Give Pelham High’s Ryan Cloutier high marks in the degree-of-difficulty department.
The 6-foot-4 big man, who scored eight points in Pelham’s decisive second-half run last night, had a nasty right-handed breakaway flush in the middle of the third quarter, sending the folks in the Snake Pit into a tizzy.
Two things stood out about the rim-rocker.
First, on the next trip, he showed off the versatility by nailing a 3-pointer.
And second, only seconds earlier, he had gone to the hoop strong and missed a dunk.
It took some guts to try for another.
“I think it was because he looked over to me thinking I’d be mad and I was smiling,” said Pelham coach Matt Regan. “I like that kind of stuff. Even though he missed, those kinds of plays can be game-changers.”
One positive was that Cloutier drew a “foul” on the miss and actually made one of two free throws.
Did he get hit?
“Not at all, I just missed the dunk,” admitted Cloutier. “I thought when the whistle blew they were going to call me for hanging on the rim.”
Luckily for his sake, they didn’t and he took care of business the right way the second time around.
Joy to have her back
Central’s Toni Joy missed a good chunk of this season with a concussion.
But she has worked her way back into the mix since late January and is receiving minutes off the bench here in the tournament, including in Central’s 49-43 comeback win over Masco last night.
“She gradually worked her way back in,” Central coach Sue Downer said.
“She was an integral part of our team last year. She’s tough. She’s certainly worked hard. She’s a plugger.”