Published in the January 25, 2018 edition


NEWBURYPORT — Behind an incredible 11 3-pointers, the Newburyport Clippers improved to 9-1 and remained at the top of the CAL Kinney Division with their 79-62 win over the Hornets on Friday night.

CAPTAIN Matt Solecki scored 18 points for the Hornets against Newburyport on Friday night.
(John Friberg Photo)

Senior Colin Boucher was the leading scorer for North Reading for the fourth consecutive game with 21 points. Junior captain Matt Solecki recorded 18 points.

NRHS played a terrific first quarter and according to Coach Casey was one of their best of the year. Solecki scored seven points and the score was tied 16-16 at the end of one.

Unfortunately, the second quarter was a completely different story. The Hornets defense couldn’t contain Newburyport and combined with poor rebounding, the Clippers were able to rattle off 27 points. North Reading found themselves down 43-34 at halftime.

Newburyport’s torrid shooting continued in the third quarter and they kept NRHS down at least eight the whole quarter. The lead expanded to 61-48 at the end of three. North Reading never really challenged in the fourth and the Clippers cruised to the 79-62 victory.

The Hornets hosted Georgetown (3-8) on Tuesday night after press time and will play Pentucket (7-3-1) at NRHS on Friday night at 7 p.m.