, Kingston, NH

March 13, 2014

Men's Masters Basketball

By John Keisling
Carriage Towne News

---- — HAMPSTEAD – The second round playoffs of the Hampstead Men’s Masters Basketball League took place over the past few weeks that saw Captain Paul Ramos’ Boutin Glass taking down Captain Wayne Hamilton’s Dunkin’ Donuts East Hampstead in two games and Captain Pat Curry’s Gelinas Siding also sweeping Captain Craig Wlodyka’s L&M Construction in two games. The matchup is now set with the #1 seed Boutin Glass facing the #2 seed Gelinas Siding for the 2013-2014 HMBL championship.

Game 1

Boutin Glass 68

Dunkin’ Donuts EH 61

Boutin jumped out to a 21-16 first quarter lead, but the #6 seed Dunkin’ turned the tables in the second frame for a 36-31 lead at the half. Boutin got back on track in third period to take the lead back, 52-48, going into the final frame. Dunkin’ was able to stay in the game until the final minutes when Boutin was able to finally pull away for the 68-61 win. Scott True lead Boutin with 19 points along with Craig McGuire with 17 points, Kevin Young 12 points, Tim MacDonald and Kevin Meagher with 8 points each, and Francis Roux with 4 points. Dunkin’ was led by Jeff Steenson with 18 points, Bill Whearty 17 points, Brian Condon 9 points, Bobby Clarke 7 points, Dick Danner and Ben Ruggles 4 points each, and Ken Fure with 2 points. Dunkin’ led in field goals, 22-21, while Boutin had a 4-1 advantage in three-pointers. In a statistical anomaly, both teams hit 14 of 19 free throws for 74%.

Game 2

Boutin Glass 63

Dunkin’ Donuts EH 37

Boutin took an early 10-4 lead over the undermanned Dunkin’ team and stretched the lead to 25-11 at the half. Dunkin’ tried to stay in the game, but Boutin had a commanding 40-23 lead after the third frame and cruised to the 63-37 win and grabbed a spot in the championship round. All Boutin players made the scoring column led by Kevin Young with 12 points, Scott True 9 points, Craig McGuire and Francis Roux with 8 points each, Ross Huntington 7 points, Kevin Meagher and John Boutin 6 points each, Tim MacDonald 5 points, and Paul Ramos with 2 points. Dunkin’ was led by Dick Danner and Ben Ruggles with 11 points each, Jeff Steenson 6 points, Bobby Clark 4 points, and Terry Crump and Ken Fure with 4 points each. Boutin led in field goals, 25-12 and both teams had 3 three-pointers. Dunkin’ hit 4 of 6 free throws for 67% while Boutin hit 4 of 8 for 50%.

Game 1

Gelinas Siding 66

L&M 49

Gelinas grabbed a quick 17-11 first period lead, but L&M was able to keep pace in the second frame as Gelinas had a slim 27-23 lead at the half. Gelinas was able to extend their lead in the third quarter, 43-36, and caught on fire in the final period for the 66-49 win. John Surprenant dropped in 26 points to lead Gelinas with a lot of help from Fred Malcolm with 23 points, Ken Gelinas 8 points, Marty Auger 6 points and Scott Suszek with 2 points. L&M was led by Craig Anderson with 19 points, Sean Morrissey 11 points, Don Bell 8 points, Kent Anson 7 points and Bob Edwards with 4 points. Gelinas led in field goals, 23-12, while L&M had an 8-2 advantage in three-pointers. Gelinas made 13 of 17 free throws for 76% while L&M hit 1 of 3 for 33%.

Game 2

Gelinas Siding 46

L&M 28

Despite being short-handed, L&M only trailed by a point after the first quarter, 9-8, but Gelinas was able to open up the lead to 21-14 at the half. Gelinas saw their lead shrink in the third period, 28-23, but they were finally able to wear down L&M in the final frame and came away with a 46-28 win and a ticket to the finals. John Surprenant led Gelinas with 17 points followed by Fred Malcolm with 10 points, Ken Gelinas 6 points, Scott Suszek and John Keisling with 4 points each, and Pat Curry and Steve Tripodi with 2 points each. L&M was led by Craig Anderson with 9 points, Sean Morrissey 8 points, Don Bell and Tony Serino with 4 points each and Bob Edwards with 3 points. Gelinas led in field goals, 15-10, while L&M led in three-pointers, 2-0. Gelinas hit 16 of 19 free throws for 84% while L&M hit 2 of 7 free throw for 29%.