Sabers come up short vs. Bobcats

AMHERST – The Souhegan High School boys basketball team was dressed for success in class on Tuesday, but success did not come its way by night.

The Sabers are still looking for division win No. 1 of the season after a 41-37 Division II loss to Oyster River that started out promising.

Both teams came out strong, exchanging the lead four times, but it only lasted for a quarter and a half. The Bobcats (1-2) mounted a 9-3 run midway through the second quarter to give themselves a 22-17 lead.

“You have to value every possession,” said Souhegan coach Peter Pierce. “I think the other team did a good job of valuing its possessions.”

Brian Dworkin sunk a 3-pointer in the waning moments of the first half to pull the Sabers to within two points, but they would never again overtake it.

Much to Pierce’s dismay, the Oyster River defense proved to be too effective for the Sabers to mount a strong comeback in the latter quarters. The Sabers (0-4) were outscored 11-5 in the third quarter, giving way to a comfortable final frame for the Bobcats.

“We’re just imploding,” Pierce said. “I don’t think the defense was that good that we shouldn’t have been able to compete against it. We’ve competed against better defenses than we saw tonight.”

Dworkin led the way for the Sabers offense, accounting for 10 of its 20 points in the opening half, but was held scoreless in the final two quarters. Jerrell Duguay Webster pitched in for 10 as well, Brock Lefebvre added six, Matthew Segul chipped in four, Isaac Neverla put in three, and Thomas Stover and Charles Driscoll each had a pair.

Nicholas Lazar was the man to beat for Oyster River, tallying 15 points. Christopher Gallant added eight, Colin and Colby Runk each scored six, Aiden Conrad put in four and Joshua Fenerty had a pair.

“We’ve been struggling to play a complete game and (Tuesday( we did a much better job,” said Oyster River head coach Stuart Mitchell.

While the Bobcats are finally in the win column, the Sabers are still looking for a way to get their first of the season.

“We didn’t play with a sense of urgency,” Pierce said. “We’ve got to play with that sense of urgency on every possession.”

Souhegan’s next opportunity at a win will come at home against Milford (1-1) on Friday.

“We’ll get better in time,” said Pierce. “You want to get better sooner because you don’t want to run out of season.”