Basketball: Tanners boys’ team regroups after tough loss to Everett
By Greg Phipps
The Peabody boys’ basketball team would just as soon forget Monday night’s blowout loss at Everett. Tuesday’s Northeastern Conference matchup against the Saugus Sachems turned out to be the recipe they needed to get back on track.
After falling behind 16-11 in the first quarter, the Tanners broke Tuesday’s game open with a devastating 19-0 run to open the second period. That surge pretty much decided the game, as Peabody went on to coast to a 61-44 triumph over the Sachems at the PHS Gym.
By outscoring Saugus 25-4 in the second period, the Tanners owned a 36-20 lead at halftime. They increased the advantage to 21 points at 49-28 as the third period concluded. Head coach Thad Broughton then emptied his bench in the fourth.
As has been the case in all of Peabody’s wins so far this season, the defense proved to be the crucial ingredient. Once the Tanners began to apply full-court pressure against Saugus, the visitors were unable to handle it and committed numerous turnovers that led to easy Peabody points.
“Early on they knocked down some shots, but we were able to pressure them and force some turnovers,” said Broughton when asked about his team’s second-quarter eruption. “Our defense has to ignite our offense. That’s really the way we have to play.”
Broughton credited Avian Hernandez (seven points), Chris Canela (20 points to go with four 3-pointers) and Jake Irvine (10 points) for keying the second-period rally.
“Canela and Irvine are our two offensive leaders and we need them to play well,” he pointed out.
Jake Gustin also finished in double figures with 11 points for the Tanners, who improved to 4-3 overall and host Lynn Classical in a challenging Northeastern Conference (NEC) contest this Friday night (scheduled 7 p.m. start).
Coming off Monday’s 96-52 drubbing at the hands of Everett, Broughton said he was proud of his squad’s ability to put that defeat behind them and take care of business on Tuesday. “One of the nice things about this team is they just go out and play, no matter what the score is,” he said. “I was proud of the effort tonight. It was a good bounce-back victory for us.”
In the junior varsity game, Alex Jean and Chioke Onwuogu each netted 12 points to lead the Tanners JVs to a 50-40 win over Saugus.
Girls suffer 2nd loss to Danvers
For the second time this season, the Peabody girls found themselves falling short against the Danvers Falcons in NEC action last week.
Despite another double-double effort from Catherine Manning (10 points and 10 rebounds) and 10 points from Jordan Muse, the Tanners ended up on the losing end of a 54-47 score. Colleen Crotty drilled two 3-pointers, and Jonalyn Carpenter grabbed six rebounds and played strong defense, according to head coach Stan McKeen.
“We got down in the third quarter but the kids never quit,” McKeen told the press after the game. “We got it down to six points. I have to give the kids a lot of credit. That’s a positive we can take moving forward.”
The loss dropped Peabody to 1-3 overall. The Tanners played at Saugus on Tuesday and travel to take on Lynn Classical this Friday (7 p.m.).