Nashua South boys basketball team roars past Nashua North

NASHUA – Nashua North had its crosstown rival right where it wanted. The Titans were within two at halftime and were giving Nashua South fits on both ends of the court through 16 minutes of play.

With shifty Panthers point guard Yordy Tavarez in foul trouble early, it appeared the Titans gained an edge headed into the second half. Not if Vinny Ortolano and Trevor Knight had anything to say about it. The South seniors stepped in for Tavarez running the offense and the Panthers pulled away for a 53-44 win in Game 1 of Tuesday night’s boys/girls doubleheader at North.

Knight ran the point, finishing with 11 points, while Ortolano took charge of the scoring duties, hitting two 3-pointers in an eight-point third quarter and another two field goals in the fourth for a game-high 12 in the win.

“Vinny and Trevor really picked up the team with us in foul trouble,” South head coach Nate Mazerolle said. “That is smart senior leadership. Vinny made some clutch shots and some big plays creating steals and turning them into points.

“It was really nice in this type of game, and atmosphere, for him to have such a big night for us. It’s stuff he’s done all season, and it was noticed tonight.”

Despite his limited playing time, Tavarez still finished with 10 points, including a 3-pointer, while Mike Osgood fought for 11 down low.

“Our execution was the best it’s been all season,” said Mazerolle of his 8-4 Panthers. “We had balanced scoring and coaches love that.”

For the first half of play, North head coach Steve Lane loved what he saw as well.

The Titans were running the floor with South and hitting shots from all over the floor. Brendan Barrett had the hot hand for North, sharing the team high in scoring with 11 (three 3-pointers) along with Brennan Kastens.

“We came out in the second half and missed an open layup,” said Lane, whose Titans fell to 4-8. “We miss, then they come back and hit a 3-pointer on the other end to go up by five. Then they went up by seven. Then they went up by nine, and that’s around where things stayed the rest of the night.

“We were missing chip shots and little bunnies and not taking advantage of our opportunities – when they missed or we got it in down low – in the second half. If that third quarter starts a little differently – if we took better care of the ball and hit one or two more layups – who knows. But we didn’t.”

South did hit those shots, outscoring North 16-9 in the third to pull away for the win

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NASHUA SOUTH (53)

Vinny Ortolano 5-0-12, Trevor Knight 4-2-11, Mike Osgood 4-3-11, Yordy Tavarez 2-5-10, Cam Joyal 3-0-7, Malik Langa 1-0-2. Totals: 19-10-53.

NASHUA NORTH (44)

Brendan Barrett 4-0-11, Brennan Kastens 5-1-11, Demitri Jackson 2-2-6, Drew Sheridan 2-2-6, Jordan Lates 2-0-4, Jefry Almonte 2-0-4, Ashea Bittle 1-0-2. Totals: 18-5-44.

SOUTH (8-4) 8 18 16 11 – 53

NORTH (4-8) 7 17 9 11 – 44

3-pointers: NS – Ortolano 2, Tavarez, Joyal, Knight; NN – Barrett 3. Next: South hosts Exeter and North hosts Memorial on Friday.