CONWAY — The Kennett High boys’ basketball team had a good week on the road, picking up a pair of impressive victories, topping Bishop Brady 59-46 in Concord on Tuesday, and beat an athletic Manchester West squad 68-57 in Manchester on Friday.
The wins lift the Eagles to 4-1 in Division II and give the hometown flock a three-game winning streak.
“We had a couple of nice wins,” Jack Loynd, Eagles’ head coach, said. “We’re playing well. Friday was a good win. I have a feeling Manchester West (2-4) is going to beat some good teams. They’re though and very athletic. Their coach (Justin Gorham) has done a really nice job with that program.”
The Blue Knights have arguably the top freshman in the Granite State in Kur Teng, who scored 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in his first varsity game earlier this winter, but the Eagles did a nice job of containing him and senior Josh Rose, a transfer from Fryeburg Academy.
“We had a spurt in the second quarter,” Loynd said. “Justin Olson blew the cup off. He came back (from an ankle injury) to play against Bishop Brady but only had four points because he couldn’t hit anything from the outside. On Friday, he couldn’t miss. He and Wyatt (Arriaga) had 44 points between them.”
He added: “Justin is a Trevor MacDonald sort of kid, a real student of the game. He’ll make suggestions and I’ll listen. He’s in his second year of coaching in the (Kennett) NBA, he loves the sport.”
Kennett was able to jump out to a 44-29 lead at halftime.
The Eagles carried a 51-37 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Knights were able to cut the lead to six. KHS put the game away with clutch foul shooting down the stretch. The boys from Conway went 15-20 from the charity stripe on the night.
“We shot well from the foul line, especially in the fourth quarter,” Loynd said.
Olson, who made five three-pointers, led the Eagles with 24 points. Arriaga, who drained six treys, finished with 20 points.
Loynd praised the defensive job Kyle Perry and Matt Nordwick did on Teng.
“We held him in check to 14 points for the game,” he said. “Josh Rose, who killed us last year, we held to just 11. Defensively, it was a good effort. Manchester West played hard. We knew they wouldn’t rollover. This was a nice win. They’re 2-4 but the teams they’ve lost to, Lebanon (4-1), Pelham (5-1) and Hollis-Brookline (3-3) are all good.”
Kennett turned in another strong effort against Bishop Brady (0-6), containing the 6’5” Fraser twins Tommy and Billy.
“We did a great job on the boards against a big front line,” Loynd said. “It was a consistent effort wire-to-wire.”
Arriaga finished with a game-high 22 points, while Riley Fletcher and Perry each had 11; Will Eaton, six; Grady Livingston, five; and Olson, four.
Kennett has just one game on the schedule this week, but it’s a big one. The Eagles are slated to host Laconia (2-2) on Thursday (6:30 p.m.).
The Sachems beat KHS 56-47 in Laconia on Jan. 8.
“They took us out of our game at their place in the first half,” said Loynd. “They’re a good club. Everyone in Division II is tough.”