Saugus started the game with energy and a little bit of swagger, but once Danvers extended its defense the Sachems’ offensive trips became rushed and full of panic.
That resulted in open looks and easy hoops for the Falcons.
“Saugus is so well coached and Paul get them up to play. You know they’re going to come out firing and they really did. When you start hitting shots, sometimes that can take the energy away,” Walsh said. “I think (the press) seemed to create some turnovers and that really helped.”
Bates and McKenna each got hot late in the first quarter and started burning Saugus inside and out. McKenna finished with a game-high 19 points and Bates had 14. Dan Connors also hit double figures with 11, while starters Eric Martin (7) and Vinny Clifford (two threes, 6 points) also did their part.
Only Joe Bertrand hit double figures for Saugus with 14 points.
“It’s tough when everyone’s playing well. When we get the ball in to Dan Connors, everything feeds off him. When he’s making his layups the defense has to drop in and it gets open shots for all our shooters,” McKenna said. “All of our guards shot well tonight. It was a team win, definitely.”