Londonderry Boys’ Basketball Split in Two Home Games

By Chris Paul

The Londonderry High School Boys’ Basketball squad was hoping to finish the season with four wins and give themselves an outside chance of getting into the Division I playoffs, but a double overtime loss to Windham to begin the week spoiled that hope.
On Tuesday night, Feb. 14, the Lancers welcomed the Windham High School Jaguars into their home gym and battled through six periods before finally falling three points short in the second overtime period.
Londonderry started the game with three, three-pointers and a lay-up to trail the Jags 12-11 by the end of the first quarter.
In quarter number two, LHS had a 19-11 scoring advantage over WHS and looked to be in pretty good shape headed into the locker room at the half 30-23.
The break killed any momentum the Lancers gained in the second period, scoring just seven points to Windham’s 13 for a 37-36 lead.
In the fourth, both side struggled at the basket, but Windham went ahead with five minutes left in regulation and held the lead until just over a minute to play when senior Trevor Edmonds got a two-point bucket from the paint for the 43-43 tie.
With neither team scoring in the remaining minute, another four minutes was added to the clock for overtime.
Each team scored 10-points in the fifth period, with sophomore, Jameson Seaman, scoring the game-tying basket with a three-pointer as the buzzer sounded to send the game into double overtime.
In the final period, LHS was only able to score four-points to the Jags seven for the heartbreaking 60-57 loss.
Sophomore Mason Paquette had five three-pointers in the game, three in OT, to lead the Lancers in scoring with 18-points.
Seaman Edmonds had nine points in the game with two threes and Edmonds finished with nine. Kevin Rourke, Ryan Williams, and Kyle Rondeau each finished with six-points.
Three nights later, facing Spaulding High School, the team held its Senior Night and celebrated their soon-to-be 2023 graduates Edmonds, Rondeau, Rourke, and team manager Hunter Currier.
Londonderry led the entire way, scoring in the double digits in each of the four quarters for the 66-52 win and their fourth victory of the season.
The Lancers led 20-15 after one and 3-28 by the half. By the final period, LHS led the Red Raiders 49-38, giving head coach, Jaryd Piecuch, time to put senior manager Hunter Currier time on the court, which set off some wild applause from the hometown fans. Currier was able to tally one-point after being fouled.
Rourke had 19-points in the game including four, three-pointers. Paquette also had four three-pointers and scored 16-points total. Edmonds and Rondeau each finished with 11-points.
The Lancers will finish the regular season this week with two games against Manchester teams.
On Tuesday, they will play against Central (3-13) at home and on Friday night, they will travel to Manchester Memorial (5-11) starting at 7 p.m.

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