SP Red Riots Beat Windham 57-54 In a Thiller

Sport: Basketball (boys)

Posted: January 10th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

SP Red Riots Beat Windham 57-54 In a Thiller
By The WIZ

It was a great game at Beal Gymnasium in South Portland tonight. Both teams playing a very tough man-to-man defense and this game was close throughout. Windhams biggest lead was 5pts. and South Portlands biggest lead was 5pts. The game was a good old fashion barnburner which went right down to the wire and the South Portland Red Riots were able to hold off a charging Windham Eagles in the last seconds to get the big victory 57-54.

In the 1st quarter the scoring started off slow with neither team scoring in the first two minutes but then the Eagles Ryan MacQuestion nails a deuce and he follows that up with another deuce and the Eagles are up 4-0 but the Riots Connor Hasson hits a free throw then he cans a deuce to cut the lead to 1pt. 4-3. The Eagles Travis Guerrette hits a free throw and that is followed by Garrett Clemmer 3 and the Eagles lead is 5pts. 8-3 but the Riots Keegan Hyland hits a deuce and that is followed by a Will Furbush 3 and this game is all tied up after one period 8-8.

In the 2nd quarter the Eagles Jon Sangillo hits a 2 but the Riots with a Hyland 2, a Furbush 2+1 and Nick Gaddar cans a deuce as the Riots complete a 7-2 run to take a 5pt. lead 15-10 with 4:53 left in the 2nd period. The Eagles Sangillo hits a 2, Riots Hyland a 2 and the Eagles Clemmer hits a deuce and he follows that with a big 3 and we are all tied up at the half 17-17.

In the 3rd period the Riots Hyland Heats-It-Up! He hits 5 deuces teammate Matt Lee hits a 3 plus 5-5 from the foul line and Gaddar has a big 3 but the Eagles match that. Travis Guerrette has 2 deuces plus a 3, MacQuestion cans a 3, Nick Taylor has 3 deuces, Andy Brix has a deuce and Brandon Guerrette has a free throw and this game is all tied after 3 periods at 38-38

In the 4th period both teams try to Crank-It-Up the Riots would get the lead up to 3pts. but the Eagles would answer every time. The Eagles Nick Taylor goes down hard with an ankle injury midway through and is help off the court. But the Eagles will not fold a Nate Dixon 2 with 2:25 to go and the Riots lead is just 1pt. 54-53. Back and forth, up and down no one scores until .23 seconds are left the Riots Nick Gaddar hits two free throws. That is followed by Gaddar 1 free throw and the Riots are up 57-54. The Eagles Garrett Clemmer throws up a 3 that goes in and out with .4 seconds left that would have tied it. The Riots Hasson misses two free throws but Nick Wright gets the rebound and he is fouled with 1.4 seconds left, he misses both and a full court shot attempt by Andy Brix hits the beam at mid-court as the Riots hold on to get the big win tonight by a final of 57-54 in a good all fashion Barnburner.

South Portlands Sophomore Matt Lee had a big game tonight as he hit a big 3 plus he went 11-11 from the foul line which was a big key to the Riots victory.

With the win the Red Riots improve their record to 7-2. With the loss the Eagles fall to 4-5.

Scoring in this game were:

South Portland:



T. Guerrette----10
N. Taylor--------6
J. Taylor--------3
B. Guerrette-----1