Boys’ basketball drains threes, cruises past Weymouth in statement victory


Mark Hemment

Boys’ basketball defeated Weymouth 74-48 Friday, Jan. 21, at home, with an impressive three-point shooting performance.

“This game was the best we’ve shot as a team,” said special education teacher Paul Connolly, the head coach. “We opened up some driving lanes and interior plays for us, which really helped us win this game and play well.”

In the first quarter, North started off strong, connecting on two three-pointers. The Tigers’ aggressive defense disrupted Weymouth’s ability to create effective plays, allowing North to gain an 18-11 lead. 

Connolly praised the Tiger’s improvement in hitting shots and defending them. “It’s such a big part of the game, so it’s really important for teams to be able not only shoot the three, but also defend the three,” he said.

In the second quarter, North maintained their offensive dominance, racking up four three-pointers to extend their lead before halftime. Juniors Tyler and Matt Randall led the way with back to back three-pointers, putting North up 39-28 at the close of the half. 

Despite maintaining a stable lead, Connolly said that the team had to stay focused. “At halftime, we just needed to execute better in certain spots in the game with certain possessions and fouls,” said Connolly. “The other team is not going away and we went out in the second half strong and were really terrific.”

At the start of the third quarter, North scored seven consecutive points, forcing Weymouth to call a timeout. Throughout the rest of the quarter, the Tigers’ continued to dominate in all aspects of the game, jumping out to a huge lead, 64-38. 

North continued to dominate Weymouth through the fourth quarter and held on to their lead for the remainder of the game.

Senior Florian Kuechen, who scored a game high 28 points, said that the team’s energy facilitated their victory. “Our team had good energy and that’s where it all came from,” he said. 

Boys’ basketball, 10-1, defeated Braintree 80-46 Tuesday, Jan. 25, away. They play next at home against Walpole Friday, January 28, at 6:30 p.m.