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Crusaders bound past Lunenburg
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GROTON — Groton
Dunstable controlled both
backboards en route to
a 57-46 win over Lunenburg
on Tuesday night, which
improved the Crusaders
to 3-0 on the season.

The Crusaders owned a
decisive 40-23 edge off
the boards, including
19 at the offensive end,
which keyed the win. Offensive
rebounds allowed Groton
Dunstable second chance
scoring chances while
they did an outstanding
job of limiting Lunenburg
to a single shot.

Adam Dombrowski paced
the win with 19 points,
but a pair of sophomore
forwards came up big as
Steve Carroll finished
with 15 points and six
rebounds, and Dan Powell
added 12 points and six
rebounds.

“We have been working
on rebounding more than
anything,” said
Woods. “Jason Broadstone
(11 rebounds) set the
tone with his rebounding,
and Steve Carroll provided
a big spark off the bench.
Dan Powell also played
well for us.

“Our goal was to
hold them under 50 points,”
added Woods. “Jim
Moniz did an outstanding
defensive job against
Matt Galloway. Jim is
a very good athlete with
quick feet and he gets
the tough defensive assignment
every night.”

Groton Dunstable never
trailed and started quickly.
Dombrowski got things
started with a three-pointer,
a lay-up and two free
throws, before Jake Manning
(seven points, seven rebounds)
canned a three-pointer
for a 10-0 lead four minutes
in.

The Blue Knights drew
to within six points at
18-12 on a conventional
three-point play by Von
Smith, who finished with
ten points in the game.

Lunenburg trailed 26-19,
but Carroll hit a lay-up
after taking a pretty
pass from Manning to send
the Crusaders to intermission
with a 28-19 lead.

Zac Saranovitz, who scored
nine of his 11 points
in the second half, buried
a three-pointer to draw
Lunenburg to within 34-27
with 11 minutes left in
the game.

The Blue Knights still
trailed by seven when
Carroll came up clutch,
finishing off a drive
and a subsequent free
throw to extend the lead
to ten. A minute later,
Dombrowski drained a three-pointer
for a 46-31 lead and the
Crusaders had plenty of
breathing room.

Lunenburg fought to the
final whistle, but were
sabotaged by 6 for 20
free throw shooting.

Brent Downey added ten
points for Lunenburg while
Calloway chipped in with
seven.