The second quarter was much like the first with both teams playing at a frenetic pace but struggling to find any offensive rhythm. Newburyport extended its lead to as much as six (19-13), but Rockport battled back to cut the lead to one at the break at 20-19 before Newburyport broke it wide open in the second half.
“We are thrilled with this win tonight,” L’Italien said. “Rockport is a good, well coached team. Now we will get back to work and get ready for the next one.”
Newburyport 54 Rockport 37
at Rockport HS, Rockport
N: Fontaine 5-1-11, D. Baribeault 4-0-10, Michaels 1-7-9, Canning 4-0-8, Shay 2-1-7, J. Baribeault 1-3-5, Boudreau 0-2-2, Traxler 1-0-2.
R: Aspesi 8-1-21, Kuykendall 3-0-6, Meredith 2-0-5, McCarthy 1-0-2, Curtis 1-0-2, Scatterday 0-1-1.
3-Pointers: N, Baribeault 2, Shay 2; R, Aspesi 4, Meredith.
Halftime: Newburyport 20-19
Records: N, 6-3; R, 4-5.