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January 12, 2013 Peter McClelland
DANVERS, Mass. -- Danvers (7-0) put together a thirty point third quarter and defeated Lynn English (4-4), 90-70, on Wednesday night at Danvers in Northeastern Conference action.
This game was fast-paced from beginning to end as both teams applied full-court pressure. That pressure produced more fastbreaks than it did turnovers. On this night, the Falcons were better finishers, often making an extra pass to get an open layup.
The defending Division 3 state champs, if anything, look stronger than last year. So far they have won every game by at least twenty points.
All five starters for Danvers reached double figures with Nick McKenna leading the way with twenty-three.
The possibility of the Bulldogs going on in the second half to pull the upset vanished as the Falcons exploded during a four-minute segment of their thirty-point third quarter.
With five and a half minutes left in the third quarter, the Falcon lead was just five (49-44). During the next four minutes the game got away from the Bulldogs as Danvers outscored them, 19-4, to race to a twenty-point lead (68-48).
This game ended with a twenty-point difference so the two teams were even on the scoreboard over the remaining nine minutes of playing time.
During the crucial run, Vinny Clifford (16 points) collected eight points including a pair of 3’s. Teammate Dan Connors (20 points) also added eight points getting his from in close.
It is easy to go on and on raving about Danvers but undersized Lynn English never quit no matter what the score was. Their speed was impressive and their willingness to go at the Falcons led to some acrobatic shots. Unfortunately, the visitors missed a ton of layups or this game could have been closer.
Fred Hogan (21), Erick Rosario (15), and Johnny Hilaire (12) led the Bulldogs in scoring.
LE got down 29-14 early in the second quarter but Rosario put five points into seven straight Bulldog points to close that gap. The Bulldogs finished the final 2:22 of the half with a 10-1 segment as Fred Hogan cashed seven points including a last-second three to pull LE to 42-38 at the half.
But Danvers is so explosive that one minute later they had put together seven consecutive points (Nick Bates had three of them) and an eleven point lead quickly jumped back to eighteen, 84-66.
The next game for Lynn English will be at Winthrop on Friday night at 7 p.m. Danvers will be hosting Salem at the same time on the same night.
I suspect that it will be a standing-room only crowd at that Danvers/Salem game. One side of the court still doesn’t have the wooden bleachers in place.
Hilaire took a Falcon turnover (they had thirteen) in for a dunk in the fourth quarter.
Connors found plenty of openings in close. Bates went coast-to-coast after getting a rebound in the last two minutes of the game.
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