By John Keisling
Carriage Towne News
---- — HAMPSTEAD – Captain Pat Curry’s Gelinas Siding was crowned the 2013-2014 HMBL champion last week by sweeping Captain Paul Ramos’ Boutin Glass in two games.
Gelinas Siding 42
Boutin Glass 34
The expected defensive pressure of a championship game was quickly displayed as the first quarter was tightly contested with Gelinas taking a slim 9-8 lead. The offense picked up a bit in the second frame and Gelinas was able to extend their lead to 24-20 at the half. Boutin pushed back in the third period as they were able to close the lead to a single hoop, but still trailed 32-30 going into the final frame. Gelinas torqued up the defense in the final period and hit some key free throws to come away with the Game 1 victory, 42-34. Fred Malcolm netted 23 points to lead Gelinas followed by John Surprenant with 8 points, John Keisling 5 points, Steve Tripodi and Marty Auger with 2 points each and Pat Curry dishing out 10 assists and 10 rebounds. Boutin was led by Craig McGuire with 18 points, Kevin Young and Kevin Meagher 6 points each, and Tim McDonald and Francis Roux with 2 points each. Boutin led in field goals, 13-7, while Gelinas led in three-pointers, 4-1. Boutin hit 5 of 6 free throws for 83% while Gelinas hit 16 of 21 for 76%.
Boutin Glass 42
Gelinas came out of the gates thinking sweep as they took a quick 14-10 lead after the first quarter and were able to extend their lead, 28-21, at the half. Boutin picked a bad time to turn ice cold as Gelinas was able to take a commanding 41-27 lead at the end of the third frame and continued to control the game in the final period to cruise to the 66-42 win and secure the title of the 2013-2014 HMBL champions. John Surprenant torched the nets for 29 points to lead Gelinas with help from Fred Malcolm with 11 points, Ken Gelinas 9 points, Scott Suszek 8 points, Russ Evans 5 points, Steve Tripodi 3 points, and with Pat Curry dishing out 13 assists. Boutin was led by Kevin Young with 10 points, Craig McGuire and Scott True 8 points each, Kevin Meagher 6 points, Francis Roux 4 points, and Ross Huntington and Tim MacDonald with 3 points each. Gelinas led in field goals, 24-11, while Boutin had a 6-2 advantage in three-pointers. Gelinas hit 12 of 22 free throws for 55% while Boutin hit 2 of 6 for 33%.