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 Schedule3 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
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
Trinity 74, Memorial 42: Three Trinity players scored in double figures and the Pioneers held Memorial to 13 points in the second half.
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.
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.