By: Ross Laorenza
It was a big night offensively for seniors Brennan Morris and Thomas Romick. Both player notched 21 points as Pinkerton Astros defeated the Manchester Central Little Green, 61-43. Central's Evan McDonald jumped started the Little Green offense with 3 made three-pointers in the first quarter as Central jumped out to an early 9-7 lead.
It seemed like we were in for a close contest but McDonald's hot hand would cool and the Astros defense clamped down in the second. After trailing 15-11 ending the first quarter Pinkerton only allowed 2 points in the second quarter.
I asked Astros' head coach Pete Rosinski what the key was in the second quarter. "Defense," was his immediate response. He continued, "Defense, and the fact the we were attacking the basket."
Ben Olson used his size to create second chance opportunities for Pinkerton. With Romick and and Matt Rizzo making drives into the lane, Olson was able the gobble and rebounds and drew three fouls in the process. he went 4 for 5 at the free throw line as a part of Pinkerton's 17 point quarter. The Atros went from down 4 to up 11 by the end of the first half. Central would continue to loft up three point attempts, but they weren't falling with nearly the high percentage that they saw in the first quarter (80%). At the half Pinkerton leads 28-17.
Central would never get back within double digits of the lead, but the second half featured many highlights. 5'5'' sophomore Antwoine Revere showed some impressive range for the Little Green, knocking down two deep three pointers. Pinkerton fans were brought to their feet with a fourth quarter dunk by Brennan Morris and hollered with every Ben Olson block.
Pinkerton would outscore Central in each of the last three corner to win going away 61-43. Morris and Romick tied for a game high with 21 points. Evan McDonald led Central with 17 points, but we was the only member of the Little Green in double figures. Ben Olson tallied 8 points along with his impressive defensive performance.
The Astros will look continue their winning ways next week against Dover. Central will look to rebound at home against Spaulding.
From Derry, New Hampshire; Ross Laorenza: New Hampshire Notebook