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December 17, 2009

Derry Astros win in hoop action

The Derry Astros 5th-6th boy's basketball team played its regular season opener last week, defeating Hudson, 69-43.

The Astros opened the game with a 8-0 run over the first two minutes, then went on a 16-6 run over the next 12 minutes to take a commanding 24-6 lead over Hudson. Stingy defense by the Astros turned into points for the offense as they converted Hudson turnovers into points.

"We got some steals inside early that led into transition," head coach Mike Rizzo said. "With a few exceptions we looked like a basketball team that looked like we knew what we were doing."

Sean Muller and Nate Ralston's workman like play along with the speed of Brett Datillo and Matt Clark set the tone for the regular season opening game. The Astros completed the game with a total team effort as all 10 players scored.

Less than a week after defeating Hudson the Astros repeated the feat against Amherst, 55-23, Saturday afternoon. The Astros improved their record to 2-0 in the division and 7-0 overall.

"This was a good win." Mike Rizzo said. "Everybody is playing and gaining experience which will pay off later in the season. We continue to improve."

The Astros never struggled as they went up early 8-2 in the first quarter. Again, the Astros defense led the way as it never allowed Amherst to get into the game which led to a 16 point cushion at half.

Derry came out of the beak in aggressive fashion. They shocked Amherst by almost matching their first-half point total, scoring 22 points in the second half. The up-tempo Astros also limited their turnovers, while forcing Amherst to turn the ball over in the second half.

Paced by the trio of Geo Baker, Matt Rizzo and Cole Gill the Astros continues to impress. However, they are not alone as Jake Cusick, Evan Rodgers, Carter Young and Ben Olson combined for 21 points.

The schedule does not get easier as over the next two weeks the Astros play Windham, Manchester, Hooksett and Hampton.

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