Published February 3, 2021


LYNNFIELD — The Lynnfield High boys’ basketball team snapped its two-game losing streak last Friday evening as they beat visiting Ipswich 66-53. With that victory, the Pioneers improved to 3-5.

“We had a big, 10-0 run early in the fourth quarter that allowed us to pull away,” pointed out Pioneers’ first-year head coach John Bakopolus. “It was a good win after the loss to Triton the game before. We had two good days of practice.”

BAKARI MITCHELL and the Pioneer boys’ basketball team will try for a second consecutive win when they host Pentucket on Thursday at LHS. (File Photo)

Lynnfield led 36-34 at the half and 47-43 after the third quarter as they took control of the game in the final eight minutes.

Luke Martinho led the team in scoring with 22 points and he also had five assists. Jack Ford recorded his first double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 assists.

Alex Gentile was third in points with 11.

Dante Gesamondo, who has led the team in rebounds every game this winter, pulled down 13 in this one. Blake Peters had 10 boards.

On Jan. 26, the Pioneers lost to host Triton 63-43 up in Byfield.

“We gave them too many second-chance opportunities,” recalled Bakopolus, as the Vikings controlled the offensive glass.

The Vikings led this one by eight (31-23) at the half and the closest the Pioneers got in the second half was seven.

Martinho had 12 points while Peters chipped in 11. Gesamondo had 10 rebounds.

On Thursday, (Feb. 4), it is the team’s Senior Night as they welcome Pentucket at 5:45 p.m. Before the game, the seven Lynnfield 12th-graders will be honored.