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December 14, 2013

Tip-off on the hardwood: Newburyport wins season-opener

Clippers send North Reading home with a loss

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“Our style is just to keep pushing,” Guthro said. “We controlled the ball. Everybody was getting good looks, and the entire team really came together.”

Along with Guthro, the play of sophomore Dan Baribeault was critical in his team’s success. Baribeault was able to find his offensive game when it mattered most, leading his team to a victory in the game’s final minutes.

“Last year I played with great leaders as a freshman who taught me how to lead,” Baribeault said. “I just took what I know and try to teach the other players on the team and teach them what I know.”

Overall, the Clippers showed their ability to win defensively when the offense just wasn’t there. When monster performances from interior players combine with leadership from young scorers, you’re likely going to find a very happy head coach.

“We have some battle-tested kids and some kids who have been around some really good basketball in the past couple of years,” L’Italien said. “We stepped up and made some plays when we had to. Overall I am very pleased. You are always nervous in your first game, but we are going to go back to our same philosophy that we have had since day one: go back to practice and work to get better.”

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