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WLC boys mauled by Panthers in playoff opener

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' basketball team played at Pittsfield in the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Tuesday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' basketball team played at Pittsfield in the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Tuesday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' basketball team played at Pittsfield in the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Tuesday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' basketball team played at Pittsfield in the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Tuesday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' basketball team played at Pittsfield in the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Tuesday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' basketball team played at Pittsfield in the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Tuesday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' basketball team played at Pittsfield in the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Tuesday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Track season started a little early for the Wilton-Lyndeborough boys. The No. 15 Warriors traveled to No. 2 Pittsfield Tuesday night and found themselves sprinting after the run-and-gun Panthers from the opening tip.

“They’re just a better team all around than us,” said WLC Jake Levert after the game. “Even if we try as hard as we can, they’re still going to out-skill us.”

The Panthers opened the game on an 17-1 run led by explosive guard Cam Darrah, a 1,000-point scorer, first-team All-State no-doubter and Player of the Year candidate. Darrah scored 22 points in the first half and finished with 28 along with eight assists and seven rebounds. 6’4” center Josh Whittier added 20 points and Casey Clark put in 16.

“Their supporting cast came out really strong,” said WLC senior Jacob Yurcak. “In previous years, it was really centered around Darrah but everyone surrounding him really stepped up. It was good what they did with the team.”

The Warriors, meanwhile, struggled against the smothering Panther defense. Cody Swett led WLC with nine points; Levert had eight and Yurcak finished with seven after hitting a deep three late in the game to the delight of the bench and the Warrior fan section.

The Panthers won 95-34.

“Wicked good team,” said WLC head coach Flip Tremblay. “They have everything. They’re a well-coached team.”

Pittsfield (18-1) look every bit a finals team, if they can avoid another upset like last year’s playoff loss to Portsmouth Christian. The Panthers earned the respect of their Warrior opponents, who said they favor Pittsfield to win over undefeated No. 1 seed Derryfield (18-0).

The Warriors finish the season at 6-13, making the most of a tough lot this year. WLC was without a head coach for nearly the entire summer. Dave Wheeler took the job but was replaced after an 0-4 start. Once Tremblay took over, the ship was righted, but the Warriors saw several of their players miss significant time with injury.

“With the way everything started out, I’m happy with the way we finished it,” Yurcak said. “We made playoffs.”

“Even though we didn't win many, we played a lot and we played hard,” Levert said.

Tremblay and the Warriors will miss their senior leaders.

“They're great, great kids,” Tremblay said. “Jacob's a top-notch kid, and Jake Levert just carried us through the season. He can do pretty much anything.”

The Warriors are young and will return a solid core next season who learned a lot from watching a team like Pittsfield do their thing. 

“Hopefully they can build off of what we had this year with coach Flip,” Yurcak said. “There's definitely a vision for the future.”