BY JOHN BOTELHO SPECIAL TO THE PRESS HERALD
WINDHAM — With their big men facing early foul trouble Wednesday night, the Windham boys’ basketball team was forced to lean on its guards more than usual.
Point guard Nick Curtis, and shooting guards Michael Gilman and Hunter Coffin proved perfectly capable of shouldering the load, leading the way in a 57-45 victory against Bonny Eagle.
“Our staple is that our backcourt is really pretty tough,” said Windham Coach Chad Pulkkinen. “When those guys are clicking and sharing the basketball, we’re a pretty good basketball team.”
Curtis scored a game-high 21 points to go with four assists, three rebounds and three steals. Gilman chipped in with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Coffin added eight points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals for the Eagles (9-3).
“They’re a guard-oriented team,” said Bonny Eagle Coach Mike Francoeur. “Nick is really a floor general out there and he can create points for himself as well as others. Michael can hit his shots from a long way and he’s tough to stop. We knew coming in they were guard-oriented, and they just out-executed what we were trying to do to stop them.”
Windham pulled ahead 13-10 after the first quarter, with Gilman pouring in nine points. He opened the scoring with his first of two 3-pointers in the quarter.
Jackson Hogan had six points to lead Bonny Eagle in the first quarter, and William Hendrix added the other four to go with four rebounds for the Scots. Hogan finished with 12 points.
Curtis took over for Windham to open the second quarter, rattling off nine points in the first 2:30, pushing the lead to 22-14.
Curtis and Gilman combined on 25 first- half points, including knocking down five 3-pointers to allow Windham to take a 29-22 halftime lead.
The Eagles were especially sharp late in the half, with Gilman adding another 3-pointer and Coffin finishing a layup in transition as part of a 13-4 run that forced Bonny Eagle into a timeout with just under four minutes remaining.
A strong showing from Hendrix out of the timeout allowed the Scots to chip away at the lead. He scored nine of his 20 points in the quarter.
Hendrix finished with 10 rebounds for the Scots (3-9).
In a defensive-minded third quarter, Gilman and Curtis continued to lead the way on offense.
They combined on nine more points as Windham opened its lead to 42-30 heading into the fourth.
Hendrix added five of the eight points that Bonny Eagle scored in the third quarter.
Hogan led all scorers with five points in the fourth for Bonny Eagle while Coffin continued to lead Windham.
Windham 57, Bonny Eagle 45
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