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December 30, 2012

Running Knights too much for Methuen

LAWRENCE — North Andover played a first half yesterday afternoon like it felt it should be playing in the finals of the Greater Lawrence Christmas Tournament.

The Knights ran and scored at will while putting 51 points on the board on their way to a rousing 86-57 consolation victory over Methuen.

Isaiah Nelsen led four players in double figures for the Knights (5-1), who relied far more on running the court than firing up 3-pointers. Alex Gorgoni added 15 points.

For Methuen, Cooper Hammel had four 3-pointers and led the Rangers (1-4) with 18 points, two more than Tim Galloway-Burke.

Salem breaks ice

Led by Steve Nugent, Salem broke through for its first win of the season, defeating Greater Lawrence 57-41 in the first game of the day.

Nugent scored a game-high 21 points and was at his best in the pivotal second quarter, scoring 10 points as the Blue Devils pulled away for a 31-19 halftime advantage. Jack Hartman helped out with nine of his 11 points in the first half.

For Greater Lawrence, Oscar Reynoso had nearly half of the Reggies’ points, drilling four 3-pointers on his way to 20 points.

North Andover 86, Methuen 57

5th-Place Game

North Andover (86): Casey Walsh 2 1-2 5, Kyle White 0 0-0- 0, Brett Daley 0 0-0- 0, Aaron Straus 1 0-0 2, Bubba Shkliew 0 1-2 1, Derek Collins 6 0-1 13, Alex Gorgoni 7 0-0 15, John Enright 0 2-2 2, Jeff Warden 0 0-0 0, Garrett Upson 1 0-0 2, James Testa 1 0-1 2, Chris Bardwell 9 1-2 19, Isaiah Nelsen 11 0-0 23, Wabissa Bede 1 0-0 2. Totals 39 5-10 86

Methuen (57): Mark Sicard 3 3-4 10, London Torres 0 0-0 0, Tim Galloway-Burke 7 2-2 16, Nathan Bueno 2 0-0 4, Jimmy Njoroge 0 0-0 0, Jamal Rene 2 0-0 5, Chris Leblanc 0 0-0 0, Cooper Hannel 5 4-5 18, Rami Majed 0 0-0 0, Corey Bell 2 0-0 4,. Totals 21 9-11 57

3-pointers: NA — Collins, Nelsen, Gorgoni; M — Hannel 4, Rene, Sicard

North Andover (5-1): 24 27 25 10 — 86

Methuen (1-4): 12 10 23 12 — 57

Salem 57, Greater Lawrence 41

7th-Place Game

Salem (57): Anthony Lopez 1 0-0 2, Michael Felix 2 1-2 5, Jeffrey LaRosa 1 0-0 2, Heffrey Frias 1 0-0 2, Jack Hartman 5 1-2 11, Steven Nugent 9 3-3 21, Tim Dodier 0 2-2 2, Jacob Slepian 0 0-0 0, Matt Vartanian 5 0-0 10. Totals 25 7-9 57

Gr. Lawrence (41): Bryan Centeno 1 1-2 4, Anthony Fabian 1 0-0 2, Ellicen Pena 0 0-2 0, Alexis Estrella 1 0-0 2, Oscar Reynoso 7 2-2 20, Maikel Guerrer0 1 3-5 5, Cristian Rivera 1 0-0 2, Javier Franjul 3 0-0 6. Totals 15 6-11 41

3-pointers: GL — Reynoso 4, Centeno

Salem (1-5): 14 17 10 16 — 57

Gr. Lawrence (3-3): 11  8 12 10 — 41

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