HAMILTON — Supposedly, freshman point guard Michael Carter-Williams had an off-shooting night during a Hamilton-Wenham game last week.
Try telling that to Newburyport, who saw first hand what can happen when the Generals' sophomore sharpshooter gets in a groove.
Carter-Williams couldn't miss last night, racking up 21 first half points — 17 in the opening quarter alone — to lead Hamilton-Wenham over the Clippers, 63-42.
"Michael was really focusing on his shot — and was drilling them early," said Hamilton-Wenham coach Marty Binette, whose team (11-4) has won eight straight. They are 8-2 in Cape Ann League Small play, leading the league.
"We had a really good start, and that's something we haven't done this year; we've been a better second half team. Tonight, we came out in the first half and put it away early."
Indeed, the Generals left little doubt that their eighth straight victory would ultimately be in the cards with an early blitz to open things up. Carter-Williams had 10 of his team's first 12 points as the hosts raced out to a 15-0 lead. That quickly ballooned to 25-6 at the end of one quarter.
"We got off to a bad start — but it was because they put us in that spot," said Clippers coach Tom L'Italien, his team 9-7. "They got out well, and they're a tough team to chase when they have good guard play."
On the rare occasions where the Generals missed a shot, the likes of Corey Daff and Nate Masterson were there to clean it up. Daff grabbed 12 rebounds and Masterson pulled down six as Hamilton-Wenham dominated the glass to the tune of 34-15 for the night, including a 16-5 edge in the first half.
"Michael scores a lot of points, but we're nothing without Corey and Mike (Drinkwater)," said Binette. "All year they've held teams to one shot (defensively). Newburyport was one and done tonight."