Pelham Pythons Boys Basketball '14-'15

Pelham barely hangs on in semis

HOOKSETT, N.H. — Pelham outscored its 18 New Hampshire regular-season opponents by an average of 28 points.

So how unexpected yet appropriate that the top-seeded Pythons squeaked out a 40-39 victory over fifth-seeded Campbell here in the Division 3 semifinals at Southern New Hampshire University on Wednesday.

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Boys Basketball, 03/20/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Brown, Pelham win D3 state title

HOOKSETT — When the going got tough, junior standout Keith Brown got the ball Saturday afternoon.

And, in front of a crowd of 2,000 fans, Brown and the No. 1 seed Pelham boys basketball team responded by defeating defending two-time champ Conant 51-42 at Southern New Hampshire University for the Division 3 state title.

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Boys Basketball, 03/16/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Pelham cruises in opener

PELHAM — The "first playoff win is always tough," cliche author took a savage beating here last night in the Snake Pit.
Top-seeded Pelham rolled out to a 22-4 first quarter lead and never looked back, pummeling Prospect Mountain, the No. 16 seed, in round 2 of the Division 3 State tournament, 64-35.
No. 1 Pelham, now 19-0 in New Hampshire and 21-1 overall, looks to ratchet up the competition level on Saturday night when it hosts No. 8 Gilford in the state quarterfinals.
While they haven't faced Gilford this year, the Pythons biggest foe could be complacency. Their last true battle was a month ago against Windham.
Of course, that's an issue coach Matt Regan really has had to worry about at any point in the current 16-game win streak. So far, it's been all business.
"It's a different group," said Regan. "They can be goofy and still practice hard all the time. This is natural for them. They're basketball players. I'd love to see if they feel pressure at all, but they're just basketball kids. They don't get too high or too low, they just go out and play."
Last night, the Pelham regulars went out and played, per usual, just not for very long.
Up 42-9 at the break, both Keith Brown and Ryan Cloutier were done for the night. Brown finished with 20 points in his 16 minutes of work, while Cloutier added 11.
The rest of the starters enjoyed a quick third-quarter cameo, before Regan emptied the bench midway through the third.
It's now full steam ahead, and certainly the Pit will be a bit louder on Saturday night to welcome Gilford. The Golden Eagles knocked off Hopkinton, 40-29, to move to 15-4.
"We're rested and ready to go," said Regan.

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Boys Basketball, 03/05/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Keith's crowd

Keith Brown netted a career-high 37 points in Pelham's 91-68 thumping of Farmington. Ryan Cloutier added 20 for the Pythons.

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Boys Basketball, 02/19/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Career Nights

Ryan Rondeau scored 20 points, his second straight career-high, and Cam Deloreto added a career-high 12 points and Pelham walloped Somersworth 82-40.

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Boys Basketball, 02/17/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Rondeau does it all


Senior Ryan Rondeau had the game of his life as Pelham remained on a roll with an 84-38 thumping of Newport. Not only did he score a career high 19 points, but he held Newport high scorer Andrew Hood to nine points. He had been averaging 26. Keith Brown led Pelham in points with 26.

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Boys Basketball, 02/13/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Pythons fend off Jaguars

PELHAM — The outcome might have been as close as any match up in the series, but the result was the same as it's been since the border rivalry began five years ago.

Trailing by five midway through the final quarter, Pelham held Windham scores the final 4:20 and managed to score enough to eke out a 55-52 victory before a rowdy crowd in the Snake Pit.

Not only was the victory the Pythons' 10th straight since the beginning of the year, it also kept Pelham undefeated against the Jaguars in the 10-game series. But an affair that featured 18 lead changes was never settled until a Cole Gill three from the top hit both the front and back of the rim before bouncing free as the buzzer sounded.

"They had a nice game plan," Pelham coach Matt Regan said of the Jags effort, which matched the previous smallest margin of victory in the series. "We weren't prepared for the different types of zones they were going in and out of. We have to do a better job of executing."

Neither team led by more than three as the Pythons (15-1) entered the fourth leading 41-40. A trey from the top by Keith Brown helped Pelham to its biggest lead, but the Jaguars never lost touch.

Point guard David Carbonello powered a quick Windham surge, scoring four of his team-high 16 on back-to-back possessions and added an assist on a three by Marco Allanach. And when Gill answered a Brown three-point play with a three of his own, the Jags held a 52-47 lead.

That's when Pelham, which had scored at least 74 in six of its previous nine, took control.

A three from the elbow by Ryan Cloutier and a jumper by Brown tied the score at 52 with 2:11 left. Ryan Rondeau and Brown, who scored 17 of his game-high 22 after intermission, combined to make three of four charity tosses for the game's only points down the stretch.

"I don't think we executed very well tonight," said Brown, who has averaged 22.8 points in six games against the Jags. "We didn't run the plays like we should. They kept switching their defenses and we didn't realize it. At the end, we figured it out and the baskets came easy to us."

Windham, which had converted 47.8 percent of its first 47 shots, missed on each of its final six attempts in the game.

"It's an awesome rivaly, but it sucks losing like this at the end," said Carbonello, who also had four assists.

Pelham senior David Rogers had a big third quarter, scoring nine of his 11 with a trifecta of threes in a 3-minute span.

"It's a luxury to have a kid that normally is a fifth scoring option for us, but on most teams would be a 15-points-a-night guy. We had a couple guys who didn't play well offensively that are normally average 15-16 points a game. David really got us going in that third quarter."

The teams combined for a mere 21 turnovers in a well-played game.  

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Boys Basketball, 02/10/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Brown pours in 31

Keith Brown scored 31 points — four points short of tying his career-high — to lead Pelham boys basketball 76-45 over Winnisquam. 


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Boys Basketball, 02/03/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Brown tops 1,000

Needing 10 points to give him 1,000 for his career, Keith Brown scored 18 points to surpass the milestone and lead Pelham to a 68-44 victory over Mascenic.

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Boys Basketball, 01/30/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Slowing it down


Conant "took the air out of the ball" against Pelham, but the slow-down tactics weren't quite successful as the Pythons prevailed, 40-34. Keith Brown led Pelham (10-1, 8-0 in NH) with 17 points.

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Boys Basketball, 01/19/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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