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LMS boys cap perfect regular season with 2nd place tournament finish

In front of a full house, the Laconia Middle School boy's A team hosted counterparts from Merrimack Valley in the final regular season game. At stake for the young Sachems was an undefeated season. The boys from Laconia would not disappoint. Coming off the bench to lead his team was "Smilin'" Dan Engelson with 10 points, 5 boards and 5 steals. Ryan Paiva droped 9 points, while Logan Bell had 7 pts, 6 boards and 6 steals and Drew Muzzey added 7pts and 7 boards. The team received a standing ovation as the whistle sounded on the game and the Sachems gave their head coach Rod Roy his first undefeated season with a convincing 50-21 win. Coach Roy said after the game, "This is a special group of kids. I have coached most of them since they were 7 years old and there is a lot of talent in this group. The future of basketball in Laconia looks very good. I couldn't be more proud of them." The Sachems finish the regular season at 17-0 as they headed into their tournament season.
Going into the Newfound tournament as the number 1 seed, the expectations for the Sachems were high. Laconia drew the middle school team from Hopkinton in the first round and weren't quite sure what to expect. It was a team that they had not faced in the regular season. After an extremely sluggish start, the offense found their groove and started to pour it on. Drew Muzzey led the 2nd half charge with 14 pts and 7 boards, while Logan Bell added 10 pts and Jack Maher dropped 8. Point Guard Christian Gaspa dished off 5 assist while pulling down 4 big boards and notching 4 steals. Riley Roy also had 4 boards while grabbing 3 steals of his own. With a strong second half effort the Sachems were able to capture a 46-11 win.
Next up was a strong, fast Kearsarge team. Also a team that the Sachems did not see in the regular season. This one was a dog fight. Seeing that they were getting nothing inside against Kearsarge's Dwight Howard-like center, the boys from Laconia took to the perimeter. It was small forward Riley Roy who led his team with 7 points, including two 3-pointers. Noah Cruz, Muzzey, and Bell each had 6 while Muzzey had 6 boards and Bell 7. Christian Gaspa had 5 assists which gave him over 100 assist on the season. On the defensive side 8 of the 12 Sachems had at least one steal with Gaspa leading the way with 3. Bell and Ryan McCrea had 2 each. When it was over the Sachems were able to hang on to a very narrow 29-27 victory. The win punched their ticket to the championship where, once again, they squared off against Kearsarge. Due to time constraints, the championship was single elimination (it was a double elimination tournament). The two teams picked up right where they left off, trading baskets and defensive stops, to the delight of the packed house. Laconia center Logan Bell was able to muscle in 10 points while grabbing 8 boards, Drew Muzzey had 7 points to go with 7 boards, while Jack Maher grabbed 5 boards. Defensively the Sachems played well again with Bell grabbing 3 steals and Gaspa, Engelson, and Muzzey nabbing 2 apiece. Unfortunately the Sachems struggled at the charity stripe leaving 14 foul shots at the line. It was a fast paced, physical game but in the end it was Kearsarge who was able to hang on for the 34-30 win. "It was a great game against a very, very good team. Our boys played hard and have nothing to hang their heads about. Both teams are in the Bow tourney in couple of weeks so hopefully we'll get the rubber match in." said coach Rod Roy. Laconia's Drew Muzzey was named to the All Tourney team.

 
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