Boys basketball

Conant rolls over Monadnock 57-37

Without Rob O’Brien, Orioles still cruise

  • The Conant boys basketball team beat Monadnock 57-37 on Friday, Jan. 10.
  • The Conant boys basketball team beat Monadnock 57-37 on Friday, Jan. 10.
  • The Conant boys basketball team beat Monadnock 57-37 on Friday, Jan. 10.
  • The Conant boys basketball team beat Monadnock 57-37 on Friday, Jan. 10.
  • The Conant boys basketball team beat Monadnock 57-37 on Friday, Jan. 10.
  • The Conant boys basketball team beat Monadnock 57-37 on Friday, Jan. 10.
  • The Conant boys basketball team beat Monadnock 57-37 on Friday, Jan. 10.
  • The Conant boys basketball team beat Monadnock 57-37 on Friday, Jan. 10.
  • The Conant boys basketball team beat Monadnock 57-37 on Friday, Jan. 10.
  • The Conant boys basketball team beat Monadnock 57-37 on Friday, Jan. 10.
  • The Conant boys basketball team beat Monadnock 57-37 on Friday, Jan. 10.
  • The Conant boys basketball team beat Monadnock 57-37 on Friday, Jan. 10.
  • The Conant boys basketball team beat Monadnock 57-37 on Friday, Jan. 10.
  • The Conant boys basketball team beat Monadnock 57-37 on Friday, Jan. 10.
  • The Conant boys basketball team beat Monadnock 57-37 on Friday, Jan. 10.

The Conant boys basketball showed off their depth on Friday night when they took area rival Monadnock without the services of leading scorer Rob O’Brien. O’Brien was late for school on Friday morning and forced to sit out the game due to a Conant High School rule.

Not many teams would be able to handle the loss of their star point guard and not skip a beat, but the Orioles provedjust how deep a team they are against the Huskies. For the second straight game, Conant jumped out to a 15-0 lead to open the first quarter. Dominant defensive pressure and a balanced scoring attack, ever the hallmarks of Conant’s success, were evident yet again. The Huskies were forced into several turnovers as they tried to bring the ball up against the Oriole press, they were swarmed when they did advance the ball into the frontcourt, and even their best looks didn’t seem to drop.

The game was all but over by the time they scored their first points, and even after a few scoring flurries, Conant’s lead was never in question. The Orioles won the game 57-37.

None of Monadnock’s forwards could match up physically with Conant senior Eli Hodgson; he faced little resistance in the paint on his way to a team-leading 15 points and 13 rebounds. Nick Panagiotes, who has contributed mightily in the last couple games, added 14 points, including four three-pointers. Starting in place of O’Brien, Nate Wheeler did a little bit of everything; he finished with 12 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Kyle Carland had a frustrating shooting night, but he took out that frustration on Monadnock star guard Isaiah Prince. Carland ran Prince from end-to-end, making him work for everything and wearing out the Huskies’ top scorer. Prince finished with 16 and was the only Husky who cracked double digit scoring.

Now 3-0 on the season, Conant’s next game is tonight at Hillsboro-Deering (2-4); tipoff is at 7 p.m.

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