The Granite State is abuzz with Josh Robie reaching the 2,000-point milestone on Thursday night. Watch as some of the biggest names in New Hampshire basketball history welcome Josh to the prestigious and elusive club…
Josh Robie became just the 12th player in New Hampshire boys basketball history to reach the 2,000-point plateau, and the first boy to do so in 25 years, as he poured in 21 points in Profile’s 58-33 win over Portsmouth Christian in quarterfinal action on Thursday night.
The Patriots advance to the NHIAA Division IV semifinals where they will take on #4 Farmington on Monday at Bedford High School at 7:30 pm.
Robie entered the game needing 16 points to reach 2,000 and he finally did in the fourth quarter on a lay up that helped salt away the victory for Profile.
The Patriots were led by 22 points from Cayden Wakeham and Alex Leslie added 10. The Eagles were paced by 14 points from Cai Summers.
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No. 10 Profile went on the road and upset No. 7 Hinsdale, 50-42, on Tuesday night in first round action of the 2024 NHIAA Division IV Girls Basketball State Tournament.
The Patriots advance to the quarterfinals where they will take on to seed Groveton on Friday.
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Top-seeded Profile put together a dominant performance in the first round of the NHIAA Division IV Boys Basketball State Tournament as the Patriots eased to a 79-21 victory over No. 16 Epping on Monday night.
With the win, Profile advances to the quarterfinals where the Patriots will play host to #8 Portsmouth Christian on Thursday.
Senior Josh Robie poured in a game-high 34 points, including 14 in the 3rd quarter alone to pace the Patriots. Alex Leslie (20) and Cayden Wakeham (14) also netted double-digits for Profile.
Blake Snyder scored 15 of the Blue Devils 21 points.
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By: KJ Cardinal & Jayda Davis
It’s crunch time in NHIAA basketball with state tournament play looming right around the corner. While some teams are vying to just make the playoffs or perhaps secure a coveted home game, there are six well-oiled machines around the Granite State that are still in search of perfection.
Let’s take a look at the six remaining unbeatens…
Division I Boys: Bedford
Frank Moreno’s Bulldogs have their sights set on back-to-back state titles and with a perfect 14-0 mark, it’s hard not to think they’ll get there. Bedford’s high-octane offense is averaging a scorching 81.1 points per game and winning by nearly 24 points per contest.
Luke Soden has been nothing short of amazing this season, pouring in 26.5 PPG, while Brady O’Connell (15.5 PPG) and Austin Kasyjanski (13.7 PPG) are the mainstays for the Bulldog fire power.
Bedford has only played in three games this season that were decided by single digits, with a three-point win over Manchester Memorial being the biggest test thus far for the Bulldogs. However, that may all change tonight as Bedford heads to Derry to take on 13-1 Pinkerton in a rematch of last year’s championship game. You can watch that game live here (PPV).
Division I Girls: Bedford & Pinkerton
In what could be a preview of the 2024 title game, it’s a battle of the unbeatens tonight in Bedford when the Bulldogs (14-0) host Pinkerton (14-0). You can watch that game live here (FREE).
These two squads have been absolutely steam-rolling the rest of the division. Bedford is winning by an average margin of 42.9 PPG. The Bulldogs six-point victory, 56-50, at Portsmouth back on Jan. 23 is their only win this season coming by less than 30 points. Let that sink in for a second.
Pinkerton is also winning by a 31.6-point clip with their closest game being a 17-point victory at Dover on Jan. 26. Lani Buskey’s Astros are led by the top scorer in the division Elizabeth Lavoie (20.0 PPG) and two other double-digit scorers: Sydney Gerossie (15.5) and Brooke Benz (10.2).
Kevin Gibbs’ Bulldogs boast the most dominant player in the state with Lana McCarthy. The McDonald’s All-American Game nominee is averaging 13.9 PPG in often limited minutes due to Bedford’s 40+ point victories. The Purdue commit is paired with Kate Allard (13.4 PPG) to form an extremely tough duo.
Division IV Boys: Profile
The 16-0 little town of Bethlehem Profile Patriots could be the most fun team to watch in the state. This group of perennial north-country underdogs is not only the divisions top dog this season, but one of the top teams in the state, regardless of division. Period.
We’ve witnessed first-hand the Patriots defeat opponents from all four Divisions and Mitchell Roy’s squad would most definitely compete with any foe put in front of them. The biggest reasons for this: seniors Josh Robie and Alex Leslie.
While his shot may look unorthodox, Robie (26.4 PPG) is an absolute sniper from deep and his improved mid-range game and playmaking abilities are the driving force behind Profile’s perfect start. Leslie (19.8 PPG) is one of the most athletic bigs in the division and his ability to get downhill and finish on opponents can be deadly at times.
Seemingly always in the way for Profile has been Woodsville and Littleton. The Patriots have knocked off Woodsville once this season and twice defeated the Crusaders, including a five-point win, 62-57, on Jan. 31. Profile heads to Woodsville tonight in the final big regular-season test remaining for the Patriots.
Division II Girls: Concord Christian
When we said “well-oiled machines”, the first team that comes to mind is Concord Christian. After winning the Division IV crown two years ago and the D-III title last season, the 12-0 Kingsmen seem poised to earn the D-II championship this March.
Rebecca Carlile’s squad simply wears teams down. There isn’t a more conditioned team in the state and CCA’s uptempo style, defensive prowess and the ability to take care of the rock is a brand of basketball that is impressive to watch.
Leading the way for the Kingsmen is Emma Smith (19.2 PPG) and Lilli Carlile (18.6). CCA has already taken care of business twice this season versus the 2nd and 3rd ranked teams with wins over Laconia and Pembroke. The Kingsmen head to Laconia on Feb. 15 for the biggest remaining challenge on the regular-season slate.
Division IV Girls: Littleton
If defense wins championships, then we could certainly see Littleton cutting down the nets at Colby-Sawyer College on March 2nd.
The Crusaders are holding teams to a minuscule 30.7 PPG and winning by an average margin of 27.3 PPG. Only three teams have been able to reach the 40-point plateau versus Littleton all season long.
Dale Prior’s balanced offense is led by a trio of double-digit scorers: Lauryn Corrigan (10.8 PPG), Addison Pilgrim (10.2) and Addison Hadlock (10.1).
The last tough test for the Crusaders this regular season will come tonight as Littleton hosts 15-1 Groveton. The Crusaders escaped Groveton with a narrow five-point win, 39-34, in a defensive battle back on Jan. 5.
Senior Alex Leslie poured in 25 points, including 10 in the 4th quarter, to lead Profile to a 65-39 win at Groveton on Tuesday night.
Karsen Robie (12) and Cayden Wakeham (11) also added double digits for the Patriots, while the Division IV leading scorer Josh Robie was held to just 10 points.
The Eagles were led by 24 points from Hunter Parks.
With the win, Profile pushes its perfect record to 16-0, while Groveton falls to 9-8 on the season.
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The hits just keep on coming for undefeated Profile and prolific scorer Josh Robie. The senior sharpshooter poured in 40 points, including seven three-pointers, as the Division IV Patriots went on the road and defeated D-III Newport, 99-62, on Thursday night.
Robie netted 11 in the 1st quarter, 12 in the 2nd, 12 in the 3rd and seven in the 4th to come away with his 40-point performance. Profile also got an impressive 26 points from Alex Leslie and 17 from Cayden Wakeham.
The Tigers were led by 17 points from Aaron Fellow and 16 from Christian Forsythe.
With the win, the Patriots improve to a perfect 13-0 on the season, while Newport falls to 5-8.
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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.
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By Nathaniel Ford
On January 3, 2020, Manchester West was facing Souhegan in Division II play. West led 26-23 going into the second half, and Souhegan came out in a zone defense. What happened next put on full display why a shot clock is necessary in the state.
West held the ball at half court, and Souhegan did not pressure them. In the entire third quarter, one shot was taken. For eight full minutes of play, only a single field goal was attempted.
This is not the first time this has happened, and if no shot clock is added, it probably will not be the last. This strategy really takes away from the essence of high school basketball. Holding the ball is not fun for the players or fans, and it diminishes the competition that every game provides.
This is far from the only reason a shot clock could be beneficial for the sport. In total, 27 states have approved a 30 or 35 second shot clock, including our neighbor Massachusetts. Multiple NHIAA athletes have voiced that the lack of a shot clock can be detrimental in their recruitment from collegiate programs.
The NCAA has a 30 second shot clock across the country. Transitioning from the high school game to college is a big jump already. The speed, physicality, and competition is all increased even more at the college level. Needing to adjust to a shot clock as well can just add to that tough transition.
Across the state, there is a lot of support from many people involved in the basketball community. Players, coaches, officials, and fans are all in support of a shot clock, and this is definitely the majority.
“I was hoping I would see it before I retired. I think it would add to the game,” said Coe-Brown head coach David Smith. He is a legend and very respected in the NH basketball scene.
“I think it would be a lot of fun to coach with a shot clock, and it would increase the importance of having quick hitters to get looks late in possessions,” said Profile coach Mitchell Roy. He had experience working with the Endicott College basketball team, so he’s worked with a shot clock.
One reason some have against the implementation of the clock is that it would require coaches to adjust their strategies and would be a very difficult change. However, it is evident that many coaches would love to see it added in the state, as it can provide some creativity with strategy.
“At the end of the game, it would make a difference if you have a slight lead and still need to get a shot up,” said Smith.
This clock would force teams to continue running an offense and attacking the hoop, which would lead to more exciting finishes to games.
Another benefit of a shot clock is that it could increase defensive intensity across the board. “It gives teams a better opportunity to play defense, whether it is for 30 or 35 seconds,” said Smith.
Overall, there are a ton of positives for a shot clock, which is why there are calls for its addition. However, the voices on the other side of the argument have some valid points as well.
The most obvious concern is the price and the installation of the clocks. Every school would need to buy two, one for each basket, and then wire them to the scorer’s table. While this would be a large upfront payment, there is possibly a larger concern.
“The biggest thing would be finding someone to operate the shot clock. You’d have to find another person willing to do the clock, and they would be paid the same as the game clock operator,” said Coe-Brown athletic director Samuel Struthers.
Operating a shot clock takes training and full attention into the game. The operator must understand all of the instances where it needs to be reset, which can be pretty fast-paced at times in a game.
“We have a hard time finding someone to operate the clock at a smaller school. Now to make sure everyone gets training on the shot clock rules? It’s easier said than done,” said Roy.
Schools across the state already struggle to get an operator for the main scoreboard, and this person would not be able to do the shot clock as well. Finding a second person could prove to be a near impossible task.
Regardless, the nationwide trend is towards a shot clock, and at some point, New Hampshire will have to get on board. The benefits to adding a shot clock definitely outweigh the concerns.
It seems inevitable that New Hampshire will bring it to the state. It could be within a couple of years, or it could be far down the line, but if a shot clock is on the horizon, the earlier it is implemented, the better.
The Littleton girls held visiting Profile to just eight first-half points as the Crusaders improved to a perfect 11-0 on the season with a 49-35 victory on Friday night.
Coming off a buzzer-beating victory at White Mountains on Tuesday, the Crusaders keep the momentum rolling as they opened up the game with a 14-3 first quarter, followed by a 13-5 second quarter. Littleton took a commanding 27-8 lead to the locker room and hung on for the win.
Littleton was led by 11 points from Addison Pilgrim, while Profile was paced by nine points from Mya Brown.
Check out the full photo gallery of the action by our Jill Stevens…