2016-01-20 / Sports

Wells picks up big win over Sacopee Valley

By ALEX SPONSELLER
Sports Staff Writer


Wells’ Matt Sherburne (4) dribbles up the court in the second quarter Tuesday night at home. 
Alex Sponseller/ Journal Tribune Wells’ Matt Sherburne (4) dribbles up the court in the second quarter Tuesday night at home. Alex Sponseller/ Journal Tribune WELLS — The Wells boys basketball team dominated Sacopee Valley in an 81-42 win at home Tuesday night.

The Warriors were led by junior Owen Berry with 16 points while fellow junior Deandre Woods scored 15. Freshman guard Matt Sherburne also contributed 10 points.

Sacopee Valley was led by Will Goforth with 17 points including two 3-pointers.

Wells took control early in the match as the defense played tight while the guards attacked the Sacopee Valley hoop.

Woods scored 11 of his points in the first quarter and was a physical presence in the paint.

The Warriors took a 23-6 lead into the second quarter, and despite a quick 5-0 run by Sacopee, Wells came back and dominated the period.

Midway through the second, Wells went on an 11-2 tear, then finished the half by going on a 13-4 run in the final minutes giving them a 51-17 lead at halftime.

Wells coach Troy Brown felt that his team’s pressure was the difference, as well as Berry and Wood’s performances.

“I thought it was our pressure, we really put pressure on them, we were able to get our hands in the passing lanes and we had a lot of easy buckets. This year it seems like we have had to fight for every basket so tonight was good to have some easy ones,” said Brown. “I thought Deandre and Owen did a great job of getting to the glass and giving us some second chance opportunities.”

Although the game was essentially out of reach for Sacopee Valley, they managed to come out with a stronger performance in the third quarter and chip away at the Warrior’s lead.

Sacopee Valley came up with some impressive plays in the third, including deep three’s from Alex Mudgett and Travis Weeks.

By the fourth quarter, Wells began digging into their bench and allowed the subs to gain some extra minutes.

After another strong quarter, Wells closed out the match securing the 81-42 win.

Brown also believed that playing with a consistent lead allowed his players to relax a bit.

“This was one of those games that we needed. We needed a game where we could just go out there and relax,” said Brown. “It’s obviously easier when you’re playing with the lead, but I think our guys made a lot of shots tonight. It was really good to see as a basketball coach.”

Brown was excited to see multiple players score big on the evening.

“Our shooters made a lot of shots tonight, guys like Nick Wuerthner, Matt Sherburne, and Nick Cousins. We have Traip next and they run a lot of zone so I think it will be important for our guys to continue to shoot well,” said Brown.

Looking ahead, Brown believes that a convincing win like Tuesday’s will be a confidence booster.

“I think the kids will gain a lot of confidence with this game moving forward. I know I have as a coach,” said Brown.

— Sports Staff Writer Alex Sponseller can be reached at sports@journaltribune.com or at 282-1535 ext. 323. Follow the Journal Tribune Sports Department on Twitter @JournalTsports.

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