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Lynnfield's Luke Martinho had 16 points and seven rebounds in a loss to Manchester-Essex Tuesday evening. (Item Photo: Spenser Hasak)

Lynnfield boys basketball comes up just short in season opener

LYNNFIELD -- The Lynnfield boys basketball team shook off some early rust and battled hard all night long Tuesday, but in the end the Pioneers came up just short to Cape Ann League foe Manchester-Essex, falling 49-46 at home. Lynnfield’s Luke Martinho had a look to tie the game with a 3-pointer at the buzzer, but it bounced off the rim.

“This was our first time this year seeing any team that wasn’t ourselves, and the guys stepped up big time in this one,” said Lynnfield coach John Bakopolus. “They played super hard, the effort was there and I couldn’t ask for anything more. That’s a good team we played. They were bigger than us but our guys matched up with them the whole way.”

Martinho led the way for Lynnfield on offense, notching 16 points and seven rebounds. Bakopolus praised the effort of Martinho on a night when Manchester-Essex focused its defensive gameplan against Jack Ford, who is…

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