A glance at the week’s top high school boys basketball performers, and some upcoming games to watch
Kevin Cummings, jr., G, Portsmouth
Minus two starters at Trinity on Tuesday, the Clippers got 24 points from the sharpshooting wing to bounce back from Friday�s loss at Merrimack. Good test for Portsmouth (8-2) this Friday when Windham (6-4) comes to town.
Frankie Driscoll, jr., G, Traip
Driscoll scored 28 points as the Rangers (8-10) capped the regular season with a thorough, 85-60 win over Old Orchard Beach on Wednesday. In an up-and-down winter, Traip will likely be on the road for a prelim game in the Class C South playoffs next week.
Will MacDonald, sr., F, York
MacDonald went off for 33 points in Wednesday�s 85-67 win at Gray-New Gloucester to cap the regular season. It�s believed to be the first time a York boys team has finished a regular season unbeaten, and the Wildcats (18-0) will be the top seed for the Class A South tournament.
James O�Hara, jr., G, Winnacunnet
O�Hara was solid in two wins last week, providing 18 points and backcourt rebounding in a 59-45 win at Dover on Friday, and adding 10 more points as the Warriors (7-3) moved into sixth place in Division I with a 69-52 win over Salem.
GAMES TO WATCH
Dover at Spaulding, Friday, 6 p.m.
On a night the court in Rochester will be officially named for 19th-year Spaulding coach Tim Cronin, both 4-6 teams are hungry for a win and the traction that goes with it. The Raiders have lost three straight; Dover has dropped five straight.
Exeter at Winnacunnet, Friday, 6:30 p.m.
The Blue Hawks are aiming for the program�s 37th consecutive win but should be tested by a Winnacunnet team that�s won seven of its last eight and is firing on all cylinders. The Warriors have the size to make things uncomfortable for the Blue Hawks, and Brett Marelli, Lucas Schaake and O�Hara are playing at a very high level.
Pittsfield at Newmarket, Friday, 7 p.m.
The top two teams in Division IV�s southern tier square off a game that could have big seeding implications. This is the first of four home games in the last five for the Mules (12-1), who would like to put a little cement around a potential No. 2 seed for the playoffs by beating the Panthers (11-3).
Nashua North at Exeter, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
Two teams that were on the short list of Division I contenders and sit 1-2 in the standings meet in Exeter in an anticipated showdown. Ryan Grijalva of Exeter (9-0) and Brendan Choate of North (8-1) are both contenders for Player of the Year honors in the league, and each has a capable supporting cast.
Belmont at Somersworth, Tuesday, 7 p.m.
The top tier of Division III is still fluid, and the result of this one should bring some clarity. The Hilltoppers (9-3) have won five straight as their healthy players have returned to the lineup, while the magic number for Belmont (8-3) is 50. It�s 8-0 when it scores more than that number, 0-3 when it scores less.
� Mike Zhe