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February 20, 2013

Phiri, Hillies rally from down 8 in fourth to beat Methuen

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That field goal capped an 11-3 run as Methuen (4-17) managed only four points the final 5:42. The Rangers’ youth was evident with five key turnovers in the fourth, during which they made only two of their 11 attempts from the field.

Sophomore Tim Galloway-Burke, one of seven underclassmen among the first eight Rangers to see action, scored a team-high 21. Fellow soph Cooper Hammel added 11 and Nathan Bueno, the only senior to score, finished with 10.

“I guess all year, everyone’s talk has been about the sophomores and how young we were,” Methuen coach Matt Curan said. “The positive is that once we were eliminated from postseason, these kids still came ready to play every day. Tonight was our sixth game in eight days. We just said, ‘Let’s let these kids go out playing because that’s where they learn the best.’”

But last night belonged to Haverhill and its long-suffering fans.

“I think it’s been a case of our seniors refusing to lose,” Haverhill coach Mike Trovato said. “The seniors have meant so much to our program over the last four years, and you heard them yelling in the huddle, ‘No way are we going to lose.’”

Haverhill 65, Methuen 58

Methuen (58): Mark Sicard 2 1-2, 5, Tim Galloway-Burke 7 6-7 21, Nathan Bueno 4 2-5 10, Cooper Hammel 4 0-1 11, Corey Bell 2 2-2 6, Jamal Rene 0 2-2 2, John Pierce 1 0-0 3, Jimmy Hjoroge 0 0-0 0, London Torres 0 0-0 0, Freddie Santiago 0 0-0 0, Chris LeBlanc 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 13-19 58

Haverhill (65): Nick Comei 0 0-0 0, Shain Roche 2 1-2 7, Saul Phiri 6 8-8 23, Tommy Morgan 1 0-0 2, Sean Wrenn 2 1-2 5, Matthew Jameson 3 5-5 11, Anthony Dionne 5 2-5 12, Michael Kwegyir-Attah 1 0-2 2, Piero Garcia 1 0-0 3, Matthew Burns 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 17-24 65

3-pointers: M — Hammel 3, Galloway-Burke, Pierce; H — Phiri 3, Roche 2, Garcia.

Methuen (4-17): 14 14 22  8 — 58

Haverhill (11-8): 14 12 18 21 — 65

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