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January 11, 2014

Friday's area roundup: Pingree's Spears, Lentini reach 1,000 points on same night


The Pingree boys basketball team has been fortunate to have some very talented players on the floor over the last six or seven seasons. To see not one, but two, players top the 1,000-point milestone in the same game, however, is something even the Highlanders had never seen before.

Senior captains Johnnie Spears and Kyle Lentini each went over 1,000 for their high school careers at Pingree while the Highlanders won a big Eastern Independent League game against Lexington Christian, 79-46.

“It was such an exciting and unique night for the program,” said Pingree coach Steve Gibbs. “We’ve had six 1,000 point scorers in the last seven years and there are 13 or 14 in school history. To see two guys do it on the same day is mind blowing.”

Spears (11 points and seven assists in all) and Lentini (19 points and 11 rebounds) hitting the mark together was quite appropriate, Gibbs said.

“They’ve been playing together since they were very young and they’ve both been two years captains here at Pingree. This was really special.”

Senior Connor Reardon, the team’s other captain, had ten points and sophomore Alonzo Jackson scored 13 points and had 11 rebounds as Pingree (7-3) moved to 5-0 in EIL play while handing LCA (6-3 overall) a league loss. Justin Assad had a game-high 22 points and Erik Fyrer came up with eight blocks.

Hamilton-Wenham 61, Georgetown 45: Jimmy Campbell had an outstanding game at both ends of the floor, racking up 22 points to go with six steals, four assists and 10 rebounds and a solid defensive effort to help H-W improve to 8-2. Henry Eagar added a double-double of 19 points and 10 boards and Kyle Craig gave the Generals a strong spark off the bench with eight points.

Northeast Metro 67, NST/EA 60: Trace Schaejbe led all scorers with 35 points but the Hawks dropped to 2-4.

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