Sanborn cruises past Nute in opening round of The Bash

By Nathaniel Ford

FARMINGTON – A late bus had no effect on Sanborn, as they rolled to a 76-30 victory over Nute this morning at The Bash.

“We were sitting at the school for two hours,” said Sanborn sophomore Ricky Caillouette. The team bus, which was supposed to arrive at 6:30, did not make it to the school until 7:45. This inconvenience did not seem to affect their performance one bit in this big win.

The Indians fell to Windham yesterday in their friendly game on opening day 80-57. “I felt we were a little flat and didn’t play our game yesterday,” said head coach Wayne Souther, who is in his first year as the varsity coach.

Souther’s squad was not flat today, as they opened the game flying on a 7-0 run in the first minute of the game. They continued this momentum, recording another 8-0 scoring run in the middle of the quarter. They were ahead 23-8 going into the second behind eight points from Chase Frizzell.

A big reason for their big lead was stout defense by Sanborn. Transition baskets off of steals and Nute turnovers were pouring in. This trend continued in the second quarter, as the Rams scored just five points, and the Indians entered halftime leading 36-13.

Going into the second half, the game was out-of-reach for Nute, and they could never gain enough momentum for a comeback. The Rams strung together an 8-3 run to end the third quarter, but this only cut the score to 56-26 going into the fourth.

The fourth quarter went the same as the rest of the game, with Sanborn controlling both ends of the floor. The Indians’ offensive attack was highlighted by a Chase Frizzell dunk in transition. Sanborn ended up winning by a commanding 36 points in this statement game.

Nute was paced by 12 points from Silas Picard and 10 points from Collin Hathorn. Sanborn’s 76 points were distributed between nine different scorers. Chase Frizzell led the way with 14 points, while Brandon Sarette (11), Cole Chapman (10), and Brian Nadeau (12) all contributed double figures.

“This tournament has the most games out of every tournament. We are trying to get our guys that weren’t there over the fall and summer more playing time so they can help us later in the regular season,” said Souther. Getting experience for a lot of guys is something a tournament like The Bash provides for a team, and that was in full effect today.

This contest was the opening game in bracket play for the Bash. Sanborn’s win advances them to the quarterfinals, where they will play Belmont tomorrow at 5:45 p.m.

With their loss, Nute has been eliminated from contention and will play a consolation game against the loser of Windham vs. Noble tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m.

Check out the full photo gallery of the action by KJ Cardinal…