Monday, December 26, 2011

QCIBT - Opening Night Recap

Every year the Queen City Invitational Basketball Tournament (QCIBT) is the most competitive boys basketball holiday tournament in the state. On Monday night the tourney tipped off at Memorial High in Manchester, with Merrimack, Manchester West and Manchester Central all picking up wins to advance to the semi-finals on Wednesday night.

In the game of the night West pulled an upset by defeating Trinity 66-59. The Blue Knights were led by 6'4" senior Aaron Martin (23 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals) and 6'3" junior Jocarl Bureau (20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals). Many people are picking Trinity to win the Division I title this year, so this was a statement victory for a West team that is MUCH better than people thought. Travis Descoteaux (who transferred from Trinity to West over the summer), Caleb Dolman, Carl Jacques and Nolan Flynn also played well for Coach Brysons team. For Trinity, 6'7" junior Mabor Gabriel led the way with 17 points and 9 rebounds. This might have been a holiday tourney game that doesn't count in the standings, but it definitely had the intensity and level of play of a mid-season battle.

In the other 2 match ups, Merrimack (led by their big 3 of Dimitri Floras, Tyler Gendron and Eric Gendron) topped Dover 59-51 and Central overcame a very slow start to beat Memorial 52-41. Exeter got a first round bye, they'll play Merrimack in one semi-final while West and Central will square off in the other.

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