KOHL MEYERS doesn’t give Plymouth’s Kyle Reisert a lot of options to go to the hoop during action Jan. 3. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
January 09, 2012WOLFEBORO — The Kingswood boys' hoop team opened its new gym in style, running away from the Plymouth Bobcats by a 60-46 score on Tuesday, Jan. 3.
For the first few minutes of play, the two teams were fairly even, as Kohl Meyers had two hoops for the Knights and Nick and Kyle Reisert each had hoops for the Bobcats, but back-to-back three-pointers from Zach McKenzie and Meyers put Kingswood out to a 10-4 lead and the Bobcats were never able to come back.
Though Gavin Brickley hit a hoop for the Bobcats to cut the lead to 10-6, McKenzie hit a bucket and Meyers sank another three-pointer to make it 15-6 after one quarter of play.
Parker Shure got two hoops to open the second quarter, stretching Kingswood's lead to 19-6 before a Jared Kuehl hoop got Plymouth back on the board. Another three from McKenzie stretched Kingswood's lead to 22-8, but hoops from Taylor Newberry and Nick Reisert cut into the lead a bit.
McKenzie drilled another three-pointer to up the lead to 25-12. Newberry hit a hoop for the Cats, but Mackenzie Tetreault answered. After another Nick Reisert bucket, Ben Burrows and Tetreault hit back-to-back shots for a 31-16 lead. Newberry hit a hoop for Plymouth's final score of the first half and Tetreault hit a free throw for a 32-18 Kingswood lead at the break.
"For us at the start, we had a lot of good looks and layups we just missed," said Plymouth coach Mike Sullivan. "You could see our shoulders drop."
The Bobcat coach told his kids at halftime that it didn't feel like a 14-point game because they had so many good shots.
The Bobcats did not back down, but Kingswood played a strong third quarter as well.
Kyle Reisert hit a pair of free throws to open the second half but Chad Peterson answered for Kingswood with a hoop. After a Newberry free throw, McKenzie drilled another three-pointer for a 37-21 lead. Newberry hit a field goal, only to see back-to-back hoops from McKenzie and Peterson to push the lead to 41-23.
Brickley and Kuehl hit for Plymouth, but Meyers and Adam Fritchy answered for Kingswood and Fritchy added a free throw as well for the 46-27 lead.
However, point guard Collin Sullivan drilled a three-pointer to close out the third quarter, cutting the lead to 46-30.
Brickley hit a pair from the line to open the fourth, but a Shure three-pointer and Tetreault three-point play pushed the lead to 20 points at 52-32.
Plymouth didn't wilt, however. Kyle Reisert hit a free throw to start an 8-0 run for the Bobcats, with Brickley and Newberry hitting buckets and Kuehl and Sullivan (two) hitting from the line to cut the lead to 52-40 with three minutes to play.
Meyers hit a hoop to get Kingswood back on track, but Newberry netted six points in a row, including two buckets and a pair from the line to cut the lead to 54-46 with 1:45 to play.
However, McKenzie and Fritchy hit hoops and Fritchy added a pair of free throws to seal the win for the Knights, 60-46.
"We had a three-or-four-minute bad spell in the fourth and they came back," Chick said. "We threw up some shots we shouldn't have and didn't get back on defense like we should have and they took advantage."
He noted, however, that the Knights did hit big shots when they needed to down the stretch.
"We're playing more quality minutes every game," the veteran coach said. "This is a good start for us, we're happy to be 2-0."
Chick also made sure to praise Plymouth on their comeback in the fourth.
"I think Plymouth has the chance to be a very good team," he said. "They have some athletes."
"I'm certainly proud of the boys for cutting it to two possessions with 1:40 left," Sullivan said. "But it seemed to be too little, too late."
Sullivan noted that if his team had played like it did in the fourth to start the game, the ending may have been different.
"If we came out and played like we did in the fourth, we could've made it a game," he stated. "But every time we had a run, they'd hit a three."
Sullivan was also pleased with the effort despite the 20-point deficit in the fourth.
"Things with this group can go the other way and we could give up and let them win by 30," Sullivan said. "But we went the way we wanted to go, we'll take that as a positive sign."
The Bobcat coach also praised Kingswood's effort and athleticism.
"I give them credit," he said. "They have a few good players."
McKenzie finished with 18 points, while Meyers added 16 for the Knights. Newberry led Plymouth with 17 points on the evening.
Kingswood continued its strong start with a 52-34 win at Kearsarge on Friday, Jan. 6.
The boys will be back in action on Friday, Jan. 13, when they host Bishop Brady at 6:30 p.m. The Knights head to Portsmouth for a 6:30 p.m. game on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
Plymouth played its home opener on Friday, Jan. 6, with Coe-Brown in town and dropped a 56-45 decision to the Bears.
Plymouth will be in action again on Friday, Jan. 13, when they head to Goffstown for a 6:30 p.m. start. On Tuesday, Jan. 17, they head to Merrimack Valley, also for a 6:30 p.m. varsity start.
The JV Knights recorded a 63-37 win over Plymouth. Dan Eldridge led Kingswood with 18, while Shawn Roseen added 12. Christian Babin had 13 to lead Plymouth.
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