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Four unbeatens remain

By KJ Cardinal

We’re past the midway point of the 2022-23 season in all four divisions of NHIAA basketball and there are just four undefeated boys teams remaining around the state.

Let’s take a glimpse at this quartet of flawless teams…

Anthony Chinn directs the offense against Portsmouth back on Jan. 10.

It should come as no surprise that head coach Dave Chase’s Astros are sitting atop the Division I standings with a perfect 9-0 mark to start the season. Pinkerton made it to the state semifinals last year and with their big three of Jackson Marshall and the Chinn brothers (Anthony and Tyrone) clicking on all cylinders, the Astros are rolling through the division.

Pinkerton is holding teams to just over 44 points per game (PPG) and winning by an average of 20 PPG. The only single-digit victory that the Astros have earned was at Keene, 48-40, back on Jan. 13. Looking at Pinkerton’s remaining slate, it’s hard not to circle the Feb. 10 tilt at Bedford (8-1) as the biggest test that remains in the Astros quest for perfection.

Jalen Reese goes up for two against Somersworth on Dec. 13.

The three-time defending champion Golden Eagles are a perfect 9-0 and sit perched atop the D-III standings. Another pair of brothers, Jalen and Isaiah Reese, are both averaging nearly 20 PPG to lead the way for Gilford.

While head coach Rick Acquilano’s squad has yet to lose, they have been tested in three tough battles of late and came out on top in each one. The Golden Eagles started the new year with a four-point win at St. Thomas on Jan. 3. A week later, Gilford staved off a hungry Belmont squad, 61-58. And, just yesterday the Golden Eagles survived an overtime scare at Conant, 52-48.

Kayden Hoskins and the Crusaders held on for a big win at Woodsville back on Dec. 21.

Trevor Howard’s Littleton Crusaders are a state-best 12-0 and are coming off perhaps the game of the year in D-IV on Friday night, a thrilling 86-81 victory at Profile. Littleton’s front-man Kayden Hoskins is pumping in over 21 PPG, but the Crusaders boast a line-up loaded with potential double-digit scorers and their balanced attack is very potent.

The Crusaders have proven they can win on the road as they earned hard-fought victories at Portsmouth Christian, at Woodsville, at Lin-Wood, at Colebrook, at D-III White Mountains and most recently at Profile. With five of their remaining six games at home, if Littleton can take care of business on its turf, the Crusaders may be sitting atop the D-IV heap when the dust settles.

Brode Frink with the unorthodox finish at PCA on Jan. 9.

The Concord Christian Kingsmen are rolling through their D-IV slate. With big road wins at Derryfield, at Portsmouth Christian and at Holy Family, the Kingsmen look poised to make another deep run in the playoffs.

Sophomore sensation Brode Frink is the straw that stirs the drink for head coach Eric Heizer’s squad. Frink is averaging over 25 PPG and can score in anyway imaginable. The Kingsmen have some obstacles on their schedule as they host Derryfield (7-2), Farmington (10-1) and head to D-III Conant.

Tigers claw Mohawks

The Farmington boys dominated the first half of play and cruised to a 60-48 victory over visiting Colebrook on Thursday night. The Tigers were paced by 20 points from Brian Boisvert and 15 points from Jordan Berko. Kolten Dowse poured in a game-high 27 points for the Mohawks and teammate Keenan Hurlbert added 13.

Farmington improves to 7-1 on the season, while Colebrook drops to 4-2.

Check out photos of the action by our KJ Cardinal…

Farmington beats Colebrook at the buzzer

Trailing by one with five seconds on the clock, Farmington’s Madi Ricker received the inbounds and made a three-quarter court pass to a streaking Makayla Lapanne who laid it in as the final horn sounded to give the Tigers a dramatic one point win, 46-45, on Thursday night in Farmington.

The Tigers dominated the game for the first three quarters of play, leading by as many as 15 at one point and 12 entering the fourth. The visiting Mohawks came to life in the final stanza and surged all the way back to take the lead on a Haley Rossitto free throw that set the stage for the last second heroics for Farmington.

Ricker paced the Tigers with a season-high 20 points, while Lapanne also chipped in with 10. The aforementioned Rossitto turned it on late as she tallied 13 in the fourth quarter alone, en route to a game-high 28 points for Colebrook.

The loss was the first of the season for the Mohawks who fall to 5-1, while Farmington has now won three-straight to improve to 5-3.

Check out photos of the action by our KJ Cardinal…

The Romike Report: Profile remains unbeaten

In another battle of the unbeatens on Wednesday night, Profile (5-0) handed visiting Colebrook (3-1) their first loss of the season, 80-52. It was a tale of two halves for the Patriots as they led by just three 30-27 at the break before pouring it on in the second half to come away with the 28-point victory.

Profile’s Josh Robie was off the mark in the first half, netting just 8 points, but he came out on fire in the second half. The junior connected on five three pointers in the second half en route to a game-high 33 points. Teammate Alex Leslie added 18 points for the Patriots. Colebrook 18 points from Kolten Dowse and 11 from Kaiden Dowse.

Check out The Romike Report by Andy Romike…

📸 Belmont Jamboree

With the start of the 2021-22 season under a week away, we treated ourselves to some competitive hoops at the afternoon session of the Belmont Boys Basketball Jamboree on Saturday. Epping and Farmington led the way in the 20-minute games as they both went 3-1. The Blue Devils lone loss came to Groveton, while the Tigers were tripped up by Epping.