Sports in a Minute: Etter's buzzer beater helps Pentucket Hoops for Hope down North Andover in OT

CARL RUSSO/Staff photoDown by three with seconds left, Pentucket’s Jake Etter takes three-pointer over North Andover’s Kyle Moore, left, and Brian Beaudoin to score at the buzzer and tie the game 47-47. Pentucket went on to beat North Andover 52-50 in overtime in Hoops For Hope action Tuesday night.

From way downtown!

The Pentucket Hoops for Hope team picked up an impressive overtime win against North Andover on Tuesday night, but not before Jake Etter knocked down one of the shots of the summer to force overtime. With time counting down, Etter took the ball up court against heavy pressure and knocked down a prayer against double-coverage from near half court. Etter finished with a team-high 16 points, and the Sachems went on to down the Division 2 North finalists 52-50 in the extra session.

Pentucket’s win has been one of the highlights of a strong week for the local teams on the summer circuit. Tuesday also featured a 65-37 win for Newburyport over Greater Lawrence, and on Wednesday the Amesbury girls beat North Andover 42-38 thanks to 18 points from Alli Napoli. The Pentucket girls beat North Reading 43-22, and the Newburyport girls beat Salem (NH) 37-26 behind 16 points from Abigail Gillingham.  

Making the cut 

Amesbury’s Chris Francoeur narrowly made the cut at this year’s Francis Ouimet Memorial Tournament, finishing at 9-over after Thursday’s second round of play. After carding a 5-over par 76 in Wednesday’s opener, Francoeur battled his way to a 75 in Thursday’s round to sneak through to the championship. That leaves him 15 strokes off pace of leader Matthew Organisak (69-69 for a 4-under total).

Haverhill’s Nick Maccario also moves on to Friday’s championship after going 74-73-147 for a 5-over par total. The 27-year old had two birdies as well on Wednesday to go with a pair of bogeys and a double. He’s currently sits in a tie for 14th place in the tourney’s Championship Division.

A Shot for Life

One more time in case you haven’t already heard, Newburyport’s Casey McLaren and Will Batchelder will be taking part this Saturday’s A Shot For Life competition, a highly competitive shooting contest that doubles as a fundraiser for brain cancer research at the Massachusetts General Hospital Dr. Curry Research Lab. McLaren, the three-time reigning Daily News Boys Basketball MVP and a Tufts University commit, and Batchelder, the former St. John’s Prep and current Governor’s Academy star with multiple Division 1 offers, and will be among the state’s top shooters vying for the honor of being named “The Best Shooter in Massachusetts.” They are also responsible for raising at least $1,000 each for the event, and if anybody would like to support their efforts, they can make a donation a leave a comment with McLaren’s or Batchelder’s names at https://www.gofundme.com/f/a-shot-for-life-challenge.

Kendricks misses practice

Patriots tight end Lance Kendricks was the lone player absent from Thursday’s practice. The recently-signed tight end left Wednesday’s practice early with an injury and has not been seen since. Outside of him, the other players who didn’t take part in practice were wide receiver Julian Edelman and offensive lineman Yodny Cajuste (both on non-football injury list), and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, safety Nate Ebner and defensive back Ken Webster (all on physically unable to perform list). Running back Rex Burkhead and left tackle Isaiah Wynn were limited, taking part in a few drills early before skipping the more competitive team drills.

Newburyport Youth Hockey

Registration is now open for Newburyport Youth Hockey’s upcoming instructional cross ice hockey program, which will begin on Tuesday, September 10 at the Graf Rink. All players will have two practices and one game per week, plus the ability to skate more if they wish. The program is best suited for first time players aged 5-9. Those not ready for hockey can also sign up for the Learn To Skate program starting Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. The session begins on Oct. 20 and ends Feb, 16, 2020. All information can be found at NYHL.ORG or via email at directors@nyhl.org.