Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Central Over Trinity in Double-OT Thriller in D-I Semis

There have been some very memorable games played at UNH over the years, but Tuesday night's semi-final match up between #1 seed Trinity and #4 seed Manchester Central is right near the top of the list. It's always a big deal when Queen City schools do battle on the hardwood. Whether it's a summer league game or the state tournament there's always more at stake in a 'city game'. Throw in the fact that this was a Division I semi-final tilt, it went to double-overtime and every kid who stepped on the floor gave it EVERYTHING he had and you have the makings of a CLASSIC game for New Hampshire basketball.

Central came back from a 9-point 2nd half deficit and took a slim lead late in the 4th quarter. Trinity got shots inside by Andrew Lauderdale to force overtime, and by freshman Ian Sistare to force a second OT period. But the Little Green scored 2 quick buckets to start the second OT and were able hold on for a 59-56 win in an absolute thriller.

It was a sellout crowd at Lundholm Gymnasium, and Pelletier gave them quite a show. He poured in a game-high 26 points, hitting clutch threes, pulling up and hitting the mid-range jumper and also slashing to the rim. Whenever the Little Green needed a big basket he delivered it. Junior Brown also hit some clutch shots and Gabe LaCount had a gutsy performance after getting injured in the quarterfinals to have some big inside points and rebounds against the Trinity bigs who are much bigger.

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