SAM GAZIT had 8 points and 14 rebounds during Lynnfield’s 55-22 win over Rockport on Jan. 4. (File Photo)
By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI
LYNNFIELD — The Lynnfield High boys’ basketball team lost at home to Triton 57-38 last Saturday afternoon. The game was originally scheduled for the night before but postponed due to the snowstorm.
With that defeat, the Pioneers fell to 1-7 overall and 1-5 in the Cape Ann League while the Vikings improved to 3-3 overall and 2-3 in the CAL.
This game was knotted at 11 after the first quarter but the guests outscored the locals, 15-1, in the second to take command. Triton then led, 42-20, after the third quarter.
“We struggled shooting in that second quarter after we played a very good first quarter,” said Lynnfield head coach John Bakopolus.
Alex Fleming recorded his fifth double-double of the year for the Pioneers with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
“He is having a very good year so far,” said Bakopolus, about the freshman.
Dylan Wilkinson led the Vikings with 17 points.
On Jan. 6, the Pioneers lost at home to Stoneham, 67-38 in a non-league game. This game was supposed to have been played on Dec. 30 but was moved due to Covid issues on the Stoneham side.
“They play in a very tough league (Middlesex) and they are really battle-tested,” said Bakopolus, about the Spartans.
Stoneham led 30-21 at the half as they outscored LHS 37-17 in the second half.
Freshman Gavin Deluties led the Pioneers in scoring with 14 points while Fleming had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
On Jan. 4, the Pioneers pounded guest Rockport 55-22 for their first win of the year.
“I was really happy for the kids,” stated Bakopolus. “They hustled and caused a lot of turnovers.”
Lynnfield was in control all evening as they led 23-10 at the break.
Fleming and Deluties both had nine points while junior Sam Gazit was right behind them with eight as there was team-balanced scoring. Gazit had a team-high 14 boards while Fleming was second with 12.
On Jan. 12, the Pioneers go to Melrose for another non-league game. Tip-off is at 6:30 p.m. They then return to CAL action on Jan. 14 as they visit North Reading also at 6:30 p.m.
On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Pioneers host Manchester-Essex (starting time to be determined).