Bates came alive offensively in the second half and hit a pair of long-range jumpers to finish with 12 points. Sophomore starter Vincent Clifford (12 points), after a rocky first half, went 3-for-3 in from long range after intermission.
“I think both teams wish they played better offensively tonight. It’s the first game of year so it is what it is,” said Walsh. “We’ll try to improve (on offense) but I was really happy with the way we defended.”
Connors and Martin crashed the offensive boards for Danvers in the first half and the 11 second chance opportunities the Falcons had were a big reason the team extended its lead. Martin had four offensive rebounds and four assists in the first half.
“Nothing was going right. I give them (Danvers) a lot of credit. They work the ball around, find the open man and they’ve got some deadly shooters,” said Hanscom. “They started making shots. They weren’t making shots in the first half but they were getting the second shots and that hurt us.”
Matt Millet led Marblehead with 10 points. The junior guard hit some tough, contested shots but he was the only Marblehead player in double digits.