Methuen Rangers Boys Basketball '17-'18

STUNNER! Methuen KOs Central

LAWRENCE — Nick Clark looked around at the blue sea of Methuen alums, both old and young, still mingling around the Central Catholic court.

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Boys Basketball, 03/06/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Methuen falls short to defending champs

CAMBRIDGE — A few days after beating border-rival and conference-bully Central Catholic on the road, upstart Methuen went after an even bigger state power in Saturday night's Division 1 quarterfinals.

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Boys Basketball, 03/03/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Rodriguez leads Lancers

Lawrence downed Methuen 78-56 to put the finishing touches on its regular season. The MVC Division 1 champs are 18-2 heading into the postseason while the Rangers are 12-8. Juan Felix Rodriguez led the champs with 27 and Dante Rivera led Methuen with 26.

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Boys Basketball, 02/22/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Rangers erupt


Sparked by freshman Onyera Chibuogwu, Methuen erupted for 31 points in the first quarter on its way to a resounding 88-47 win over a 16-4 Chelsea team it beat by just four points three weeks ago. Chibuogwu had four 3-pointers in the first quarter and scored a career-high 17 points. Evan Hardy led the red-hot Rangers (12-7) with 21 points. 

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Boys Basketball, 02/19/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Methuen beats Lowell

Methuen boys basketball qualified for the tournament in style, handing Lowell just it's second loss of the season, 69-67. Dante Rivera was outstanding with 26 points on three 3's, and freshman Onyera Chibuogwu sealed the game with a pair of free throws with nine seconds left to put the Rangers up four. Lowell's Alex Rivera had 29 points on six 3's. 

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Boys Basketball, 02/09/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Fricas on fire

Sophomore Jhamyl Fricas poured in a season-high 24 points on six 3's to lead Methuen to a 56-51 win over Andover. What more, Fricas went 6 for 7 from beyond the arc and also threw down a two-handed slam in transition.

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Boys Basketball, 02/02/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Lawrence holds off upset-minded Rangers

METHUEN — Chris Ruiz and sixth-man Miguel Camacho each scored five points in the final 2:20 to power visiting Lawrence to a tougher-than-expected 69-63 victory over Methuen on Tuesday at the Klimas Field House.

The Lancers (8-1 Merrimack Valley Conference, 12-2 overall) overcame four technical fouls, including three in the fourth quarter, en route to the win.

“The ref wasn’t being with us, so we had to step it up,” said Ruiz, who scored 16 of his team-high 21 after intermission. “In the fourth quarter, that’s what counts. So, we just went out there and played our hardest. This will (show us) we have to play hard from the start.”

After scoring a mere eight points in the second quarter, Lawrence turned a halftime tie into a 47-42 lead entering the final stanza.

“That just gave us more motivation to play harder,” Camacho said of the anemic second quarter when the Lancers struggled against Methuen’s 2-3 zone defense.

A pair of threes by Ruiz and two free throws by Luis Reynoso powered the Lancers to a 55-49 lead with 6 minutes remaining.

Methuen (5-4, 7-6) countered with four free throws following two Lancer technicals and a three by Dante Rivera and another trey from Angel Mejia. It was a pair of baskets by Jhamyl Fricas that provided the Rangers their first lead (56-55) since a 5-4 early advantage.

The teams traded leads again on a put back from Lawrence’s Juan Felix Rodriguez and two more technical tosses by Rivera, who finished with a game-high 25.

But a high-looping layin off the glass by Camacho gave the Lancers the lead for good, 59-58, with 2:20 left. Camacho added a three before Ruiz scored the next five for Lawrence.

“We just needed to play harder on defense, and keep our energy up,” Camacho said. “We have to stay together as a team, and we’ll get the good wins like we just got.”

Methuen twice cut its deficit to two down the stretch on a layin from Nick Clark and a baseline three from Evan Hardy that made it 65-63 with 20.7 seconds left. But two Ruiz free throws and a put back by Reynoso finished off the Rangers.

“There are no moral victories,” Methuen coach Anthony Faradie said. “I think we left it all out on the floor. I’m proud of the guys. We haven’t maybe played consistently well all year, but I think we played real well tonight against a high-powered team.”
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Boys Basketball, 01/30/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Hardy on fire

Evan Hardy scored 16 of his 28 points in the first quarter and Dante Rivera scored 15 of his 22 in the fourth as Methuen handed Chelsea its third loss, 67-63. The two combined for 10 treys.

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Boys Basketball, 01/28/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Hardy scored 20

Evan Hardy scored a team-high 20 points to lead Methuen past Chelmsford 63-55.

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Boys Basketball, 01/16/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Rangers roll after half

Up only two at the break, the Methuen boys basketball team outscored Chelmsford 39-19 in the second half to pick up the win. Evan Hardy (19) and Dante Rivera (17) led the Rangers in points.

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Boys Basketball, 01/09/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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