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.
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.
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.
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.
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.