On Saturday, the boys basketball division two state championship game featured the number one ranked Portsmouth Clippers and the number two ranked Lebanon Raiders. Every day this week we will be breaking down each quarter with a special wrap up on Friday.
The division two boys basketball state championship matchup was highly anticipated as both the Portsmouth Clippers and the Lebanon Raiders had gone undefeated all season. Last year during the tournament, the Clippers beat the Raiders in the semi-finals so Lebanon was sure out for revenge.
Quarter one tip off and the game begins. Both the number one seed and the number two seed had easily scored on their opponents all year long but right out of the gate, this was clearly a game of defense. Eight missed shots, five from Portsmouth and three from Lebanon, would start the game off.
Finally Portsmouth’s Joey Glynn puts in a layup for the game’s first two points. Both the Clippers and Raiders continued to struggle shooting the ball. With just two minutes left in the first quarter, Raiders Matthew Eylander came off the bench and hit a layup for Lebanon’s first two points. This would make the score six to two. By the end of the first quarter the score was Portsmouth nine, Lebanon three.
The Clippers combined to shoot 4-13 while the Raiders shot just 1-12. Both teams combined to go 0-12 from three point land. This was the lowest points scored in a quarter for Lebanon all season long. Lebanon’s star player KJ Matte struggled shooting 0-5 from the field.
The Clippers clearly outplayed the Raiders in the first quarter, but still did not play well as they would hold just a six point lead going into the second quarter.
Tuesday we will take a look at quarter number two of this exciting undefeated championship matchup.