Greyhounds fall to Portsmouth

Manchester’s Jamie Combs battles for a loose ball with a pair of Portsmouth opponents in action from the Greyhounds’ 60-45 loss in last Saturday’s Coach Young Classic at North Adams. Combs scored 12 points in the Manchester loss.

Trojans hand Manchester a 60-45 defeat –

Story and photos by Mark Carpenter –

An early 10 a.m. tip off on Saturday morning greeted the Manchester Greyhounds as they opened up the 2017 Coach Young Classic, facing off with the Division III Portsmouth Trojans from the Ohio Valley Conference. The Hounds were on a modest two-game winning streak with victories over Green and North Adams, but found the going much tougher on Saturday morning against an athletic group of Trojans.
Though the game was closer than the final score indicated, it was Portsmouth pulling away in the second half to claim a 60-45 win.  The Hounds trailed by just five a halftime, but the Trojans used a 9-0 third quarter run to build a lead that Manchester just couldn’t seem to cut into as Portsmouth, behind a big 24-point game from senior Kendall Reynolds, took Game One of the Coach Young Classic.
Portsmouth opened the game in a 1-3-1 trap, which confounded the Greyhounds early, as the Trojans grabbed an early 5-0 advantage.  The first Manchester points didn’t come until the 2:36 mark of the first quarter when Jamie Combs drilled a three, but the Trojans immediately answered with a Reynolds trey. The Hounds then scored the final five points of the opening frame, as a Shaun Gould layup in transition send the two teams into the second eight minutes deadlocked at 8 apiece.

Manchester’s Colton Thornburg rises over a Portsmouth defender for a jump shot in action from the opening game on Saturday morning in the 2017 Coach Young Classic. Thornburg scored 9 points in the 60-45 Greyhounds’ loss.

That tie dissolved quickly when the Trojans scored on their first six possessions of the second quarter, three of them baskets by junior forward Daniel Jordan.  That put the Greyhounds in an eight-point hole but they battled back behind three-point goals from Kaulen Cox and Jamie Combs, plus two more inside the arc from Combs to tie the game again at 24.  Portsmouth got the final five points of the half, all from Dakota Reynolds to lead 29-24 at the break, still a very manageable deficit for the Hounds.

Early in the third period, the Hounds got a 5-0 run, all from Cox to pull within 32-29, but a 9-0 Portsmouth run extended the Trojan lead out to double digits for the first time at 41-29 and the Greyhounds never seemed to recover.
Manchester did get a Tanner Utterback three-pointer late in the third and a pair of Gould free throws with no time left on the clock cut the margin back to single digits at 43-34 at the end of three.
The Portsmouth lead ballooned again as the fourth quarter began with a 7-2 Trojan run, stopped by a Colton Thornburg stick back three minutes in.  Back came the Trojans with a 6-2 spurt as they moved in front 56-40 with just 2:20 remaining.
The Hounds got a late three-pointer from Mason Bilyeu, but by that time their fate for the day had been decided as the Trojans opened the day at the Young Classic with the 60-45 triumph.
Portsmouth was paced by the 24 points from Kendall Reynolds, and also got a double figure effort from Daniel Jordan who scored 11.
The Greyhounds (6-9) were led by 12 points from Jamie Combs and 10 from Kaulen Cox, with Colton Thornburg adding 9 and Shaun Gould 6.
Manchester was back in action on Tuesday, Jan. 24 when they hosted the Whiteoak Wildcats in Southern Hills Athletic Conference play and will go out of conference on Saturday, Jan. 28 when they are on the road at Sciotoville East.

8  21  14  17  –60
8  16  10  11  –45

Portsmouth (60): Jordan 4 3-4 11, D. Reynolds 3 1-1 7, Malone 2 0-0 6, K. Reynolds 8 6-7 24, Johnson 3 1-2 8, Gambill 2 0-0 4, Team 22 11-17 60.
Manchester (45): Gould 2 2-2 6, Utterback 1 0-2 3, Combs 5 0-1 12, Thornburg 4 1-2 9, Bilyeu 1 0-1 3, Young 1 0-0 2, Cox 4 1-1 10, Team 18 4-9 45.
Three-Point Goals:
Portsmouth (5): Malone 2, K. Reynolds 2, Johnson 1,
Manchester (5): Utterback 1, Combs 2, Bilyeu 1, Cox 1