Cardigan Mountain School A boarding and day school for boys in grades 6 through 9

Varsity Basketball


Coaching Staff

Ishmael Kalilou, Head Coach
Jeff Good, Assistant


Opponent Date Time Location Advantage Details Alerts
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*1 Alijah Lovelace, Guard, Brooklyn, NY

4 Ben Baroni, Guard, Portsmouth, NH

5 AJ Lesburt, Guard, Derry, NH

10 Will Hindle, Guard, Rye, NH

11 Hugh Jung, Guard, Seoul, South Korea

*13 Sam Harris, Guard, Windham, NH

14 Gannon Peters, Guard, Charlotte, NC

15 Birken Silitch, Forward, Canaan, NH

20 Kenny Chen, Forward, Qingdao, China

21 Dalton Donovan, Guard, Holderness, NH

22 Tony Zou, Forward, Shanghai, China


Scores & Results

Team Opponent Date Advantage Result Score
Varsity Basketball vs.
Home Win 66-64
Varsity Basketball vs.
Away Win 56-40

Recent Game Recaps

Win 66-64

In a thriller, the Cardigan Varsity Basketball Team squeaked a win over rival Eaglebrook, at home. Playing before a charged home crowd, the Cougars came out a little cold and tentative, giving their opponents the opportunity to build a lead at the start of the game. Trailing by as much as 10 points at times, the Cougars found themselves fighting to keep Eaglebrook from running away with the game. Sparked by Ben Baroni ‘19 who went 7 for 7 on the foul line in the first half, and 9 for 9 for the night, the Cougars began to claw their way back almost taking the lead before ending the half down 30-34. The Eagles came out fired up at the start of the half, but the chants of the crowd spurred the boys and the Cougars shooters came alive. AJ Lesburt ‘19 tallied 12 of his 17 points in the second half. Late in the second half, the Cougars took the lead for the first time in the game.

In the waning minute of the game, the lead would be exchanged several times. In the final possession of the game, the Eagles would drive to the bucket and slip a pass for an easy layup, tying the game at 60 before the buzzer. The tension of the game would rise to another level during the overtime when Alijah Lovelace ‘19 took over, notching 33 points for the night and scoring all the Cougar’s overtime points. No point was more important or dramatic than the final bucket. Lovelace, driving and spinning into the paint, spun the ball for the bucket, giving the Cougar’s the lead with 2 seconds left on the clock and getting fouled in the process. The Eagle’s final possession would be snuffed out by a head’s up Baroni who grabbed a loose ball that was accidently inbounded. With that, the buzzer sounded and the crowd stormed the court. A great game against a great rival and a great way to end the season.

Win 56-40

The Cougars traveled down the road to Plymouth for their second match up against Holderness. After a slow start, the Varsity Basketball Cougar’s bench took over most of the game. The boys gradually began to build a lead. The Bulls made several runs to catch the Cougars, but never took over the lead. Led by captain Alijha Lovelace ‘19 who tallied 19 points and tenacious team defense exemplified by Dalton Donovan ‘19, playing in front of his hometown crowd, the Cougars held off Holderness 56-40.

New Hampton School
Loss 54-62

The Cougar Varsity basketball squad traveled to New Hampton to take on their Varsity B team. Huskies’ size and speed put the Cougars on their heels at the start of the game. With Cougar’s shots going cold, the boys found themselves quickly in a hole. Midway through the half they seemed to settle in and compete; led by some offensive points from AJ Lesburt ‘19 who scored 14 of his 25 points and Alijah Lovelace ‘19 who added 10 first half points. The Cougars stayed within striking distance at half, trailing 28-35. In the second half, the Cougars made several pushes to close the gap, coming within a bucket at one point, but Huskies, with their dominance on the boards, always responded. The final score 54-62.

Belmont Hill
Loss 40-42

The Cougars Varsity Basketball Team made the long trek down to Belmont this weekend for a toe to toe battle from the opening whistle. Both teams struggled to get on the board, enabling the score to remain 2-2 for several minutes. The lead exchanged several times before ending the half at 19-20.

In the second half, the Cougars extended their lead to six points, twice, with the help of AJ Lesburt’s ‘19 game high 17 points; Each time the Belmont squad would make stops and battle back. With 30 seconds left on the clock, Belmont’s forward drew a foul and sank both shots to bring the score to within 1. In the next possession, Belmont ran down the court as time was ticking and sank a 3, following a missed free throw to go up by 2. Alijah Lovelace’s ‘19 final drive to the hoop did not draw a foul from the referee’s and the Cougars fell short in the final possession of the game. An exciting but disappointing end for the Cougar Varsity Basketball Team. They battle New Hampton next on Monday.

Win 64-60

The Varsity Basketball Cougars struggled at the start of their game against KUA to contain a very athletic opponent. Fortunately, AJ Lesburt ‘19 had a hot hand scoring 21 of his 26 points in the first half, giving the Cougars a 30-20 lead. Lesburt would end the game with 6 three’s. The Cougar’s defense eventually kicked in and, in the second half, helped to extend the Cougar lead. Led by Ben Baroni ‘19 with 10 second half points, Hugh Jung ‘20 who ended the game with 8 points, and Tony Zou ‘19 with 9 second half points, the Cougars took control of the game.

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