Fall Mountain boys run into strong Somersworth club

Owen Maradino was second lead scorer with 10 points. Photo by Doug MacPhee.

LANGDON, N.H. – Early this season, the Fall Mountain boys’ basketball team came out of the gates fast and stood in a top ten position with a 6-3 record and were winners six out of seven games. Unfortunately, due to players missing games for a variety of reasons that momentum went south. The Wildcats fell in five of their final seven games and inherited an opening round match-up with powerful Somersworth, presently the top seed remaining in the New Hampshire Division III tournament and suffered a first round elimination at the hands of the Hilltoppers, 75-59.

Justin Cassarino’s Wildcats stayed competitive for a quarter, but then the star power took over and the second seeded Hilltoppers raced to a 36-16 halftime advantage. The game plan for the Wildcats was to clamp down on the home team’s top scorers. The Wildcats did a good job with the triangle and two detail, hoping the strategy of putting the pressure on the rest of the squad to beat them. Unfortunately, the rest stepped up and did.

Cassarino said, “The other players shot the lights out. We weren’t going to let the two beat us, and their teammates stepped it up.” The coach credited Ranger Wilson and Jared Walker for doing most of the defensive honors on their opponents top duo.

Michael Murdoch led Fall Mountain in the point department with 12 and Owen Maradino had 10 with Jacob Bardis adding 9. Fall Mountain completed the regular season with a 9-9 record.

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