Conant boys win 10th of season

The Conant boys basketball team matched its season high for points in a game during Friday’s 85-56 win at Stevens.

It was the third game this year in which the Orioles had eclipsed the 80-point total and the first since scoring 85 in a win over Hillsboro-Deering on Jan. 8. It was also the third straight win since suffering the only loss of the season to Campbell on Jan. 14.

All 10 of Conant’s wins had come by double digits entering last night’s contest with Monadnock, a team they defeated by 29 in early January. Prior to the start of play this week, the Orioles were one of three teams with at least 10 wins in Division III. They are averaging 71 points per game and have scored at least 62 in all 11 contests.

The Orioles played tough defense in the first quarter, much like they did earlier in the week against ConVal, and built up a 25-9 advantage after eight minutes of play.

“We did a really good job of running the floor,” said coach Eric Saucier. “Playing good defense allowed us to get a good lead.”

But that intensity on the defensive end dipped in the second, as they allowed the Cardinals to score 20 points although the lead actually increased to 23 after a 27-point outburst by the Conant offense.

“In the first quarter we played good, but once we got up we got a little lackadaisical on defense,” said Saucier. “We can’t be satisfied with how much we are up.”

The 56 points allowed is the second highest of the season, only trailing the 65 points scored by Campbell in the Orioles’ only loss.

“We’ve got to play for 32 minutes,” said Saucier. “When we want to be, we’re really good defensively.”

Senior Devin Springfield scored a game-high 28 points with five assists. Junior Eli Hodgson had a season-high 18 points to go along with 13 rebounds for yet another double-double. Junior Kyle Carland added 16 points and seven rebounds just one game after leading Conant in the win over ConVal. Robert O’Brien had a team-best eight assists.

“It’s the one game this year that I can say every shot we took was a good shot,” said Saucier.

Conant finished with 14 steals and forced the Cardinals into a number of other turnovers with their full-court pressure.

The Orioles will host Raymond on Friday in the second of five straight home games. Of Conant’s six remaining games, four will come against teams with winning records.

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