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NEWPORTâ€“For a game that ended at 60-47, UCA's win over Cabot in boy's basketball felt a lot closer than it actually was.
Much of the game was played with UCA leading by about twenty points, but Coach Tony DeLaBruere hard a hard time believing the point differential.
"Every time I looked at the score I couldn't believe it and we were fortunate to be where we were at the end because it should have been much closer game," he said after the game.
Things got off to a slow pace, with both teams trying to find a rhythm they were comfortable with.
Lars Hammer opened things with a basket and one to stake the Huskies to the three point lead.
Marquel Taylor-Webster answered for the Crusaders with five points off of two buckets and an and one of his own.
After a deuce by Camden Celley, Seth Herrick-Trombley and Paul Saaman traded free throws and we were knotted at 7-7.
Cabot added four more points, but Chris DeLaBruere had five, and it was 12-11 UCA after one.
In the second things started out close.
Zach Ducharme gave the lead back to the Huskies as he greeted the Crusaders with a quarter-opening basket.
DeLaBruere got a nice feed from Ji Kim to make it 14-13 UCA before five straight from the Huskies made it 18-14 in favor of the visitors.
This marked the turning point of the quarter, as a three pointer from Jon DeLaBruere sparked a 22-2 run by the Crusaders to close out the half.
"We had a better clue on how to deal with their defense in the second," said coach DeLaBruere.
Taylor-Webster led the charge, scoring 10 of his game-high 24 points during the stretch.
What Marquel did so beautifully during the run was find a way to grab and put back several of his teammates misses, turning potential scoring chances into actual scoring plays.
"I was getting open and was looking to get my teammates open looks," Taylor-Webster said about the second quarter.
Kim had three points during the frenzy (he finished with 7 pts.), while playing solid D for coach DeLaBruere.
Said DeLaBruere, "Ji, especially in the last couple of weeks, seems to be stepping up. He is starting now and I love his defense up top and he is contributing on offense too."
With the score 36-20 to start the second half, it was a relatively quiet third quarter as UCA put up twelve, and Cabot just six.
Marquel had six points in the quarter, Ji four, and Chris added a pair from the line.
In the fourth Cabot, who had been so quiet throughout the rest of the game, scored 21 points, led by Herrick-Trombley's eight point out-put.
But UCA added 12 points, Chris and Paul each with five and Marquel with two.
A big difference in the game was the two team's performances from the line.
Cabot shot 50 percent, going 10 for 20, but UCA was 19 for 32, shooting at just about 60 percent.
Also the Huskies had four players foul out, while just Chris DeLaBruere had to exit the game for UCA.
Had any more Crusaders fouled out, the team would have had to play short-handed due to a nagging should injury that sidelined Jon DeLaBruere throughout the game.
As stated before, Taylor-Webster finished the game with 24 points and Chris added 17 for 7-1 UCA.
Herrick-Trombley had a team-high 13 for 2-5 Cabot.
The boys were scheduled travel to Concord on Tuesday for their next contest, but due to midterms, that game is in the process of being rescheduled, so the team will have to wait to play until this Saturday when the head down south to face Mid-Vermont at 2:30.