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.