BEVERLY, MASSACHUSETTS -- Clyde Wade continued his impressive run over the past couple of months and scored 21 points to lead the Winchendon School past Brewster Academy, 77-60.
Wade zipped past many a Brewster defender and also did a nice job in helping play the point guard position for head coach Mike Byrnes. "Clyde has done an excellent job for us all season," Byrnes said. "Clyde is a division one player. More schools should be looking at him."
Maybe they will after yesterday's quarterfinal performance. But this was a very tough game for Winchendon. Francisco Garcia, headed to Louisville next season, hurt his wrist/hand. Garcia was on the bench but had a bandage wrapped around his hand.
"Francisco is a big part of our offense," Byrnes said. "But we have other guys who picked it up for us today."
Besides Wade, Demario Eddins scored 16 points and Corey Herring had 13 points to help the Winchendon offense. But for most of the first half there appeared to be little zip to the Winchendon offense.
But Brewster had its own troubles. In the first 1:21, center Damion Grant (bound for North Carolina next year) picked up two fouls. He sat on the bench for the next 11 minutes before re-entering late in the second half.
Winchendon led 31-29 after the first 20 minutes of play in this quarterfinal NEPSAC battle. Brewster battled Winchendon basket to basket for each loose ball and score. But the second half is where Winchendon pulled away.
The score remained close until about three-four minutes left in the game. Curtis Stinson's drive made it 62-49 with 4:05 to go. Stinson then recovered a missed free throw attempt and put it back in to give Winchendon a 65-49 lead with 3:10 left. Brewster could not make any more challenges.
Armon Gates led Brewster with 14 points while Rod Middleton added 10, Jamaal Caterina scored seven, and Matthew Foster scored 11 points. Damion Grant scored seven points and had five blocks.
Michael Lytle had a solid game for Winchendon. He scored eight points and was very active on both ends.