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NHIAA Boys' Basketball: Central's Revere beats buzzer, Exeter

New Hampshire Union Leader

February 13. 2018 11:49PM

MANCHESTER — Everything is earned this time of year in NHIAA boys’ hoops. That certainly applied to what the Manchester Central boys’ basketball team pulled off on Tuesday night.

Antoine Revere rattled home a 3-pointer just before the final horn to help the Little Green to their best win of the season, a 53-51 upset over Exeter at Simon Gymnasium. Central appeared cooked when Exeter’s Josh Morissette blocked a shot off an inbounds with 2.6 seconds to play. The ensuing inbound went to Revere, who freed himself via a pair of screens, and the senior found enough time to square up and fire a clean look through the bottom of the net.

“I was really just feeling it,” Revere said. “I came off the two screens and felt it in my body. I wanted to take that and have that big shot.”

Revere tallied 16 points on the night, inclduing eight in the fourth quarter. The senior hit just one other trey, but Central coach Dave Keefe expected Revere to execute when the ball got to his hands during the final play.

“This kid works so hard,” said Keefe of Revere. “I’m not just saying that because he hit that shot. When we shoot every day, he wins the shooting drill each time. It’s because he pushes himself. No one deserves this more than him considering the way he gets after it.”

The heroics came after the Little Green (9-4), who have won four straight, and Blue Hawks (10-3) jostled for a lead throughout the fourth quarter, which Central started with a 38-37 lead. The game was tied 48-48 with 1:25 to play after Revere sunk the back end of two free throws. Max Rose gave Exeter a lead with 1:15 on a free throw and the Blue Hawks bumped that lead to 51-48 inside of a minute on a Cody Morissette breakaway bucket. Revere came back down with a pull-up jumper to get Central within one before Exeter missed two free throws to give Central a final possession that led to Revere’s winner.

“We had our opportunities,” Exeter coach Jeff Holmes said. “It was layups and free throws. I told them that we have to make those down the stretch.”

Kyler Bosse pumped in a game-high 18 points for Central while Dede Niyang joined Bosse and Revere in double figures with 10. Josh Morissette poured in nine of his team-high 15 oints in the fourth quarter.

The Blue Hawks trailed 29-22 at halftime after Central swarmed the rim defensively to hold the Blue Hawks at bay over the first 16 minutes. Exeter found its way back into the game with a 7-0 run to start the third quarter, which was fueled by a switch to a 3-2 zone defense that quashed Central’s momentum.

“It was a very good first half of inspired basketball and then all of the sudden it was almost like we had no energy,” Keefe said. “We still have to play with enthusiasm and attack even when they play zone.”

The Little Green eventually solved the Blue Hawks’ zone and forced a switch back to man-to-man, which helped Central remain alongside Exeter through the third and into the fourth.

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