LHS Boys Basketball Off to Great Start

Starker Jones , Reporter

The LHS boys varsity basketball team is off to great start of 3-0 with wins over Oakmont, Monty Tech,and Athol. With great defensive and offensive efforts from the whole team, they continue to work hard.

LHS Junior Aiden Luckey, a player for the varsity team said,  “We are doing great right now with a 3-0 start, especially since we got great young talent from JeyP (LHS Junior Jeramiah Paulino) and Derrick (LHS Sophomore Derrick Thomas). I honestly think this team could make the playoffs this year if we keep getting better and winning, I’m excited for us.”

Paulino and Thomas are new students to Leominster this year after coming from Fitchburg and they both bring a lot of skill and talent to the court for the Blue Devils.

The season started off at home on December 12th with a nerve-wracking win over Oakmont that went into double overtime, but ultimately led to Leominster squeaking out with a 64-59 win.

With big offensive performances from LHS Senior Givensky Pierre Louis and LHS Junior Trevon LeBlanc to go along with great defensive efforts from the whole team. The team worked hard for the win after some careless turnovers and a somewhat sloppy start as most first games go. The team began to pick up momentum, but were still going back and forth with Oakmont on both ends of the court in a battle for the win in a close game.

The team then traveled to Athol for the Red Raider Tournament that is held from December 13th to December 14th. The team’s first game in the tournament was matched up against Montachusett Technical High School. After a close start to the game, Leominster pushed ahead and took the lead. Every scoring run made by Monty Tech was matched by a great offensive and defensive presence by Leominster who wanted to keep their lead a comfortable one.

Leominster’s Centers, LHS Senior Givensky Pierre Louis, and LHS Senior Janier Cora Huertas took over the paint with lots of inside scoring, keeping the lead for the Blue Devils. Leominster held on to their lead and came out with a 56-48 win advancing them to the tournament final.

The team’s second game in the tournament, the finals, came against Athol on December 14th. The Leominster team had a clear advantage from the start with skill and and size on their side. After one quarter Leominster was up 24-9. With more great performances from LHS Junior Trevon Leblanc, LHS Senior Givensky Pierre Louis, and LHS Senior Janier Cora Huertas, the team ran away with the win with a final score of 64-37 and a win in the tournament.