DOVER — The last time the Newmarket High School boys basketball team played Portsmouth Christian Academy, its starters came out flat and it took until the third quarter to take the lead.
Tuesday’s rematch between the Division IV teams was completely different.
The Mules (6-1) dominated defensively from the start and used a balanced scoring attack to beat PCA, 64-37.
“We wanted to spread them out and pull away some of the guys they wanted close to the basket,” Newmarket coach Jamie Hayes said. “Our press made them use a lot of energy trying to get the ball down the floor and that worked in our favor. We were able to get some steals and deflections, which made it difficult for them to try to get back in it.”
Allen Phoubaykham was a huge spark for Newmarket starting with his defense. The junior guard recorded three steals in the second and went on a personal 7-0 run at one point. He helped his team out to 34-15 lead at the half.
“My teammates were getting me open shots and I took advantage of it,” Phoubaykham said. “We need more shooters, so I thought to myself, ‘If I miss, I miss’. I didn’t want to worry about the shots not going in.”
In the second half it was more of the same for Phoubaykham and the Mules. He had three more steals to lead the aggressive Newmarket defense. The visitors, and their full-court pressure, forced a lot of mistakes on the Eagles, who ended up with 21 turnovers on the night.
“We didn’t seem mentally prepared tonight and we just have to get better when it comes to that,” PCA coach Derek Summers said. “We’ll learn from this and keep building. Some players were out tonight, and we still played hard, but we have to get a little bit smarter and make better decisions if we want to hang with a team like this.”
The Eagles (5-2) did take a brief three-point lead to start off the game after a Bryson Lund trey, but Newmarket rattled off a 12-0 run, with the help of seven points from center Logan Willey.
Two quick A.J. Chase buckets cut the lead to five as PCA looked to get back into the game. However, a 3 from Simon Cote and two freebies from Jared Woodman stretched the Newmarket lead out to 17-7 after one.
Building off their brief run to end the first quarter, the Mules scored 11 straight to start the second to take control of the game.
“Our last game we had all 12 of our guys score,” Hayes said. “This team is very unselfish, and we like to say, ‘It’s our shot, not your shot’. We’re much better when we play that way. It was Allen’s night tonight and he did a good job within the flow of the offense. Any night we can have a different player lead us in scoring and that’s a good thing.”
Phoubaykham took full advantage of his opportunities, as he led Newmarket with 15 points. Willey played big on the boards and tossed in 13 points, while Cote added 10. The Mules had eight players record at least four points on the night.
“We have a lot of role players and everyone is always ready to go,” Phoubaykham said. “Anyone on this team can step up when they are needed.”
The Eagles were led by Chase, who had 15 points. Lund chipped in with 11.
Newmarket is back in action on Friday when they will host Derryfield, while PCA plays at Farmington on Thursday.
MULES 64, EAGLES 37
PORTSMOUTH CHRISTIAN (5-2)
Chase 7-0-15, Lund 3-4-11, Philbrick 2-0-5, Tousignant 3-0-6, Holman, Kuzman, Stockbower, Dollarhide, Sun, Crisp. Totals: 15-4-37.
Al. Phoubaykham 6-0-15, Willey 6-1-13, Cote 4-0-10, Woodman 3-2-8, Chase 1-3-6, Hayes 2-0-4, Am. Phoubaykham 2-0-4, Mills, 2-0-4, James, LaBranche, Senesombath. Totals: 26-6-64.
Portsmouth Christian 7 10 9 11—37
Newmarket 17 17 20 10—64
3-point goals—Portsmouth Christian Academy 2 (Chase, Lund), Newmarket 6 (Al. Phoubaykham 3, Cote 2, Chase).