Junior center Tom Pare, #30, goes for the shot against Liam Morrissey, left, and Nick Duntley of Kingswood in their championship game. Belmont won 60-53 in triple overtime. (David Carkhuff/Laconia Daily Sun)
By DAVID CARKHUFF/THE LACONIA DAILY SUN
GILFORD — In the finals of the 43rd annual Holiday Basketball Tournament Friday, Belmont High's boys battled through three overtimes to beat Kingswood 60-53 in a heart-pounding finale
For the girls, Newfound ran away from Prospect Mountain 51-42 to claim the championship plaque.
On Wednesday, Kingswood Regional High of Wolfeboro came back in the closing minute to beat the Gilford High boys 58-55. In the finals, Kingswood made a run and came back against Belmont, forcing the first overtime, 42-42. The game stayed tight, with back-to-back turnovers and free throw shooting knotting the score. At 53-53, the third OT started, and arguably the smallest player on the court, Griffin Embree of Belmont, came up big as he ignited the Red Raiders with a drive to the hoop and a defensive play. He drew a foul and hit the free throw to edge the score to 57-53. Jonny LeClair of Belmont stretched the lead to 59-53 on a fast break, and Embree hit a free throw to seal the score, 60-53.
Trevor Hunt was named most valuable player for the Red Raiders.
In the girls' bracket, Newfound gained a "good indicator of where we're at right now," said Coach Karri Peterson. "It's the first time we've been back here in probably three years."
The undefeated Bears were led by MVP Savanna Bony.
The Newfound Bears battle in the post against Prospect Mountain in a 51-42 win for the Bears Friday at Gilford High School. (David Carkhuff/Laconia Daily Sun)
Belmont High School players display their championship plaque. (David Carkhuff/Laconia Daily Sun)
The Newfound Regional High School girls pose with coach Shauntaye Pumphret, left and head coach Carrie Peterson. (David Carkhuff/Laconia Daily Sun)