Nashua North tops Keene in Division I boys basketball prelim

The Nashua North High School boys basketball team looked like a very tough No. 10 seed on Tuesday night.

The visiting Titans improved to 11-8 and basically dominated the No. 7 Keene Blackbirds in the Division I preliminary round, 72-56.

North will now hit the road again on Friday, facing No. 2 Salem, which cruised past No. 15 Goffstown 76-54 in their prelim game.

The Titans got 22 points from Connor Dunning and 21 from Curtis Harris and were in control throughout at Keene.

The Titans led 21-12 at the end of one quarter after jumping out to a 16-9 lead.

They maintained control at 30-15 before going to the locker room at halftime up 34-17.

A Nate Kane layup gave the Titans a 46-22 lead midway through the third, and they led 55-35 heading into the final eight minutes.

Ironically the Blackbirds (11-8) had beaten the Titans just over two weeks ago, 56-48 in Nashua.

Now it’s on to Salem, whom the Titans did not face at all this season.

In other action Tuesday night in the Division I boys tourney, Winnacunnet slipped past Dover, 52-49, and will dface Londonderry, which defeated South.

Portsmouth knocked off Manchester Central, 69-65, to earn a shot against Spaulding on Friday night.