Londonderry on the mark
Londonderry's Jake Coleman, shoots over Memorial's players, at Memorial High School, on Friday, in Manchester (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Londonderry made 10 3-pointers during its 74-52 triumph over Manchester Memorial in the Division I opener for each team.
The Lancers made seven 3-pointers in the first half and led 39-24 at the break. It was a 5-5 game when Londonderry began a 19-2 run that included four 3-pointers.
"We have some good shooters, I just don't want to rely so much on the (3-point shot) like we did," said first-year Londonderry coach Nate Stanton. "We need to develop our inside-out game. Our biggest thing is defense and full-court pressure, and the kids are buying in."
Junior forward Kabongo Ngalakulondi led Memorial with 14 points. Center Josh Simpson finished with 13 and was the only other Crusader who scored in double figures.
Memorial will be off until it faces Trinity of Manchester in the first round of the Queen City Invitational holiday tournament.
"I don't think we'll play up to our capability until halfway through the season. Hopefully we can get a few wins between now and then."