By: Lance Legere
GORHAM — One day after playing the Lisbon Panthers (a 73-59 loss), the Gorham boys' basketball team took to the floor Saturday afternoon to play against the highly-regarded Groveton Eagles, the No. 2 ranked team in Division IV. The Huskies knew coming into the game that this would be tough task, especially playing on a back-to-back, and it was as the hometown boys fell 68-26 at home.
The Eagles came out of the gates firing on the exhausted Huskies and took a 25-10 lead after the first quarter. Seniors Daegan Perras and Isaiah Stone led the Eagles offensively in the quarter with Perras notching eight points and Stone scoring seven.
Senior Bryson Raymond went to work offensively like he always does for the Huskies and scored six of Gorham’s 10 first quarter points.
The visitors used a 20-5 scoring advantage in the second quarter to take a 45-15 halftime lead. Junior guard Austin Lesperance had six points in the quarter to lead Groveton.
Freshman Jesse Laflamme had three points in the quarter for Gorham and Raymond had two.
Groveton started to get its bench involved in the second half. Both teams played an even third and fourth quarter.
The Eagles connected on 26 field goals, three coming from behind the arc. Groveton struggled from the charity stripe, going 7 for 18 for the game. The visitors were led by Stone’s 14 points and Perras’s 12 points.
For the Huskies, they did not play a bad game after just playing the night before. The hosts connected on seven field goals, two coming from three-point range. Gorham shot 50 percent from the foul line going 6-12 on the day. Bryson Raymond went against the tough Groveton defense, facing double teams left and right, and still managed to score a team-high 15 points.
Huskies: 10 05 06 05 26
Eagles: 25 20 14 13 68