EXETER – Pinkerton’s Jackson Marshall and Anthony Chinn led the Astros to a 20-point semifinal win over Nashua North, 75-55, on Wednesday night and then caught up with Andy Romike in the latest Romike Report… More to come…
Bedford closes out South to advance to finals
Top-seeded Bedford finished strong as the Bulldogs cruised past No. 4 Nashua South, 79-56, on Wednesday night in semifinal action of the NHIAA Division I Boys Basketball State Tournament at Exeter High School.
Bedford advances to the championship game where they will take on No. 2 Pinkerton on Sunday at the University of New Hampshire at 7:00 pm.
Both teams came out firing as South led after one quarter of play, 24-20. The Bulldogs then settled in defensively and cut the Purple Panthers productivity in the second quarter in half to tie things up at the break 36-36.
Leading by three entering the fourth, 51-48, Bedford flexed their muscle in the final stanza, winning the quarter 28-8 and rolling to a 79-46 win.
Caden Brown led Bedford with 21 points, while Luke Soden (18 points), Aiden O’Connell (17) and Brady O’Connell (11) all netted double-figures as well.
South was led by a game-high 23 points from Alize Roig Cortes, 14 from Josh Caruso and 12 from Zac Castonguay.
Bedford’s Brown, O’Connell and Soden caught up with Andy Romike after the game in the latest Romike Report…
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Top-seeded Bedford survives OT scare from Trinity, advances to semis
By: KJ Cardinal
The top-seeded Bedford Bulldogs survived an overtime scare from eighth-ranked and defending champion Trinity, 93-91, on Sunday night in NHIAA Division I quarterfinal action.
The Bulldogs advance to the semifinals where they will take on #4 Nashua South on Wednesday at 7:30 pm.
If you like high octane offense, then this game was for you. The contest featured three players with 36 points or more as both teams combined for 184 points and 22 threes (Trinity 14, Bedford 8).
Tyler Bike got the offensive onslaught started as he pumped in 17 first quarter points, including five threes. Trinity took a 29-17 lead after the first stanza and later held a 45-35 advantage at the break.
Luke Soden carried the load for Bedford in the first half as he scored 21 of the Bulldogs 35 points, including three triples of his own.
Over the final 16 minutes of regulation, the Bulldogs would claw their way back as Aiden O’Connell netted 12 points in each of the final two quarters to help force overtime at 79-79.
The extra frame belonged to O’Connell as he poured in 10 points to lead Bedford to the dramatic come-from-behind victory.
Soden (42 points) and O’Connell (36) combined for 78 points to lead the Bulldogs to victory. For Trinity, Tyler Bike amassed 39 points, including a perfect 10-10 from the charity stripe. Also netting double-figures for the Pioneers was DeVohn Ellis (16), Kevin Doherty (10) and Shawn O’Neil (10).
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Pelham powers past West, advances to semis
Fifth-seeded Pelham went on the road and knocked off #4 Manchester West in convincing fashion, 77-57, on Friday night in quarterfinal action of the Division II state tournament.
The Pythons advance to the semifinals where they will take on #1 Laconia on Tuesday at Sanborn Regional High School at 7:30 pm.
Pelham started and finished extremely strong as they used a 19-6 first quarter and a 36-12 fourth quarter to cruise to the 20-point victory.
Zach James (27 points) and Dom Herrling (24) combined for 51 points to pace the Pythons in the win.
Aiden Scott-Beaulac led West with 15 points, while Tevin Edmunds (12) and Angel Castro (11) both netted double figures as well.
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Merrimack Valley beats the buzzer and Lebanon
Tied at 34-34, Merrimack Valley’s Buddy Eddy drove the lane and connected on the game-winning lay-up to lift the eighth-seeded Pride to a 36-34 win over #9 Lebanon on Wednesday night in Penacook.
MV advances to take on top-seeded Laconia on Friday at 7:00 pm.
The Pride was held to just 10 first-half points and trailed 20-10 at the break, but poured in 17 points in the third quarter to cut the Raiders lead to three, 30-27, heading to the final stanza.
Merrimack Valley put the clamps on the Raiders in the fourth, holding Lebanon to just four points.
Eddy led all scorers with a game-high 21 points, while Dawson Bates led Lebanon with 12 points.
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Woodsville knocks off top-seeded Littleton
PENACOOK – Fourth-seeded Woodsville continued its quest for a third-straight Division IV title as the Engineers defeated top-seeded Littleton, 60-53, in semifinal action on Monday night at Merrimack Valley High School.
With the win, Woodsville advances to Saturday’s championship game as they will take on #6 Holy Family at Colby Sawyer College in New London at 3:00 pm.
The Enginers held Littleton to just 12 first-half points and took a 23-12 lead to the half. The Crusaders later trailed 40-29 entering the final quarter of play before cutting the lead to four in the fourth, but Woodsville hung on for the victory.
The Engineers were paced by a balance scoring attack as they placed four players in double figures: Cam Davidson (17 points), Connor Houston (15), Landon Kingsbury (12) and Jack Boudreault (10). The Crusaders were led by a game-high 18 points from Dre Akines.
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Holy Family wins epic two overtime semifinal
PENACOOK – In one of the most thrilling games in NHIAA tournament history, Holy Family’s Yves Mugiraneza hung in the air and connected on a last-second bucket to give the sixth-seeded Griffins an upset double-overtime victory, 86-84, over second-seeded Concord Christian on Monday night at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook.
The Griffins advance to Saturday’s Division IV championship game and will take on fourth-seeded Woodsville at Colby Sawyer College in New London at 3:00 pm.
Mugiraneza was Mr. Clutch all night for the Griffins as he buried a three-pointer at the end of the regulation to force overtime and connected on a runner to force the second overtime, all before burying the game-winner. [WATCH ALL THREE BUCKETS]
Holy Family was led by 31 points from Sean Sullivan, while Mugiraneza (22) and Gabe LaCasse (20) also poured in 20+ points.
Brode Frink put the Kingsmen on his back as the sophomore pumped in an impressive 48 points to lead all scorers in the tough loss for Concord Christian. Austin Spurr chipped in with 17 of his own.
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Perfection: Gilford completes perfect season, captures fourth-straight D-III crown
The top-seeded Gilford Golden Eagles completed the perfect season on Saturday night with a convincing 69-43 victory over #3 Mascoma Valley to come away with their fourth-straight NHIAA Division III Boys Basketball State Championship.
Jalen Reese poured in a game-high 24 points to lead Gilford, while Logan Grant (16), Isaiah Reese (14) and Sam Cheek (10) also netted double-figures for the Golden Eagles.
Mascoma was led by 17 points from Zach Thompson and 12 from Aidan Smith.
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