High schools: MV, John Stark basketball sweep opponents; plus more Tuesday night hoops

Published: 01-02-2024 11:46 PM

Boys’ Basketball

Merrimack Valley 61, Bishop Brady 27

Key players: MV – Nic Oglesby (19 points), Andrew Surpenant (13 points), Ethan Dukette (8 points), Boston Bradicich (8 points); Bishop Brady – Owen Thorton (11 points), Ryan Casey (9 points)

Highlights: The Pride started off hot and kept the lead throughout the rest of the game.

Coach’s quote: “Good team win and I liked how our guys played tonight.” – MV’s Tim Mucher

Records: MV 2-3; Bishop Brady 0-4

Keene 68, Concord 51

Key players: Keene – Javon Massiah (21 points), Fitch Hennessy (13 points); Concord – Japhet Nduwayo (12 points), Alain Twite (11 points), Sammy Iranzi (8 points)

Highlights: After an evenly-played first quarter, Keene went on a run to start the second and Concord responded, but was stagnant in the third. The Blackbirds outscored the Tide 20-6 in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

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Coach’s quote: “This is a tough one. What we may have lacked in some of our previous losses had nothing to do with our effort and focus. Tonight our effort and focus was not where it needed to be.” – Concord’s Tim LaTorra

Records: Keene 3-2; Concord 0-5

John Stark 56, Lebanon 44

Key players: John Stark – Elliot Belliveau (16 points), Aiden Harris (16 points, 6 steals), Logan Montgomery (9 points), Donnie White (7 rebounds, 6 blocks)

Highlights: John Stark opened with a 15-4 first quarter, but Lebanon made two different runs to make it a 3-point game going into the fourth before the Generals could put it away.

Coach’s quote: “We understand it’s going to be a game of runs, so I liked how we kept our composure in the fourth. I was really proud of Elliot, he’s had to overcome a ton of adversity and for him to play like he did tonight, it really makes us a different team.” – John Stark’s Mike Smith

Records: John Stark 2-3; Lebanon 0-5

Pembroke 93, Bow 69

Key players: Pembroke – Joe Fitzgerald (33 points), Devin Riel (career-high 20 points), Evan Berkeley (19 points), Javien Sinclair (7 points), Zach Bemis (7 points); Bow – Jake Reardon (18 points), Colby Smith (14 points), Sean Guerrette (13 points), Peyton Larrabee (11 points)

Highlights: The Spartans came out firing on all cylinders, scoring 34 points in the first quarter. Riel had a career night with 20 points and solid defense.

Coach’s quote: “Offensively we had a pretty solid game, but we need to get better on the defensive side of the game. Giving up 69 points is not the results we expect. Lots of work to do to get where the players want to be come March.” – Pembroke’s Mike Donnell

Records: Pembroke 3-0; Bow 2-2

Belmont 36, Winnisquam 33

Key players: Belmont – Keegan Martinez (22 points), Anakin Underhill (9 points);  Winnisquam – Caleb Robdau (10 points)

Highlights:  Winnisquam led 20-17 at the end of the first half before Belmont led 26-25 heading into the fourth quarter.

Records: Belmont 2-3; Winnisquam 1-4

Girls’ Basketball

Merrimack Valley 48, Bishop Brady 40

Key players: MV – Syd Bailey (20 points), Annika Horne (11 points); Bishop Brady – Mia Wagner (20 points), Claire Jackson (6 points)

Highlights: MV led 14-8 after the first quarter, 28-20 at halftime and 40-35 heading into the fourth in a consistent effort.

Coach’s quote: “Overall we played a solid game versus a tough Brady team. We shot the ball well and did enough on both ends to get the win. Things to work on, but the girls play hard.” – MV’s Bob McNutt

Records: MV 3-2; Bishop Brady 0-5

Keene 60, Concord 52

Key players: Keene – Jay Keating (20 points); Concord – Delaney Duford (18 points), Maddie Kelly (12 points, four 3s), Whitney Vaillant (9 points, 5 rebounds)

Highlights: It was a back-and-forth game offensively and defensively, but the Blackbirds edged the Tide in every quarter to hold the lead.

Coach’s quote: “Effort is getting better. We didn’t have an answer for their shooter Jay Keating. She had 20 points. Whenever we felt like we were going to maybe get a lead she hit a big shot.” – Concord’s Rob Darrell

Records: Keene 4-0; Concord 1-3

John Stark 42, Lebanon 27

Key players: John Stark – Eleanor Girardet (16 points, 11 rebounds), Haley Stafford (7 points, 4 steals)

Highlights: It was a 6-point game going in the fourth quarter as Lebanon kept it close, but the Generals closed the game out in the fourth quarter, outscoring Lebanon, 13-2.

Coach’s quote: “We had a rough game tonight. Our shots weren’t falling, so I’m happy we were still able to close the game.” – John Stark’s Tiffany Lewis

Records: John Stark 3-1; Lebanon 0-4

Girls’ Hockey

Pinkerton 7, Concord 0

Key players: Pinkerton  – Emily Gosselin (5 goals), Riley Dunn (goal, 6 assists); Concord – Kaylee Dellolacono (28 saves)

Coach’s quote: “Unfortunately, we didn’t bring our best effort and it showed. Our goalie played a great game for us, but we had too many errors in front of her.” – Concord’s Kate Billings

Records: Pinkerton 5-0; Concord 1-3