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NHIAA Boys' Basketball: Lancers beat Trinity with ease

New Hampshire Union Leader

January 03. 2018 5:54AM

LONDONDERRY — You didn’t have to look too hard to see a major difference between boys’ basketball teams from Londonderry and Trinity on Tuesday.

The 73-51 hurting the Lancers put on the Pioneers was a product of teams in very different places as they re-entered Division I regular-season play after the holiday break. The contrast showed through most in the second quarter, where Londonderry (3-0) all but sealed its win by outscoring Trinity 19-3 on the way to a 40-14 halftime edge.

It looked almost too easy for the Lancers in the second quarter. Londonderry’s efforts in building a lead involved a little bit of everything, including Trinity turnovers and poor shot selection. Working the ball inside and out certainly helped the Lancers, but their capitalization is what helped them really separate.

“Our fast break was a little bit better in the second quarter as we started running our bigs,” Londonderry coach Nate Stanton said. “It kind of opened things up for us but also, our defense does create our offense. We got some key stops or forced one opportunity, at most, before we got a board and went out on the break.”

Jack Anderson led a trio of Lancers in double figures with 13 points, including eight in Londonderry’s 21-11 opening quarter. Big men Pat Zepf (12 points) and Dakota Bertrand (10 points) continued to reap the benefits of Londonderry’s commitment to a more balanced offense as they dominated in the paint from start to finish. Ten players scored for Londonderry, which tallied seven 3-pointers.

“Any given night we have different guys that can step up,” Stanton said. “They’re very unselfish with confidence in themselves and each other. We’re not focused on one guy, which is what we kind of did with Jake (Coleman) too much last season. We wanted him to win the game for us. This year we’re realizing it takes a whole team.”

Trinity (0-2), which outscored Londonderry in the second half, was led by Ethan Frenette’s 14 points and 12 more from Foster Stacy.

For all the positives Londonderry found in its game in the first half, Trinity had a negative.

First-year Trinity coach Jim Migneault was forced to constantly make substitutions in the first two quarters due to unproductive and lackadaisical play.

“The effort was not there in the first half,” Migneault said. “We’re a work in progress. We didn’t win any games last year so we’re learning how to play. We didn’t have the fire you need to play the game and it put us down.

“They have to understand we are going to do this as a team. It’s the only way we’re going to do it. That means all eight to 10 kids we have need to play and do it as a unit.”

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