.

Docen led the way again with a season-high 18 points, while Charlie Carpenter and Owen Brickley both finished with eight points.

Looking ahead, the Bobcats have a chance to make up some ground as the season winds down.

"We have four games left and every team we play has the same record or is behind us," Sullivan said. "It's going to be an opportunity, we just have to keep working hard.

"One practice at a time, one game at a time," the Bobcat coach added.

The Bobcats will be at Merrimack Valley on Friday, Feb. 17, and will be hosting Con-Val on Tuesday, Feb. 21, both at 6:30 p.m.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 569-3126 or sportsgsn@salmonpress.com

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