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ConVal unified basketball knocked out by Keene

  • The ConVal coed unified basketball team hosted Keene in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division I playoffs on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal coed unified basketball team hosted Keene in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division I playoffs on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal coed unified basketball team hosted Keene in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division I playoffs on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal coed unified basketball team hosted Keene in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division I playoffs on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal coed unified basketball team hosted Keene in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division I playoffs on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal coed unified basketball team hosted Keene in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division I playoffs on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal coed unified basketball team hosted Keene in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division I playoffs on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal coed unified basketball team hosted Keene in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division I playoffs on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal coed unified basketball team hosted Keene in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division I playoffs on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal coed unified basketball team hosted Keene in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division I playoffs on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal coed unified basketball team hosted Keene in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division I playoffs on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal coed unified basketball team hosted Keene in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division I playoffs on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Saturday, March 09, 2019 12:47PM

After an undefeated regular season, the ConVal coed unified basketball team was upset in the NHIAA Division I quarterfinals on Friday.

The No. 3 Cougars hosted No. 6 Keene; ConVal had beaten the Blackbirds in their previous three matchups, including a 30-26 win in Keene back in February. But on Friday, the Blackbirds took their game to new heights.

“[Keene] was a little tough,” said ConVal forward David Chamberlain after the game. “I was trying to guard, get open, all that stuff. I was just trying my best, playing hard.”

Chamberlain (four points, 10 rebounds) was a beast on the boards and got a putback bucket in the first quarter, but Keene got four points apiece from Anthony Knight and Matt DeRops and the Blackbirds jumped out to an early 8-4 lead.

ConVal’s Andres Tourgee turned it on in the second quarter, scoring six straight points as the Cougars tried to cut into the lead. Keene held steady, however, and took a 14-10 lead into halftime of the tightly defended game.

At halftime, ConVal’s Garrett Shows dazzled the crowd by sinking an array of shots from nearly halfcourt to resounding cheers.

ConVal’s Isaiah Debarros had five points in the third quarter as the Cougars fought back and trimmed Keene’s lead by one; in the fourth quarter, the Blackbird defense clamped down, holding ConVal scoreless, and Keene was able to pull the ball out and run the clock out for a 22-17 upset win. 

“I thought we’d go further, but I guess I’m not that disappointed,” Chamberlain said. “They did good, we did good – it doesn’t matter, it’s just a good game.”

Despite the playoff loss, Chamberlain said the team had a great, fun season, going undefeated in the regular schedule due to their hard work and teamwork.

“Just try your best, that’s all you can do,” Chamberlain said.