By Chris Paul
The Londonderry High School Boys’ Basketball team end the month of January on a bit of a high note by ending an eight game losing streak and getting their second victory of the season with a 63-58 home win over the Merrimack High School Tomahawks.
The Lancers had just one game last week, hosting Merrimack on Tuesday night, Jan. 31, scoring one-point leads in three of the four quarters and bettered MHS by two-points in one for the much-needed victory.
The Lancers were led in scoring by sophomore guard, Masson Paquette, and junior forward, Ryan Williams, for the win.
Londonderry had a 17-16 advantage coming out of the first period and followed with a 16-14 point lead in the second to take a 33-30 lead headed into the halftime break.
After the break, the Lancers outscored the Tomahawks 16-15 in the third for a slim 49-45 lead as they prepared for the final quarter and finished by outscoring MHS 14 to 13.
Paquette was able to hit four, three-pointers in the game and finish with 19-points to lead the LHS squad in scoring. Williams had four, three-pointers of his own and had 16-points in the game.
Sophomore forward, Matt Luongo, got five baskets, including a three-pointer, for 11-points in the game. Senior center Trevor Edmonds got eight-points.
Prior to the win, one week earlier, the Lancers had two double-digit losses on the road.
First, in Hudson, against the Alvirne High School Broncos on Tuesday, Jan. 24, where they were defeated 68-41.
Edmonds was the Lancer’s high-scorer, getting 14-points with one three-pointer, four baskets and three foul shots. Paquette had nine-points in the game on four buckets and a foul shot.
Londonderry didn’t seem to have an answer for Broncos sophomore, Sam Dewitt, who had a total of 37-points with six, three-pointers in the loss.
On Friday night, Jan. 27, at Nashua North, Londonderry had its eighth consecutive loss when they fell 84-55 against the Titans.
Edmonds was once again the team’s high-scorer, this time with 17-points. Williams was the Lancers second-highest scorer with eight points.
The Lancers were scheduled for two games this week, first at home, on Tuesday, Feb. 7, against Timberlane Regional High School, who are on a six-game losing streak at 3-9. On Friday night, the team will face the Winnacunnet Warriors on the seacoast, who currently have a 7-4 season record.