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Carey threes lift Bobcats over Generals

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by Joshua Spaulding
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Sports Editor - Salmon Press Newspapers

Owen Brickley drives toward the basket in action against John Stark last week. RC Greenwood. (click for larger version)
January 24, 2018
PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth hoop boys earned another win early last week but finished the week with a loss on the road.

The Bobcats opened the week against John Stark and picked up a 51-50 win over the Generals.

"The finish was the only part of the game that was exciting for us," said coach Mike Sullivan. "I don't know how to describe it to someone who wasn't there."

The Bobcat coach noted that there were tons of turnovers, with the Generals committing 36 and the Bobcats committing 24.

John Stark jumped out to a 19-2 lead early in the second quarter after leading 17-2 after one. The Bobcats were able to cut the lead to three at 22-19 at the halftime break.

The hosts were able to get the lead by a 32-27 score in the third quarter but from there, Sullivan noted the shooting went stagnant and the Generals went on a 15-0 run to take a 42-32 lead.

Plymouth outscored the visitors 19-16 in the fourth quarter.

With 18 seconds to go, the Bobcats trailed 50-45 after a John Stark hoop and Danny Carey drilled a three-pointer with 13 seconds to go to cut the lead to 50-48. The Bobcats then put the trap on the inbound play and forced a turnover and Carey drilled another three-pointer with three seconds left for the 51-50 lead and they then held on to survive the final seconds.

"We really stole one," Sullivan said.

Carey led the way with 12 points, while Owen Brickley and Jordan Docen each added 10 points.

The Bobcats headed to North Conway on Friday for a game with Kennett and the Eagles came out shooting, hitting eight threes in the first half on the way to hitting 14 on the night for the 61-51 win.

The Bobcats trailed by just three, 32-29, at the halftime break but they couldn't keep up with the Eagles.

"It was a tough one for us," Sullivan stated. "We were battling but we couldn't get over the hump.

"We were competing and playing hard, but we were working hard for our points," the Bobcat coach continued. "They were hitting open threes and it was kind of deflating us.

"They were the better team that night, but the guys hustled and played tough," Sullivan added.

Carey led the way with nine points while Jake Lamb, Nick Qualey and Mike Hogan each had eight points.

The split moved Plymouth to 4-4, which matches last year's win total.

Plymouth will be at Pembroke for a 6:30 p.m. game on Friday, Jan. 26, and will host Bishop Brady on Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 279-4516, ext. 155 or josh@salmonpress.news.

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