Published in the March 3, 2016 edition
By DAN NUNN
NORTH READING — With their Senior Night victory over Triton, the NRHS Hoop Hornets clinched the outright Cape Ann League Kinney Division Title. North Reading is 18–2 and will take on the winner of Ipswich vs. Watertown in the Division 3 North Quarterfinals on Saturday March 5 at 7 pm at NRHS.
Goldstein and Dorosh Selected as CAL All-League
Senior captain Justin Dorosh and senior Adam Goldstein were named to the CAL All League team. It the first selection for Goldstein and the second consecutive for Dorosh. Junior captain Anthony Eldridge was named a CAL All-Star as well. The accolades didn’t end there as Coach Casey was named CAL Kinney Division Coach of the Year.
Sink Vikings, 63-59, to win title
Justin Dorosh’s double–double led the way as the Hornets toppled the Triton Vikings 63–59 on Senior Night on February 24. Dorosh scored 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.
Before the game all eight seniors were recognized. Captains Dorosh and Nic O’Connell along with Goldstein, David Smith, Billy Brandano, Sean Castro, Patrick Riley and Nate Dionne were honored.
The game didn’t start off as planned for the Hornets. They couldn’t find a rhythm and Triton led 11–3 at the 3:00 mark. The deficit got as big as nine but North Reading scored six straight points in the final minute to trim the Viking lead to 14–11 after one.
The action heated up in the second quarter. North Reading found their rhythm and stormed back to take a 28–24 lead at 1:22. The lead didn’t last though as Triton closed the first half on a 7–0 run to go up 31-28 at the half.
The Hornets looked like a different team in the third. They came out of the locker room on fire opening the quarter on a 15–3 run. By the end of the quarter North Reading maintained a 49–40 lead.
The lead remained at nine early on in the fourth quarter. But the Vikings got hot from beyond the arc going on a 17–8 run, battling back to tie the game at 59 with 1:21 left. North Reading didn’t panic. Solid defense and clutch free throw shooting sealed the 63–59 win.