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February 21, 2014

Amesbury wins two of last three games to end season

The Amesbury boys varsity basketball team wrapped up its season Wednesday night, falling at home to Hamilton-Wenham 69-47.

Jack Fortin led the Indians with 21 points, Fred Halloran scored 8 points and Pat Halloran had 5.

Henry Eager was the leading scorer for Hamilton-Wenham with 17 points.

The disappointing finish comes after a series of strong performances by Amesbury down the stretch.

The Indians beat Swampscott 64-61 in overtime on Monday, led by Fortin’s 27-point explosion and solid outings by Pat Halloran (12 points) and Ryan Foley.

“We finished winning two out of our last three games, we beat Rockport to knock them out of the tournament, then Swampscott, another tournament team, and beat them,” said Amesbury coach Tom Comeau.

Amesbury finishes the year 5-14, and Comeau said that although he was disappointed by the final game, he was encouraged by the performance of his underclassmen down the stretch and is optimistic about the team’s future.

“We had four sophomores on the floor in OT against Swampscott,” Comeau said.

“I’m pretty excited about what’s to come and the way the kids finished the year.”

Boys Basketball

Pentucket 65, Saugus 62

The Pentucket boys varsity basketball team completed its improbable run to the postseason, beating Saugus 65-62 to clinch a state tournament berth in the final game of the regular season.

“I’m real excited for our kids,” said Pentucket coach Ed Hickey.

“They really worked hard. Obviously we had to win our last three games to get in, and we were fortunate enough to do it.”

Ryan Kuchar and Adam Chory led the Sachems with 10 points, and Will Sullivan and Pat Freiermuth added 9 points each to help pace the Pentucket offense.

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