, Gloucester, MA

January 30, 2013

Area Roundup: Rockport boys pick up important win over Masco

Gloucester Daily Times

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Rockport 71 Masconomet 62

The Vikings (5-7) snapped a seven game losing streak with a very important win over a Cape Ann League Large foe. Rockport jumped out to a 15 point lead at the break, a lead that Masco would cut to seven at the start of the fourth quarter. Rockport, however, would win the fourth quarter to pick up the well earned victory.

Rockport was led by its usual scoring trio as Shaun Aspesi led the way with 24 points, Tucker Meredith had 18 and Adam Balzarini had 16.

“It was a complete team effort,” head coach Tim St. Laurent said. “Our scorers scored and the guys who didn’t score as much, Nick Scatterday and Conor Kuykendall, are the rocks of our defense. We just played fantastic basketball.”

Manchester Essex 60 Hamilton-Wenham 53

The Hornets (8-6) trailed by a point entering the fourth quarter but a Max Nesbit three put them up by two, a lead they would hold onto for the rest of the game.

Nesbit powered the offense with 25 points, Liam Aldrich had 14 while Taylor Ketchum had 13 points, 14 rebounds. Head coach Bryan Shields praised the defense of Ketchum and Petey Morton for containing the Generals top two scorers.

With the win Manchester Essex needs two wins in its final four games to get into the state tournament, it is also still alive for a Cape Ann League Small title.

Salem 70 Gloucester 47

Gloucester’s three game winning streak was snapped Tuesday by one of the best teams in the Northeastern Conference Large. The Fishermen (6-10) trailed by 10 at the break but six Witches three pointers in the third quarter broke the game wide open.

Connor Adkins led the way for Gloucester with 13 points, Drew Shairs had 11 points, 11 rebounds and Austin Davis had 10 points.

Girls Basketball

Rockport 47 Lynn Tech 37

The Vikings took another step towards .500 moving to 6-7 with their second win over Lynn Tech in a week.

“It was a good team effort,” head coach Steve O’Connor said. “They took a one point lead early in the third quarter and we pretty much controlled the rest of the game.”

Sarah Rowen led the Vikings with 11 points and 11 rebounds while Kayla Parisi also chipped in a double-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds. Heather MacArthur had nine points, 11 rebounds and O’Connor credited the play of Ali Davis, who had eight points and eight rebounds off the bench.

Hamilton-Wenham 42 Rockport 39

Ella Silag Stearns drained a three-pointer at the buzzer to tie the score, but the Generals pulled away in the overtime period for the win in a game that Manchester Essex (4-11) led for the majority of the contest.

Sydney Christopher scored 11 points for the Hornets, Eliza Logue chipped in 10.


St. John’s Prep 56

Xaverian 39

A pair of Gloucester natives helped the Eagles finish up the regular season at 6-0 as Evan Dombrowski won the shot put (51’-6”) and Josh Hubble won the 300 with a personal best (37.72).