Boys' Basketball: West clinches playoff spot with win to Shout about at Concord
West's Alfred Nyonee shoots over Concord's Garrett Jewell at Concord on Friday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Needing a victory to qualify for the Division I tournament, West received a game-high 26 points from senior guard Richard Shout and wrapped up the regular season by beating Concord, 75-65, Friday night.
“We knew what was at stake tonight,” West coach Dan Bryson said. “It was win or go home.”
“They’re a hard-working bunch and we’ve been getting better the last couple weeks,” Bryson said. “They’re feeding into becoming more of a team, rather than (playing as) individuals. We have a lot of individual talent. We just need to put it together and work as a team.”
Senior guard Garrett Jewell made four 3-pointers and led Concord with 24. Freshman Matthew Giroux scored 11, and Walter Szulc and Seimou Smith each finished with 10.
Concord, which also completed the regular season with a 6-12 record, will likely be the No. 16 seed and open the tournament at Manchester Central. Central (18-0) is the only unbeaten team in Division I.
West, which did not make the tournament last year, dropped a 79-36 decision to Trinity during the regular season.
“We’re in now, and we’re pretty excited,” Bryson said. “It’s not going to be an easy task, but we’ll be as prepared as we can be.”