DURHAM — Tuesday was Deja Vu Night in Durham.

Kyle Landrigan's fadeway at the buzzer rimmed out as the Oyster River High School boys basketball team lost to Pembroke in an early Division II showdown, 49-48.

"I came off a screen," Landrigan said. "I caught the ball. I was open. I faded away — I didn't need to fade away — and it just rimmed out. It's a tough way to lose. I thought it was going to go in. I guess it just bounced the wrong way. It happens sometimes."

The ending was similar to last winter's D-II semifinals at UNH when OR tied the game at the buzzer and won in overtime.

Pembroke (5-0) went ahead with 27 seconds to play Tuesday on a pretty backdoor layup by Shea Shackford.

Joe Morrell missed in the lane for the Bobcats, and after the ball bounced around in the lane OR was whistled for a foul with 13 seconds to play.

Since they had just four fouls and needed seven, Oyster River needed a steal or to foul quickly to get the Spartans to the foul line.

They wasted nearly 7 seconds before fouling with 6.2 seconds to go. They fouled again at 4.3 and finally sent Pembroke's Noah Cummings to the line with 3.6 seconds to play.

He missed the front end of the one and one. Max Lewis rebounded and called timeout with 2.4 seconds to play.

The Bobcats (4-1) made a quick pass from deep in the backcourt to 15 feet past halfcourt to Landrigan and called timeout again with 1.1 seconds showing.

Lewis took the ball out of bounds but called timeout when no one was open.

The second time, he lobbed the ball to the far side of the basket and Landrigan grabbed it going away from the basket. He turned on the baseline, 10 feet from the basket, put up a tough-angled fadeway and it went in and then out at the buzzer.

"That last play we wanted to get Kyle at the rim," said OR coach Lorne Lucas. "Max made a perfect pass. He made a perfect catch. He had a perfect shot. In and out. That's the way it works."

"We've been down this road before," said PA coach Rich Otis. "We put someone on the ball. We were switching on every screen. I didn't realize how tall Landrigan is. They made a nice pass to him. He jumped over one of our kids and it nearly went down. They ran a nice set. We defended it well, but he's a lot bigger than I anticipated."

In the semis last year, OR trailed Pembroke by two points with 2.2 seconds to play in the game. Brennen Oxford made a rifle pass to Lewis, who converted a layup at the buzzer to force OT. The Bobcats went on to win, 58-57.

OR's Landrigan scored a game-high 17 points, including 13 in the second half and 11 in the third quarter. Joe Morrell added 12 points and Lewis notched 11.

Shackford led Pembroke's balanced attack with 14 points. Tim Pitman added nine, while Sean Menard and Jack Lehoullier tossed in eight apiece and Cummings had seven.

"They hit some big shots," Lucas said. "Kids we weren't expecting to hit big shots, hit big shots for them. ... I've been preaching all week that it's not a big game. It's a regular-season game. It was probably a much bigger game for them than it was for us."

Neither team led by more than five points.

The Spartans were up 33-28 midway through the third quarter, but Landrigan sparked the Bobcats with seven points during a quarter-ending, 9-2 run to take a 37-35 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Sam Belanger broke a 44-all tie with 3:02 to play, draining a 3-pointer to put OR up 47-44. Morrell followed with a free throw and the Bobcats had their biggest lead of the night, 48-44, with 2:04 left.

They did not score again.

Shackford buried a trey and at 1:33 to pull Pembroke to within one and then converted the backdoor deuce to put his team ahead to stay.

It was tied 14-all after the first quarter. The Bobcats led at halftime, 22-21.

"We were fortunate Landrigan missed that shot," Otis said. "Coming in here and beating them, not an easy thing to do." 

The Bobcats visit Hanover Friday.




Shackford 6-0-14, Lehoullier 2-4-8, Menard 3-0-8, Cummings 2-3-7, Pitman 3-0-9, Dupuis 1-0-3. Totals: 17-7-49.


Landrigan 7-3-17, Morrell 4-1-12, Belanger 2-0-5, Lewis 4-1-11, MacGowen 0-1-1, Mattioni 1-0-2, Judge. Totals: 18-6-48.

Pembroke 14 7 14 14 — 49

Oyster River 14 8 15 11 — 48

3-point goals—Pembroke 8 (Pitman 3, Shackford 2, Menard 2, Dupuis); Oyster River 6 (Morrell 3, Lewis 2, Belanger).