NHIAA Boys' Basketball: Memorial hits 3's, drubs PanthersBy ROGER BROWN
New Hampshire Union Leader
January 16. 2018 11:43PM
MANCHESTER — It’s going to be difficult for anyone in Division I to beat the Manchester Memorial boys’ basketball team this season when the Crusaders are making 3-pointers, and most of Memorial’s 3-point attempts found their mark Tuesday night.
Memorial made 11 3-point field goals — eight in the third quarter — and improved its Division I record to 4-1 by breezing to an 86-54 victory over Nashua South.
Senior guard Jake Santiago scored a game-high 20 points and sank four of Memorial’s eight 3-point shots in the third.
“It just shows you how good of a team we are when we can hit, and I guess shows you that sometimes we struggle when we only rely on the 3,” Santiago said. “We had a good talk in the locker room before the second half started and we just discussed how we needed to get to the rim, and as we were going to the rim we were getting open 3-point shots and we were knocking them down.”
Memorial coach Danny Bryson said the difference between Tuesday night’s victory and Memorial’s loss to Portsmouth was his team’s desire to pass up a 3-point attempt to get a better shot inside. He said the Crusaders settled for perimeter shots against Portsmouth, when Memorial missed 15 of its 17 3-point attempts.
“I think when we started playing from the inside out it started to open up a lot of shots for our (good) shooters,” Bryson said. “I’ve been preaching to them to try to play inside-out. If you look at our first couple games it seemed like our first option was a 3-point shot. This game we were a little bit more balanced. We were shooting the ball well tonight.”
Manny Alisandro and Alec Ross each scored 12 points for Memorial, and Michael Roumraj finished with nine. Alisando made three 3-pointers, Roumraj made two and Tyson Thomas made two.
Nashua South (3-2) led 12-4 with 4:09 left in the first quarter, but the Crusaders outscored the Panthers 31-10 in the rest of the first half. Memorial scored 34 points in the third quarter and led 69-38 entering the fourth.
Senior guard/forward Richie Mercado led South with 14 points, 12 of which came in the first half. Tyler Bernard tossed in seven, Tony Agor had six and Ivan Nyantenji finished with six.
“The first three or four minutes is the only silver lining,” South coach Nate Mazzerolle said. “Other than that, they throttled us. They’re very, very good. We found out we’re not to the level we’d like to be, and they are. They could win the whole thing.”