Berlin's defense silences Tornadoes 52-24

By Jean LeBlanc

BERLIN — The Berlin boys' basketball team went on an 18-3 second quarter run to easily top Franklin on the road, 52-24, last Friday.

"We came out ready to play against Franklin," said Coach Dave Morrissette. "It was a great team effort overall. Our defensive effort was strong, holding their two top scorers to a total of six points. We shared defensive responsibilities on their point guard Jayden Torres. Josh McBride, Sinciere Davis, Michael Moore, Evan Arsenault and others frustrated him, holding him to four points. Their other top scorer was held in check as well. Seth Balderrama and Evan shard duties, holding Matt Hennessey to two points on the game. Cory Nelson had a strong game, scoring 13 of their 24 points."

Berlin got off to a 16-6 first quarter lead by attacking the basket and getting some good looks inside. The Mounties continued their strong play in the second quarter going on an 18-3 run to lead 34-9 at the break.
 
"They defended us in the first quarter in a man to man defense," said Morrissette. "We successfully moved the ball and attacked the basket. They moved to a 2-3 zone for the remainder of the game after the first three minutes if the first quarter. In the end our defensive effort proved to be the difference in the game, holding Franklin to 24 points. Seth Balderrama and Evan Arsenault were our top scorers, and it was a great team effort. Senior Josh McBride continues to play with more poise and confidence. Sinciere Davis and Michael Moore had strong games as well. Sinciere is an active defender with terrific instincts. We are looking to build off of this game as we play at home this week against Newfound the Gilford."
 
For the game, Franklin shot 11-37 from the floor (29 percent) and was 1-20 (5 percent) from behind the arc. Franklin went to the foul line just four times and converted one shot (25 percent). Corey Nelson was the only Tornado in double figures.
 
The Mounties were 17-40 from the floor (42 percent) going 3-14 (21 percent) from the three point line. Berlin was 15-24 (62 percent) from the free throw line. Balderrama had a game-high 17 points, and Arsenault added 14 to lead Berlin in scoring. Arsenault had five assists to lead Berlin statistically in that department.
 
Berlin (4-2) is scheduled to travel to Gilford (4-2) on Friday, with game time at 6:30 p.m.
 
BHS   16 18 08 10   52
FHS   06 03 08 07   24