LISBON -- By a single point, 58-57, the Groveton boys in another nail-biter handed coach Mark Collins his 200th varsity win.
In a game of power surges and short circuits, Dagan Cloutier with 27 points and 7-for-11 foul shooting in the fourth quarter saved the Eagles on Monday night. Cloutier hit the game-winning free throw with six seconds left.
quot;We almost didn#039;t get saved,quot; quipped Collins. quot;We have got to take better care of the ball. They kicked the heck out of us on the boards in that first half, they hammered us and we got into foul trouble. Scott Landers had a good first half and helped get us back in the ballgame at least.quot;
In the opening minute, Cloutier had two fouls and the 10-4 surge ended when he sat. Lisbon went on a electrifying 20-2 run over the final 5:46 of the first quarter and took over the lead.
Ed Natti was fouled on a triple and made all three count to double the score on their guests, 24-12. Cliff Huntington chipped in with a couple of baskets. Cloutier returned and hit a triple, a deuce and set up Scott Landers to bring the Eagles within two. Lisbon missed the first six shots they took in the second and went over five minutes without scoring before Mike White finally connected.
quot;We didn#039;t shoot well in the second quarter. Our best players had good looks and we went dry,quot; said Lisbon coach Les Poore. quot;The difference in the game was Dagan Cloutier, his presence is unmatched.quot;
Trailing by a point, Cloutier grabbed the rebound off a calculated last shot for Lisbon that missed and dashed to the top of the arc for a well-placed buzzer beater.
Groveton kept on rolling for the first seven points of the third and Lisbon faced a 38-29 hole. The chasm went to 12 before the quarter ended. Cloutier set up Dingman and knocked down a trifecta then a couple of foul shots.
quot;We showed a lot of heart tonight coming back and I enjoyed watching us fight back,quot; reported Poore. quot;We battled inside and that got us back in the game. The kids took the adjustments and ran with it.quot;
Lisbon generated 10 points in a row and Shawn Boyd had back-to-back baskets to come within a basket, 49-47 with five minutes to go. Cloutier stepped in with four free throws in a row and sliced a pass through to Mike Kenison for the only two points from the Eagles from the floor in the fourth, but 55-49 wasn#039;t secure.
Groveton turned over the inbounds pass after Boyd dished off to Peter Erb then put White on the line for two and traveled on the inbounds play. With 45 seconds left, it was a one-point game and Cloutier poked the ball loose. When he missed his second free throw, he rebounded the ball and went to the line again for the decisive point.
Collins wasn#039;t sure of his 200th coaching win until the final buzzer on yet another close encounter. Groveton will take their unbeaten streak to Gorham on Wednesday and Lisbon will be at home with Stratford on Thursday.
Keddy 1-0-2; M.Kenison 2-0-4; Cloutier 7-10-27; D.Kenison 4-0-9; Perras 2-0-4; McVetty 0-0-0; Dingman 3-0-6; Hibbard 0-0-0; Landers 3-0-6. Totals 22-10-58.
Boyd 3-0-6; White 5-3-15; Natti 7-5-20; Dodge 1-4-6; Huntington 3-0-6; Wilkins 0-0-0; P.Erb 2-0-4; M.Erb 0-0-0. Totals 21-12-57.
Groveton 12 19 18 9 - 58
Lisbon 14 5 9 19 - 57
3-pointers: Groveton - Cloutier 3, D.Kenison
Fouled Out: Groveton - Dingman; Lisbon - Dodge, P.Erb
Records: Groveton 5-0; Lisbon 3-2
Groveton 73, Lisbon 25lt;/bgt;
LISBON -- The Groveton girls stomped down hard on the young Panthers and claimed their fifth win on Monday night.
All 15 Eagles got in the action and 13 of them scored. Monique Brassard had a game-high 14 and Kristy Collins added a dozen points. Collins opened fire from all over for six of the first eight points and when Brassard nailed a three-point play, the Eagles had a firm 19-6 hold. Alyssa Kennett also polished off a layup and free throw combo to cap the first eight minutes.
quot;In the first half, we played good defense and got the ball out and ran it,quot; said Groveton coach Gary Jenness. quot;We took shots and the ball was going in for us. Everything we shot early went in. We shot 60 percent in the first quarter. Kristy came out and hit three or four and that kind of set the tone for us.quot;
The young Panthers managed just an Ari Massimilla and Lindsey Hunt basket in the second period and fell behind, 42-14 at halftime. Brassard scored five of the Eagles 16 in the second.
quot;We were out everything,quot; admitted Lisbon coach Ron Wilkins. quot;It#039;s tough for such a young team to come up against the defending state champs, but I was a little disappointed, I thought we could have put a little better effort into the defensive end, in the first half anyways. The girls got defeated very, very early in the game and it#039;s unacceptable to give up.quot;
Lisbon, without a senior on the team, starts one junior, two sophomores and two freshmen. Kristi Hartwell, one of the ninth-graders, led the Panthers scoring with seven points.
Groveton came at Lisbon with all cylinders firing and wasted little time in overpowering the young Panthers.
quot;After the Pittsfield game, the kids have all been working hard and good things are happening,quot; said Jenness.
Lisbon will host Stratford on Thursday, while Groveton rests until the Christmas tournament on Dec. 27 at 6 p.m. with Gorham.
quot;We#039;re going to attack Thursday#039;s game with all the weapons we#039;ve got,quot; said Wilkins. quot;We#039;ve just got to get more girls shooting, we#039;re a little timid about taking shots.quot;
Paradis 2-0-4; Tetreault 2-0-4; Brassard 6-2-14; Hickey 3-1-8; Collins 6-0-12; Connary 0-0-0; A.Meunier 0-2-2; Riley 2-0-4; Landry 3-1-7; C.Meunier 1-0-2; Fogg 0-0-0; Paquette 2-0-4; Kennett 1-1-3; Woodward 2-1-5; Bailey 2-0-4. Totals 32-8-73.
Boutin 1-0-2; Massimilla 1-3-6; Hartwell 3-1-7; White 1-3-6; Hunt 2-1-5; Laleme 1-0-2; Adams 0-0-0; Charland 0-0-0; C.Boutin 0-0-0; Williams 0-0-0. Totals 9-6-25.
Groveton 26 16 15 16 - 73
Lisbon 10 4 7 4 - 25
3-pointers: Groveton - Hickey; Lisbon - Massimilla
Fouled Out: none
Records: Groveton 5-1; Lisbon 1-4