Pinkerton and Manchester West have been somewhere in the top 8 of the Division I standings all season long. And going into their showdown on Thursday night Pinkerton had a 10-5 record, while West was 9-5. Both teams were coming off wins. This should have been a MUCH closer basketball game.
However Pinkerton played like a team ready to make a final four run, while West played like a team ready to get bounced in the 1st round of the playoffs. All 5 of the Astros starters played great basketball. This is a team that has some injuries but they are peaking just at the right time of year. And they ran the Blue Knights out of their own gym, winning it 71-43.
"This is our first game all year where we finally had all 5 starters at 90% or better health-wise" said Pinkerton head coach Peter Rosinski. "Things really started to come together for us in the Merrimack game, and we've really been playing well since then.
Alex Patrikis had 14 points and 20 rebounds, Chris Light and Cam Welch both had 18 points to lead all scorers (Welch hit 5 threes), Sean Smith had 10 points (plus made a number of great hustle plays) and Kevin Colbert had 7 assists while doing a nice job running the point. Pinkerton didn't play their bench much, but their starters were hitting on all cylinders.
West went down 48-24 with 4:00 left in the 3rd quarter. It seemed like the game was over right then, but they made a 14-2 run to cut the lead to 50-38, led by Aaron Martin (team-high 16 points). Pinkerton responded with a 15-0 run to push the lead up to 67-40 and from there they cruised to the win.