MANCHESTER — If you wrote down the strengths of this year's Manchester Central boys' basketball team, you'd have a lengthy list. You could argue that the team's willingness to share the basketball should be at the top of that list.
That unselfish style was on display Tuesday night, when Central improved its Division I record to 12-0 by beating a depleted Pinkerton Academy of Derry team, 84-42.
Nine Central players scored in the victory. Junior forward Joey Martin led the way with 25. Senior guard Jon Martin — Joey's older brother — added 18, and junior guard Brett Hanson finished with 17.
"I would say we share it exceptionally well," Central coach Doc Wheeler said. "You have different skill sets. Sometimes you have good shooters. This team is very blessed to have some good passers. We start a lineup that really consists of three point guards: Dawson Dickson, Brett Hanson and Jon Martin."
Despite missing 15 of its 17 3-point attempts in the first two quarters, Central led 37-22 at halftime. The Little Green closed the half on a 17-5 run.
Jon Martin made three of his four 3-pointers in the second half.
"They pass the ball well," Pinkerton coach Pete Rosinski said. "They catch and square. Very sound offensively with the ball."
The Astros, who dropped to 6-4, trailed 64-34 after three quarters.
Pinkerton's Luke Rosinski (Pete's son), a 6-foot-7 sophomore forward, missed his second game with mononucleosis. Rosinski is the team's leading scorer (20.4 ppg) and rebounder (12.0 rpg).
The Astros were also without sophomore guard Matt Rizzo, sophomore guard Brennan Morris, and 6-foot-8 junior forward Thomas Olson, all of whom were out with the flu. In addition, senior guard Daniel Courter played sparingly because of a hand injury.
Pete Rosinski said there's no timetable for when any of those five players will return.
"Obviously we caught them when their star player was out and they were missing a couple other guys," Wheeler said. "We just wanted to work hard and get better."
Senior point guard Jeremy Dietzel led the Pinkerton offense with 13 points, and was one of three Astros who scored in double figures. Junior center David Faulks tossed in 11, and junior guard Drew Green added 10.
"Central executed very well," Pete Rosinski said. "They don't catch and dribble. They catch and look. They're looking for their options, and their first three options are who's open. Each kid has a good sense of team."