Roger Brown's High School Basketball: The anticipated rematch
Boys’ basketball finalsToday
Division I, at UNH: Manchester Central vs. Merrimack, noon
Division II, at UNH: Pembroke vs. Portsmouth, 3 p.m.
Division IV, at Plymouth State: Sunapee vs. Epping, noon
“They’re both excellent teams,” Goodridge said. “But down deep we want to play Central, because they beat us.”
The Tomahawks will get another crack at the Little Green, because Central knocked off Memorial, 99-91 in double overtime, in Monday’s second semifinal. Merrimack, the tournament’s third seed, will face Central in today’s Division I championship game (noon) at the University of New Hampshire’s Lundholm Gymnasium.
“They are not a one-man team,” Central coach Doc Wheeler said. “Franzen, (Shayne) Bourque, (Dylan) Richardson — they have a lot of kids who contribute. We have a huge challenge in front of us.”
Merrimack played a combination of man, zone and triangle-and-two during its 58-46 triumph over Trinity. The Pioneers are the only other team that beat the Tomahawks during the regular season.
Central’s defense wasn’t nearly as effective in its victory over Memorial. The Crusaders shot 65.4 percent from the field in the first half, and 48.3 percent in the second half.
“(Merrimack) certainly defended better than we did.” Wheeler said. “We’ll need a better effort.”
The Division IV boys’ championship game features the two highest-scoring teams in the division. Fourth-seeded Sunapee (18-3) is averaging 72.5 points per contest, and third-seeded Epping is averaging 68.1 points per game.
Epping and Sunapee will meet today (noon) at Plymouth State University. It will be the third game between the teams this season. Epping won 56-51 in Epping; and Sunapee won 92-69 in Sunapee.Jimmy Stanley, Epping’s leading scorer, did not play in the loss to Sunapee. Stanley, a 6-foot-3 guard/forward, is averaging 22.7 points, 14 rebounds and five assists per game.
“I’d prefer a higher-scoring game,” Young said. “I feel our depth can cause them problems. Their rotation is really six guys. I go 10 to 11 deep.”
Roger Brown covers high school basketball for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @603SportsMedia.