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February 22, 2012

McNamara hits 1,000

Pentucket defeats Marblehead on its home court

The McNamaras are synonymous with Pentucket basketball in the athletic realm of the River Rival region.

The family has been responsible for so many memories and accomplishments, thanks to father John, sister Erin and, most recently, sister Kelsi in the girls program and Corey in the boys program. Rarely has the family been able to share the moments together as a family.

But last night, the entire family, including his mother Tricia, saw him eclipse the 1,000 mark on his third shot of the night early in the first quarter — fittingly his second three-point make of the night.

"It's a good feeling and it shows that hard work pays off, just like my sister," said Corey, who was a man of few words despite a game-high 26 points, putting him at 1,020 for his career.

"I've just had a good run these last three years, I've had good teams and played in a lot of games, so that makes it easier."

Finding a much better rhythm than he did against Stoneham on Saturday, where finished with his lowest point total of the season — just three points — Corey got off to a fast start, drilling four first-quarter threes to help Pentucket establish a lead they would not give back. The Sachems (13-6) would go on to defeat Marblehead (9-10) on its home court in the first round of the Brad Sheridan Memorial Basketball tournament 45-32.

"Not really, we just wanted to win the game and get a good rhythm going into the tournament," responded Corey as to whether he felt any pressure to get his 1,000th point. "I got a good start going, we were struggling a little offensively, but I got some shots to drop that got us going. We were definitely playing better all around as a team (than Saturday vs. Stoneham)."

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