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December 26. 2013 10:35PM

QCIBT: Exeter grinds out win over Bedford


Merrimack's Shayne Bourque looks for room as Weaver's Pishon Powell, center, and Willie James pressure during their game Thursday at the 51st Queen City Invitational Basketball Tournament hosted at Manchester Memorial High School. Merrimack ended with a 13-0 run and beat the Connecticut squad. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)

Friday's QCIBT Schedule

3 p.m.: Bedford vs. Weaver, Conn.

4:30 p.m.: West vs. Memorial

6 p.m.: Exeter vs. Merrimack

7:30 p.m.: Central vs. Trinity winner

MANCHESTER — Although the Bedford High School boys' basketball team played some good basketball in its first two Division I games this season, the Bulldogs didn't play well enough to win.

That was the case again Thursday, when Bedford had its moments but dropped a 52-46 decision to Exeter in the first round of the Queen City Invitational at Manchester Memorial High School.

It was a 42-42 contest midway through the fourth quarter, but Exeter took the lead for good on a Charlie Austin 3-pointer with 3:33 to play. That was the start of a 7-2 run that helped Exeter improve its record to 3-0 (2-0 in Division I).

"They won a lot of little battles," Bedford coach Mike Fitzpatrick said. "They do all the little things well, and we're not doing those little things well. We get glimpses of good play, but we give it right back with a defensive breakdown or a careless turnover, or we give up an offensive board."

Exeter had eight players with at least four points, but only senior center Max Medley scored in double figures (10). Matt Vigars had nine, Jordan Dickenson scored eight and Zack Holler and Bryant Holmes each finished with six.

"They're a solid team and they'll. This was a good team win."

Freshman forward Colby Gendron and senior guard Cam Meservy each led Bedford with 12. Gendron's points came on four 3-pointers. He made five 3-pointers in Monday's 69-66 overtime loss to Bishop Guertin of Nashua.

The loss dropped Bedford's record to 0-3 overall (0-2 in Division I). Bedford's other loss came against Merrimack (47-44).

"I have seven seniors who were with me last year, so I have a veteran team," Jeff Holmes said. "They worked hard this summer. Our kids have high expectations that they'll have a good year."

Merrimack 62, Weaver (Conn.) 58: Things looked bleak for the Tomahawks when Eric Gendron, last year's Division I Player of the Year, fouled out with 4:13 to play and Merrimack trailing by three, but the Tomahawks went on a 13-0 run shortly thereafter and hung on for a victory against a Weaver team that reached Connecticut's Class S championship game last season.

Weaver, from Hartford, led 49-44 when Merrimack began it's 13-0 spurt. Weaver was within three points three times in the final minute, but failed to get any closer.

Gendron, a senior guard/forward, and junior guard Austin Franzen lead Merrimack with 14 points apiece. Weaver point guard Jaecee Martin, a freshman, led all scorers with 17.

Weaver led 15-11 after one quarter, but it was 25-25 at halftime and 38-38 entering the fourth.

The start of the game was delayed by 40 minutes because Weaver encountered heavy traffic on its trip to Manchester.

Central 70, West 29: Junior Joey Martin tossed in a game-high 18 points as Central raised its overall record to 3-0 by beating West in the tournament's third game.

Martin's 18 points included four 3-pointers. Senior Jon Martin (Joey's older brother) and junior Brett Hanson each added 10 points for the Little Green, which led 18-6 after one quarter, 42-13 at halftime and 58-23 entering the fourth.

West, which dropped to 0-3 overall, received eight points from junior guard Zack Jones, and six from senior guard Richard Shout.

Trinity 74, Memorial 42: Three Trinity players scored in double figures and the Pioneers held Memorial to 13 points in the second half.

Wenyen Gabriel led Trinity with 15 points. Brad Rhoades tossed in 12 and Carmen Giampetruzzi finished with 11.

Memorial had 16-14 advantage after one quarter, but Trinity scored 29 points in the second and led 43-27 at halftime. Trinity outscored Memorial 20-7 in the third and led 63-34 entering the final eight minutes.

Memorial received a team-high 13 points from Kabongo Ngalukukondi, and 11 from Trevon Maughn.

Trinity will face Central in tonight's final game, which is scheduled to start at 7:30. The teams were scheduled to play last week, but the game was suspended in the first quarter because of a wet floor at Trinity.

rbrown@unionleader.com


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