Defense leads Conant past Belmont

Conant held Belmont to just 17 first half points as the #8 Orioles downed the #9 Red Raiders, 56-44, in first round action of the NHIAA Boys Basketball Division III State Tournament on Tuesday night.

Manny Hodgson (18), Jared Nagle (17) and Jordan Nagle (12) all netted double-digits for the Orioles.

Freshman Treshawn Ray led Belmont with 14 points, while Carroll added 12 points on four threes. The Red Raiders season comes to a close at 12-7.

The win moves the Orioles to 13-6 and will take on three-time defending champion and top-seeded Gilford, in the quarterfinals on Friday.

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