Sports

Let the games begin

Friday, December 13, 2013

By JOE MARCHILENA

Staff Writer

It doesn’t matter when the game is being played, Eric Gendron knows when he needs to take a game over.

The Merrimack High School senior scored nine of his 32 points in the fourth quarter Friday night, helping to Tomahawks go on an 11-0 run to turn a deficit into a 68-58 win over Pelham in the last game of the Coaches For A Cause Jamboree at Alvirne High School.

Gendron made four of Merrimack’s 10 3-pointers, while Shayne Bourque added 16 points (two 3s) and Austin Franzen had 12 points, all on 3s.

“It’s early in the season,” Merrimack coach Tim Goodridge said. “I think we did a lot of really good things, and we did a lot of bad things, but that’s what we’re here for. Hopefully the good will continue and the bad things, we’ll get better at to make us a better team down the road.”

Pelham got 22 points from sophomore Keith Brown, while Jake Vaiknoras added 16 points, as the Pythons scored just six points in the game’s final eight minutes.

“I thought we played pretty well for a scrimmage,” Pelham coach Matt Regan said. “I’m happy with the way we ran at times and the way we defended at times, but for a majority of the night, we didn’t do a good job on our team defense.”

Merrimack trailed most of the first half, but went on a 9-2 run midway through the third quarter to take its largest lead of the game to that point, 44-39. But the Pythons went on a run of their own, finishing the quarter by outscoring the Tomahawks 11-6 to lead 52-50 after 24 minutes.

Gendron opened the fourth by scoring Merrimack’s first five points while Franzen added a 3 and Bourque scored to put the Tomahawks up 61-52.

“I wish we’d have had a better fourth quarter, but Gendron is just that good,” Regan said. “He’s really good. He said we’re not going to lose to a Division II team and he made all the big plays. He was very good defensively.”

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