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LUNENBURG — It didn’t take long for a theme to develop in Monday night’s Wallis Park Summer League Basketball game between Groton-Dunstable and North Middlesex. Groton-Dunstable’s Ryan Romich scored 11 quick points as his team built a 13-3 lead, en route to a convincing 66-30 win.

Groton-Dunstable owned the edge in all departments. They used a trapping, pressing defense to force turnovers and create transition baskets. The owned a decisive 37-22 edge off the boards, and looked comfortable offensively in both a half-court set or on the run.

Romich, a sophomore, simply dominated, showcasing a variety of shots from both the inside and the outside. He complemented his strong offense with diligent work off the offensive boards, grabbing five of his 17 rebounds at that end. Romich finished with 25 points in the game.

Groton-Dunstable got some other strong efforts to complement the work of Romich. Mike Silinonte shook off a slow start to finish with 13 points and two steals. Ryan Barrett turned in a hustling effort at guard and finished with nine points, three steals and two rebounds. Derek McCaffrey flashed his athleticism in the backcourt, scoring eight points, grabbing six rebounds and making some pretty passes. Sean Edmonds added six points, while Cam Willcox turned in a rock-solid effort at center with five points, six rebounds and two steals.

Nate Moore led North Middlesex with 17 points and showing a deft outside touch as he knocked down four, three-pointers. Zach Trust added six points and two steals, while Tyler Kimbar chipped in with four points and five rebounds.

After Romich’s quick start, Barrett buried a three-pointer to put Groton-Dunstable on top 16-3 and they appeared to be on the verge of blowing the game open. North MIddlesex hung tough over the next eight minutes, twice drawing to within nine points, the final time at 28-19 when Kimbar finished off a fast break with a lay-up.

Silinonte, who was scoreless up to that point, suddenly ignited with nine quick points as Groton-Dunstable extended the lead to 40-20 at intermission.

Any thoughts of a comeback by North Middlesex were erased in the opening minutes of the second half when Groton-Dunstable came out and scored the first 11 points to build the lead to 31 at 51-20. Romich got things started by scoring from inside and following with a 15-footer. Willcox hit a lay-up and added a subsequent free throw for a conventional three-point play. Silinonte hit a pair of free throws before Barrett finished off a fast break with a lay-up.

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