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Gilpin and Norris lead Hampden boys to blowout win over Lawrence

December 20, 2012
By Ryan Kimball of RK Sports Productions

Hampden - Junior guard Zach Gilpin scored 10 of his game high 17 points in the third quarter to lead the Hampden Academy Broncos to a blowout win over the Lawrence Bulldogs 62-37 at Hampden Academy on Tuesday night.  

Hampden jumped out to an early 11-2 lead in the first quarter and never looked. Despite the lead, the Broncos struggled on the offensive end. Hampden played great defense all night. The Broncos led 13-6 after one quarter of play.

“There is going be ups and downs offensively, but defensively you have to be good every possession. I thought we did a really good job being steady defensively,” said Hampden boys basketball coach Russ Bartlett.

The Hampden starters only allowed Lawrence to make two layups the entire game. The Broncos defense forced several turnovers making it difficult for the Bulldogs to score.

Norris said “We made sure everybody knew where everybody was.” Norris continued “It was a lot of communication and help defense.”

Hampden caught Lawrence off guard a few times in the second quarter scoring a couple fastbreak layups. Senior forward Brian Fickett scored four out of his six points in the quarter in the open floor.

Bartlett said “Typically we do not get a run out with a post guy, but Brian runs the floor pretty well. We caught them a few times not getting back, which is something they are very good at. Bartlett added “We were lucky to get those run outs against them.”

“We like to run and gun, but we able to do both. We are able to run and stay in the half court,” said Norris.

Bartlett said “We did not give them anything easy. Bartlett continued “I thought most shots were contested and we did a great job on the glass.”

The Broncos outscored the Bulldogs 15-4 in the second quarter taking a commanding 28-13 lead going into halftime.

“I think at halftime we only gave up one or two layups, which is always good. “I thought overall we played really good defense,” said Gilpin.

Gilpin came out firing in the third quarter hitting two 3-pointers to help Hampden extend their lead.

Gilpin said “I think the team played really well in the third quarter.” Gilpin added “At halftime, we talked about how we wanted to own the first three or four minutes so they would not make a run and I think we did that.”

“He let the game come to him a little bit more in the third quarter. His left handed finish got him started,” said Bartlett.

Tyler Norris scored six points in the quarter to give the Broncos a huge lead entering the fourth quarter.

“They have always been a really tough defensive team. We had to move the ball and our key was getting the ball to the paint,” said Norris about playing against Lawrence.  

Hampden led 48-13 at the end of third quarter.

Lawrence outscored the Broncos in the fourth quarter 24-14.

The Broncos had ten players score on the night. Norris contributed with 15 points, Fickett added eight, freshmen guard Nick Gilpin with seven, Sam Scott and Conary Moore each scored four points, Logan Steward, Mattew Palmer, and Deshaun Jones each added two points and Mattew Martin chipped in with one point.

Norris said “We could have multiple different starters.” Norris added “Our team is really deep and it is going to be tough to guard if we keep playing the way we are.”

“I thought Tyler and Brian did a great job for us. Our seniors played like seniors tonight which in a game like that they needed really needed too,” said Bartlett.  

Senior guard Chris Doyen led the Bulldogs with seven points. Brad King and Robbie Liberty each scored five points, Trevor Hamblet and Taylor Slaney each scored four points, junior guard Xavier Lewis and Cole Robinson each scored three points and Matt Saunders and Aaron Lafrance each chipped in with two points.  

Gilpin said “During practice we talked about trying to shut down Spencer and Xavier. Gilpin added “I thought we did a really good job containing them tonight.”

Hampden shot 62 percent (13-21) from the free throw line. Lawrence shot 35 percent (7-20) from the charity stripe.

“I am sure it is good for coach to know that he can go eight or nine deep and not lose a step,” said Gilpin.

Hampden will host Messalonskee at home on Thursday December 20th. Lawrence will travel to Skowhegan on Friday December 21st.

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