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January 18, 2013 Peter McClelland
WEST NEWBURY, Mass. -- The Pentucket Sachems came out on the right end of a back-and-forth final quarter and defeated Greater Lowell Tech, 58-57, on Thursday night in non-league boys action.
There were seven lead changes in the exciting fourth quarter.
The visiting Gryphons (4-6) had two possessions in the final minute to respond to Mike Aiduk’s layup (assist to Jake Bordeianu) that put the Sachems (3-7) in front, 58-57.
On the first possession, Gbah Dualu (22 points) settled for an outside shot (which he missed) . On the second possession, the speedster was cornered by three Pentucket defenders and forced a shot that drew air as the game ended.
Pentucket started fast against the GLT man-to-man defense running ten straight points to get up 12-2 after 3 ½ minutes. Once the team from Tyngsboro shifted into an active zone things went much better for them.
The Gryphons closed to 12-9 in the first quarter and stay close (22-19) in the second quarter. The Sachem lead was 27-22 at the half.
Ryan Kuchar (19 points) had seven in the first quarter. Anthony Zeoli (13 points) had nine in the second quarter including a three from the right corner that went in off the backboard.
Pentucket would build their lead up to 36-27 in the third after a layup and a three by Kuchar. However, that nine-point lead evaporated over the next 1 ½ minutes as freshman Mechach Dunn drove the lane and Jayson Colon followed with two straight 3’s.
Suddenly the Gryphons were within one (36-35) and just as suddenly Sachem coach Ed Hickey called a timeout as he surely wondered why Colon was completely unguarded on his second 3-point attempt.
Greater Lowell finally took its first lead of the game (39-38) as Winston Smith’s converted rebound ended the scoring in the third quarter.
The Gryphons got up by as many as three (45-42) and the Sachems led by as many as five (56-51).
Pentucket took that five-point lead on Calvin Wiles (13 points) long one with 1:15 left in the game but in less than ten seconds Gbah Dualu answered with a three for GLT to cut the lead to two.
The last forty-five seconds were played with Pentucket clinging to a one-point advantage. Somehow the Sachems went home with the win despite two turnovers and a front end of a one-and-one miss by Kuchar.
The Gryphons had two possessions to tie or win the game. Gbah settled for a jump shot on the first one. He had the speed and strength to get to the rim and had done it several times during the game.
Gbah took the inbounds pass and was triple-teamed by the Sachems. This excellent defense left him with no openings and no time. He had to fire quickly and the shot wasn’t close.
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