Roger Brown's High School Hoopla: Trinity cagers host Central this afternoon
Manchester Central and Trinity of Manchester - teams that many expect will meet in this year's Division I championship game - were scheduled to face each other on Dec. 17, but the contest was postponed by bad weather. The game began the following night, but was suspended because moisture on the floor at Trinity made playing conditions unsafe.
Both teams are unbeaten after five Division I games, and the winner will have sole possession of first place.
"I know a lot of people are saying it's going to be a Central-Trinity final, but I don't prepare my kids like that. Our goal is to finish in the top four. Central has five kids who can hurt you, not one, two or three like most teams."
"Their size is absolutely a concern," Central coach Doc Wheeler said. "We're physically smaller than our opponents in most of our games.
"Each game has a life of its own. God knows what's going to happen Sunday."
The Londonderry girls are off to a 5-0 start, but Londonderry coach John Fagula has yet to settle on a starting lineup or a regular rotation. Nor does he seem in a hurry to do so.
"Usually I play everybody, in fact everybody has started different games," Fagula said following Londonderry's 41-38 triumph over Bishop Guertin of Nashua on Friday night. "It's what style fits the team we're playing."
No boys basketball team has played in more close games this season than Bedford, which got off to an 0-4 start and lost those four games by a total of 11 points. The Bulldogs broke through and collected their first victory Friday, when they beat Alvirne 55-52 in overtime.Cam Meservey led the Bulldogs with 25 points. Bedford has yet to play a game that was decided by more than three points.
One of Friday night's best games took place in Concord, where Bishop Brady of Concord surrendered an 18-point fourth-quarter lead but beat Lebanon, 84-80, in double overtime.Bishop Brady's Jourdain Bell finished the game with a team-high 22 points, 14 rebounds and seven steals. Lebanon, which trailed 26-8 after one quarter and 56-40 entering the fourth, received a game-high 26 points from Dominick Morrill. Morrill scored 20 of his 26 points after the third quarter.