The Salem News
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There were plenty of eye-popping numbers for the Pingree boys basketball team in its season opening, 63-23 win over Landmark.
The Highlanders (1-0) allowed only eight field goals, had 10 different players register points and even led 37-4 at halftime.
But the statistic that should please Pingree fans most is the fact that the Highlander forced 27 turnovers while committing only one.
“We take pride on the defensive end,” said Pingree head coach Steve Gibbs.
Leading the defensive effort for Pingree was junior Johnny Spears, who finished with eight steals to go with 11 points and nine assists. Kyle Lentini led the team in scoring with 15 points including three, three-pointers.
The Highlanders saw freshmen Nino Leone (seven points), Justin Assad (six points), Alanzo Jackson and Griffin Beal (two points) all contribute in the win.
“It was very balanced for us,” said Gibbs. “We are lucky that four out of our top six guys are freshman. It’s going to be a fun ride.”
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Emmanuel 72, Salem State 67: Rachael Carter scored 22 points and Bridget Dullea chipped in 14 but the Vikings (4-5) fell to 7-1 Emmanuel. The Vikings led by four at the half but the hosts rallied after the break.
Brandeis 59, Endicott 48: The Gulls were burned for 40 second half points in a home loss that dropped them to 4-4 on the season. Jennifer White was the only played in double figures with 16 points and also grabbed a game-best 10 rebounds.
Mount Ida 72, Gordon 55: The Scots (2-4) fell at home despite Brooke Kratche’s 23 point, 12 rebound effort. Skylar Bareford added 11 points for Gordon.
Salem State 7, Framingham St 2: Peabody’s Andrew Bucci had a career best five points with a goal and four assists as the Vikings moved over .500 at 4-3-1. Eric Defelice had two goals and two helpers for Salem State and Michael Washington had three helpers while Khalid Devji made 31 saves.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Endicott 74, Wheelock 50: The Gulls (4-1) rolled at home behind Matt Kneece’s 11 point, 11 rebound double-double. Lachlan Magee added 15 points for the winners and Lance Greene scored 12.