Author: KJ Cardinal

Trinity rolls past Merrimack

In a meeting between two winless Division I teams, the Trinity girls rolled to a 45-28 victory over visiting Merrimack on Tuesday night.

The Pioneers were led by 12 points from Sadie Mungerel, while the Tomahawks were paced by 12 from Avary Cruz and 10 from Mia Getchel.

With the win, Trinity improves to 1-9 on the season, while Merrimack falls to 0-9.

Check out the full photo gallery of the action by Dave Beliveau…

Gorham beats the buzzer to knock off Groveton

Jack Saladino connected on a three-pointer as time expired to give Gorham a 49-46 victory over visiting Groveton on Monday night.

The Eagles came out the gates firing as they poured in 21 1st-quarter points and led by nine. The Huskies settled in and clawed their way back, cutting the Groveton lead to five at the break.

A 16-6 3rd quarter put the home Huskies up 42-37 entering the final frame. Groveton came back to tie the game at 46-46, setting up Saladino’s final heroics.

Saladino led Groveton with 12 ponts, while Isaac Langlois added 11. Ashton Tennis was the game’s leading scorer with 13 for Groveton and Kade Cloutier and Dylan Simino each netted 10 points apiece.

With the win, Gorham improves to 7-5. Grove has now dropped three-straight to fall to 6-6.

Check out the full photo gallery of the action by Greg Alnwick…

D-IV Profile goes on the road, cruises past D-III Campbell

The Profile boys went up a division and put another notch in their belt as the D-IV Patriots cruised past D-III Campbell, 67-48, on Monday night.

Profile jumped out to a 19-8 lead after one quarter of play and took a 14-point lead to the break. Campbell would win the 3rd quarter by three points, but the Patriots salted things away in the 4th as they pumped in 22 points.

Alex Leslie paced Profile with 21 points, while Josh Robie (19), Cayden Wakeham (12) and Karsen Robie (11) also chipped in with double digits. The Cougars were led by 14 points from Tucker Matthews and 12 from Austin McHugh.

The Patriots remain perfect as they improve to 12-0 on the season, while Campbell, who entered the game in sixth place in D-III, fall to 7-5.

Check out photos of the action by our Jill Stevens…

While we were away…

This week, we completed a complete overhaul and upgrade of our server to better serve our growing coverage. During our outage, we provided photo coverage of 17 games! These were all still viewable on our social media outlets, but we wanted to make sure they made it to the website.

Below is a list of the games we covered with links to the photo galleries. Enjoy the show!

Coe-Brown battles for tough Division-II victory

By Nathaniel Ford

NORTHWOOD – Coe-Brown fought hard for a 56-43 victory over the visiting Kennett Eagles on Wednesday night.

The Bears led by as many as 14 points in the contest and were able to fend off a second half comeback from their opponents.

“Overall, we really needed this win to fully swing momentum back to our side. We had a good win over a really tough Kennett team,” said junior Jack Matson. 

Kennett was 4-1 coming into tonight, and these two teams always seem to play in close games. Both teams play physically and focus on strong defense, which usually results in a tough matchup.

Coe-Brown came out strong with an early 10-2 lead in the first quarter, forcing a Kennett timeout. All five starters were contributing early, and it looked like the Bears could run away with it. 

The Eagles managed to keep the game within reach due to strong play to close the quarter by sophomore Allen Noung. He came in off the bench and scored 7 points, which was a big reason the score was only 22-11 entering the second. 

For the rest of the game, Kennett was able to play strong defense and really limit Coe-Brown’s offensive output after this first quarter explosion.

“We got a lot of shots off, and we didn’t finish some that we should have,” said Coe-Brown coach David Smith. 

The second quarter was extremely even, with both teams going on small runs of their own. Junior Daven Bailey led the way for Kennett, knocking down two three-pointers and scoring 8 points in the quarter.

Coe-Brown had many contributors offensively, and they were led by Quinn Salter, who had 6 points at timely moments in the quarter. Neither team could get an edge, and Coe-Brown led 34-25 entering halftime.

The Eagles, who started the game in a 2-3 zone defense, played man-to-man the entire second half. This helped them immensely in the third quarter, where they started to spark a big comeback. 

They knocked down four shots from beyond the arc and clawed their way back into the game. Behind their shooting, they ended up evening the score at 39-39 in the quarter. Regardless of the game all square for the first time since 2-2, the Bears did not panic.

“We executed some of our offense well at critical times tonight,” said Smith. 

This was one of those times, as Matson got a quick bucket to take the lead back, and after a defensive stop, Ryan Kouchoukos attacked the rim and extended the lead even more. Following a late Kennett basket, the Bears led by just two points entering the final quarter.

Winning close games is something that separates great teams from good teams, and Coe-Brown proved tonight they can stay composed in these situations.

“Fourth quarter defensive effort was big. We were able to hold them to two points in the final quarter,” said Smith.

The Bears stepped up in a massive way as a unit on the defensive end, which is what secured their victory. Their offense was led by a spectacular stretch of three baskets from Matson, including an and-one to cap it off.

Coe-Brown rallied together in the fourth and capped off a hard-fought victory 56-43. A 13-point game does not show how tight this matchup was. Going into the final frame, it was a one possession game, and either team could have come out on top.

“Our team is special because every player on our team is capable of having a great game on any given night,” said Matson.

This was on display tonight in a game where Connor Bagnell, an All-State selection last season, was held to 10 points, and his unselfish play helped his teammates step up in big ways.

Ryan Kouchoukos came up massive in every way tonight. The junior point guard finished with 9 points, 10 assists, and 8 steals, showing he can contribute at a high level in every aspect a point guard needs to.

Quinn Salter has been consistent all season for the Bears, and he put in another strong performance tonight with 14 points and 6 rebounds. James McKane does lots of dirty work for the team, and the guard brought energy tonight with 5 rebounds and 3 steals of his own.

The star of the game for Coe-Brown was Jack Matson. The forward played all 32 minutes and recorded a double-double. He finished with a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds. 

Kennett was led by 16 points from Daven Bailey and 12 points from Allen Noung. The Eagles fall to 4-2 and look to bounce back in a matchup this Friday against Division III Berlin. 

Coe-Brown improves to 5-2 on the season and are now on a two-game winning streak. They look to stay hot in a big matchup this Friday on the road against 5-2 Plymouth. 

Server upgrades in progress for

Due to the high volume of content we’re generating and the even higher traffic that we’re receiving on our site, we’re upgrading our servers to better serve you.

This process should only take a day or two. The site will be up during most of this process, but it just won’t be updated until the upgrade is finalized. 

In the meantime, we’ll still be bringing you the most NH basketball coverage in the state, but we will be posting full galleries to our Facebook page instead of to the site. Enjoy the show!

Bishop Guertin knocks off Manchester Memorial

The Bishop Guertin boys went on the road and pulled of an upset in Division I as they won at Manchester Memorial on Friday night, 58-49.

The Cardinals were led by 12 points from Connor McGowan and Matt Chau, while Eli Youssef and Sam Woodward added 10. The Crusaders were paced by 18 opints from Bory Bory and 11 from Christian Bilolo.

With the win, BG improves to 2-6, while Memorial falls to 5-2.

Check out the full gallery by Todd Grzywacz of Stonewall Photography…

Marshall drops 40 as Pinkerton downs Keene

Jackson Marshall poured in a game-high 40 points to lead Pinkerton to a 86-68 victory over visiting Keene on Friday night.

Joining Marshall in double-digits for the Astros was Charlie Ludden (19) and Andrew Brander (13). The Blackbirds featured four players with 12 points: Fitch Hennessey, Javon Massiah, Sawyer Lepple and Alex Holmes.

With the win, Pinkerton moves to a Division-I best 8-0, while Keen falls to 3-4 on the season.

Check out the full photo gallery by Cindy Lavigne of Lavigne’s Live Shots…

Littleton lights it up from three, cruises to win

By KJ Cardinal

They turn the lights down in Farmington during the intros for the home team, then Littleton shot them out during the game.

The visiting Crusaders connected on 12 threes, including seven in the first half, to roll to an 81-62 victory on Friday night.

The host Tigers trailed by just four after on quarter of play, 20-16, but then Littleton’s barrage began. Mikey Rodgriguez pumped in 10 2nd-quarter points as the Crusaders hit four triples and won the quarter 26-12 to blow the game open. Littleton led 46-28 at the break and never looked back.

Kayden Hoskins buried five threes and led all scorers with 19 points for the Crusaders. Grady Hadlock (16), Rodriguez (15) and Dre Akines (14) all netted double figures for Littleton as well. Shawn Murphy and Demery Hadges had 16 points apiece to pace the Tigers.

With the win, the Crusaders (9-0) are tied atop the Division IV standings with Derryfield (9-0), while the Tigers fall to 7-3.

Check out the full gallery of the action by KJ Cardinal…