Div. II Boys' Basketball Championship: It's back-to-back for Pembroke
Portsmouth's Joey Glynn(35) and Pat Glynn, right, try to defend Pembroke's Kafani Williams, center, during the first half of the NHIAA Div. II championship game at Lundholm Gymnasium in Durham Saturday. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
Williams, a 6-foot-4 senior forward, scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds to lead Pembroke to a 49-40 triumph over Portsmouth in Saturday's Division II championship game at the University of New Hampshire's Lundholm Gymnasium.
Senior guard Pat Welch added 15 points for Pembroke, which finished its season with a 21-1 record and won its second title in as many years. Pembroke's only loss this season was a 53-49 setback against Portsmouth during the regular season.
"I try to approach every game as calm as possible, because I know if I get too hyped I won't be able to do what I have to do," Williams said. "I came into this game like any other game. I wasn't nervous. It was just like any game."
The Spartans led 20-11 after one quarter, 28-19 at halftime and 37-27 after three.
"After that (first quarter) I thought we played them at our tempo," Mulvey said. "The way we wanted to play - more physical. We just couldn't make shots."
Williams entered the game averaging 19.1 points per game, and 13.4 rebounds per game.