Senators rally, beat Tigers 69-57


NEW BOSTON – It was raining threes in New Boston Tuesday night, as the Portsmouth West Senators went to battle with the New Boston Tigers. A total of 15 three point shots were made between the two teams. The Senators hit nine shots from behind the arc, while New Boston added six from three point land.

Leading the way with threes for West, was Drew Howard. Howard hit four three point shots during the game, all during the second half. His three pointers were a crucial part of West’s come from behind victory over New Boston Tuesday night.

“It was a heck of a game,” West coach Scott Davis said. “I’m really proud of our boys. We came from behind, and came over a lot of adversity to get a good win.”

It was a tale of two halves for the Senators. In the first half, West couldn’t get much momentum going, and had several scoring droughts, which New Boston took advantage of by going on scoring runs. One such scoring drought nearly lasted three minutes of game time, which saw the Tigers’ lead jump from five to 12 points.

Trailing 35-23 late in the second quarter, the Senators fought back in the final three minutes of the half to cut the Tigers lead to only seven points, 39-32.

“The first half was like we were a Peewee team,” Davis said. “Our hands were stone, we couldn’t do anything right.”

During halftime, Davis told his players they needed to wake up and get back to their game. His message was well received.

“They took their time, and started executing,” Davis commented about his team’s second half performance. “They got a lot better.”

At the end of the night Davis was pleased with his team’s performance. The Senators’ bench stepped up and played some excellent ball to keep their team in the game. West senior Cody Finley had a great night on the court as he earned a double-double, with 10 points and 15 rebounds.

New Boston certainly gave West a scare Tuesday night. The Tigers came off the tip white hot, and set the tempo of the game early on.

The Tigers forced the issue against the Senators. Despite trailing 21-19 at the end of the first quarter, New Boston jumped out to a game high 12-point lead in only five minutes of play. The Tigers continued to hit hard against the Senators into the third quarter.

“I thought we gave a pretty good effort,” Tigers coach Scott Jenkins said. “We did a nice job of running our offense, getting the ball to the open guy and hitting the open shot.”

The fourth quarter would end up being the ultimate downfall for New Boston.

“It’s just frustrating when you’ve got a situation where you’re in an opportunity to win a ball game, and we sort of just got complacent,” Jenkins said. “We got away from the things that got us the lead.”

In the fourth, New Boston suffered their worst quarter of offensive production on the night. The Tigers were only able to score six points in the fourth quarter, opposed to the 20 points scored by the Senators.

“Our kids gave us a good effort tonight,” Jenkins said. “We don’t have too much size, but we just have to work better on rebounding and getting that ball on the defensive end.”

The Senators finished with four players in double figures, while the Tigers had three. Both teams put up a great team effort on offense.

New Boston returns to the court on Friday night, as they host the Notre Dame Titans. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The Senators will travel to Waverly Friday night to take on the Tigers. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Box Score

1 2 3 4 Final
New Boston 19 20 12 6 57
West 21 11 17 20 69

Individual Statistics

West – Patrick 6-1-16, Howard 4-2-14, Maynard 2-6-11, Finley 4-2-10, Frasure 2-3-8, Boggs 3-1-7, Opperman 1-1-3

New Boston – Truitt 7-7-21, Caldwell 5-0-13, McQuithy 5-0-13, Conley 1-6-8, Porter 1-0-2

3-point field goals – West 9 (Howard 4, Patrick 3, Maynard, Frasure) New Boston 6 (Caldwell 3, McQuithy 3)

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Michael Hamilton | PDT West senior Drew Howard (5) shoots a three point shot in the third quarter of Tuesday night’s game against New Boston. Howard would end the night with 14 points. Hamilton | PDT West senior Drew Howard (5) shoots a three point shot in the third quarter of Tuesday night’s game against New Boston. Howard would end the night with 14 points.

By Michael Hamilton

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