NHIAA Roundup: Epping's Stanley nets 1,000th point
Nashua South 51, Merrimack 45: At Nashua, Jack Preston poured in 20 points and the Purple Panthers, who led 19-9 after eight minutes, held firm as the Tomahawks attempted several rallying bids. Tim Preston added 10 points for South which remained undefeated at 4-0. Eric Gendron netted 18 points, including a trio of treys for Merrimack which fell even at 2-2.
Bedford 50, Nashua North 39: At Bedford, Jake Capistran hit a flurry of jumpers, including four 3-pointers, and scored 16 points to lead Bedford in Division I play. Sam Thomas had 11 points and Cam Meservey nine as the Bulldogs improved to 2-1. Jordan Lates had 15 points to pace Nashua North (1-3).
Pinkerton 68, Timberlane 31: At Plaistow, Luke Testa and Thomas Glennon netted 14 and 13 points and the Astros picked up their first win of the Division I season. Pinkerton's defense prevented any second-half Timberlane comeback bid as it yielded just 11 points. Mitch McDonald led the Owls with 10 points.
Central 61, Exeter 56: Manchester Central converted nine of 11 free throws in the fourth quarter to edge a tenacious Exeter squad. The Little Green trailed 10-3 in the early going before embarking on a 19-0 run. Exeter hung tough behind 16 points from Tyler Russ and 13 from Max Medley. Central was led by sophomore Brett Hansen with three 3-pointers among his 17 points. Troy Pelletier added 16 points. Central dominated Exeter on the glass, out-rebounding the Blue Hawks by 10. Nick Makris led the Little Green with eight rebounds.
Dover 74, Memorial 62: Josh Cote scored 23 points and Dover (2-2) got 18 points each from Colin Shaughnessy and Mike Wons. Memorial (3-1) was led by Tong Akoc (16 points) and Zoubel Iradukunda (12).
Bishop Guertin 78, Keene 77: Steve Toscano hit a layup with five seconds remaining to give Bishop Guertin of Nashua a win at home. Toscano finished with 14 points. BG (4-0) got 13 from Andrew Williams and 12 from Kyle Gavin. Keene (0-4) was paced by 27 from Brian Boulay in the losing effort.
Newmarket 49, Derryfield 36: At Newmarket, Josh Eisfeller scored a dozen points in a battle of unbeaten teams in Division IV. Christian Hawkins sank seven free throws and chipped in nine points for the Mules (6-0). Chris Rizos and Roger Larrivee combined for 17 points as Derryfield of Manchester dropped to 4-1.
Londonderry 82, Concord 57: At Concord, the Lancers erupted with 46 first-half points. Max Coleman, Cody Ball, Taylor Simpson and Brendan Enwright all managed double figures with Coleman (15 points) leading the way. Concord's Sam Marquis led all scorers with 17.
Spaulding 74, Alvirne 52: At Rochester, Dominic Paradis and Nick MacGregor paced the Red Raiders with 22 and 15 points, respectively. Tyler Brown and Tyler Livingston each scored 10 for the Broncos, who enjoyed a 30-10 advantage in rebounds.
Exeter 44, Manchester Central 36:Nika Dracuh scored 21 points to lead the way for Exeter in girls' action Friday night. Manchester Central was paced by Caitlyn Vincent with 12 points.
Campbell 54, Raymond 38: Sophomore Hannah Neild scored 12 points and junior Alex Trevains had 11, leading Campbell of Litchfield to the win at Raymond. Brianna Hardy hit a pair of three and added seven points for the Cougars (6-2). Bobbi Olivier scored nine points to lead winless Raymond.
Londonderry 86, Concord 38: At Londonderry, the Lancers erupted for 32 points in the second quarter to and improved to 5-1 on the season. Eliza Simpson scored 17 points, and Katherine Dzenis sank four treys for 12 points. Concord dropped to 0-6.
Nashua North 55, Bedford 52: At Nashua, guard Taylor Choate spiced her game with a trio of 3-point field goals as the Titans remained unbeaten in Division I play after four games. McKenzie Brown netted 14 markers for the Bulldogs (4-2). The game was tied at 37-37 after three periods. North's Marie LaPlante dropped in a pair of late-game free throws to help the Titans seal the win.
Merrimack 44, Nashua South 37: At Merrimack, Kate Cole and Kelly Watkinson each scored a team-high nine points to help the Tomahawks raise their Division I record to 3-4. South, which dropped to 2-4, received 13 points from Jocelyn Chaput and 10 from Sarah Voorhis.