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Dexter drops 36, leads Pembroke past Milford

Behind a game-high 36 points from Annelise Dexter, Pembroke improved to 15-1 on the season with a 56-44 victory over visiting Milford on Friday night.

With the win, PA is now tied atop the Division II standings with Concord Christian, while Milford falls to 8-9 on the season.

Leading the way for Milford was Ellianna Nassy with 13 and Claire Cote and Shea Hansen both netted 11 points apiece.

Check out the full photo gallery by Betsy Hansen…

Dexter leads Pembroke past Oyster River

Annelise Dexter poured in 36 points to lead Pembroke to a 68-58 overtime victory over visiting Oyster River on Tuesday night.

Anne Phillips also added 17 for the Spartans who improve to 12-1 on the season. The Bobcats were led by 11 points from Vivian O’Quinn.

After starting the season 7-0, Oyster River has dropped four of their last seven and falls to 10-4 on the season.

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

Concord Christian tops Pembroke in D-II showdown

The two remaining undefeated teams in Division II locked horns on Tuesday night and Concord Christian defeated visiting Pembroke, 65-55.

The Kingsmen came out strong as they led by seven after the 1st quarter, but the Spartans fought back in the second to cut the lead to two at the half, 31-29.

The two squads played even in the 3rd quarter until CCA closed things out in the 4th, winning the final stanza by 8 points.

Emma Smith poured in a game-high 27 points to lead the Kingsmen, while Lilli Carlile added 22. Pembroke was paced by 25 points from Annelise Dexter and 15 from Kaitlin Arnella.

With the win, CCA improves to a perfect 10-0 on the season, while the Spartans fall to 10-1.

Check out photos of the action by John Scott Sherburne…

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!

Pembroke wins thriller over Pelham in title game rematch

By Nathaniel Ford

PEMBROKE – In front of a huge home crowd, Pembroke pulled away with a 55-54 victory over the visiting Pelham on Friday night. 

This was a highly anticipated matchup between two top teams in Division II. Not only was it a title rematch from last year, but both teams were undefeated coming into the contest. 

“Last year, we graduated nine seniors and four starters, and usually when you talk about something like that, you talk about a rebuild. Pembroke gets a retool,” said head coach Mike Donnell.

It seemed like a rebuild would be needed this season, but the Spartans have proved that is far from the truth. Led by All-State guard Joe Fitzgerald, this squad has picked up some huge wins, and they continued that tonight. 

Pembroke jumped out early, starting with a 7-2 run to put them in the lead. Pelham bounced right back and showed that it would take a battle to win this game. This five-point lead would be Pembroke’s largest until the fourth quarter.

Pelham’s Zach James, an All-State player last season, is averaging 26 points a game and is one of the top shooters in the state. He showed that early in this contest, knocking down three shots from beyond the arc. 

Along with James, Brady Hegan added 8 points of his own, and the Pythons led 19-16 heading into the second quarter. 

The second quarter was neck and neck the whole way. Pelham led early by five points, and following that, it was a one possession game for the rest of the quarter. The lead changed multiple times, and neither team could string together any big runs. 

A big loss for Pelham was standout guard Dom Herrling, who got into foul trouble and did not play the final five minutes of the half. Herrling is one of the top defenders in the state, and he is an outstanding point guard who makes tons of winning plays. 

Even without Herrling on the floor, Pelham did not roll over, and they were able to stay competitive. Behind a team effort, they were able to hold their lead and entered the break winning 32-31.

In the third quarter, James exploded for Pelham and carried them offensively. He knocked down two triples and scored the team’s first 11 points of the half. This extended the lead to nine points, which was the most by either team in the contest. 

“Our team is very resilient. These guys have been playing together for a very long time, and they showed their poise and never broke,” said Donnell. 

With a player like James starting to get hot and the Pelham lead extended to nearly double digits, it was looking like they might start running away with it. Instead, the Spartans remained composed and stayed in the game.

They closed on a 6-1 run, highlighted by a nice bucket by Fitzgerald to end the quarter. While they still trailed, they cut the lead down, and Pelhem held just a 44-40 lead entering the fourth.

Pembroke’s stellar defense was on full display in the fourth, holding their opponents scoreless through the first four minutes of the quarter and without a field goal for the first five. During this time, they were able to take the lead for themselves behind a couple of baskets from Fitzgerald. 

With two minutes left and a four point lead, Jacob Mather hit a huge three pointer for the Spartans, which looked like it could be the dagger. The crowd had started to get loud in the fourth, and this shot, which forced a Pelham timeout, almost brought the roof down.

Coming out of the timeout, Pelham made it a game again. Herrling got a basket inside, and then they forced a Pembroke turnover. Herrling came down and got another basket, cutting the lead to just three points. 

Pelham was so great to end games last year, and it looked like they were about to show up again and steal the game in Pembroke. However, they suffered a major blow with 50 seconds left, as Herrling got called for a reach and fouled out of the game. 

The Pythons fouled Fitzgerald, who made his first free throw. On the second, the Spartans were called for a violation. Pelham came down the floor, and Peter Hemmerdinger got free for an open look at the top of the key. He knocked down the triple and cut the lead to just one.

Pelham fouled again, and this time, Pembroke missed both at the line. The Pythons grabbed the rebound, and in transition, Hegan got free for a layup inside, which gave them the lead with around 30 seconds left.

Pembroke did not call a timeout, and they got up the floor quickly. Fitzgerald dribbled down the floor, took the game into his own hands, and drove to the hoop and got a layup. Star players need to make big plays down the stretch, and that is exactly what he did. 

On the other end, Hegan was fouled on the floor with four seconds left, giving the Pythons a baseline inbound. They found Justin Bowlan with an open look in the corner, but he was not able to connect on the triple, and Pembroke escaped with a one point victory. 

Pembroke proved their record was no fluke, avenging their loss last season and defending their home court. This squad is led by Fitzgerald, who was the only starter returning from last year’s team. Donnell speaks very highly of him, who is one of the captains on the team.

“He has really grown from his sophomore year. He’s always guarding their best player. He leads the team, and the boys know that if he doesn’t have a shot, he will find them. He’s a kid every coach wants to play for them,” he said.

Fitzgerald led the way for the Spartans with a game-high 25 points, including the game winner. Evan Berkeley (11) and Devin Riel (10) each added double figures as well. 

Pelham was paced by 22 points from Zack James. Dom Herrling and Brady Hegan scored 10 points each. They fall to 4-1 and look to bounce back next week in a massive game against 6-0 Manchester West at home on Tuesday. 

Pembroke moves to 4-0 on the season, and they look to continue their undefeated season on the road against Bishop Brady on Tuesday. 

Check out the full photo gallery by John Scott Sherburne…

Red-hot Spartans roll past Falcons

Pembroke came out the gates scorching hot and didn’t let off on the gas pedal as the Spartans came away with a 93-69 victory over visiting Bow on Tuesday night.

The Spartans pumped in 34 points and doubled up the Falcons in the first quarter, 34-17. Pembroke too a 52-30 lead to the break and cruised to the victory.

Joe Fitzgerald led a trio of double-figure scorers with a game-high 33 points for Pembroke, while Devin Riel (20) and Evan Berkeley (19) made big contributions as well. Bow was paced by 18 points from Jack Reardon, 14 from Colby Smith, 13 from Sean Guerrette and 11 from Peyton Larrabee.

With the win, the Spartans improve to 3-0 on the season, while Bow falls to 2-2.

Check out photos of the action by Jeff Criss of Perfect Photos…

Pelham completes run to D-II state title

By: KJ Cardinal

DURHAM – Fifth-seeded Pelham completed its impressive run to the 2023 NHIAA Division II Boys Basketball State Championship as the Pythons defeated No. 2 Pembroke, 57-54, on Sunday morning at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.

It was the first close playoff game Pelham participated in this postseason as the Pythons run to the title included a 31-point win over No. 12 Kingswood (78-47), a 20-point victory against No. 4 Manchester West (77-57) and a 38-point defeat of top-seeded Laconia (69-31).

The final was close throughout, however, as the game featured 10 lead changes and four ties. Halfway through the second quarter, the Pythons were faced with their biggest deficit of the postseason as they trailed Pembroke by eight with 4:44 left in the half. The Pythons chipped away to cut the lead to one at the break, 31-30.

The Spartans took the third quarter, 13-12, and a two-point bulge to the final frame. The Pythons responded over the last eight minutes to complete the comeback.

The victory marks the fourth Pelham title in school history, the second in Division II and the first since 2016.

Pelham (18-4) was led by 20 points from Zach James and 16 from Dom Herrling. The Spartans (18-3) were paced by a game-high 22 points from Mike Strazzeri and 13 from Joe Fitzgerald.

Check out the full photo gallery…

Pembroke rolls to D-I title game

No. 2 Pembroke outscored #14 Oyster River by 16 in the second half to roll to a 70-49 victory in semifinal action of the NHIAA Division II Boys Basketball State Tournament at Sanborn Regional High School on Tuesday night in Kingston. The Spartans advance to the title game where they will take on #4 Pelham on Sunday at the University of New Hampshire.

The Spartans led by three after one (14-11) and five at the half (27-22) before pouring in 21 third quarter points to take a 19-point led to the final stanza, 58-37. 

Check out the full gallery of the action by Jeff Criss of Perfect Photos…