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January 31. 2014 11:26PM

NHIAA Boys' Basketball: Shorthanded Pinkerton no match for Londonderry

LONDONDERRY — Things started well for the Londonderry High School boys’ basketball team Friday night, and kept getting better as the night progressed.

Londonderry built a 15-point lead against rival Pinkerton Academy of Derry after eight minutes, and added to that lead in each of the final three quarters. When it was over, the Lancers were celebrating a 70-41 victory.

“I think that’s a great win,” Londonderry coach Nate Stanton said. “We have multiple threats, and when we play unselfish and smart we’re very effective.”

Pinkerton played without Luke Rosinski, a 6-foot-7 sophomore forward who is averaging 20 points and 12 rebounds per game. Rosinski is out indefintely with mononucleosis.

“It’s tough when you lose a major player like that,” said Pinkerton coach Pete Rosinski, Luke’s father. “You lose your chemistry. We haven’t had time to find a way to play without him yet, because the ball goes through him a lot. We have to adjust and find a mix.

“They were shooting the ball well, and I think our guys got downtrodden a little bit.”

Londonderry’s lead peaked at 30 points when Cody Ball hit a 3-pointer with 4:15 to play. Ball led Londonderry in scoring with 16 points. The Lancers received 15 from Marc Corey and 14 from Jake Coleman.

Londonderry outscored Pinkerton 21-6 in the first quarter, 17-13 in the second, 14-10 in the third and 18-12 in the fourth.

Senior guard Drew Coveney returned to the Londonderry lineup after missing three games with a shoulder injury and finished with seven.

Londonderry made seven 3-pointers in the victory, which improved the team’s Division I record to 8-2.

The loss ended Pinkerton’s six-game winning streak and dropped the Astros’ Division I record to 6-3.

The teams will meet again Feb. 11 as part of a boys/girls doubleheader at Pinkerton.

“Even without Rosinski we didn’t take them lightly, and I think a lot of teams may have,” Stanton said. “I’m proud of the guys. They didn’t let up when they got the lead.”

rbrown@unionleader.com.


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