By Chris Paul
The Pinkerton Academy Boys’ Basketball team began their season with two very impressive wins, despite having one of the squad’s major contributors side-lined with a wrist injury.
The Astros season started at home, on Tuesday, Dec. 13, with an 89-47 win over the Timberlane Owls, followed by a 64-44 win on the road over the Alvirne Broncos.
In the home-opener, junior forward, Jackson Marshall, had a phenomenal start to the season, tallying 41-points which included four, three-pointers.
In that game, PA had a bit of a slow start, leading by 15-10 in the first quarter, but then the Astros turned things up for their energetic home fans by outscoring the Timerlane squad 23-12 in the second period for a 38-22 half-time lead.
In the second half of the game Pinkerton was able to double Timberlane’s scoring, 51-25, for the eventual 42-point victory to open the season.
Along with his baskets, Marshall had eight rebounds along with three assists in the game, other Astros leaders were: sophomore guard and captain, Cristian Brander, with 11-points, including three, three-pointers; senior guard, Brandon Gendron, had eight points with two, three-pointers; senior guard, and captain, Tyrone Chin, got nine-points, and senior forward, Sean Jenkins, finished with eight points.
Senior captain, Anthony Chin, was the player side-lined with a wrist injury.
In the 20-point win over Alvirne in Hudson on Friday night, the Astros led in all, but one quarter. Starting with a 15-7 lead in the first and finishing the half at 34-24.
The Broncos were able to keep pace with PA in the third quarter, with each team scoring 13-points, but PA took the fourth 17-7 for the 64-44 win.
Marshall led with 18-points and Tyrone Chin followed with 10-points. Jenkins got eight-points with two, three-pointers and sophomore guard, Parker Bienvenue-Cernuba, had seven-points.
Pinkerton will finish out the year, going into the holiday break, with games against Concord High School, on the road, on Tuesday, Dec. 20 and Exeter High, at home, on Thursday, Dec. 22.
The Astros boys finished the 2021-22 season with a 20-4 overall record and they hope to get one game further in the playoffs this year, after losing 74-57 in the Division I semifinals to a very strong Trinity team last season.
Anthony Chinn and Jackson Marshall were named to the Division I Allstate First Team.