Berlin Unified team opens with 50-31 win over Kennett Eagles

By Jean LeBlanc

BERLIN — Sophomore forward Roger Belanger tossed in 18 points to help the Berlin Unified basketball team to 50-31 victory over the Kennett High Eagles in Berlin on Tuesday. It was the first game of the season for both teams.

BUBBvsKHS1Mountie Roger Belanger (left) beats Kennett's Sam Pollard for a hoop during first quarter action. Berlin defeated Kennett 50-31. (JEAN LEBLANC PHOTO)

The Mountaineers looked to be in mid-season form, running the floor well and jumping out to a commanding 14-3 first quarter lead. Roger Belanger led the way with four hoops and brother Randy added two buckets for the home team. Kennett's Hunter Sampson tossed in a three-pointer for the Eagles.

BUBBvsKHS3Berlin's Julia Gray (right) knocks down this 12-foot jumper during the Mountaineers' 50-31 win over Kennett. (JEAN LEBLANC PHOTO )

The Eagles picked up their scoring in the second quarter led by senior Charles Hill, who scored seven of his team's nine points. Unfortunately, the Mounties put up another 16 markers to lead at halftime, 30-12. Roger Belanger had three more hoops and teammate Austin White added three hoops himself for the 18-point edge.

BUBBvsKHS4Berlin's Austin White (right) is focused on the basket. White scored eight points in Berlin's 50-31 win over Kennett. (JEAN LEBLANC PHOTO)

The third quarter saw the locals outscore the Eagles 10-2 to push the lead to 40-14. However the Eagles caught fire in the fourth session getting scoring from six different players. Kennett held a 17-10 scoring advantage, making the final score 50-31 for the Mounties.

Leah Jones had three hoops for Kennett to help the Eagles over the final eight minutes of play.

Berlin's Autumn Johnson had two hoops to lead the Mounties offense in the fourth quarter.

BUBBvsKHS2Mountie Autumn Johnson (right) uses the screen of Roger Belanger (No. 11) on this play. Johnson had four hoops in Berlin's victory. (JEAN LEBLANC PHOTO)

Berlin's Roger Belanger led all scorers with 18 points off nine hoops. Brother Randy, White and Johnson all had eight points each for the home team.

For the game, Hill had 12 points for Kennett.

Berlin's next game is on the road Monday at White Mountain Regional in Whitefield, starting at 1 p.m.

BHS   14 16 10 10   50

KHS   03 09 02 17   31

Eagles (31) — Hunter Sampson 2-0-5, Charles Hill 5-1-12, Nokomis Lucy 2-0-4, Leah Jones 3-0-6, Joseph Nile 1-0-2, Patrick Hunt 1-0-2.

Mounties (50) — Christopher Trask 1-0-2, Randy Belanger 4-0-8, Roger Belanger 9-0-18, Julia Gray 3-0-6, Alex Poirier, Austin White 4-0-8, Autumn Johnson 4-0-8.