High schools: Pembroke Academy boys’ hoop downs MV in opener

Monitor staff
Published: 1/15/2021 8:09:19 AM

Junior Mike Pitman hit some big shots down the stretch and finished with 16 points to lead the Pembroke Academy boys’ basketball team to a season-opening 49-39 win on Wednesday night against Merrimack Valley.

Pembroke had been scheduled to play against Hillsboro-Deering, but the start of H-D’s season was delayed due to health concerns. MV stepped into the void to play against its Capital-area rival. PA and MV will play again on Jan. 25 and Jan. 28. Hillsboro-Deering is scheduled to open its season on Jan. 19 at Kearsarge.

The Pride went up early behind senior Griffin Wheeler (17 points), but the Spartans used an 8-0 second quarter run to take a lead they would hold for the rest of the game. Preston Wallis finished with nine points for PA, Alex Francoer had eight and Cooper Gilman connected on some late buckets to wind up with seven points.

“It was just nice to be back inside the gym and playing a game,” Pembroke coach Rich Otis said. “Of course it wasn’t a packed house like you would normally see at a Pembroke-MV game, but we’ll all take what we can get at this point.”

Boys’ Basketball

Pittsfield 58, Nute 57

Key players: Pittsfield — Jah Gordon (25 points, 4 steals), Riley Reed (9 points), Jordan Roode (8 points), Ben Marcotte (8 points)

Highlights: The Panthers jumped out to a double digit lead early, only to find themselves down by one heading into the third quarter after falling into foul trouble. After trailing by as many as eight, Pittsfield took the lead with 3.4 seconds to go and held off a last second attempt by Nute.

Coach’s quote: “It was great to get out on the court and watch the kids compete. We have a lot to work on, but are grateful for the opportunity to play.” — Pittsfield’s Jay Darrah

Records: Pittsfield 1-0; Nute 0-1

Girls’ Basketball

Merrimack Valley 50, Pemborke 47

Key players: Merrimack Valley — Mackenzie McDonald (17 points, 12 rebounds), Macy Gordon (12 points), Rylee Boucher (7 points), Hadleigh Sargent 9 (points); Pemborke — Ashley Stephens (14 points), Annelise Dexter (13 points)

Highlights: This was close throughout and MV actually trailed by three points, 33-30, entering the fourth quarter before pulling away for the late win.

Coach’s quote: “Overall, I thought we played pretty well for our first game. We struggled a bit early with turnovers and defensive miscues, but in the fourth, we settled down and we were able to turn over PA and execute on the offensive end. We hit some big shots down the stretch which got us going. PA is a really good team and (coach) Steve (Langevin) had his girls ready to play. I think both us will come out of this game with things to work on and things we did well. We have Concord on Friday night and we need to play better.” — MV’s Bob McNutt

Records: Merrimack Valley 1-0; Pemborke 0-1

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