Tigers Sneak Past Nashoba
MAYNARD -- The Nashoba Regional boys’ basketball team entered its first game of 2019 with a four-game winning streak.
On Wednesday night, it was the Tigers of Maynard High that extended a winning streak to a pair by earning a hard-fought 53-49 non-league victory over the Chieftains.
With the win, the Tigers improved their record to 3-3 while Nashoba fell to 4-2.
“You have to give Maynard credit, they played better than us,” said Nashoba head coach Bryan Riley, whose team will look to bounce back against Groton-Dunstable on Friday night. “They played tougher than us and they played better than us, so they deserve to win the game.”
The difference down the stretch was Maynard’s ability to get stops and hit timely shots while Nashoba struggled from behind the arc. In fact, the Chieftains shot just 5-for-27 from 3-point land with sharpshooters Andrew Ahlquist and Jack Richards combining to go 3-for-20 from behind the arc.
“We had an off night shooting the basketball,” Riley said. “But we didn’t do the things defensively that we needed to do and that was the big difference. We are going to have off nights shooting, but we need to execute our game plan defensively.”
Nashoba closed out the first quarter in impressive fashion as the visitors went on an 11-0 run to close out the quarter as the Chieftains held a 17-9 lead after eight minutes. Ahlquist came off the bench and immediately made an impact as he knocked down a pair of shots from behind the arc.
In the second quarter, Maynard’s Ian Fowler drained a pair of 3-pointers in the opening minutes as the hosts went on a 9-3 run to cut the lead to just two at 20-18. The Tigers ended up taking a 32-30 lead into the break. Senior Tommy Smith scored 14 of his game-high 21 points in the opening half. Danny McNulty scored 10 of his team-high 12 points over the first 16 minutes for the Chieftains.
Nashoba held a slim 43-42 lead after three quarters, but Maynard battled back and hung on late.
John Duros and Richard each had 10 points for the Chieftains while Ahlquist netted nine for the visitors.