It was a happy bus ride home for the Timberlane of Plaistow boys' basketball team Friday night.
Timberlane ended its 81-game losing streak against Division I competition by beating Keene, 71-56. The Owls completed the season with a 1-17 record.
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"We didn't talk much after the game, but there was a lot of emotion let out," Timberlane coach Jeff Baumann said. "I'm very proud of how we've competed all season. The team was getting better all year, that's just a relative term."
Eric Nelson scored 24 points for the Owls, who will move to Division II next season. Timberlane's Jason Hughes finished with 14 points and Cam Donnelly tossed in 12.
The game was tied at halftime, but Timberlane took control by outscoring Keene (0-15) 19-8 in the third quarter.
"This is a nice way to go into the offseason," Baumann said. "Getting this off our back will be beneficial moving forward."
Salem 59, Alvirne 47: At Salem, the Blue Devils led 18-0 after one quarter and held on to raise their record to 7-9. Salem made 16 of its 20 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter.
Matt Vartanian and Michael Felix each scored 15 to lead Salem. Tyler Brown scored 15 for Alvirne, which fell to 5-11.
Manchester West 77, Nashua South 63: At Nashua, Keenan Caron scored 26 points and the Blue Knights led from start to finish to pull off the upset. West was up 61-36 at the end of three quarters before South rallied late.
Richard Shout added 16 points and Zach Theriault 13 for the Blue Knights, who improved to 4-11.
Trevor Knight had 18 points and Michael Osgood 15 for the Purple Panthers, who fell to 9-7.
Manchester Central 65, Winnacunnet 57: At Manchester, Joey Martin had 19 points and Brett Hanson 17 to help the Little Green remain unbeaten at 17-0. Central led 27-20 after the first quarter, but the Warriors went on a 14-3 run to take the lead. The Little Green scored eight straight points to close the half and take the lead for good.
Sam Knollmeyer scored 19 points and Alec Boucher 14 for Winnacunnet, which fell to 10-6.
Merrimack 63, Manchester Memorial 60: At Manchester, Eric Gendron (26) and Shayne Bourque (23) combined for 49 points to lead the Warriors, who improved to 14-2. Merrimack made 23 of its 25 foul shots and Memorial was 3-for-12 from the line. Marlo Roumraj had 16 points, Trevon Maughn 13 and Kabongo Ngalakulondi 12 for Memorial. The Crusaders are 5-9. Merrimack plays host to Keene today at 1:30 in a makeup game.
Trinity 46, Londonderry 38: At Londonderry, Wenyen Gabriel scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half and had 15 rebounds to lead the Pioneers, who are 15-1. Brad Rhoades added 10 points. Trinity made one field goal in the fourth quarter and sealed the win by making nine of 12 foul shots in the period. Cody Ball scored 12 points for Londonderry. The Lancers are 13-4.
Campbell 75, Hillsboro-Deering 35: At Litchfield, the Cougars opened a 16-2 lead after one period and kept rolling to their 12th straight win. Zach Bergeon had 24 points and Tyler Brennen 10 for Campbell, 13-2. The Hillcats fell to 3-13.
Moultonborough 52, Newmarket 51 (OT): At Newmarket, Johnny McClay hit the winning 3-pointer with 20 seconds to go in overtime and led the Panthers with 16 points. Newmarket missed a contested shot in the closing seconds. Riley Swedberg had 14 points and Aaron Davis had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Moultonborough, 9-7. Sam Leahy had 22 points for Newmarket, 8-9.
Manchester Memorial 61, Merrimack 55: At Merrimack, MaKenah Grisson had a big night with 21 ponts, 13 rebounds, six blocks and five steals to lead the Crusaders, who are 10-4. Jenoyce Laniyan added 15 points and eight rebounds and A.J. Akot had 11 points. Rachel Wilkinson had five 3-point baskets and 17 points for Merrimack, 5-10.
Londonderry 68, Trinity 50: At Manchester, Aliza Simpson returned to the lineup after missing eight games with a leg injury and led the Lancers with 17 points. Ashley Berube added 14 points for Londonderry, which snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 14-3.
Amanda Torres had 14 points for Trinity, 9-6.
Goffstown 46, Hollis-Brookline 32: At Hollis, Molly McQueeney's 17 points led the Grizzlies, who are now 9-7. Goffstown led 28-22 after three periods and outscored Hollis-Brookline 17-10 in the fourth to pull away. The Cavaliers are 7-8.
Coe-Brown 63, Pembroke Academy 47: At Pembroke, the Bears raced to a 22-14 first-quarter lead on the way to their fourth straight win. Coe-Brown is now 11-5. Pembroke had its two-game winning streak snapped and fell to 10-6.
Derryfield 40, Wilton-Lyndeborough 36: At Wilton, Hannah Comeau scored 20 points and Hannah Menakaya added 12 as Derryfield completed the Division IV regular season with an 11-7 record. Wilton-Lyndeborough dropped to 9-9.
Bow 36, Raymond 26: At Bow, senior Kirsten Bresson led all scorers with 17 points and added six rebounds to lead the Falcons to a Thursday win. Bow is 12-5 and Raymond dropped to 6-10.
Bishop Brady/Trinity 4, Lebanon 3: At Concord, Ann Margaret Disciscio scored two goals, including the game-winner, to lead the winners. The home team scored a pair of goals in the third period for the win. Stephanie Sloane tied it 33 seconds into the period and Disciscio scored with 4:27 left. Stephanie Snow had a goal and an assist. Lauren Osowitz made 25 saves for the win. Brady/Trinity improved to 8-5 and Lebanon is 10-4.