February 13, 2013

Boys' Basketball: Thornton gives no quarter

Thornton Academy stays sharp and beats Windham to earn a quarterfinal meeting with Deering.

By Tom Chard tchard@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

SACO — Quinn Richardson-Newton scored 15 points and Reuben Moses had all but two of his 14 points from 3-point range to lead seventh-seeded Thornton Academy to a 50-37 victory against 10th-ranked Windham in a Western Class A boys' basketball prelim Tuesday night.

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Evan Wright of Thornton Academy finds room inside Tuesday night to shoot while guarded by Dylan Weisser of Windham.

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Reuben Moses, who hit four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points for Thornton Academy, looks for a way around Spencer Hodge of Windham. Thornton won, 50-37.

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The Golden Trojans (12-7), winners of 10 of their last 12 games, will play No. 2 Deering (15-3) in the quarterfinals at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Portland Expo.

Thornton took a 15-4 lead by hitting five straight shots, two of them 3-pointers. The Trojans finished with seven 3-pointers.

Windham (7-12) cut it to 20-14 late in the second period, but Moses hit a 3-pointer to give Thornton a nine-point halftime lead, then opened the third quarter with another 3-pointer, the start of an 11-4 spurt.

The Trojans used good ball movement to get open. Windham went cold after a brief rally late in the first quarter

"We were moving the ball well," said Richardson-Newton. "We got open looks by going inside and then bouncing it outside. Making those shots is what got us going."

Defensively, Thornton's matchup zone and man-to-man defense made it a tough shooting night for Windham.

"We communicated well on defense and had good movement," said Richardson-Newton. "A few times we didn't move and Windham got easy layups."

After starting 1-4, Thornton went on a seven-game winning streak. One win was against Windham, 53-42 on Jan. 12 at Saco.

"We just started to compete," said Richardson-Newton about the turnaround. "Coach got on us a little bit and we came together as a team."

The Eagles led 3-0 and 4-3. Thornton's first two baskets were 3-pointers. Moses 3-pointer gave the Golden Trojans a 6-4 lead, starting a 12-0 run.

"We were open and fortunately the shots went down," said Coach Bob Davies. "We've had some good games from 3-point range this season and some bad games. Richardson-Newton and Moses were the guys tonight. We've distributed the ball during the season and a lot of guys have scored. We made the extra pass to get open."

As important as their shooting, the Trojans' defense held the Eagles to single-digit scoring in each of the first three quarters.

"Our team defense was pretty good," said Davies.

Thornton and Deering have been familiar opponents in the quarterfinals; this will be the fourth time in the last seven seasons they have met. Thornton has won two of the three previous meetings.

"Deering is a very talented team," said Davies. "They proved it early."

Davies was referring to the opening game of the season when Deering, the defending Class A state champion, throttled the Trojans 77-28 at Deering High.

"Hopefully we've improved enough to give them a game," said Davies.

Dylan Weisser led the Eagles with 12 points.

Staff Writer Tom Chard can be contacted at 791-6419 or at: tchard@pressherald.com

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