Gendron, Merrimack shine
Gendron, a senior guard, scored a team-high 16 points to help Merrimack defeat South 65-59. His point total included the 1,000th point of his career, and it came on a jump shot with 2:05 left in the first half. He became the program's seventh player to reach the 1,000-point milestone.
Merrimack led 16-15 after one quarter and stretched its advantage to 35-31 at halftime. It was 43-40 Merrimack when the Tomahawks went on a 7-0 spurt to open up a 10-point lead. The lead peaked at 14, 55-41, with 6:05 to play.
"As I told my guys we are a team that kind of wins on guts and guile, and that's what got us back in the game," Nashua South coach Nate Mazerolle said. "They are a team that plays tough and executes very well. That was the difference tonight. They had six or seven plays where they ran a need play and it worked. In a tight game like that if you get that many sets that work, it could be the difference."
"We got contributions from a lot of kids tonight," Merrimack coach Tim Goodridge said. "What we need to do is win games like we won tonight with everybody contributing. Nashua South is a good team and for us to get a victory we're very happy and proud of that. They're a tough team to defend."
"What I came away with from tonight's game is they are not just Gendron," Mazerolle said. "There's a reason they are 6-0. We had some breakdowns defensively in stretches and we just couldn't get over that final hurdle."