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16 - February 4, 2011

by Marc Ayotte Heading into last Tuesday night’s Division III

boys’ basketball game, the host Campbell Cougars and the visiting Hawks from Hopkinton were not playing their best ball. Although the students didn’t show up for school as a result of another snow day, Cougar head coach Patrick Roye’s team certainly showed up to play. Hopkinton wished more than just classes were canceled, as an impressive array of outside jumpers and pressure defense culminated in the Cougars literally shooting down the Hawks, 57-36, in ‘The Den.’

Prior to the game, the opposing head coaches formed an impromptu mutual admiration society, as they each complimented their adversary’s coaching abilities. In referring to Dave Chase of Hopkinton, Coach Roye said, “Dave is one of the best coaches in the whole state,” adding that “he will throw about seven or eight different defenses at us tonight,” with respect to what he expected to see during the game. In noting that the Hopkinton rivalry has always been friendly, Roye added, “if we play well, this should be a very good

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Donning their new warm-up suits, Andrew Lepine (flanked by cheerleaders) leads the Cougars into action against Hopkinton

Morgan gave Campbell a 9-1 run and a 24-11 lead, causing the Hawks to call a timeout just past the halfway point of the second quarter. After a quick hoop by Hopkinton, Campbell’s Lepine remained unconscious from behind the arch as he drained his fourth triple of the half, barking out “AND 1” through his mouthguard, as he thought he also was fouled on the attempt. As the first-quarter Campbell offense was led by one player, so, too, was the second quarter; this time, in the form of Campbell’s 12, as Morgan hit another pretty baseline jumper to push the hometown lead to 15 at the half, 31-16.

A quiet start to the second half by the Cougars

allowed Hopkinton just enough space to sneak back into the game. A three-pointer by Frankie Beane, who his coach calls “… probably one of the premiere guards in D-3,” followed by teammate Jay White’s triple, gave the Hawks a 9-0 run, pulling them back to within seven points, just two and half minutes in—time out, Campbell! New quarter— new spark? Indeed. Out of the timeout, freshman Jesiah Wade’s ’stop and pop’ from 15 feet out stopped the hometown white from bleeding red. Another hoop from Wade with a strong drive to the basket, combined with a tremendous defensive intensity on Beane, sparked the Cougars in the third quarter. Despite the strong run by Hopkinton, the Cougars still maintained a nine-point lead with one quarter left to play. The final stanza saw yet another defense by Hopkinton as they came out in a 3-2 zone. Proving his versatility against defensive match-ups, Lepine converted on his fifth triple of the night (a game-high 17 points), pushing the Cougar lead to double digits again with 5:30 left to play. Inside of four minutes remaining, the game started to slip away from the Hawks. A real sweet scoop shot by Josh Morgan (14 points on the night) in the midst of an 8-0 Cougar run help put the ’W’ in the books for Campbell. Jesiah Wade and Tyler Syphers each pitched in with five points. White and Beane led Hopkinton in scoring with 12 and nine points, respectively. Earlier in the

evening, JV action saw the Campbell boys continue their excellent play as they rolled to their third straight lopsided victory by crushing the Hawks by a final of 64-25. JV head coach Michael Dunham offered the following on

his game approach: “If we play our game, we’ll win. It’s not about them, it’s about us, we want to come out hard—we want to come out and set the tempo; set the tone of the game in the first five minutes.” Quicker than the time reflected on an NBA shot

clock, the Cougars jumped out to a 5-0 lead. And in the aforementioned first five minutes of the game, Campbell certainly came out hard as they vaulted to a 17-1 lead and pushed it to 23-2 after the first quarter. Game plan executed to perfection and sales at the Cougar concession stand soon benefited. It wasn’t until 1:54 into the third quarter that Hopkinton was able to register their first field goal of the game when guard Matt French heaved one in from three-point land. For the Cougars, 11 players got their names in the scoring column, led by Jackson Musco and Dan Driscoli with 10 points each. Nick Freson chipped in with seven points in addition to a strong game on the boards. The Cougars head on the road for four consecutive away games before returning to ’The Den’ on February 21, when they host Farmington.

Senior Cougar Josh Morgan (#12) soars above two Hawks last Tursday in ‘Te Den’

Tyler Syphers (#33) squares up to drain his jumper in the paint

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