Last Saturday, Kearsarge and Pelham faced off for the DIII boys basketball state championship.
Down by 5 points with 22.4 seconds remaining on the clock, the Kearsarge Cougars chance at the DIII title looked slim. Then Kearsarge’s Trent Noordsij hits a 3-pointer that gives the Cougars a glimmer of hope. This cuts the lead to 2 points but with such little time remaining the Cougars were forced to foul Trevor Gagnon.
Gagnon ends up missing the first free throw attempt in a 1-and-1 situation and Kearsarge’s Zach Mattos grabbed the rebound and quickly tried to move the ball up the court with a long pass. Pelham’s Keith Brown read the risky pass and intercepted the ball immediately getting fouled by Kearsarge.
Brown then hits both free throws and this secured the DIII title for Pelham for the second year in a row. In November of 2015 at the beginning of the Kearsarge boys season coach, Nate Camp wrote 3-12-3 on the whiteboard.
The boys could not identify the significance of these 3 numbers. Camp explained that 3-12 stands for March 12th and the other 3 is for 3pm. Well the Cougars accomplished their goal of playing in the championship game but ended up falling short of the state title.
Kearsarge seniors Noordsij, Mattos, Ippedico, John van Etten and Jonathan Anderson will be missed but will always be a part of this incredible season for the Cougars.
Congratulations to the Kearsarge boys basketball team on a impressive and memorable season.