AMESBURY – Ten players stepped on the court for the Sachems boys basketball team last night, and nine contributed on the scoreboard as Pentucket outlasted a late Indians run to win 56-49.
Two things were learned from this game in which Pentucket never trailed.
First, Pentucket exhibited its ability to relentlessly control the tempo of a basketball game, due in large part to its great depth and speed off of the bench. Utilizing fresh legs late in the fourth quarter, the Sachems have the ability to outrun teams.
“I don’t know if we have any superstars, but we are a team that can play 10 kids and each kid is capable of chipping in in a variety of different ways,” Pentucket head coach Ed Hickey said.
While getting heavy contributions from his bench, Pentucket enjoyed strong play from two of its seniors. Ryan Kuchar scored 13 points and pulled in six rebounds while Adam Chory tallied 13 points (3 three-pointers) and two rebounds.
“(Chory) is a senior and a captain for us,” Hickey said. “He’s one of the guys who can score for us either inside or outside. He’s a kid we have relied on all year.”
Pentucket also benefited on the scoreboard from Jeff Porter (2 points), Michael Aiduk (6), Will Sullivan (6), Pat Beaton (3), Ryan Beaton (5), Connor Beaton (2) and Pat Freiermuth (5).
An 18-9 lead after the first quarter grew through the second. Pentucket enjoyed a 16-point half time lead at half and an 18-point lead after three quarters.
The second thing we learned is that no lead is safe when playing the Indians.
Lone team captain Pat Halloran’s enthusiasm and never-wavering commitment to playing his game contributed to his team chipping away at a 22-point deficit with just six minutes remaining.
“We know that we are a talented team and can always come back and today proved that,” Halloran said.