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NEWPORTâ€“Two games, two completely different outcomes for the UCA boy's and girl's basketball teams on Saturday afternoon as they squared off against Concord at the Newport Elementary School.
In the opening game, the Wildcat girls took control early and never let up, winning decisively 38-13.
In the second game, the roles were reversed, and it was UCA administering the punishment as they handed their foes a very one-sided 64-22 loss.
Starting with the girl's game, Concord scored early and often in the first quarter racking up twelve points to UCA's two.
In their previous games, the Crusaders have had their best showings in the first quarter of their games, but in this one, they just did not have the juice.
"We are not as confident as we need to be at this point of the season," said coach Molly Smith.
Emily Haren paced the Wildcats with 6 points, while Laura Libby scored UCA's only bucked of the quarter.
It was a much better second scoring-wise for the Crusaders with Concord barely out-scoring UCA 10-9.
Indeed it was much closer, but the WIldcats still controlled most of the action.
UCA had to look to the deep shot to get their scoring going, getting two three's form Hannah Piette, and another from Christina Maxwell.
Kasey DeGreenia was the big force for Concord, scoring six points on three field goals.
Leading 22-11, the Wildcats completely took over in the second half, first shutting out UCA 10-0 in the third, then out scoring them 6-2 in the fourth, coasting their way to a 3-0 record.
UCA drops to 0-3, and coach Smith is trying to figure out a way for her girls to get out of their slump.
"We are going to look at the positives, focus on them, and try to correct the mistakes and turn them into something positive."
DeGreenia led the way for Concord (1-0) with 11 points,while Hannah Piette's eight were tops for UCA.
As stated, things went much better for the UCA in the day's second game.
Concord's Mark Austin opened the scoring, but then UCA took over.
Paul Saaman's seven points led a 12 point run by the Crusaders, and the writing was quickly becoming visible on the proverbial wall.
Already leading 15-6 after one, UCA pounded home another seventeen points in the second, and now the ink was dry and the lettering was bold, in I believe a Times New Roman font, saying "Don't look now, but I think UCA's going to win this game."
Chris DeLaBruere, who had five in the first, added eight more in the second, while Saaman dropped in two from the field to brings his first half total to eleven.
Things got ugly in the third, with the Crusaders putting up 23 to Concord's 7.
All seven of UCA's players had points in the third.
Jon DeLaBruere, despite having his should go out and then back in to his socket in the first half, got his long range game going, Ji Hwan Kim had a pair of buckets, and Dale Martell and Marc Quirion each had two points.
"It was great to have the opportunity to use them like we have wanted to," said coach Tony DeLaBruere. "Overall it shows that they are capable of scoring too and a game like today gives them a chance to relax and have the game come to them."
The tough part of winning blowout games for UCA is that there is not an option of resting your starters.
Seven players on the roster means that only two can sit, and when you have as many weapons as UCA does, who do you sit?
Big man Marquel Taylor-Webster, Saaman, the DeLaBruere boys, and the list goes on.
Coach DeLaBruere explains how hard it is to try to have his guys slow down in these types of games.
"I have seven kids who love to play hard, and Chris and Paul especially, you see it with them," said DeLaBruere. "They get this dazed look in their eyes and they go bonkers, and I can't have them lose that, so I'm never going to reign them in, although today I did a little bit."
Anyway, the boys had little trouble in this one, as Chris DeLaBruere once again led the club in scoring, putting home 18, while Saaman was the other Crusader in double-digits, adding 14 in limited action.
Brody Young's 8 were a team-best for Concord.
Now UCA will travel to Pittsburg, NH for a make-up game against Canaan today.
Girls go at 5:00, boys at 6:30.