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Post  Tuesday and Friday on Fri Jan 22, 2010 1:57 am

This has been a nice stretch with the last 2 Thursdays having big games: Dover at BG and Milford at Portsmouth. More basketball. It's the way it should be, not just on T & Fs.

Alvrine at North: I wouldn't be surprised to see North pull the upset. I'm still waiting to see more out of the Broncos.

Salem at Winny: Is it possible to see a 1-4 team visiting a 4 - 1 team and call it a pick em game? You can in this one.

Trinity at Exeter: Another 1 - 4 team playing a 4 - 1 team. I have a hunch Exeter is due for a big effort.

Memorial at Londonderry: This is a key game for both teams. The winner shoots up in the standings while the loser is stuck in neutral. Playing at Londonderry is not a great place for Memorial to shake off their anemic 29 point effort from last Friday against Winny.

Merrimack at Dover: This game has it all. 2 of the top 3 teams in Class L, marquee players and characters over flowing in the stands. What's not to like about this game, which is the best match up in the state on Friday.

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Post  nhhoopguy on Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:21 am

Salem/Winny game will be a pickem!
Salem is a better team than the record shows and Winny has always struggled against salem.

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Post  EBlessNHSP on Fri Jan 22, 2010 12:52 pm

Lots of good games tonight. The best of the bunch is obviously Dover/Merrimack. I think Exeter/Trinity will also be a really good game. Salem going to Winny has a chance for an upset, but I like the Warriors. Looking forward to reports on the board tonight! I'll be at Exeter.

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Post  nhhoopguy on Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:32 pm

Winny beats salem by 14.
Winny was in control the whole game, with a swarming defense to shutdown Salem.
Nick Mcgrail came out on fire, nailing numerous 3's and layups.
Jesse gould did great job on Larosa.

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Post  EBlessNHSP on Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:35 pm

Trinity over Exeter by 10, 56-66. Exeter looked good for 1, but Madol took over and scored 22. Hayden played, and played decently. Holler had 20 and Munro 21 for Exeter.

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Post  nhhoopguy on Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:53 pm

Merrimack beats Dover by 17!

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Post  Tuesday and Friday on Sat Jan 23, 2010 12:22 am

Merrimack beats Dover 65 - 46

The 3rd quarter was the turning point as Merrimack outscored Dover 25 - 2. Dimitri Floras had 10 points for Merry in the pivotal 3rd period. There was a lot of interesting things going on during this game. I'll give more info in the near future.

D. Floras with 19, Tyler Gendron with 12 and Travis Maser with 11 to lead the undefeated T-Hawks.
Faustino had 18 to lead the Green Wave.

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Post  EBlessNHSP on Sat Jan 23, 2010 12:37 am

I hear Floras is the real deal...I can't wait to see Merrimack. 1 week their at BG unfortunately I'll be away on business, but I expect some reports from that one regardless. (cue the "you mean you don't run this board for a living??" comments)

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Post  EBlessNHSP on Sat Jan 23, 2010 12:40 am

My NHSportsPage.com story...early of course for the NH Sports Forum faithful...



Trinity 66 Exeter 56

Friday nights tilt between Exeter and Trinity is a story of two programs going in different directions. Trinity, although coming off a loss at Manchester West a week ago, boasted a 4-1 record coming into the game. Early season victories at Memorial and Londonderry and at home vs. Winnacunnet (a combined 12-6 record) have matured a team that plays several underclassmen for significant minutes. Exeter on the hand, was highly touted coming into the season, but so far the combination of playing some tough early season games and the inability to find a go-to scorer in key game situations have hurt the Blue Hawks.

Friday nights game came down to execution, and with the Pioneers jumping out to a big lead early in the second half, they took their 5-out offense to the next level to close out the Blue Hawks in Exeter, 66-56. David Madol, a Junior, who some think may be the best player in State, did nothing on this night to change the minds of the believers, as he filled it up for 22 points and 10 plus rebounds. Madol battled all night against Exeter big man Tucker Munro, who displayed a plethora of post moves en route to a team high 21 points.

Exeter looked like the team who came to play from the tip as they worked the ball consistently to Munro on the post who was able to get position on Madol and use both hands finishing over the top of the outstretched hands on consecutive possessions. Holding Trinity without a basket for the first 5 minutes of the game gave Exeter a 8-3 lead at the 3 minute mark. The big 3 for Trinity would answer with Junior Zach Stevens coming off a screen to hit an elbow jumper, point guard Phil Hayden finishing on a nice controlled jump stop in the lane and Madol swishing a 18 footer to close the Exeter lead to 4 points after 1, 13-9.

To this point, Exeter was not only controlling the paint (scoring their first 8 points there) but also the tempo of the game on both ends of the floor. Madol only had 2 shot attempts and Exeter Coach Jeff Holmes had his kids taking it right to the pre-season 1st teamer in the lane.

Munro and Madol would trade baskets early in the 2nd with Madol hitting a pretty step back jumper and Munro connecting on a shot high off the glass from the right side of the lane. With 3 minutes to go, point guard James Holler of Exeter would pick up his 2nd foul allowing Madol to sink 2 free throws and take the lead at 18-16. Without their Senior leader on the floor, who to this point had done a nice job mediating the flow of the offense and being a catalyst all over the floor defensively, Exeter would turn to Vigars to initiate the offense, and he would, hitting a 3 giving the Blue Hawks a 21-18 advantage. Trinity responded with a beautifully executed pick and roll from the top of the key as Hayden bounced a perfectly placed pass to Madol for an easy 2 at the rim and ultimately give Trinity a 26-25 lead at the half.

The third and fourth quarters would really tell a different story. While the teams traded baskets, and played a physical style of ball through the first half, the second half was more of a finesse game, especially for the Pioneers. Trinity came out running their 5-out offense, bringing the defense to the perimeter and cycling players off the ball foul line extended, looking for lanes to the basket. The execution of the offensive schemes instituted by Trinity Coach Dave Keefe paid immediate dividends to the tune of a 11-4 run to open the 3rd. Madol was able to take his man off the dribble from the perimeter, facing no help side defense, scoring twice at the rim. Sophomore 3 point specialist Jake Hammel would make Exeter pay for eventually helping off him giving the Pioneers a 33-27 lead with a 3 from outside.

Munro and Exeter would not go quietly into the night however as he hit a 10 foot jumper, a layup and the subsequent foul shot for being fouled. Having closed the lead to 3 at 37-34 Exeter was back within striking distance. A time-out by Keefe produced a offensive set that had Stevens spotting up in the right hand corner, and Hayden and Madol playing pick and roll at the top of the key. The play, which they ran several times, forced the Exeter defense to pick their poison, and Hayden was able to get to the rim for layups. Sophomore guard Dylan Lafond went on a mini 5-0 run of his own for the Pioneers hitting a 3 at the buzzer to end the 3rd.

Down 46-34 opening up the 4th, Exeter and Hollers hand would be forced. He would put up 4 threes in the frame scoring 14 points (20 total for the game) in an attempt to bring the Blue Hawks back. Trinity however, did a fantastic job taking the air out of the ball, patiently waiting for layup opportunities, or drawing fouls where they would go to the line and hit 10/10 for the quarter.

Exeter held tough for the majority of the game, but the depth of the Pioneers bench, bringing capable players in to contribute was too much for the Blue Hawk defense. Offensively, Exeter seems to be waiting for that 3rd guy to step up, on some nights Vigars appears to be that guy, but he was unable to get it going in this one. Trinity was able to do a solid job spreading the ball around, with 6 players scoring 6 or more points for the game. Any one of those 6 guys has the ability to go for 10 plus on any given night, which makes them a very difficult team to defend for 24 minutes.



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Travis Descoteaux 10 0/2
Zach Stevens 6 2/2
David Madol 22 6/6
Westley Lectere 2 2/2
Gordon Duffley 9 5/8
Phil Hayden 11 5/5
Jake Hamel 6 0/0

66

Exeter

James Holler 20 4/5
Louie Vigars 8 5/6
Quinn Conner 2 2/4
Tim LaRoche 4 0/0
Tucker Munro 21 5/5
Brad Tiernan 1 1/2

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Post  Tuesday and Friday on Sat Jan 23, 2010 1:10 am

Merrimack - 12 7 25 21
Dover - 7 13 2 24

The layoff definitely came into play for both teams in the first half. Both teams offenses were plodding and stale. Mid terms, sicknesses and coach's decisions for a player to sit the first half turned this game into a snoozer for the first 16 minutes. The Floras brothers combined for 10 of Merry's 12 points in the first quarter. Watson did not play in the first half due to a coach's decision. Hardwick was coming off a sickness and hardly played. Burt was cold in the 1st period. Nobody was really looking to do anything on offense for Merry in the 2nd period. Merry had 7 points on 2 FGs and 3 FTs in the 2nd. Dover started to show signs of life on offense in the 2nd period as Burt had 5 points and 3 other mates scored.

Watson started the 2nd half and hit a 3 seconds into the half. I've always said the first few minutes of the 2nd half is one of the most important parts of the game and Merrimack made a statement to start the 2nd half. Merrimack went on an 11 - 0 run in the first 3:45 of the 2nd half to go up by 10, 30 - 20. A Dimitri Floras 3 made it 33 - 20 with 3:40 left in the 3rd. Another D. Floras 3 made it 36 - 22 Merry with 3:15 left in the 3rd. Dover struggled setting up on offense and with 3:05 left in the 3rd Romps used his 4th TO of the period to stem the Tomo Tide. At this point Romps had no TOs left. The Merry offense was clicking with Watson added to it. Merry closed the period with a run of 8 - 0 and had a 44 - 22 lead after 3. Frustration set in for Dover at the start of the 4th as forced shots were prevelant. The Green Wave did make a run with a Faustino 3 with 4:55 to go that made the score 49 - 37 in favor of Merrimack. A Rory Duffy 3 got Dover as close as they would get in the second half 57 - 46 with 2:01 left in the game. At this point Dover had spent so much energy cutting the 22 point end of the 3rd deficit that they gave up gimmee layups to Gendron and Amigo which gave Merry a comfortable margin again.

Burt was held scoreless in the 2nd half with a combination of excellent defense by A. Floras, frustration and lack of positive energy between him and the Dover coaching box. Dover looks like they've hit a wall after their great start to the season. The body language was not good for the Wave tonight. Word had it that Coach Romps was sick this week and this could've had an adverse effect on practice to get ready for this game. Faustino was very good tonight. He tried single handedly to bring Dover back in the 4th with 12 points.

Dimitri Floras gets the game ball with his 19 point performance. He hit a couple of dagger 3's when Merry was going on their pivotal 3rd quarter run. Tyler Gendron had an effective game with 12 points. He gives Merry much needed length on defense and with rebounding. He'll be key against the BG Big 3 next Friday. Travis Maser had a nice game with 11 points. He's at his best when slashing to the hoop and he did that tonight. A. Floras had 8, but his defense was immense. Merrimack scored 46 points in the 2nd half. Dover scored 46 points in the game.

Dover has hit a wall, but a big wall it's been against BG and Merry in the last 8 days. Dover will be back. It's a long season. Merry looks very good and is ready to travel the short trip to BG next Friday for their "friendly" rivalry game.

Merry - D. Floras 19 Gendron 12 Maser 11 Watson 9 A. Floras 8 Amigo 2 Goodridge 2 Garstang 2

Dover - Faustino 18 Duffy 9 Al-D 7 Burt 5 Lund 5 Dube 2

Dover was 7 - 11 from the line. Burt did not attempt any FTs.
Merry was 13 - 20 from the line.

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Post  Tuesday and Friday on Sat Jan 23, 2010 1:26 am

In Memorial's 61 - 48 victory over Londonderry there were some wild sings of momentum in the game. After the 1st Memorial was winning 12 to 5. Londonderry went on a big run in the 2nd period to go up by 8 points. Some timely scoring by C. Fitz cut into the Londonderry lead and eventually gave the Crusaders a 26 to 22 halftime lead. Dan McLean was instumental in this bounce back by Memorial with scoring, rebounding, steals and blocks. Memorial held a solid 43 to 28 lead after 3 periods.

Fitz had around 20 points, Couture had a nice game and McLean might have played his best game of the year doing everything for the Porter St. boys. Memorial gets a hard earned victory that could propel them to bigger and better things in Class L. As one astute observer told me, "Memorial took a good Lancer punch in this game, hit the mat, but got back up and hit back."

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Post  Tuesday and Friday on Sun Jan 24, 2010 11:52 am

Here's some interesting things said by coaches yesterday on the Saturday morning show at WGAM:

Andy Otocka said:
- Once Ryan Gauthier's understanding of the game catches up with his physical ability we will have a point guard at North to rival Lance Bisson and Mike Salis.

- Zach Nadeau is North's glue guy who against Alvrine had 6 points, 8 blocks, 15 rebounds and 6 steals. Nadeau is a jumping jack 6'0.


Tim Goodridge said:
- With coaching young kids always expect the unexpected. No way did he expect to walk away from Dover with a 19 point win. He was just hoping his team would survive the game.

- The BG game is big, but the bigger games come in March.


Matt Alosa was asked if he's ever thought of the UNH head coaching job and he said it would be "a perfect fit."
- Pete Tarrier made mention of how cool it was to have Alosa and Scott Drapeau in the same gym coaching against each other in last Friday's MV at Pembroke game. Drapeau is an assistant coach for MV. Drapeau lead MV to Class I titles in 1989 and 1990. Alosa's Pembroke team ended the MV run in 1991 by beating them in the final. Alosa said he's still friends with Drapeau and that Scott has a lot to offer to the kids in the MV program.

Dave Keefe said:
- Phil Hayden is at 80 to 85 percent with his high ankle sprain injury he had in the QCIBT.

- He doesn't mind being "under the radar" in Class L this year...... T & F says: with arguably the top rated Junior in the state in David Madol, one of the best point guards in the state in Phil Hayden and one of the best small forwards in the state in Zach Stevens, that Trinity is very visible on my radar. My radar is a good one and when I turn it on every Tuesday and Friday evening the Trinity High ship is one of the first 3 to 5 large blips that show up in my Class L ocean.

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