From there, though, Cahill switched into a 3-2 zone, and the Fishermen cruised from there. Hamilton-Wenham scored just three points in the second quarter after a plague of turnovers, and Gloucester kept that momentum rolling into the third.
Gloucester outscored Hamilton-Wenham 23-11 between the second and third quarters, utilizing an inside-out attack with Shairs and Jason Vizena (10 points), Austin Davis (eight points) and Jeff Oliveria (seven points) on the perimeter to pull away.
Meanwhile, the Fishermen were able to hold Hamilton-Wenham’s most dangerous scorer, sophomore James Foye, to just seven points.
“We didn’t shoot the ball well in the first half,” said Hoak, whose team was led by Henry Eagar’s 15 points. “I thought we got good shots in the first half and we missed a lot of easy looks, and in the second half, I don’t know if we just lost confidence a little bit or what. Then Gloucester turned up the pressure and we just didn’t play with confidence.”
The Generals (1-3) will square off with Bishop Fenwick in the tournament’s consolation game tonight at 6:00, immediately followed by the Gloucester/Manchester Essex tilt.
The Fishermen/Hornets matchup appears to be a good one. Both teams look to run the floor, and Manchester Essex’s size advantage will likely be off-set by Gloucester’s perimeter speed.
And after the Hornets handed Gloucester an 80-43 loss in the tournament final last December, there’s little doubt the Fishermen will be looking to put that debacle behind them.
“They’re run-and-gun, they shoot a lot of threes and they’ll have a size advantage,” Cahill said of Manchester Essex. “I think we can match their speed. This was a good win for the kids tonight. It’s good for their psyche going into tomorrow.”