Boston High School: Andrew McGill

Recap: No. 18 Falmouth 54, Barnstable 53

February, 14, 2012
Paul Lundberg’s wish came true last night in Barnstable. Prior driving 15 miles up Route 28 to Barnstable High School from Falmouth High, the Head Coach of the Falmouth Clippers told his assistant coach, Steve Femino, that he was really hoping to get a big performance out of forward Nate Steele later on that night against his team’s biggest rival.

Steele, who has pretty much been the Clippers fourth or fifth offensive option all year long, must have overheard the conversation because the junior had the best game of his high school career to help lead the 18th-ranked boys club from Falmouth to their 16th straight win, a 54-53 nail-biter over their rivals from Barnstable.

Falmouth, which has already claimed the Atlantic Coast League championship with a perfect 11-0 record so far, improved to 17-1 on the season and avenged their lone loss, a 1-point defeat back in December to the Red Raiders back. Barnstable, which can win the Old Colony League title with a win over Dartmouth on Friday, falls to 13-4.

Steele was the remedy to a laundry list of ailments for Falmouth in the game. All-star point guard Andrew McGill (seven points, six assists) was whistled for a technical foul midway through the third for arguing a foul call and sat down for several minutes. Seconds later big man Kyle Kasprzyk (six points, five rebounds), the Clippers' post presence, went down with a nasty looking ankle injury in the third quarter and would not return. Leading scorer Damien Reid was playing on balky ankle that he had turned the previous day in practice and was held to just 4 points by the Raiders.

Enter the man named Steele, who was not wearing a cape but certainly played like he deserved one in the third quarter as he scored 13 of his game-high 18 points.

“He came through huge for us,” Lundberg said. “It’s always someone different for us, we don’t have any superstars.”

Even with Steele exploding in the third, the game was still in doubt heading to the final period and the Clippers had few answers for the Red Raiders inside. Barnstable’s Charlie Rice, Nick Peabody and Jason Eddy dominated the glass throughout the game, combining for 31 rebounds between them and were able to keep it close all the way through. Falmouth led 42-36 going to the fourth, thanks to a pair of pretty hoops by Steele inside the last 17 seconds, including a jumper off the window at the buzzer.

In the fourth the visitors extended their lead to as many as 7 points on a dribble-drive dish by McGill that set up a Sam Lumbert lay-in with 6:00 to play that made it 46-39.

Barnstable answered right back with five quick points by Eddy, who drained a 3-pointer and then stole the ball and got to the line for a pair of freebies. The two free throws had Barnstable back to within 2.

Thanks to some suffocating defense, Barnstable shaved it down to a single point with 2:50 to play. Peabody dropped in 1-of-2 from the line and then hit a put-back to make it a 48-47 game. Barnstable continued to shut down the Falmouth offense on the Clippers’ next few possessions, but missed open jumpers on three straight possessions.

Inside the last minute Clippers freshman Brian Jeffrey connected on the shot of the night. With time winding down on the shot clock the rookie got the ball at the top of the arc and drained a 3-pointer with Eddy in his face to extend the Clippers’ lead to 51-47.

Barnstable got the look it wanted the next time down, but Rice’s lay-up rimmed off and Steele came down with the ball and got it quickly to McGill, who was fouled and hit 1-of-2 to make it a 5-point game with 32 seconds remaining.

“You always have to look down at the last stretch, but I think you have to look at throughout the game that whatever our shooting percentage was, it was bad. Defensively we played well enough to win the game, I thought we took pretty good care of the basketball,” Barnstable Coach Gerry McDowell said. “But, we missed too many shots at close range and I think that was the difference. We didn’t maximize our offensive opportunities.”

Rice rebounded the missed second attempt by McGill and Barnstable started to bomb away with bad results. First Travis Kendrew put one up that was wide. Barnstable got the ball back out of a scramble, thanks to the possession arrow being in their favor, but then Eddy missed from downtown. Pat Kotfila was hacked after that and hit 1-of-2 for Falmouth, making it a six-point game, 53-47, with 14 seconds to go.

Eddy gave his team hope with six ticks to go when he drained a bomb from the corner. The Raiders then fouled on the inbound, sending Steele to the line with a chance to ice things. The man of the night did just that, making it a two-possession game with five seconds to go by draining the first of his two shots. Rice grabbed the carom on the missed the second shot and beat the buzzer with a long three from about 35-feet out, but it left the home team a point short with no time to play.

That left McDowell’s team with sagging shoulders and plenty of "what if's" it will be asking itself for the rest of the week.

“We rebounded very well, we took care of the basketball, we shot free throws, we played well enough defensively, but good teams, winning teams, don’t make it difficult for themselves and we made it difficult for ourselves,” McDowell said.

“(Falmouth) shot the ball better. I give them a lot of credit for making shots, and you’ve got to do that. You can’t always get the ball inside for lay-ups, you’ve got to make shots. When you get the ball inside, those are the ones you’re supposed to make, you should shoot 50-percent, and we didn’t do that. We didn’t come close.”

Lundberg credited his team’s depth and composure for the victory. At times Falmouth had four sophomores and a freshman on the court against the Raiders, but the youngsters got the job done.

“They didn’t panic, they just played. It’s a game of basketball,” the coach said.

And if there’s one thing that these Clippers seem to be doing well this season it’s following their coach’s credo of “just keep playing.”

“I can’t believe we’ve already played 18 games. (When the year began) I was hoping to just make the tournament, but these kids keep coming," he said. "The chemistry is well, they’re having fun. Man, 17-1 is a huge surprise to me, I don’t know how much of a surprise it is to them, kids are kids, but it’s a big surprise for me. I’m happy for them because they do all of the work.”

Saturday's Bay State Games results

July, 17, 2011
Courtesy of Bay State Games media relations director Peter Cohenno:


Boys Scholastic 11/12 Grade
Emmanuel College – Boston, MA

Southeast 103, Metro 77
Sayvonn Houston (Brockton, Brockton HS) poured in 37 points to propel Southeast to a 103-77 win over Metro. Jaleel Moise (Brockton, Brockton HS) and Jon Perez (Weymouth, Weymouth HS) added 20 and 19 points respectively for the winners. Metro had three players in double figures led by Kenny Ramos’s (Mattapan, East Boston HS) 14 points. Adam Zakaria (Arlington, Arlington HS) and Paul Brooles (Arlington, Arlington HS) chipped in with 12 apiece.

Coastal vs Northeast
Coastal declared winner due to a Northeast forfeit.

West 78, Central 54
West ran away with a 78-54 victory over Central. For the winners, Jesse LeCroix (Orange, Mahar HS) led all scorers with 26. Casy White (Easthampton, Easthampton HS) and Jose Allen (Amherst, Amherst HS) netted 14 apiece. Central’s Matt Kneece (Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury HS) paced his squad with 16 points.

Coastal 104, Southeast 97
Chris Green (Taunton, Taunton HS) tallied 30 points to help Coastal edge Southeast, 104-97, in a fast-paced, offensive battle. Nelson Baptiste (Falmouth, Falmouth HS) contributed to the assault with 22, and Andrew Kenyon (Swansea, Case HS) put up 20. Southeast big man Sayvonn Houston (Brockton, Brockton HS) led all scorers with 33. His teammates, Damien Lugay (Weymouth, Weymouth HS) and Jon Perez (Weymouth, Weymouth HS), added 18 and 14 points, respectively.

Northeast vs Central
Central declared winner due to a Northeast forfeit.

West 109, Metro 63
West had two players score more than 20 points as they destroyed Metro 109-63. Metro kept the game tied at 18 through the first quarter. However, West came alive in the second, scoring 36 points, and went into halftime leading 54-33. In the second half, West forward Jose Allen (Amherst, Amherst HS) netted 21 of his 23 points and was the game’s leading scorer. West guard Jesse LeCroix (Orange, Mahar HS) added 22 points of his own. Metro’s Mo Magras (Medford, Medford HS) tallied 12 points and led the team in scoring.

Boys Scholastic 9/10 Grade
Wentworth Institute of Technology – Boston, MA

Metro 65, Southeast 62
Metro defeated Southeast 65-62 in a close game that went down to the final minutes. Metro scored early and had an 18-12 lead at the end of the first quarter. However, Southeast pulled within two at the half. Going into the fourth quarter they were tied at 48. Southeast guards Jonathan Joseph (Brockton, Brockton HS) and Andrew Reardon (North Easton, Oliver Ames HS) combined for seven of the team’s final 13 points. Guard Lutjy Mondesir (Brockton, Brockton HS) led the team with 10 points, while Metro’s Tyler Sullivan (Arlington, Arlington HS) led all scorers with 16 points.

West 65, Northeast 40
West played a balanced game and limited its mistakes in a 65-40 win over Northeast. West forward Justin Crosby (Westfield, Westfield HS) scored a team-high 12 points while guard Kamil Stasiowski (Palmer, Palmer HS) added another nine points in the second half. Northeast shooting guard Jordan Mendez (Salem, North Shore Tech) led all scorers with 18 points, 15 of which he scored in the second half.

Coastal 67, Central 46
Coastal’s defense limited Central to five first quarter points on their way to a 67-46 win. Coastal’s defense, anchored by center Owen Murphy (Plymouth, Plymouth North), played strong the entire game and only allowed 12 first half points. Coastal’ offense was led by guard Andrew McGill (West Falmouth, Falmouth), Murphy and forward Tucker Bouchard (Kingston, Silver Lake) each scored 12 points. In the second half, Central finally started to find the net, scoring 17 points in each of the final two quarters.

Southeast 76, West 74
Southeast is going for the gold after defeating West, 76-74. Southeast was up 12-7 at the end of the first quarter, though West pulled within three, 27-24, at the half. The game remained tight into the fourth quarter when things really got interesting. With West down and seconds remaining on the clock, forward Justin Crosby (Westfield, Westfield HS) drilled a three to send the game into overtime. Despite allowing the game to be tied, Southeast played aggressively in overtime and West found themselves down again with just five seconds remaining. However, there wouldn’t be any miracles this time. West bobbled a pass and the ball went out of bounds. Southeast guard David Harrison (Weymouth, Weymouth HS) led all scorers with 28 points, while Crosby scored a team-high 22 points for West.

Central 75, Northeast 26
Guard Isaiah Tatum (Worcester, Holy Name) led all scorers with 16 points as Central beat Northeast, 75-26. Central was ahead 37-17 at the half and never looked back. Central guard Jesse Meresca (Sterling, Wachusett) added another 12 points, while Northeast point guard John King (Swampscott, Swampscott HS) led the team in scoring with 10 points.

Coastal 76, Metro 72
Coastal held off a late charge by Metro to secure a 76-72 win. Coastal’s Tucker Bouchard (Kingston, Silver Lake) and Metro’s Matt Woods shared the honor of game’s high scorer with 22 points apiece. Jesse Bunting (Plymouth, Plymouth North) chipped in with 15 for the winners, while Kevin Foley netted 16 in the losing effort.

Girls Scholastic
Reggie Lewis Center – Boston, MA

Northeast 66, Metro 41
Northeast opened up a huge halftime lead and never looked back on the way to a 66-41 decision. Northeast got scoring from its entire roster with Carlene Kluge (Reading, Reading HS) tallying the most points with 13. Metro’s Gena Restiano (Revere, Revere HS) notched a game-high 15 points.

West 55, Southeast 42
Forward Alexis Chappell (Springfield, Sabis HS) was the only West player in double figures, netting 14, but her team was still able to come out on top, 55-42. Kayla Corshia (Medway, Medway HS) and Ashley Snyder (Foxboro, Foxboro HS) each scored 12 for Southeast.

Central 81, Coastal 70
In a high-scoring affair, Central hung on for an 81-70 victory over Coastal. The bulk of the winner’s points came from Sammie Battaini (Leominster, St. Bernard's Central Catholic) and Raegan Muhlerin (Baldwinville, Narragansett Reg HS), who dropped 25 and 23, respectively. Coastal’s Jen Rock (Byfield, Triton) nailed five 3-pointers to finish with 21 points, and Angelique Martinez (Taunton, Taunton HS) was in double digits with 13.

Waltham High School – Waltham, MA

Metro/Northeast 2, Central 1
Metro/Northeast defeated Central, 2-1, on Saturday morning. Junior Erika Kelly (Watertown, Watertown HS) scored both of Metro/Northeast’s goals to propel her squad to victory. The lone goal for Central was scored by freshman Justine Sheehan (Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury HS) with an assist from junior Haylie Dolan (West Brookfield, Quaboag Reg. HS).

Southeast 2, West 0
Southeast earned a 2-0, shutout victory against West on Saturday morning. Junior Katy Cronin (Franklin, Franklin HS) broke the game open for Southeast with an unassisted goal. Southeast extended its lead, when sophomore Brenna Spolidoro (Franklin, Franklin HS) scored with an assist from junior Mackenzie Hudson (Stoughton, Stoughton HS). Sophomore Carolyn Cook (Medfield, Medfield HS) and junior Katie Kelley (Walpole, Walpole HS) combined for the shutout in goal for Southeast.

Metro/Northeast 5, Coastal 2
After falling behind by a pair of goals, Metro/Northeast scored five unanswered including two from Erika Kelly (Watertown, Watertown HS) to upend Coastal, 5-2. Brittany Oliver (Chelmsford, Chelmsford HS), Nicole Woods (Beverly, Beverly HS) and Alexa Baumgartner (Newton, BB&N) each potted a goal. Maggie Johnson (Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard Reg HS) netted both scores for Coastal.

West 2, Central 0
Emiko Barker (Hatfield, Smith Academy) and Emily Medeiros (Wilbraham, Minnechaug Reg. HS) each scored a goal to pace West in its 2-0 win over Central. In net, Sarah Cote (Athol, Athol HS) and Jill Newton (Feeding Hills, Agawam HS) combined for the shutout.


Boys Scholastic
Wentworth Institute of Technology – Boston, MA

Northeast 10, West 7
Northeast survived a barrage from West to take a 10-7 victory. The undefeated Northeast squad took an early 4-0 lead before West came storming back in the second and third quarters with seven goals to take a 7-5 advantage. Northeast, unaccustomed to trailing, awoke from its slump and scored five unanswered in the fourth quarter to salvage the win and remain undefeated. Brian Walsh (Lowell, Lowell HS) was the top scorer for the winners with three, and Brendan Gilgun (Woburn, Woburn Memorial HS) and Cole Connolly (Woburn, Woburn Memorial HS) added two goals apiece. Brady Aitken (Pittsfield, Pittsfield HS) potted three for West in the losing effort.

Coastal 16, Central 6
Coastal dominated the entire contest on the way to a 16-6 win. James McCleod paced the offense with five goals and Ethan McCullough (Brewster, Nauset Reg. HS) contributed four markers for Coastal.

Coastal 14, Metro/Southeast 7
Coastal took a 10-2 advantage into halftime and never looked back on the way to a 14-7 win. Brett McAvay had an outstanding game for Coastal with seven goals scored. James McCleod added four tallies. Metro/Southeast got four goals and an assist from Ryan McCarthy (Medford, Medford HS). The two teams will play again on Sunday in the bronze medal game.

West 16, Central 2
West earned a berth in the gold medal game Sunday against Northeast with an impressive display against Central that resulted in a 16-2 victory. Junior goalie Tyler Walsh (Northampton, Northampton HS) was the cornerstone in the strong defensive showing. Brady Aitken (Pittsfield, Pittsfield HS) led the offensive charge with five goals.

Girls Scholastic
Waltham High School – Waltham, MA

Metro 18, Northeast/Central 11
Metro routed Northeast/Central, 18-11, in a high-scoring, offensive showcase on Saturday morning. Junior Michelle Kudlate (Waltham, Waltham HS) and freshman Shannon Fitzgerald (Newton, Newton North) led the Metro squad to victory with seven and six goals, respectively. Junior Katie McKenna (Danvers, Danvers HS) was the top scorer for Northeast/Central with four goals.

Southeast/Coastal 11, West 6
Southeast/Coastal played tight defense and got balanced scoring to defeat West, 11-6. The winners had four players with two goals including Hope Kelley (E. Walpole, Walpole HS), Natalie Devine (East Walpole, Fontbonne Academy), Madison Hughes (Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard Reg. HS) and Alexandrea Bergamo (Plymouth, Plymouth North HS). Alexa Allen (East Longmeadow, East Longmeadow HS) had a pair of tallies for West.

Southeast/Coastal 17, Northeast/Central 4
Southeast/Coastal outgunned a gutty Northeast/Central squad, 17-4. Natalie Devine (East Walpole, Fontbonne Academy) was the game’s high scorer with five goals. Jackie Connors (Ashland, Ashland HS) added three scores, while Megan Kiley (Braintree, Archbishop Williams HS) and Kristen Hickey (Dedham, Ursuline Academy) each chipped in with a pair of tallies. Northeast/Central’s Isabella Gitto (Leominster, Leominster HS) netted three of her teams goals.

Metro 11, West 10
Metro edged out West, 11-10, in a tightly contested match-up in the final game of the day. Shannon Fitzgerald (Newton, Newton North) continued her stellar performance in the tournament with three goals for Metro, and Bridget Wack (Waltham, Waltham HS) and Jordan Sullivan (Malden, Mystic Valley) had a pair of tallies each. West’s Ashley Owen (Westfield, Westfield HS) netted two goals in the losing effort.

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