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Trailing by 10 points with five minutes remaining in the third quarter and all-stater Troy Pelletier headed to the bench with his fourth personal foul, Manchester Central went on a 38-10 run to remain unbeaten and defeat Pinkerton Academy 70-52 in Division I boys' basketball action Friday in Derry.
Central trailed 36-30 at halftime behind a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Pinkerton's Danny Courter, and 42-32 three minutes into the third period.
After Pelletier picked up his fourth foul, Central asserted itself offensively. Nick Makris scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half and added 14 rebounds. Pelletier led the Little Green with 18 points. Dawson Dickson added 16, including 9-of-10 from the charity stripe.
Central converted 12 free throws in the fourth quarter to ice the contest.
Pinkerton was led by Scott Bradley, who scored 13 points. Cam Welch added 11. Central's Tyler Kelly contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The Little Green are off until facing intra-city rival Manchester Memorial next Friday. The Crusaders handed Central a loss in overtime in the Queen City Invitational Basketball Tournament.
Londonderry 52, Nashua North 51: At Londonderry, Taylor Simpson scored 15 points and the Lancers staved off a 15-8 fourth-period surge by the Titans. Londonderry led 28-23 at the half and 44-36 after three periods. North received a game-high 32 points from Jordan Lates.
Manchester Memorial 55, Keene 45: At Manchester, the Crusaders trailed by four with just over five minutes to play, but a strong offensive burst from the hosts salted the game away. Zoudel Iradukunda led Memorial, 7-2, with 17 points, while teammate Kabongo Ngalukulondi added a dozen. Keene, which rallied from a six-point halftime deficit, was paced by Hunter Downs and Taylor Lawrence, who scored 17 and 14 points respectively. The Blackbirds are 2-7.
Profile 49, Littleton 41: At Bethlehem, the Patriots played superb team defense and upended the previously undefeated Crusaders in a battle of Division IV schools. Zach Burns, who is averaging 23 points a game, powered the Profile offense with 26 points, and Zach Knowlton added 11. Josh Bogardus was the lone Littleton player to reach double figures with 11. Littleton is 10-1, and Profile is 9-1.
Merrimack 61, Winnacunnet 57 (ot): At Merrimack, The Tomahawks (6-3) defense came alive in overtime, holding the Warriors (4-5) to just seven points to pull off the win. Led by Ryan Gigliotti's 24 points, Winnacunnet jumped to an early lead. Merrimack responded with Eric Gendron scoring 22 points and Eric Franzen swishing three 3-pointers and contributing 15 points.
Colebrook 77, Gorham 41: At Gorham, the winners jumped to an early 10-point lead. Dylan Leach scored 15 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and made nine assists while helping Colebrook improve to 7-4. Teammate Jordan Bedard recorded a double-double with 14 points and pulled down 16 rebounds. Sam Vincent led Gorham (2-9) scoring 20 points.
Bedford 62, Concord 40: At Concord, James Caparell scored a game-high 18 points and Jake Capistran and Sam Thomas each finished with 11 as Bedford raised its Division I record to 4-5. Sam Marquis and Harrison Gunn each scored nine for Concord, which dropped to 1-8.
Moultonborough 55, Sunapee 46: At Moultonborough, the Panthers improved to 4-7 as they put the game out of reach with a 25-15 third quarter.Tristan Price netted 15 for Moultonborough, while Sunapee's James Fitzgerald topped all scorers with 17.
Gilford 62, Farmington 52: At Farmington, sporting a balanced offense, Gilford placed five players in double digits. Josh Joyce led the Golden Eagles with 14 points while Max Soriano and Dave Sykie scored 11 points each and Rich Edson and Caleb Orton netted 10 apiece.
Nashua South 74, Alvirne 60: At Hudson, Tim Preston poured in 30 points with 10 field goals and 10 free throws to power the Purple Panthers Thursday. John Preston added 17 and David Dunham finished with 14. Tyler Livingston led Alvirne with 18 points and teammate Alec Yoksh, who dropped in four three-point field goals, scored 16.
Goffstown 67, Lebanon 64: At Lebanon, the Grizzlies received 17 points from Jake Mount and improved to 4-5 in the Division II. Lebanon, 7-2, was led by David Hampton's 29 points.
Lebanon 71, Goffstown 48: At Goffstown, Emily Kehoe scored 20 points, and Mariah Morton (18 points), Heather King (14) and Vanessa Fleury (10) also reached double digits to lead undefeated (10-0) Lebanon to a road win. Goffstown (8-3) got 12 points from Rene Roggenbuck and 11 from Kathryn Howe, who hit three 3-pointers.
Hinsdale 59, Derryfield 39: At Manchester, Skylar Bonnette scored 26 points to lead undefeated (12-0) Hinsdale to a win over Derryfield of Manchester. Allison Scott added 16 for Hinsdale. Hannah Menakaya scored 12 for Derryfield (4-8) and pulled down 11 rebounds.
Londonderry 65, Nashua North 48: At Nashua, Jamie King scored a team-high 18 points to help Londonderry hand North its first loss of the season. Londonderry outscored North 22-4 in the first quarter and improved its Division I record to 7-2. Taylor Choate scored a game-high 22 for North, which fell to 9-1.
Bedford 69, Concord 15: At Bedford, with every player scoring, the Bulldogs improved to 10-2 with a victory over winless Concord. Ali Glennon led the scoring attack with 14 points.
Keene 60, Manchester Memorial 55: At Keene, Ali Wilson connected on eight field goals from beyond the arc and finished with 30 points to help the Blackbirds past the Crusaders. Amela Imamozic scored 18 points for Memorial.
Bedford 9, Pembroke/Campbell 0: At Hooksett, the Bulldogs created 49 shots on net while improving to 8-1-1. Pembroke/Campbell (4-5-1) keeper Nate Berube was able to make 40 saves. Chris Viola and Kurt Mitchell each scored two goals and assisted on two others while Chris O'Hara scored once and added two assists for the winners.