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NHIAA Boys' Basketball: Derryfield rises to the occasion, tops Mules

New Hampshire Union Leader

January 16. 2018 11:44PM

NEWMARKET — Derryfield School of Manchester boys’ basketball coach Rob Bradley could hardly contain his excitement after his Cougars defeated Newmarket, 56-47, in front of a healthy crowd Tuesday night at Melvin A. Cross Gymnasium.

Bradley felt coming into the contest that the Cougars would need to play their best game of the season to leave as the lone remaining undefeated team in Division IV.

“I think we played — I’m not sure as well as we can play — but pretty close,” Bradley said.

Derryfield never trailed and clamped down defensively — utilizing its man-to-man scheme — in the fourth quarter, improving to 7-0 and handing Newmarket (7-1) its first loss of the season.

The Cougars had a 45-41 advantage but Newmarket built some momentum entering the fourth quarter. The Mules received 11 points from Anthony Senesombath on their way to outscoring Derryfield 18-17 in the third quarter.

Derryfield responded by allowing just six points and extending its lead to as many as 11 over the final eight minutes. Cody Bournival scored six of his 13 points in the fourth quarter to help the Cougars secure the win.

“When (Derryfield) really wanted to score, we weren’t stopping them,” Newmarket coach Jamie Hayes said. “Our defense was not effective tonight.”

Derryfield led 15-9 after the opening quarter and had a double-digit advantage three times in the second frame before the Mules found some rhythm offensively. Newmarket ended the first half on an 8-3 run to cut the Cougars’ advantage to 28-23.

Jared Woodman and Logan Willey logged four of Newmarket’s points during the 8-3 run inside the final minute of the first half. Woodman was fouled on a layup and missed his ensuing free throw but Willey grabbed the rebound and scored from the paint to pull the Mules within three points.

“Even when we were making runs, I never felt like we’re coming around here and we should be OK now because the defense wasn’t there,” Hayes said. “If we don’t defend, then we don’t have a shot to win.”

Derryfield received strong first-half performances from Oliver Sattler and Bournival.

Sattler logged 10 of his 14 points and a rebound while Bournival had five points and two rebounds over the opening 16 minutes.

Trent Henrich recorded four points and a game-high eight rebounds for the Cougars.

Senesombath finished with a game-high 15 points for the Mules. Woodman had seven points and four rebounds and Willey tallied six points.

“I might be a little discombobulated,” Bradley said with a smile. “I’m pretty psyched about this win.”

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