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Thayer and Hoogterp lead the Hermon boys to their fourth straight win

January 2, 2013
By Ryan Kimball of RK Sports Productions

Hermon - Junior guard Tyler Thayer scored 15 of his game high 27 points in the second half to lead the Hermon Hawks to a victory over the Old Town Coyotes 59-51 at Hermon High School on Monday afternoon.

Old Town jumped out to an early 11-3 lead, but the Hawks stormed back. Senior Garrett Libby scored four points in the first quarter to lead Old Town. The Coyotes led 13-7 after one.

Hermon played a mixture of man to man and box and one defense to slow down Garrett Libby, last year’s Big East Player of the Year.

“Our focus was to be there on the catch and make him put the ball on the floor. We did the best we could to not allow him to get the ball up,” said Hermon boys basketball coach Mark Reed about defending Libby.  

Thayer said “Keeping him from not scoring was the key to the game.”

The second quarter was back and forth with Hermon outscoring the Coyotes in a slim margin 15-13. Old Town led 26-22 at halftime.

Hermon came out firing in the second half. The Hawks started the third quarter on a 12-0 run taking a 34-26 lead midway through the quarter. Sophomore guard Eric Hoogterp scored 11 points making three 3’s to lead Hermon.

Reed said “It is great for his confidence.”

“Those were some big shots he hit,” said Thayer when talking about Hoogterp’s breakout game.

The Hawks outscored Old Town 20-8 in the third quarter taking a 42-34 lead into the final quarter.

Old Town responded in the fourth quarter cutting into their deficit. Senior guard Cam Archer scored 11 points helping the Coyotes get back into the game.

With 1:30 to go in the game, Archer hit a deep three-pointer and was fouled pulling Old Town within two at 51-53.

Hermon turned up their defensive pressure throughout the rest of the game and did not allow the Coyotes to score. The Hawks iced the game from the free throw line going 7-8 down the stretch.

“I thought all around collectively we did a good job on all their guys,” said Reed.

Thayer scored 11 in the final quarter and made all seven free throws during crunch time for Hermon.

“I thought he worked really hard defensively and I am really proud of him,” said Reed about Thayer’s play. Reed continued “I think it is a tribute of him wanting to be more of a complete player.”

The Hawks had only four players score, but they still managed to get the win. Hoogterp scored 19 points, senior forward Fritz Marseille added eight and junior guard Jacob Rioux chipped in with five points. Sophomore forward Ryan Kelly had several rebounds coming in off the bench.

“Ryan does a great job on boards. He had three or four tough rebounds for us tonight,” said Reed when talking about Kelly’s impact on the glass.

Reed said “I thought tonight was a really good team win.” Reed added “We had a lot of guys contribute in a lot of important ways.”

Libby led Old Town with 15 points. Archer had 14, Eddie Gonnella and Garvey Melmed each added eight points and Adam Richardson and Zach Bartlett each chipped in with three points.

Thayer said when talking about playing Old Town “We knew they were going to be a lot of points this year and wanted to get the win.”

Hermon shot 69 percent (11-16) from the free throw line. The Coyotes shot 42 percent (5-12) from the charity stripe.

“Foul shots I thought won the game tonight,” said Thayer.  

The Hawks will travel to Foxcroft Academy on Thursday January 3rd while Old Town is hosting Ellsworth.

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