, Newburyport, MA


February 26, 2013

Down to the wire

Clippers come from behind to beat Hamilton-Wenham in tourney play


Fontaine started the fourth period with two from the line, followed by three from Michaels to trim the Generals’ lead to one; and Guthro nailed two from the paint and one from the line to give the Clippers a two-point lead. Baribeault nailed an arching three-pointer next to put things at 38-33, Clippers. But Foye did the same to shave the Clipper lead to two, then tied things up again.

With two minutes remaining, Fontaine grabbed two from the paint before Foye tied it up again. Eagar stole the ball in the Clippers’ territory next and then sank two to give Hamilton the lead again with 11 seconds to go.

With two seconds of life left in his season, Michaels drove the ball from his net, set up just past half court and hit a screaming three for the win.

“Coach drew up a nice little double screen for me there,” said Michaels. “We had (Baribeault) there who shoots well, so if I couldn’t get off the shot, we’d kick it to him. But I had the shot so I took it and I just hit it.”

“When our season is on the line, that’s the guy we’re going to, right there,” L’Italien said of Michaels. “He took that huge shot and he likes the big moment.”

Michaels said he was glad to return the come-from-behind favor to the Generals to end their season.

“We got payback on Masco and Georgetown. We were ready for Hamilton-Wenham to come in here and get some payback on them,” said Michaels. “They played well. We played well. But to get back the win (tonight) was really good.”

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