Veteran coach Peter Rosinski saw his Pinkerton Academy boys’ basketball squad up its Division I record to a strong 10-3 by winning two of the three contests it played last week.
The Asros thumped the visiting Spaulding High Red Raiders of Rochester by 13 points in Derry Tuesday night, Feb. 10; had a one-point decision to the Manchester Memorial Crusaders slip away in the Queen City two nights later, but rebounded nicely for a climactic overtime edging of the Bedford High Bulldogs on the road the next evening.
In the 67-54 besting of 9-2 Spaulding, Rosinski’s roster raced out to an 18-9 lead in the first quarter, led by eight at the half (30-22), and grasped a seven-point advantage (46-39) at the end of three stanzas.
The hosts then outscored their guests by a 21-15 margin in quarter four to collect the win.
The victors had eight players net points in the win, led by swing-man Tom Romick with 21 points, forward Matt Rizzo with 16, and point-guard Geo Baker-Occeus with 11.
Pinkerton sank nine three-point shots in the win, with Romick nailing three and Rizzo and Baker-Occeus tallying two apiece.
Following the tough, 79-78 edging at the hands of 5-5 Memorial on Thursday night, Feb. 12, the Astros got right back on the winning track with the 55-53 defeat of Bedford on its own court last Friday night.
Senior forward Caleb Godin tallied the winning bucket for his Astros in overtime, ending the evening with a team-high dozen points as Pinkerton lowered Bedford’s season record to 7-6. David Faulks also finished the productive night in double figures in points for the locals with 10.
The Astros’ 10-3 record places the team in fourth place in their division with Londonderry (12-0), Central (10-1) and Spaulding (9-2) ahead of them.