, Newburyport, MA


January 12, 2013

'Too many mistakes'

Port falls to Manchester Essex at home

NEWBURYPORT — The Newburyport boys’ basketball team (5-3) took on Cape Ann League rival Manchester Essex (5-4) at home last night and found the Hornets more than up to the challenge.

The Hornets took the Clipper defense apart to the tune of a 54-38 victory.

“We’re not making any excuses,” said Clippers coach Tom L’Italien. “Everyone is coached to play a certain way, and I feel like we battled hard just to make foolish mistakes at certain times.”

The Clippers started the night quick with a deuce from Matt Canning followed by a 3-pointer from Hornet Max Nesbit. Clipper senior Ian Michaels sunk a lay-up with a booming assist from Colt Fontaine next, followed by two more from Dillon Guthro and a pair from Hornet Taylor Ketchum as things began to go back and forth, culminating in a 18-14 Hornet lead at the end of the quarter after Canning dropped a brick and Ketchum hit another pair.

Newburyport started the second quarter with three from Michaels, and Ketchum grabbed one at the line, then two more Hornet points were gained by Dylan Estes. Nesbit nailed three more to put the Clippers down seven. Fontaine grabbed a point and then two with a lay-up, but Craig Carter sunk a bucket to give the Hornets a six-point lead at the half.

The Hornets kept the attack going into the third quarter opening up a nine-point lead then an 11-point lead and would hold pretty steady to lead the Clippers, 39-32, the end of the quarter.

The final stanza would start off with Hornet Liam Logue nailing a 3-pointer followed by two from Michaels and a three from Fontaine. But Manchester Essex would not be shaken, regaining their previous lead and then some, leaving the Clippers in the dust.

“I thought we moved the ball really well,” said Hornets coach Bryan Shields. “We rebounded hard which is what we knew we needed to do. Newburyport is a really well coached team. They go to the glass well, they rebound well, and I thought that we did well keeping them off the glass.”

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