Salem Blue Devils Boys Basketball '10-'11

Gritty Salem falls in triple OT

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The sting of defeat was painful for the Salem boys basketball team last night in the Division 1 quarterfinals.

Yet, if the Blue Devils (14-6) step back to reflect on their 57-55 triple overtime loss to Manchester Central, they shouldn’t hurt for too long.

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Boys Basketball, 03/11/11 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Reserves spark Salem romp

SALEM, N.H. — Instant offense is always welcome, but it’s especially appreciated by the Salem boys basketball team. Thanks to a stellar defense, the Blue Devils entered last night’s Division 1 opener against Nashua North with a 13-5 record, but they had been averaging only 49 points a game. With two minutes left in the first quarter, those dynamics were both at work as North had scored six straight points to tie the game, 6-6. Salem coach Rob McLaughlin called time out and inserted reserves Matt Loguidice and Andrew Ruffen. As a result, the Salem offense found some life and the Devils ended up rolling to a 58-40 victory, sending them into Friday’s quarterfinals at Manchester Central. Loguidice scored seven straight points in a span of four minutes and Ruffen, a 6-foot-1 sophomore, hit three straight 3-pointers early in the second quarter on his way to five straight trifectas and a team-high 15 points. Ahead 33-22 at halftime, Salem turned up the defensive pressure in the third quarter and took a 46-24 lead into a garbage-time fourth quarter. “That was definitely the key, when Matt Loguidice and Andrew Ruffen came off the bench and gave us a lift,” said McLaughlin. “Andrew has kind of found his niche the second half of the season and really helped us with his stroke. “I didn’t think our defense played that well in the first half, but we came on in the third quarter and put them away. “We go into every game thinking if we get into the high 40s or the 50s, because of our defense, we’ve got a shot, so this was high (offensively) for us.” Jeff Meisser, after a slow start, drilled three 3-pointers of his own to chip in with 11 points while forwards Michael Lorenz and Joe Gallant scoring eight apiece. Lorenz was also immense underneath with 12 rebounds in only about three quarters of action. All 13 players got into the game for Salem, which shot — after its slow start — an impressive 24 of 41 from the floor for the game — a 58-percent clip that any coach would love.

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Boys Basketball, 03/08/11 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Comeback falls short

Trailing by 12 in the third, Salem stormed back vs. Bishop Guertin behind the long-distance shooting of Jeff Meisser, Andrew Ruffen and Matt Loguidice to cut it to 48-47. Salem (13-5 Division 1) had the ball down three with eight seconds left but BG (16-2 Division 1) forced a turnover and pulled out the 53-48 win.

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Boys Basketball, 03/04/11 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Matthews lifts Salem

Jared Matthews played inspired defense off the bench in the third quarter and scored on a layup to give Salem the lead for good, 33-32. Mike Lorenz was a horse down low with 18 rebounds and it added up to a 42-35 win over Concord.

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Boys Basketball, 03/01/11 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Gallant effort

Joe Gallant's 21 points and 10 rebounds weren't enough as Salem fell to Manchester Central, 47-40.

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Boys Basketball, 02/24/11 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Salem 42, Trinity 40

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Boys Basketball, 02/18/11 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Devils drop pesky Owls

Salem's quick start kept pesky Timberlane at bay in a 66-60 victory. Mike Lorenz and Joe Gallant were strong inside, scoring 14 of the Blue Devils' 18 third-quarter points, while Andrew Ruffen (11 points including a pair of 3-pointers) was hot from the outside. The Owls stayed close behind Bryan Cassidy's four 3's and 18 points.

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Boys Basketball, 02/15/11 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Starter, then closer

Joe Gallant sent Salem in the right direction with 18 first-half points, and Jeff Meisser closed the door with 13 points after the break as the Blue Devils bested Manchester West 59-51.

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Boys Basketball, 02/08/11 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Blue Devil defense

A defensive war went the way of Salem, who battled for a 37-21 victory over Winnacunnet. Joe Gallant was the only player to hit double figures, scoring 18 points and hauling down 13 rebounds. Matt Loguidice's four steals highlighted a defensive effort that "frustrated the heck out of (Winnacunnet)," according to head coach Rob McLaughlin.

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Boys Basketball, 01/25/11 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Salem's Meisser shoots down North


 SALEM — "The shooter," a philosophy by Jeff Meisser.

"I think that someone has got to to put the ball in the hoop. It might as well be me."

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Boys Basketball, 01/21/11 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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