A glance at the area’s top high school boys basketball performers, and upcoming games to watch
Coleman Brewster, jr., G, Portsmouth
The junior point guard has progressed to be one of the top scoring guards in Division I. He hit for 21 points as the Clippers edged Salem last Friday, 50-45, and led them with 22 in Tuesday�s 66-42 win at Central.
Teagan Hynes, jr., G, York
Hynes has run the point well for the Wildcats all winter and is a third option as a scorer behind Will MacDonald and Brady Cummins, chipping in 14 points � and four 3-pointers � in Monday�s 78-60 win at Lake Region. York (12-0) faces two more Class B opponents before its big showdown against Class A heavyweight Greely on Feb. 4.
Mike Leonard, sr., G, Exeter
The defending Division I champs, currently riding a 33-game win streak, trailed Spaulding 22-20 at halftime last Friday night. That was until Leonard erupted for five second-half 3-pointers, and seven overall, in Exeter’s 57-38 win. Leonard finished with 25 points and added 14 in Tuesday’s rout of Salem.
Brett Marelli, jr., F, Winnacunnet
The Warriors (5-2) have hit their stride, riding a five-game win streak into Friday�s game at Keene, and they�ve found their offensive leader in Marelli. He scored a career-high 30 points in last Friday�s 66-43 win over Central, and added 17 as Winnacunnet won at Timberlane on Tuesday, 52-37.
Dante McKenney, sr., G, Spaulding
McKenney exploded for a career-high 28 points as the Red Raiders moved above the .500 mark with a 72-56 win against Pinkerton on Tuesday. The Red Raiders (4-3) host Portsmouth (6-1) on Friday.
Aidan Sullivan, soph., G, Marshwood
Sullivan�s 14-point effort in Monday�s 64-53 win over Mt. Ararat was sparked by four first-half 3-pointers. The Hawks (8-6) have already topped last season�s win total by two and host Westbrook (3-10) on Friday.
GAMES TO WATCH
Portsmouth at Spaulding, Friday, 6 p.m.
It�s a rematch of last year�s thrilling D-I quarterfinal game, won on a Calvin Hewett putback with 1.1 seconds left. Hewett and the Clippers (6-1) sit in second place this time around, after grounding out a 50-45 win over Salem last Friday and winning at Central Tuesday, 66-42.
Conant at St. Thomas, Friday, 6:30 p.m.
This is another playoff rematch, and another chance for the Saints (4-3) to grab a win against an acknowledged top team in Division III. Anthony Gauthier of the Orioles (4-3) is one of the top scorers in the state, while any one of seven STA players could lead that team in points on a given night.
Colebrook at Newmarket, Friday, 7 p.m.
The Mohawks (5-3) may not be the best D-IV team from up north, but any chance the Mules (8-1) get to match up with a northern team is one they�d like to take advantage off. They�re coming off Wednesday�s 73-57 win at PCA that saw Will Chase go for 24 points.
Nashua North at Dover, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
This game kicks off a stiff four-game stretch for the Green Wave (5-2) and concludes with a visit to rival Spaulding on Feb. 7, with games against Winnacunnet and Nashua South in between. North (4-1) has won three straight since losing at Bedford earlier this month, and is allowing opponents just 45.8 points a game.
� compiled by Mike Zhe