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Wins for the Holiday

Tournament time: ConVal, Conant each win at annual four-day Keene event

  • The ConVal boys basketball team participated in the Keene Holiday Basketball Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Conant boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Conant boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Conant boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Conant boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Conant boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Conant boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Conant boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Conant boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Conant boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Conant boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Conant boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Conant boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Conant boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Conant boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Conant boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Conant boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Conant boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Conant boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Conant boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Conant boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Conant boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Conant boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Conant boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Conant boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Conant boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Conant boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys basketball team participated in the Keene Holiday Basketball Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys basketball team participated in the Keene Holiday Basketball Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys basketball team participated in the Keene Holiday Basketball Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys basketball team participated in the Keene Holiday Basketball Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys basketball team participated in the Keene Holiday Basketball Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys basketball team participated in the Keene Holiday Basketball Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys basketball team participated in the Keene Holiday Basketball Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys basketball team participated in the Keene Holiday Basketball Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys basketball team participated in the Keene Holiday Basketball Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys basketball team participated in the Keene Holiday Basketball Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys basketball team participated in the Keene Holiday Basketball Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys basketball team participated in the Keene Holiday Basketball Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys basketball team participated in the Keene Holiday Basketball Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys basketball team participated in the Keene Holiday Basketball Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys basketball team participated in the Keene Holiday Basketball Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys basketball team participated in the Keene Holiday Basketball Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys basketball team participated in the Keene Holiday Basketball Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys basketball team participated in the Keene Holiday Basketball Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys basketball team participated in the Keene Holiday Basketball Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys basketball team participated in the Keene Holiday Basketball Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys basketball team participated in the Keene Holiday Basketball Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys basketball team participated in the Keene Holiday Basketball Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys basketball team participated in the Keene Holiday Basketball Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys basketball team participated in the Keene Holiday Basketball Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys basketball team participated in the Keene Holiday Basketball Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team played in the Keene Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26-29, 2013.

Monadnock region teams dominated the annual Keene Holiday Tournament this past weekend as ConVal took home the White Championship trophy by defeating Mascenic while Conant ran away from Smithfield, R.I., to bring home the Red Championship title.

The openers

The Cougars came out of the gates hard against Monadnock during their first game of the tournament. Monadnock took a one-point edge into halftime and extended the lead with a 19-8 advantage in the third quarter. The Huskies eventually won 64-53. Monadnock’s Isaiah Prince led his team with 28 points. Senior Kyle Murray led ConVal with 15 points while junior Will Chambers and senior point guard Jordan Moore contributed 11 points apiece.

Conant and Mascenic both came out strong in their tournament debuts. The Vikings, led by lightning-quick junior Jared Stauffeneker, ran all over Hinsdale, 86-29. Stauffeneker netted 34 points on an assortment of drives. He also came away with 11 steals in just 17 minutes on the floor. Senior Matt Cyr contributed with six points and eight rebounds, and a solid showing on defense. Freshman Daimon Gibson scored 12 points and junior Jimmy Thompson added 10 points.

Conant beat Keene 63-49 in the opener. Senior Robert O’Brien decided to put the scoring into his own hands in the first half after senior Eli Hodgson was forced to take a seat after two early fouls. O’Brien scored 19 of his 25 points in the first half. Senior Kyle Carland had a strong performance, posting 17 points to go along with his four assists and three steals. Hodgson played solid defensively, dominating inside with 12 rebounds. Senior Nick Panagiotes finished with nine points and four rebounds.

Championship bound

ConVal, Conant and Mascenic each won their second game to advance to Sunday’s final stage.

ConVal outscored Fall Mountain 25-15 in the first half, eventually coming away with a 54-35 win. Moore, with his quick drives up and down the court, scored 12 points to go along with his four assists and two steals. Junior Noah Cail had a solid performance with 12 points and five rebounds. Murray also contributed to the win with 11 points and seven rebounds.

After Mascenic’s blowout win against Hinsdale, they faced stiffer competition against Leland and Gray of Townshend, Vt. The Vikings outscored the Rebels 31-21 in the first half, and held on to win 54-47. Stauffeneker led the way again, scoring 23 points, and adding two assists and five steals. Cyr posted another solid game with 12 points and 7 rebounds. With the win, the Vikings advanced to take on ConVal in the White Division title game.

Conant, meanwhile, found itself trailing Lebanon by five at the half before rebounding with a strong second half. Conant outscored Lebanon 19-6 in the fourth quarter for the 62-52 win.

The Orioles moved the ball much better in the second half, forcing Lebanon to make some careless, defensive mistakes. Hodgson led Conant with 20 points and 10 rebounds while O’Brien scored 18 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. Carland also scored 11 points in the game. The win placed the Orioles in the red division Championship game against Smithfield.

White Division Championship

ConVal used a second-half run to pull out a 52-43 championship win over Mascenic on Sunday.

The Vikings went into halftime with a 25-21 lead, but the momentum switched after the half. The Cougars defense was able to keep Stauffeneker under 20 points for the first time in the tournament. He finished with 18 points. ConVal had great performances from Chambers and Cail, who both scored 12 points. The Cougars dominated the boards as senior Malik Earle and Murray ripped down a combined 29 rebounds.

Cougars head coach Kevin Proctor said he was a bit unsure how the game would unfold after a rough first half, but was more than happy with the outcome.

“Well it was a little scary there for a moment but it feels good,” he said. “It feels good to walk away with a positive moving into the regular season. Thursday night was kind of ugly for us so it was good to come back and get a couple of wins,” Proctor said. “I think anytime you can come to a tournament and win a couple games, it gives us good positive momentum heading towards the regular season,” Proctor said.

It was no easy task for ConVal to beat Mascenic, but Proctor’s change in the game plan became a key factor in getting the win.

“We came out very flat and we had to dig deep and find some sort of level of intensity. So second half we decided to go just with full-court man-to-man the rest of the way to try and pick up the tempo a little bit. I felt like we could run against these guys but we just seemed to have lead feet in the first half so we just tried to push it a little but more,” Proctor said.

Red Division Championship

Smithfield was coming into the championship game against Conant having beaten their previous opponents by 20 or more points. Smithfield outscored Conant 25-21 in the first half and seemed to have the momentum going into the third quarter when they outscored the Orioles 18-15. In the fourth quarter, Conant’s ball movement became crisper, they were able to better penetrate into the lane and their increased tempo appeared to push Smithfield defenders back on their heels. Conant outscored Smithfield 20-9 in the fourth quarter for a 56-52 win.

O’Brien had another stellar game, finishing with 16 points and seven rebounds while Hodgson scored 12 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. Carland and Panagiotes both contributed with 11 points.

“It feels good. Anytime you can win a championship and put in the hard work it’s nice to see it pay off especially against a good basketball team and a great tournament. Playing Lebanon, playing Keene and playing Smithfield, I mean that’s really good for us,” said Conant head coach Eric Saucier. “I would say our three captains were big, Kyle Carland, Robert O’Brien and Eli Hodgson. They have been playing together since they were younger. They are our three captains and leaders and I look to them and say, ‘Hey we have to make sure we are ready to play.’ So those guys stepped up but I told the guys in the locker room, it’s everybody. With our basketball program you have to play hard every day so it’s a credit to everybody.”

Awards

Several players were honored for outstanding performances throughout the tournament. Mascenic’s Stauffeneker and Cyr were given All-Tournament recognition, as was ConVal’s Moore. ConVal teammate Murray was named tournament Most Valuable Player. Hodgson and Carland of Conant were named All-Tournament while teammate Robert O’Brien took home Most Valuable Player honors.

Sports Editor Ben Conant contributed to this story.

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