South sails past Portsmouth in first round

By Jayda Davis

Josh Caruso poured in a game-high 27 points to lead #8 Nashua South past #9 Portsmouth 76-61 in the first round of the NHIAA Division I State Tournament on Wednesday night.

The Panthers advance to the quarterfinals where they will face #1 Pinkerton on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

Portsmouth led the first half 29-27, but the Panthers ran away with it in the second half outscoring the Clippers 49-32.

Caruso was 9-for-10 from the line, while Zac Castonguay (20 points) and Josh Trip (12) pitched in for the win. The Clippers were paced by Ryan Swartz (22) and Isaiah Reis (13).

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