Connor Green leads Bishop Guertin to victory
The Mass & NH High School Basketball Report visited Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, NH this evening to watch several of our top rated NH boys compete in what many think is a preview of what is to come in the division 1 NH State Finals. In this highly anticipated contest, our #3 rated NH senior (John Wickey) and our #7 rated senior (Connor Green) battled it out.
In the end, it was the pressure defense of Bishop Guertin that prevailed in a closely contested contest. The Cardinals came back from a 36-27 deficit to win 62-55 behind 25 points from 6'5" G/F Connor Green. Green scored in a variety of ways knocking down the three, getting to the rim off the dribble, as well as adding a couple of nice pull ups.
In the first half it was the play of John Wickey (20 points) that propelled Manchester Central to a half time lead as the 6'7" forward dominated the paint. When Wickey stepped out and hit a three Manchester Central would go up 26-23 and have a lead that they would not relinquish until the 4th quarter. We were impressed with Wickey tonight as he showed that he can run the floor, has good rotation and a nice touch, and can get after it on the boards.
Also impressive tonight were Manchester Central's 5'9" senior guard Audie Melendez who knocked down a couple of big threes and finished a couple of nice baskets around the rim to finish with 14 points.
Bishop Guertin's 6'2" G/F Logan Kesty finished with 9 points, including a big three to put Guertin up 49-48 with 7:10 to play. Kesty also put together another 4 point run late in the game to tie the score at 55-55 and then give Bishop Guertin the lead 57-55. Bishop Guertin would not give up another point the rest of the way as their pressure defense forced several Central mistakes down the end.
Bishop Guertin's 6'3" forward Sean McClung (our #8 rated senior) added 11 points and Manchester Central's 6'0" guard Gabe LaCount (our #6 rated junior) finished with 10 points.