Nashua South boys win in defensive struggle

North's Sam Nichols goes to the hoop for two points.

By ANDREW SYLVIA

For The Telegraph

NASHUA – A Battle of the Bridge contest is always special, but it’s even more special during a nail-biting finish.

Despite leading by just a pair of baskets for most of the final quarter, Nashua South managed to defeat Nashua North in a defensive affair on Friday night, pulling away for a 42-35 win over the visiting Titans.

This season North has made its case for inclusion in Division I’s elite echelon, but the Panthers did not seem intimidated early on, limiting the Titans to just 20 percent shooting from the floor in the first quarter on 17-7 run.

The Panthers continued their defensive dominance in the second quarter, entering the half with a 25-14 lead, but the Titans began to fight back after the break.

South managed just two field goals in the third quarter, allowing North to narrow the lead down to four by the beginning of the fourth quarter.

However, South’s defense held firm, forcing mistakes and grabbing rebounds off a series of long-distance North shots.

“We made it very clear to the guys that is the type of score we needed to make it a game. They are a fantastic team, especially in transition,” said South Head Coach Nate Mazerolle. “If this were in the 60s, 70s or 80s, I don’t like our chances, but 43-35, ugly basketball, but we’ll take it every night.”

North Head Coach Steve Lane praised South’s effort, as his team lost its second in a row after 7-1 stretch to start the season just as South has now won five of its last six after losing its first four.

“I’m pleased with the effort in the second half, but to beat good teams you have to play 32 minutes and the first half was sub-par at best for us tonight.”

Curtis Harris lead the Titans with 11 points as South freshman Alex Fulfachor got nine points in his debut, tying sophomore Cody Rocheleau for the team lead.