John Habib's City Sports: QCIBT set for second half-century
Since the inaugural QCIBT in 1963, 17 of its 50 winners (34 percent) have gone on to finish the season with a championship.
Saturday will feature three consolation-round games, beginning at 3 p.m. and leading up to the championship game at 7:30.
“It gives everyone a chance to see the local teams and how they stack up against each other,” Quirk said. “Different teams take a different philosophy playing in the tournament. Some use the tournament as scrimmages, especially if they’re not in the winners’ bracket. Others go out to win at all cost.”
“To my knowledge, there wasn’t another one in the state when we held the first one in 1963,” he said.
The tournament moved to New Hampshire College from 1980-83 before moving back to Memorial, which has hosted it since 1984.
“It’s because if they lose a game or two, it counts on their overall record,” the Memorial coach said. “That’s not the case here in New Hampshire. The losses don’t count on our record. We’ve always had very good teams in our tournament, and teams outside the state just don’t want to take the chance of losing a couple of games. It may jeopardize their season in the standings at the end of the year.”
According to Ameen’s records, Central has won the tourney a record 23 times, with Trinity/Bishop Bradley claiming six titles. Memorial, the defending champion, and Merrimack have won four apiece.
Ameen’s list of the 25 players who have scored at least 100 points in the QCIBT — opening round and winners’ bracket games only — reads like a who’s-who of New Hampshire boys’ basketball over the past half-century (with a few Boston College High stars thrown in):
Tyler Roche, Central (2002-05), 201 points
Keith Friel, Oyster River of Durham (1992-95), 183
Corey Hassan, Merrimack (2002-04), 180
Calen Paquette, Central (1995-97), 168
Adam Gureckis, Nashua (1967-70), 167
Andy Paul, Trinity (1975-77), 137
John Gureckis, Nashua (1972-75), 127
Chris Schneider, Central (1988-90), 125
Peter Reilly, Trinity (1973-75), 122
Mike Flanagan, Memorial (1967-70), 120
Dave Gavin, B.C. High (1985-86), 116
Andy Johnston, Keene (1980-82), 115
Peter Dufour, Nashua (1969-71), 113
Mike Loughlin, West (1997-99), 113
Matt Hendershot, West (1996-98), 112
Ryan Stys, Central (1997-99), 111
George Daway, B.C. High (1981-83), 108
Jason Richardson, West (1990-92), 107
George Karageorgos, Central (1988-89), 106
Alex Burt, Dover (2007-09), 105
Stan Spirou, Central (1968-69), 100
The oldest individual QCIBT record of note belongs to Memorial center Mike O’Neil, whose 15 free throws in a 1965 game remain the single-game standard 48 years later.
THE BAUER Christmas Hockey Classic doesn’t have the history of the QCIBT, but in a few short years, it’s gained a reputation as a high-caliber event.
The fourth Bauer Classic takes place at JFK Coliseum Dec. 26-29.
Memorial plans to raise its 2012-13 NHIAA Division I championship banner before the Saturday game against Concord. Players who graduated or moved on to other programs after last season are expected to join their former teammates for the brief ceremony.
“City Sports” is published Saturday’s in the New Hampshire Union Leader. Email staff reporter John Habib at firstname.lastname@example.org.