By: Ross Laorenza
The Londonderry Lancers boys basketball team earned their first win of the season, 77-60 over the Trinity Pioneers. It was a strong defensive performance for the Lancers as they frustrated the Pioneer attack all night.
“Our defensive intensity is what really got us over that hump today,” said Coach Nate Stanton. Jake Coleman and Nate Gaw brought carried that intensity throughout the game for the Lancers. They started alongside, Cole Britting, Matt Corey and Cam Reddy. Reddy proved effective at both ends of the floor and tied with a Coleman for a game high 20 points. His imposing presence down low matchup up well against Connor Walsh of Trinity. Trinity started Walsh with Justin Trickett, Zach Dagan, James Santos and Jordan Santos.
The lead swung back and forth over the first 5 minutes of the game before the Lancers gained some traction. Down 5-4, Reddy and Corey combined for 6 straight points to put Londonderry up 10-5. A long 2 from Jordan Santos would cut the lead to 3 points. With 1:20 to play Cam Reddy took the inbound pass and went straight up to the basket scoring easily over a
Pioneer defender. Trinity closed within two, put a corner 3 from Cam McDonald gave Londonderry a 15-10 lead at the end of the 1st quarter. McDonald was impressive of the bench, showing his range to the tune of five 3-pointers for the game.
Jordan Santos opened the scoring in the 2nd quarter with a 3 points of his own, to cut the Londonderry lead down to two, but Jake Coleman responded with a lay-up and a mid-range jumper putting his team up by six. Connor Walsh used a no look feed to get the ball to James Santos who put the ball off glass and in. The Lancers would go on a 9-4 run over the next two and a half minutes with baskets from Corey, Coleman and Reddy. They lead 28-19.
Trinity didn’t quit and tried to keep things close at the half came to a close. A Jake Coleman 3-pointer at the top of the key looked to give Londonderry a large lead heading into the half, but Jordan Santos hit from long range in the closing minutes to offset it. At halftime, Londonderry: 35, Trinity: 24.
Jake Coleman opened the scoring in the second half for Londonderry pushing the lead to 13, but 6 straight points from Connor Walsh put Trinity within 7 of the lead. Cam Reddy had a monster 3rd quarter as he put up 10 points and some crucial offensive rebounds. Londonderry just seemed to out hustle Trinity to loose balls all night. They took advantage of their many second chance opportunities. Cam McDonald added another three in the 3rd and at the end of three Londonderry lead 57-43.
The Lancers poured on the points in the 4th quarter and saw their lead get as high as 20 points. Trinity tried to keep pace scoring 17 points in the quarter, but the deficit proved to be too much. Cam McDonald added 3 more 3-pointers in the 4th for the Lancers as they go on to win 77-60. Jake Coleman and Cam Reddy tied with a game high 20 points. Cam McDonald added 15 off the bench.
Connor Walsh scored 15 points for the Pioneers, but did receive a technical after a disagreement with officials in the third. That will be something to watch out for moving forward. James Santos finished with 14 points, Jordan Santos added 10.
From Londonderry, New Hampshire; Ross Laorenza: New Hampshire Notebook