By: Ross Laorenza
The Londonderry Lancers won Tuesday night in run-away fashion, taking down Manchester Memorial 72-44. After ending the first half with 10 point lead the Lancers outscored the Crusaders 41-23 in the second half. Memorial was held to single digits in scoring in both the second and fourth quarters.
The Lancers were able to get Cam Reddy back in the starting line-up. He had missed the two previous games with an illness. Reddy started along with Jake Coleman, Matt Corey, Cole Britting and Nate Gaw. Starting for Memorial: Paul Rodolf, Jake Carrier, Nick Philibert, Malo Roumraj and Brandon Scott. The Reddy vs Scott match-up was a must watch inside and both players held their own going one-on-one against the other. Scott did have some success when switched onto by some of Londonderry's smaller guards.
The Lancers got off to a fast start with a Cole Britting steal and lay-up. A put-back by Matt Corey added to the lead on their next possession. Corey showcased his abilities to score from all over the floor (23 points) and his reach when cleaning up the glass (17 rebounds). It was a great effort from the young sophomore. "He's really coming into his role," said Coach Nate Stanton.
The Lancers continued the first quarter dominance to the tune of an opening 13-4 run. Coleman and Britting set the pace offensively, while everyone chipped in on the defense end. Stanton stressed the importance of getting back up the floor against a fast moving team like Memorial. The Crusaders have sown all season the ability to push the pace in transition. Londonderry handled the frequent pushes by Carrier, Rodolf and Roumraj very well.
Zach Lubin saw some extended time off the bench for Memorial. With the Crusaders down 11 in the closing minutes of the first, he hit a deep three in transition to get Memorial within 8. After one, Londonderry: 22, Memorial: 14.
Both defenses tightened in the second quarter with only a total of 16 points scored. The Lancers opened on 6-1 run pushing their lead to 13 points. Memorial would gets baskets from Michael and Malo Roumraj to close the gap to 10 by the half. Matt Corey shined in the first half racking up 13 of his game high 17 boards to go along with 15 points. At the end of the half, Londonderry: 31, Memorial: 21.
With two very athletic teams a fast pace was to be expected. Both the Lancers and Crusaders came out blazing speed in the 3rd. Jake Coleman opened the scoring with a deep three to extended the Londonderry lead. Memorial upped the pressure defensively as they tried to force some quick Lancer turnovers. Brandon Scott grabbed a rebound and scored getting Memorial back within 11. At the other end Cam Reddy found an open Matt Corey for an easy score. Scott used a move power to get to the rim past Coleman on a switch defensively. Reddy countered with a basket of his own at the other end. Nick Philibert found Malo Roumraj on a backdoor cut that he finished with a sweet up and under move, banking the shot off glass and in.
Matt Corey dribbled his way open and sank a mid-range jumper putting the Lancers up 13 midway through the 3rd quarter. Paul Rodolf sank a three from the wing to get Memorial back to a 10 point deficit, Coleman scored on an easy lay-up, Brandon Scott got inside position again for another basket, then Corey ended the back and forth flurry with a 3-pointer. Jake Coleman added 5 more point before the quarter ended as his hot hand started heating up. After three quarters, Londonderry: 52, Memorial: 36.
With Memorial's ability to score in bunches the game wasn't completely out of hand, but Londonderry made sure there would be no comeback by holding the Crusader to just 8 4th quarter points. Matt Corey and Cam McDonald opened the 4th with a pair of 3-pointers that pushed the Lancer lead to 20 points. They never looked back. Londonderry's starters began to exit around the three minutes mark in the 4th. Both teams had emptied their benches with two minutes to go, getting some much needed experience to their younger players. Final score, Londonderry: 72, Memorial: 44.
Matt Corey lead the way scoring for the Lancers with 23 points to go with his 17 rebounds. Jake Coleman added 19 points. Cole Britting finished with 11 points. Cam Reddy tallied 9 points in the win for Londonderry.
Brandon Scott was the only Crusader in double-figures with 10 points
This is the Lancer's 4th straight win. They face one of the best teams in D-I on Friday when they head to Nashua North. Memorial will have to try and bounce back against a stout Merrimack team.
From Londonderry, New Hampshire; Ross Laorenza: New Hampshire Notebook