First-year Swampscott boys basketball coach David Born entered last night’s game against Amesbury wondering how his team would respond to its 0-3 start and a 41-point loss to Danvers in its last outing.
What Born found out was that the Big Blue have no desire to lay down when times are tough.
Swampscott played an excellent second half to come back for a 75-62 victory over Amesbury.
“It was a nice rebound from a tough loss against Danvers. We responded,” said Born after recording his first victory at Swampscott. “When you get knocked down, how do you respond. Danvers hammered us. They’re very, very good. It was a rough night against them, but we bounced back.”
Senior captain Chad Nelson led the way with 19 points, 13 rebounds and five steals. Senior guard John King added 16 points, five rebounds and four assists while Andre Reeves came off the bench to produce 15 points and three steals.
Sophomore point guard Joey Ragusa contributed 13 points and three steals.
Marblehead 82, Northeast 55: The Magicians held the opposition to 11 third quarter points to advance to the Saugus Tournament final. Will Millett (14 points) and Angel Perez (five points) helped Marblehead (2-2) control the paint with very strong play inside, while Matt Millett was the winning team’s leading scorer with 15 points. Cian Saunders added 14 points including four 3-pointers.
Hamilton-Wenham 54, Masco 42: Henry Eagar finished with a double-double (13 points and 12 rebounds) for Hamilton-Wenham, which bumped its record to 4-1. Jimmy Campbell chipped in 19 points and seven boards for the Generals in limited minutes due to foul trouble. Masco dropped to 1-3.
Saugus 73, NST/EA 51: Trace Schaejbe scored a team high 16 points for the Hawks (0-3) in the Saugus Tournament first round while Yordany Sanchez (three points) and Dan Ramirez (six pointes) grabbed 10 rebounds each.
Somerville 48, Peabody 44: Jared McCarron finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and five steals but the Tanners dropped to 1-3 with the loss.
Melrose 3, Danvers 2: Jay Calcagno scored the tying goal in the third period, but Melrose netted a power play goal with three seconds left in the game to upend the Falcons (2-4). Steve Ganley’s first period goal gave Danvers a brief lead, while Ty Dustin and Ryan Cassidy earned assists and Alex Taylor turned away 24 shots in goal.
Lynn 6, Swampscott 1: The Big Blue dipped to 1-2-1 in the first round of the Lynn Christmas Tournament.
Beverly 6, Triton 2: Jake Straw scored a pair of goals to put the undefeated Panthers (6-0) in the final of the Cape Ann Savings Bank Tournament tonight against Marblehead. J.J. Bacchini, Clinton Cabral, Ryan Santo and Matt Hamor also ripped the twine for Beverly.
Bishop Fenwick 3, Saugus 0: Nick Finan and Brian Corcoran had a goal and an assist each and sophomore Bobby Lombardi earned his first shutout as the Crusaders (1-3) grabbed their first win of 2013-14. Brian Bassett added an empty netter for Fenwick and Tim Sullivan had one assist.
Salem 11, O’Bryant 1: Danny Heck broke out for a hat trick and junior Tarick Shaheen also scored three goals as the Witches (1-3-1) grabbed their first win in the Deep Freeze tourney. Jackson Jennings also scored twice and Mike Rosengren earned his first varsity win between the pipes. Coach Ted Hanley was pleased with Salem’s all-aroound play, especially the effort from the third and fourth lines.
Bishop Fenick 0, St. Jospeh Prep 0: St. Joe’s defeated Bishop Fenwick 5-0 earlier this season but the Crusaders rallied yesterday in the Judy Kostas Tournament consolation game for an impressive performance. Fenwick earned the first point in the program’s three year existence. The Crusaders’ (0-1-3) sophomore Meghan Woodworth made 41 saves in a monster effort while junior center Nicole Muir, senior captain Nina Groom (Swampscott), Gabby Dotolo, Meaghan Carney and junior captain Maggie Clark had strong performances in the tie.
Masconomet splits: The Chieftains took down Saugus, 65-21, but also fell to Newburyport, 47.5-38.5 in a Cape Ann League tri-meet. David Drigo was the winner in the shot put in both meets, while Liam McGrath took the dash and Danny Raphael came out on top in the 600.
Peabody 49, Winthrop 38: Carolyn Scacchi led Peabody (3-1) with 14 points and eight rebounds as the Tanners handed Winthrop its first loss of the season.
Danvers 38, Wakefield 33: Emily McNulty scored 15 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for Danvers (2-1), which overcame 28 turnovers and a poor shooting performance to earn the win.
Manchester Essex 45, Ipswich 33: The Tigers (2-1) suffered their first loss of the season despite a team-high nine points from Jordan Morrissey.
Bishop Fenwick 58, Beverly 33: The Crusaders (3-2) earned a spot in tonight’s Masconomet Holiday Tournament championship game after taking down the Panthers. Fenwick senior captain Kate Lipka led all scorers with 15 points and added four steals in the victory. Lexi Rose finished with 12 points, Sydney Brennan added 10 points, two steals and five rebounds. Colleen Corcoran dropped in six points to go along with her five rebounds, while senior captain Gianna Pizzano finished with five points, two steals and three rebounds. Beverly (0-3) was led by sophomore Melissa Lubas with 10 points, MaryCate Flaherty added six.