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Preview capsule outlook of today’s high school tournament action

High school tournaments today

Boys’ basketball

Division II first round

No. 16 Souhegan (4-14) at No. 1 Pembroke (17-1), 7 p.m.

head to head: Pembroke routed Souhegan, 82-39, in late-January.

Notes: Pembroke’s march toward a second straight undefeated championship season was interrupted midway through the season by a loss to Portsmouth, but the Spartans got right back to work and have reeled off eight straight wins since then and are the team to beat once again. Souhegan comes in riding a seven-game losing streak, with only two of those losses by fewer than 10 points. As long as Pembroke doesn’t look ahead, this one should go according to the seeds.

No. 12 St. Thomas (8-10) at No. 5 Bishop Brady (13-5), 7 p.m.

head to head: Brady beat St. Thomas, 69-52, one month ago.

Notes: Sure, Brady lost three of its final five games of the regular season, but don’t read too much into that. Included in those three were an overtime setback to top-ranked Pembroke and a loss to No. 3 Lebanon. And one of the wins in that span was over a 13-5 Plymouth team that lost twice this season to the Green Giants. St. Thomas started the season hot, winning four of its first five, but has cooled off considerably, losing six of its last nine, starting with that loss to Brady.

No. 11 Coe-Brown (10-8) at No. 6 Hollis-Brookline (13-5), 7 p.m.

head to head: The teams did not meet during the regular season.

Notes: Coe-Brown got itself tournament tested in a hurry late in the season, when the Bears faced the Nos. 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7 teams in a span of two weeks. All five games were losses, but the Bears took away some valuable experience and righted the ship with a pair of wins to end the regular season. They’re facing a Hollis-Brookline team with an impressive record, but only two of the Cavaliers wins were against teams with winning records – though one of those wins was against No. 2 Portsmouth.

No. 13 Merrimack Valley (7-11) at No. 4 Pelham (15-3), 7 p.m.

head to head: The teams did not meet during the regular season.

Notes: MV came into the season knowing it would take some lumps, but the Pride has evolved and put together wins in four of its final seven games. Pelham will be a stiff challenge, however. The Pythons were picked as a title contender in the preseason and haven’t disappointed, with their only losses coming to No. 1 Pembroke, No. 3 Lebanon and No. 7 Plymouth, a loss that ended a 13-game winning streak to close the regular season.

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