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Brady boys’ basketball scores big win over Portsmouth

  •  Andrew Langdon of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy goes up for a rebound against Ryan Head of Merrimack-Valley; Tuesday, January 8, 2012.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Andrew Langdon of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy goes up for a rebound against Ryan Head of Merrimack-Valley; Tuesday, January 8, 2012.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Andrew Alicea of Merrimack-Valley pushes towards the basket for a score in their game at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy; Tuesday, January 8, 2012.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Andrew Alicea of Merrimack-Valley pushes towards the basket for a score in their game at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy; Tuesday, January 8, 2012.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  •  Andrew Langdon of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy goes up for a rebound against Ryan Head of Merrimack-Valley; Tuesday, January 8, 2012.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Andrew Alicea of Merrimack-Valley pushes towards the basket for a score in their game at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy; Tuesday, January 8, 2012.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

Bishop Brady won’t take home any style points for last night’s 57-49 win. The Green Giants (3-1) got killed on the glass, didn’t execute all that well on the offense end, and let a late lead fade to almost nothing.

But since the victory came against Portsmouth, the defending Division II champion that has been to the finals three of the last four years, style doesn’t really matter in this one.

“It was sloppy on both sides, very sloppy,” Brady Coach Mark Yeaton said. “But our defense did enough to hold them to 49 points, and we just did enough to win.”

The Giants built an eight-point lead early in the fourth, but the Clippers (2-2) cut it all the way down to one midway through the frame. Brady managed to hold its slim edge for the next few possessions, forcing Portsmouth to foul. The Giants responded by going 12-for-17 from the line in the fourth, including a 4-for-4 effort from freshman Joe Bell, who also led Brady’s defensive efforts throughout the contest.

Sophomore Jourdain Bell paced the Giants offense, finishing with a game-high 22 points. Senior Steve Desmarais and sophomore Brendan Johnson each had 11 points for Bishop Brady.

While the Clippers had trouble making shots against the Giants defense, they made up for it by crashing the offensive glass and took a 12-9 lead after the first quarter. Brady gradually got the problem under control, whittling the deficit down to 21-20 by halftime and taking a 35-34 lead after three quarters.

The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Giants, who travel to 3-1 Lebanon on Friday.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Manchester Memorial 58, Concord 55

Kaleb Marquis scored 22 points to lead Concord (1-5), which couldn’t climb back from a six-point fourth-quarter deficit.

The teams were knotted 21-21 at halftime, but Memorial (4-1) took the second-half advantage, outscoring the Crimson Tide 17-11 in the third period.

Sam Marquis scored 16 points, whie Bakir Bascelic added six points and had a strong all-around game.

Pembroke 61, Hollis-Brookline 51

The Spartans used defense to win on the road, hand the Cavaliers (4-1) their first loss of the season, and position themselves as the only undefeated team (6-0) in Division II.

Pembroke held a 43-32 lead after three quarters, but used its pressure defense to balloon that into an 18-point lead by the middle of the fourth. Patrick Welch had a game-high 22 points for PA, sophomore Dominic Timbas played well and finished with 10 points and nine rebounds, Rene Maher added 11 points and seven assists, and Matt Persons finished with 11 points and six rebounds.

John Stark 72, Kingswood 49

Senior Nic Lloyd had a career-high 36 points and 11 steals to lead the Generals to the win at home. Kingswood (1-3) couldn’t solve Stark’s full court pressure and fell behind 19-8 after the first quarter and 59-35 after three.

While Lloyd provided the perimeter punch with eight 3 pointers, senior center Zach Grattan went to work down low for 14 points, 11 rebounds and seven steals. Cam Williams added seven points, five assists and five steals for Stark, which finished with 29 steals as a team.

Coe-Brown 65, Merrimack Valley 46

The Bears (3-1) used a strong second quarter to pull ahead at home against the Pride (2-4), which lost its fourth straight game.

On top 17-13 after the first quarter, Coe-Brown outscored MV 23-12 to gain a 40-25 advantage at halftime. A strong defensive third quarter from both teams kept the score close, but the Bears kept the Pride at a distance in the fourth.

Chris Laurion led the Bears with 26 points and 16 rebounds, while Andrew Langdon (19 points) and Beau Pingree (11 points, seven boards) had solid games.

Andrew Alicea and Joey Brochu scored 15 points each for MV.

Bow 65, Sanborn 49

Sophomore Matthew Ehrenberg ran all over the court to drop an unorthodox 28 points on Sanborn (1-6) and lead the Falcons (5-3) to the home win.

Bow controlled most of the first half, but Sanborn used a late run to pull to within seven points at halftime. It stayed there for most of the third, but the Falcons hit some shots and caught some bounces to end the quarter with a flourish and take control of the game. Dylan Huddleston finished with 12 points for Bow and Dan Crisman added 10.

Campbell 72, Hopkinton 66

The Hawks trailed 10-3 to start the game, rallied to within three by halftime and even held a one-point lead to start the fourth, but they struggled to execute down the stretch and fell on the road to the still undefeated Cougars (7-0).

Senior Steve Auger scored 17 of his team-high 24 points in the first half to keep the Hawks close after their slow start. Liam McNicholas was 7-for-12 shooting 3-pointers and finished with 23 points. Brian Hauschild added four points, nine assists and six rebounds and Collin Paraskeva had eight points for Hopkinton.

Gilford 67, Winnisquam 29

Winnisquam (2-5) dropped a tough home game to undefeated Gilford (6-0).

Freshman guard Christian Serrano scored 11 points for the Bears.

Concord Christian 79, Sunapee 75

The Kingsmen (4-3) won a high-scoring road game over the Lakers (1-3) behind 39 points from Nick Peters.

After leading 35-34 at halftime, the Kingsmen got out to a 14-point lead in the third period before Sunapee started to claw back. Concord Christian managed to hold off the Lakers rally and stayed ahead to win by four.

Peters added nine rebounds to his strong scoring night, while Jesse Kelley had 19 points and eight assists in a win marked by strong overall team defense.

Newmarket 58, Pittsfield 38

Pittsfield (6-1) lost its first game of the season at home to Newmarket (7-0) in a battle of undefeated teams. Newmarket led 33-19 at halftime and held the lead throughout the second half.

The full-court man-to-man defense of the Mules wore down the play of Pittsfield, which focused on stopping Newmarket’s premier post player. While the Panthers succeeded in limiting the Mules’ best inside man, the rest of Newmarket’s offense took advantage and knocked down shots.

Elias Doucette (10 points), Tyler Stockman (eight points) and Kris Perkins (seven) led the scoring for the Panthers.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Merrimack Valley 51, Coe-Brown 48

It was tight throughout in Penacook, but the Pride (4-3) got a late basket from Molly Mullen (14 points) for a critical three-point lead, Coe-Brown (2-4) couldn’t convert from beyond the arc, and MV held on for the D-II win at home.

Mary Mullen also finished with 14 points for the Pride, while Jordan Neylon had 12 points and Jordan Fillion, who assisted on Molly Mullen’s late bucket, added six points, seven assists and four steals. Senior Bekka Donovan had two points, nine rebounds and four steals, and MV also got strong defensive efforts from Olivia Thurber, Erin Frost, Cassidy Huckins and Emily Mulleavey.

Liz Peabody led Coe-Brown with 11 points and Jenny Schlim added 10.

Hollis-Brookline 51, Pembroke 43

Pembroke (3-5) dropped a home game to Hollis-Brookline (6-1), which has won five straight games.

Marissa Kibbee led the Spartans with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Adriana Major (eight points, eight rebounds) and Hannah Seidner scored (eight points) played well.

Bishop Brady 48, Kearsarge 21

The Green Giants improved to 8-0 with the home win to set up a battle of unbeatens Friday at Conant (7-0). Selly Deloeo led Brady with 14 points last night, as the Giants took a 24-11 lead into halftime and pushed further ahead with even tighter defense in the third. Taylor Ong and Katie Nadeau each added seven points for Brady.

Anna Cahill had 10 points for Kearsarge (1-8) and Eleanor Angus rebounded well.

Conant 39, Hillsborough-Deering 15

Bill Warnken was pleased with his team’s defense, holding undefeated Conant well below its season scoring average. The problem was on the other end, where the Hillcats (3-6) simply couldn’t convert. Junior Paige Vincent led H-D with six points.

Campbell 57, Hopkinton 56

The collision happened with no time left on the clock and the score tied. One official signaled it was against Campbell while another indicated the opposite. After a conference, they put a Campbell player on the charity stripe and she connected for the game-winning free throw to end a wild contest in Hopkinton.

Sabrey Montore finished with a team-high 14 points for the Hawks. Callie Chase added 12, Brittany Marshall had eight and Jessica Quinn finished with six.

Newfound 40, Franklin 39

The Golden Tornadoes (3-5) held the lead for the majority of the game, but turned the ball over on a key last-second play to drop a tough home loss to Newfound (5-4) on Monday. Despite the close loss, the Tornadoes will find a silver lining in the fact that they fell by 23 points at Newfound in December and improved greatly on that result.

Kelsey Bird (12 points) and Katarina Styles (10 points) led Franklin offensively.

Sunapee 40, Concord Christian 29

The Lady Kingsmen (1-7) dropped their fourth straight game with a road loss to the Lakers (5-1).

Lauren McLaughlin had 13 points and five steals to lead Concord Christian, while Kendra Jarvis (eight points, nine rebounds), Kaity Purtell (six points, three steals), Nastassja Martel (two points, five rebounds) and (Hannah Revitsky (six rebounds) all played well.

BOYS’ NORDIC SKIING

Hopkinton first

Cam DeBrusk, Tom Echelberger and Owen Kanter finished second, third and fourth, respectively, to help the Hawks to a first-place result in a six-team meet at the Eastman Cross country Center in Grantham. The Hawks finished with 388.5 points with Moultonborough taking second at 368. Derryfield was third with 361, followed by Sunapee (350), Newport (178.5) and Stevens (83).

Moultonborough’s Joe Smith left the field in his wake with a first-place time of 11:55, well ahead of the Hopkiton trio of DeBrusk (13:34), Echelberger (13:36) and Kanter (13:53). Carter Van Eiterim also scored for the Hawks and wasn’t far behind his teammates, taking sixth in a time of 13:56.

GIRLS NORDIC SKIING

Hopkinton first

The Hawks had to work for it, but in the end they finished 10 points ahead of second-place Moultonborough (386-376) in a six-team meet at the Eastman Cross country Center in Grantham. Sunapee was third with 353 followed by Stevens (338), Derryfield (192) and Newport (165).

Hopkinton’s Shannon Nadeau (13:50) and Sarah Nadeau (14:01) finished second and third, respectively. They were just behind Derryfield’s Jessa Fogel (13:34), but well ahead of the rest of the field (Moultonborough’s Jerrica Davy was fourth in 17:33). Emma Geiger (sixth) and Judith Marklin (seventh) rounded out the scoring for the Hawks.

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