The Laconia Middle School boys' A team wrapped up the season this past weekend with a 2nd place finish in the Bow Invitational Tournament. The Tourney actually kicked off at the beginning of the February break as the Sachems found themselves tipping off against Goffstown. The scoring was evenly distributed in the game. Center Logan Bell led all scorers with 14 points, 6 boards, and 3 blocked shots. Drew Muzzey had 10 pts, Jack Maher dropped 9, Ryan Paiva had 8 to go with 5 boards, and Christian Gaspa had 7 points and 5 assists. Defensively Noah Cruz had 5 steals and Bell picked off 4 as the Sachems rolled to a 60-29 victory. Next up was the Bedford travel team. Bell and Muzzey had big nights, going for 18 and 14 respectively. Bell also pulled down 9 boards while Muzzey grabbed 11 giving him a nice double-double on the night. Ryan Paiva, showing he is going to be a force to reckon with next year, chipped in with 6 points and 8 boards. Defensively this would be the Sachems' best game. Parker Minor led his team with 5 steals while Gaspa and Riley Roy had 3 steals each. With the decisive 60-25 victory, the stage was set for a showdown with Laconia's newest rivals from Kearsarge. On the big stage it was Laconia's big men who stepped up. Bell led his team once more with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 7 steals giving him a team leading 12 double-doubles on the season. Muzzey chipped 10 points and Ryan McCrea had 6 points and 7 boards to go with 3 steals. When the dust had settled Laconia had punched their ticket to the championship with a 45-39 win. Battling out of the loser's bracket, Kearsarge was back for another crack at the Sachems. The youngsters for Laconia couldn't seem to find any offensive rhythm in this one. Bell dropped 10 points and had 8 boards, Paiva went for 8 points and Ryan McCrea pounded the boards for 10 big rebounds. Defensively Gaspa tried keeping his team in it with 5 steals but the perimeter shooters for Kearsarge were on and the Sachems fell short in the one and done championship game, 49-36. Garnering All-Tourney Honors for Laconia were Logan Bell and Drew Muzzey. Coach Rod Roy was very pleased with his team's performance saying, "We had a phenomenal year. We went 17-0. Won our Christmas tourney and took home two 2nd place trophies in Newfound and Bow. I am so proud of this group of athletes. They worked hard, did their jobs, and gave the Laconia fans something to look forward to in the future. They deserved all of the good things that their hard work got them this season."
The Laconia A team would like to thank the school administration for their support and effort in allowing them to play a ton of basketball this season. The team is also appreciative of all of the fans who came out and supported the team.