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Haverhill Hillies Boys Basketball '08-'09

Eliminated from tourney

Haverhill's boys battled from a 20-point deficit and took the lead briefly only to lose to Boston Latin, 61-58 in overtime at the Medford Tournament. The frustrating loss means that the Hillies (8-11) will not reach their goal of 10 wins and a trip to the North sectional.

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Boys Basketball, 02/16/09 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Hooray for Javier

Javier Bristol pumped in 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Haverhill evened its record at 8-8 with a 73-64 win over Billerica. Charlie Roche chipped in with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the Hillies, who canned nine more three-pointers.

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Boys Basketball, 02/06/09 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Lancers lunge into tourney

Lawrence defeated Haverhill 80-63 to qualify for the state tournament. Senior Justin Nieves had another huge night with 21 points, and Jaylen Alicea was close behind with 19. Anthony DeJesus chipped in 16 one game after scoring a season-high 21. Javier Bristol had 17 points for the Hillies.

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Boys Basketball, 02/03/09 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Methuen hands Hillies tough loss

Haverhill: Methuen's, Edwin Gonzalez (#3) takes the jump shot as Haverhill's, Christopher Lantagne attempts to block in basketball action. Methuen defeated Haverhill 44-41. 10 Photos

HAVERHILL - Unfriendly gym, scary-good opponent, woeful (17 of 48) shooting night. Victories under those circumstances will win league titles, or at the least boost up your seeding come state tourney time.

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Boys Basketball, 01/27/09 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Redemptive Haverhill stomps Minuteman

After losing to the Mustangs 85-81 in their first meeting on Jan. 2, Haverhill turned the tables and dismantled the Mustangs, 86-59, at home at the Mansfield Gym.

The Hillies, now 7-5, got a huge boost right off the bat as senior guard Isiah Ocasio played his first minutes of the season after missing the first half with a broken ankle. Ocasio scored just 7 points, but he pulled in 7 big rebounds and provided a much-needed spark that was missing in the first go-round.

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Boys Basketball, 01/25/09 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Desrosiers, Central fend off feisty Hillies

HAVERHILL - Upset-minded Haverhill High stretched Central Catholic, at times extending the No. 1 Raiders to their limit. "They spread it out offensively to try and keep Carson (Desrosiers) away from the basket," said a relieved coach Rick Nault after his Raiders fended off a furious band of Hillies, 78-60. "They forced him to defend on the perimete, and they were hitting everything in the first half. They have five guys who can shoot it and they make us play out on the perimeter and make our guys go out and play them." The strategy reaped rewards like no other team has exacted against the unbeaten visitors to a packed and electric Mansfield Gymnasium on "Bobby Costello Night." For the first time all year, Central trailed at the break, 37-35. But there was a price to be paid as well, and Desrosiers punished the Hillies when it mattered most. The 6-foot-10 junior saw single coverage and chewed through the Hillies in the most devastating night of his young career. Desrosiers, unleashing an arsenal of dead-on turnaround jumpers, hit 16 of 23 from the floor in a 34-point, 19-rebound performance. "When somebody plays you one on one, you have to make them pay," said Desrosiers. "Coach said I have to shoot more. I certainly did in this game." How all-out? How hard did the Hillies push the reigning state champs? Both Desrosiers and All-Scholastic guard Billy Marsden (20 points, 6 boards) played all 32 minutes for the Raiders, who'll get a night's sleep then head off to Springfield this morning for a 1:30 p.m. tip with one of the nation's top programs, American Heritage High of Plantation, Fla., in the Hall of Fame Classic tournament. "We'll be fine," said Desrosiers. "It's a game we've been looking forward to for a while. We'll be pumped and we won't be tired at all." Haverhill had the home folks rocking early. It seemed like the Hillies couldn't miss, knocking in 9 of 14 three-point tries in the first half alone. "This was a good test for us. We haven't been down like that (32-23 with three minutes left in the half) all year," said Desrosiers. "It was good for us to have to fight back and win." Facing the deficit, Central didn't panic, and Desrosiers, with his play of course, simply said, "enough of this." In a statement-making third quarter, Desrosiers score eight of Central's 14 points, grabbed five boards and added a block and a no-look assist to Michael Garcia for a layin. Almost as if he was summoned for the close, Marsden nailed all four of his threes in the final quarter as Central, up 49-42 with eight minutes left, went for and got the kill. Haverhill coach Mike Trovato had to be pleased with the effort, even though the long-range onslaught ground to a halt in the five-point third. "The kids fought," said Trovato. "They're a phenomenal team. I mean, look at a kid like Carson, he's going to be a pro. To beat them, you have to play a perfect game. We did for a half. In the third, we just didn't make any shots. We definitey got better tonight, though." Josh Maisonett paced 5-4 Haverhill with 18 points, and Javier Bristol buried five triples for his 15 points. Gritty Charlie Roche added 14, despite a brush with some foul trouble, and Dennis Driftmeyer had 11.  

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Boys Basketball, 01/16/09 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Fine line

Haverhill: Surrounded by Tewksbury defenders, Haverhill's, Hannah Davis drives to the hoop in a recent game against Tewksbury High.2 Photos

Charlie Roche's big night — he recorded a triple-double with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 11 asissts — was one of several highlights for the Haverhill boys basketball team, which drubbed Tewksbury 76-48. Javier Bristol added 14 points for the Hillies.

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Boys Basketball, 01/13/09 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Double (double) trouble

Junior Charlie Roche carried Haverhill to a 64-58 win over Billerica with a huge double-double — 18 points and 17 rebounds.  The Hillie guard also knocked down three 3-pointers.

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

Bristol's big game

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In a battle of MVC rivals, the Haverhill boys basketball team topped Lawrence, 71-56. Haverhill's Javier Bristol was a terror for the Hillies, scoring a game-high 24 points and pulling down 14 rebounds. Charlie Roche had a near triple-double with 10 points, 12 boards and eight assists. Dennis Driftmeyer (18) and Josh Maissonette (11) also finished in double digits for the Hillies.

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Boys Basketball, 01/06/09 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Haverhill repels stubborn Pentucket

HAVERHILL — The result wasn’t a surprise, but the road to it opened some eyes.

Pentucket, from the suburban Cape Ann League, wasn’t given much of a shot last night against a Haverhill team battle-tested in the rugged Merrimack Valley Conference. Besides, the Sachems already had a Greater Haverhill Christmas Tourney loss to Timberlane, which was annihilated by the Hillies Monday night.

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Boys Basketball, 12/30/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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