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ConVal boys fall in White Division finals

  • The ConVal boys basketball team lost to Newport 59-49 in the finals of the White Division at the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State College on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The ConVal boys basketball team lost to Newport 59-49 in the finals of the White Division at the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State College on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The ConVal boys basketball team lost to Newport 59-49 in the finals of the White Division at the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State College on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The ConVal boys basketball team lost to Newport 59-49 in the finals of the White Division at the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State College on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The ConVal boys basketball team lost to Newport 59-49 in the finals of the White Division at the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State College on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The ConVal boys basketball team lost to Newport 59-49 in the finals of the White Division at the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State College on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The ConVal boys basketball team lost to Newport 59-49 in the finals of the White Division at the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State College on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The ConVal boys basketball team lost to Newport 59-49 in the finals of the White Division at the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State College on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The ConVal boys basketball team lost to Newport 59-49 in the finals of the White Division at the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State College on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The ConVal boys basketball team lost to Newport 59-49 in the finals of the White Division at the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State College on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The ConVal boys basketball team lost to Newport 59-49 in the finals of the White Division at the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State College on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The ConVal boys basketball team lost to Newport 59-49 in the finals of the White Division at the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State College on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The ConVal boys basketball team lost to Newport 59-49 in the finals of the White Division at the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State College on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The ConVal boys basketball team lost to Newport 59-49 in the finals of the White Division at the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State College on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The ConVal boys basketball team lost to Newport 59-49 in the finals of the White Division at the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State College on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The ConVal boys basketball team lost to Newport 59-49 in the finals of the White Division at the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State College on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The ConVal boys basketball team lost to Newport 59-49 in the finals of the White Division at the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State College on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The ConVal boys basketball team lost to Newport 59-49 in the finals of the White Division at the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State College on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The ConVal boys basketball team lost to Newport 59-49 in the finals of the White Division at the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State College on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The ConVal boys basketball team lost to Newport 59-49 in the finals of the White Division at the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State College on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • Senior Jordan Moore will run the show for the Cougars this season.<br/>

    Senior Jordan Moore will run the show for the Cougars this season.

  • The ConVal boys basketball team lost to Newport 59-49 in the finals of the White Division at the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State College on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal boys basketball team lost to Newport 59-49 in the finals of the White Division at the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State College on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal boys basketball team lost to Newport 59-49 in the finals of the White Division at the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State College on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal boys basketball team lost to Newport 59-49 in the finals of the White Division at the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State College on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal boys basketball team lost to Newport 59-49 in the finals of the White Division at the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State College on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal boys basketball team lost to Newport 59-49 in the finals of the White Division at the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State College on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal boys basketball team lost to Newport 59-49 in the finals of the White Division at the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State College on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal boys basketball team lost to Newport 59-49 in the finals of the White Division at the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State College on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal boys basketball team lost to Newport 59-49 in the finals of the White Division at the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State College on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal boys basketball team lost to Newport 59-49 in the finals of the White Division at the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State College on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • Senior Jordan Moore will run the show for the Cougars this season.<br/>

The ConVal boys basketball team found itself in a very similar situation to last year.

The Cougars won their first two games in the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament hosted by Keene State College to advance to the White Division championship game.

And just like 2011, Division III Newport was their title game opponent with a chance to go 3-0 for a second straight season. But unlike last year, ConVal was unable to find a consistent rhythm on either end of the floor, falling 59-49.

“From a coaching standpoint, we learned a lot of things about this team,” said coach Peter Pierce. “It was good for us to get some game experience, but we’re lacking in cohesiveness and that’s evident to anybody who watches us.”

Up until last year’s appearance in the White Division title contest where the Cougars defeated Newport by 18, a ConVal team had never won a holiday tournament crown. But after a come from behind win over Monadnock in the opener last Friday and a dominating performance against Fall Mountain in game two on Saturday to earn a spot in the finals, ConVal looked ready to hoist another championship trophy.

Yet that wasn’t the case. One of the Cougars’ major concerns this year has been rebounding and it was a big reason behind the 10-point loss. Newport held a 45-27 edge on the boards, including 15 on the offensive end.

“I’m a little disappointed in what I saw, specifically in rebounding and on offense,” said Pierce. “Both of those things are kind of disconcerting.”

It was just a 16-13 deficit after the first quarter, but ConVal had also allowed Newport sophomore Andrew Houde, the White Division MVP, to score 14 of his team’s 16 points in the quarter. Over the final three quarters, the Cougars held Houde to just eight more points, but they could not do enough to stop the rest of the Tigers.

“We tried a lot of different defenses in those three games,” said Pierce. “And we had some good things happen.”

The deficit was just four at the half and ConVal then scored the first five points of the third to take a 31-30 lead with a little less than six minutes remaining. It looked like the momentum swing the Cougars needed to pull off the win, but it was short lived. The Tigers responded with nine straight points and took a 39-33 edge into the fourth.

Senior Taylor Doyle scored 10 of his team leading 18 points in the fourth, including a pair of threes in the final 1:13, to go along with eight rebounds. All three of ConVal’s three-pointers came in the final 1:27 of the game.

Freshman Julien Bufalino scored 10 points with four rebounds and two assists in his first start. Senior Jeremy Doubleday and junior Jordan Moore each added six.

ConVal made two more field goals than Newport, but the Tigers held an 18-to-6 advantage in made free throws.

The Cougars travel to Hollis/Brookline on Friday.

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