Published DateThe Laconia Middle School boys' A team concluded its season this weekend by being crowned champions of the 28th Annual Bow Invitational Basketball Tournament. The Sachems played five games over the winter break and were able to win four en route to the championship.
The week started with a game against Hudson. It was all offense in this one, as the young Sachems posted a 72-68 victory. Jake Filgate dropped a season high 30 points while the team's big men, Carter Doherty (14 points) and Drew Muzzey (season high 17 points) came up big in their supporting roles.
Next game on the schedule was against Oyster River. It was another big offensive output by the Sachems, as they scored a 60-48 win. This time it was Doherty who went for his season high of 31 points to go with 10 rebounds. Nick Drouin added 9 points and Filgate had 8 points and 8 boards.
A sharp shooting Jaffrey/Rindge team was next. Unfortunately the Sachems could not stop the Jaffrey snipers as they lost 43-38. Drew Muzzey led his team with 12 points and Ryan McCrea came off the bench to chip in his season high 10 points.
The loss put the Sachems in the loser's bracket where they met Oyster River again. Hungry for another shot at Jaffrey/Rindge, the Sachems left no doubt as they posted a 55-33 victory. Doherty dropped 15 points to go with 8 boards, Drouin and Muzzey had 7 points each, and Dalibor Kresovic scored 6 off the bench. Filgate led the defensive effort with 6 steals.
They wanted Jaffrey and they got Jaffrey in the championship. Trailing by 8 at the half, Filgate took matters into his own hands, and led his team with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Coming off the bench and helping to shut down the Jaffrey team was Riley Roy with 4 steals and Drew Muzzey with 5 blocked
shots. The game came right down to the wire as the Sachems held on for a thrilling 35-33 victory. Garnering awards for Laconia were Doherty, all tournament player, and Filgate, tournament MVP. "It was a great way to wrap up our season. They kids never gave up. They came to play and we accomplished what we wanted to accomplish. I am extremely proud of the season these kids had. They definitely over achieved this year." said coach Rod Roy.