Lancer Boys’ Basketball Finishes its Regular Season Strong

Every coach known to man wants to have their team playing in tip-top style going into its post-season competition. And Londonderry High boys’ basketball coach Nate Stanton saw his Lancers close out their 2017-18 regular season in excellent fashion in aiming to be a legitimate title contender in the Division I playoffs.

The LHS hoopsters had distinct ups and downs during their regular campaign, but by vanquishing five of their last six opponents and all three of their last ones the Lancers ended up at a strong 12-6 in Division I.

Londonderry was one of three contingents to finish with a 12-6 record, and Stanton’s squad finished higher than both the Alvirne High Broncos of Hudson and the Winnacunnet High Warriors from Hampton by virtue of the fact that LHS bested both opponents in regular season play.

In its second-to-last regular season battle, Londonderry managed to be one point better than the Manchester Memorial Crusaders in a 59-58 decision at LHS on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

The Lancers stepped into that contest facing an opponent which sat above it in the congested Division I standings, with Memorial boasting a 12-4 record and Londonderry at 10-6.

The hosts won the first quarter with a 13-6 lead. But Memorial kicked into gear and outscored its host by an 18-10 margin in the second period to hold a tiny, 24-23 lead rolling into halftime.

Londonderry won the third and fourth quarters  by a 16-15 tally over the Crusaders in the third and by a 20-19 count in the fourth for the victory.

The Lancers, who were once again forced to play without skilled court general Cole Britting due to a knee injury, had three players combine for 47 of their points. Ethan May led the offense with 17 and Dakota Bertrand and Jack Anderson each tallied 15.

Londonderry then hit the road for its final regular season game on Friday night at Nashua North, and the locals handed the host Titans their 14th defeat in 18 games in a 59-47 decision.

The number six seeded Lancers were slated to play Dover (11) at home in the first round of the playoffs on Wednesday, March 7, but weather was threatening to postpone that game.

The hope was that the game would be played either earlier that day or the following day.

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