Joyce returns to form as Gilford knocks off Belmont

GILFORD — The Gilford Golden Eagles (6-3) jumped all over Belmont early, scoring 26 points in the first quarter, to secure a NHIAA Division III victory 69-37 on Friday night. The win was Gilford's second in a row, halting a three game skid last week. Josh Joyce fueled Gilford's early surge, scoring 15 points in the first quarter on his way to a 22-point night. "Josh's energy was back to what we are used to," Said Gilford coach Chip Veazey. "He had been under the weather for the past two weeks or so."

"We played really well in the first half," Veazey said. "We were a little sloppy in the second." Gilford's starters did not see any playing time in the later half of the third quarter and remained on the sideline for all of the fourth. Kaleb Orton made his presence felt underneath for Gilford with 20 points.

Belmont (1-8) has dropped their last four. Trevor Hunt led the Red Raiders with 11 points. Belmont was stifled by Gilford's defense, scoring only 4 points in the first quarter and 15 by halftime. Half of those points were from the free throw line. The Golden Eagles' aggressive defense sent Belmont to the charity stripe 26 times, converting half of the time. "Belmont is a good young team,"continued Veazey, "they will be fine."

The Red Raiders are in action tonight hosting the Lakers from Inter-Lakes (2-6). Gilford will host Farmington (5-4) on Friday night.