NHIAA Roundup: Memorial boys pull off upset of Bishop Guertin
Manchester Memorial began the fourth quarter with a 10-0 run that helped the 12th-ranked Crusaders upset No. 5 Bishop Guertin, 69-59, Tuesday in a Division I boys' basketball quarterfinal at Nashua.
The game was won in the paint, as Memorial (9-10) continually went inside with the ball and drew fouls. The Crusaders went to the free-throw line 33 times, making 21, while BG attempted just six shots from the line.
"We thought we could do that," Memorial coach Jack Quirk said. "That is what we set out to accomplish, was to get to the free throw line. We made enough of them to win."
The game was tied 46-46 after three periods, but the visitors outscored BG 23-13 in the final eight minutes.
Wade Gop scored nine in the fourth quarter surge and 11 for the game. Kabongo Ngalakulondi scored eight in the final period, and 15 overall. Trevon Maughn led the Crusaders with 20 points.
Kyle Gavin scored 26 points for the Cardinals (13-6), including 21 in second half.
Memorial heads to Londonderry to play the fourth-ranked Lancers in the quarterfinals on Friday at 7 p.m.
Exeter 60, Nashua South 51: At Exeter, Matt Vigars scored 14 points and Zack Holler and Max Medley each tossed in 13 to lead the eighth-seeded Blue Hawks past the No. 9 Panthers. Exeter outscored South 25-11 in the fourth quarter to erase a 40-35 deficit after three quarters. Joe Schiedler added 11 for the Blue Hawks. Mike Osgood led South with 12. Vinny Ortolano scored 10 for the Panthers.
Londonderry 43, Salem 42: At Londonderry, a late basket by Joe Kwiatkowski allowed Londonderry to avoid a preliminary-round upset. Kwiatkowski finished with a game-high 12 points. The fourth-seeded Lancers trailed 37-32 after three quarters, but outscored Salem 11-5 in the fourth. Cody Ball added 10 for Londonderry. Michael Felix scored nine to lead Salem.
Central 83, Concord 41: In Manchester, top-ranked and unbeaten Central (22-0) was led by Brett Hanson, who scored 21 of his game-high 25 points in the first half. Central soared to a 41-12 halftime lead.
Central had five players in double figures. Jon Martin finished with a dozen and Joey Martin and Jalen Murchison each netted 11. Tyler Kelley poured in 10 points for good measure. Central will host Exeter Friday at 7. Concord ended its season at 6-13.
Trinity 75, Alvirne 42: In Manchester, Wenyen Gabriel paced the second-ranked Pioneers with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Trinity led 29-20 at halftime and out-scored the Broncos 25-9 in the third stanza to take control of the contest. Carmen Giampetruzzi added 15 points and teammates Ryan Otis and Pat Keefe each had nine. Tyler Brown carried Alvirne with 16 points. Trinity will host Bedford Friday at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinals.
Merrimack 64, Manchester West 37: In Merrimack, Eric Gendron amassed 21 points and Austin Franzen generated 14 for the third-ranked Tomahawks. Ian Roberts had eight points and teammates Mike Gasper and Mike Conlin combined for 16 rebounds. Richard Shout netted nine points for West. Merrimack will host Winnacunnet on Friday at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinals.
Profile 56, Newmarket 49: In Bethlehem Tuesday, Eric Tholl scored six of his 13 points in the third quarter to push the sixth-ranked Patriots out to a 42-33 lead. The Mules would not get closer than seven points the rest of the game. Bailey Johnson of Profile led everyone with 18 points including a three-pointer before halftime for a 28-24 advantage. Ian Baker added 11 points. Ryan Jarvis led Newmarket with 16 points. Profile travels to Epping Friday at 7 p.m. for a quarterfinal game.
Littleton 57, Concord Christian 39: In Littleton Tuesday, Kuba Kubkowski led the winners with 17 points and nine rebounds. Dan Brammer added 12 points and Owen Stone had 10 points and 11 steals. Brammer had eight third quarter points to help push Littleton's 29-23 halftime lead to 45-31 after three frames. Jeremiah Boulter had 17 for Concord Christian.
Hanover 70, Pelham 49: J.J. Daniel tallied 21 points including 15 in the third quarter to lead second-ranked Hanover to a 70-49 Division II girls' basketball win over 15th-ranked Pelham Tuesday in Hanover. Lexi Hamilton had 17 points for the 17-2 Marauders. Jordan Parece led Pelham with 11 points. Hanover will host 10th-ranked Goffstown on Friday at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinals. Goffstown upset No. 7 Portsmouth, 43-35.
Goffstown 43, Portsmouth 35: In Portsmouth, the 10th-ranked Grizzlies were led by Molly McQueeney with 15 points. Cassidy Lalumiere and Katie Howe had eight points each for Goffstown.