Henry Eagar and Jimmy Campbell gave Masco trouble going to the hoop and freshman point guard Marcus Zegarowski hurt the Chieftains from outside.
Eagar slashed his way to a game-high 22 points while Zegarowski scored 17 in just his fifth game this season. Campbell chipped in with 13.
The Generals are a team in transition thanks to Zegarowski, who missed the start of the year with a broken thumb. Now that he’s healthy, Hamilton-Wenham is only beginning to hit its stride.
“He gives us a new dimension. We’re redefining ourselves right now because we can play a different way than we could before,” Hoak said. “It’s taken a little adjustment. It’s not as smooth a transition as you might think because we had a good chemistry going and then we took three pieces and put three new ones in. The kids have done a good job adjusting. Obviously, Marcus is a talented kid and he gives us a lot more options offensively than we had before.”
Zegarowski handled the ball well for Hamilton-Wenham, even when Masco extended its defense. He also made big shots, including a deep 3-pointer with a hand in his face and the shot clock winding down in the fourth quarter. That three gave the Generals a 50-41 lead with 2:13 to go.
“That was the first time we were really down late in the game and we came up and hit big shots,” Eagar said. “Marcus hit a big three, Jimmy had a big shot and I had a big one, so it was good. That fourth quarter we just locked them down, made the focus on Rudolph. Obviously, if we can stop him we think we’re going to win.”
Eagar was equally tough on Masco, with his long strides through the lane, his left-handed finishes and his perpetual motor.