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High School Basketball: Division I seniors reach 100 points

Concord’s Kaleb Marquis wasn’t the star of the show, but he certainly played a part in providing some entertainment last night at NHTI.

Marquis scored 12 points as the senior all-stars from Division I came back from an 11-point halftime deficit with a remarkable scoring spree to beat their counterparts from Division II, 100-87, in the Senior Granite State basketball games.

Marquis, a 5-foot-9 guard who joined the 1,000-point club for the Crimson Tide this season, connected on 5 of his 8 shots, including his only 3-point attempt, while also grabbing a rebound and dishing out an assist.

D-I outscored D-II 60-36 after the break, erasing a 51-40 deficit.

The big star was Trinity’s Mabor Gabriel, a 6-7 center/forward who dominated at both ends with 17 points and 16 rebounds, five of them on the offensive glass. Bishop Guertin’s Leff Lunn led all scorers with 20 points (10-for-15 shooting), while Nashua South’s Jack Preston added 13 points.

Pembroke’s Matt Alosa, fresh off leading the Spartans to the D-II championship last week, coached with only eight players, and they couldn’t keep up with the high-flying D-I attack.

The Spartans’ Matt Persons led the D-II offense with 17 points as he connected on 5 of 6 3-pointers. Portsmouth’s Travis MacDonald scored 16 points, and John Stark’s Nic Lloyd and Hollis-Brookline’s PJ Flaum added 13 each. Coe-Brown’s Chris Laurion had six points and seven rebounds, and Stark’s Zach Grattan had five points and seven rebounds. Pembroke’s Rene Maher was named to the team but did not play.

BOYS

Division IV 96, Division III 80

Division IV scored 59 points in the second half, running away from Division III after trailing 40-37 at halftime. Eleven of the 12 players who appeared in the game for D-IV scored, led by 16 from Epping’s Frank Stanley.

Newmarket teammates Christian Hawkins and Josh Eisfeller each added 14 points for the winners, while Concord Christian’s Nick Peters scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds. Pittsfield’s Elias Doucette scored seven points on 3-for-4 shooting and had two rebounds.

D-III also checked in with 11 scorers, led by Conant’s Devin Springfield with 20, to go along with five rebounds. Berlin’s Dmitri Giannos made 7 of 8 shots and finished with 16 points. For locals, Hopkinton’s Steve Auger had five points and four rebounds, Hillsboro-Deering’s Dan Kulbacki had four points and four rebounds, and Belmont’s Kaleb Brace had one point and three rebounds. Bow’s Dan Crisman and Belmont’s Bret Spaulding made the team but did not appear in the game.

GIRLS

Division II 72, Division I 63

Division II trailed by a point at halftime, 33-32, but went on a second-half scoring spree and outscored their Division I counterparts 40-30 after the break to win in an upset.

Lebanon’s Moriah Morton scored 17 points on 7-for-13 shooting to lead the winners’ offense. Morton’s Lebanon teammate Emily Kehoe and Portsmouth’s Alicia Brown scored 14 apiece, and Brown also had a team-high eight rebounds. Among locals, Merrimack Valley’s Jordan Filion and Bekka Donovan each scored two points. Donovan grabbed five rebounds, three of them on the offensive glass, and Filion added two boards.

For D-I, Bishop Guertin’s Meghan Green had game highs of 23 points (9-for-17 shooting, including 2-for-3 on 3-pointers) and 13 rebounds. Nikki Hayner of Guertin (12 points) and Caitlyn Perry of Nashua South (11 rebounds) also scored in double-digits.

Division III 68, Division IV 55

Somersworth’s Rachel Hill scored a game-high 17 points to lead Division III over Division IV. D-III led 29-24 at halftime and pulled away by outscoring D-IV 39-31 after the break.

White Mountains’s Payton Curtis added 12 points, and Bow’s Suzie Barry also had double-digits with 10 on 4-for-6 shooting. Bow’s Dina Tischofer added nine points on 4-for-6 shooting. Franklin’s Jill Roberts scored seven points (2-for-3 from the field, 3-for-3 from the line) and grabbed four rebounds, and Bow’s Lindsey Nerbonne had a steal.

Division IV was led by Colebrook’s Josee Brunault with 15 points. Tiarra Beatrice of Woodsville scored seven points and grabbed two rebounds in just 11 minutes. Concord Christian’s Lauren McLaughlin played 15 minutes and contributed six points and a rebound, and Pittsfield teammates Bekah Adams (four points, seven rebounds, 11 minutes) and Sage Anthony (14 minutes) also saw action.

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