FAIRFIELD — The Winslow boys basketball team is on a roll. Saturday afternoon’s 56-35 win at Lawrence, the Black Raiders’ eighth win in a row, was a good example of what’s been working these past few weeks for Winslow.

“We connect really well as teammates, and we’re buying into defending. Everything else just comes as we go,” senior Jack Morneault said.

In a loud Folsom Gym, the Black Raiders held Lawrence to just 20 points over the final three quarters, and converted 20 offensive rebounds into a number of second-chance points. The win improved Winslow to 11-3, while Lawrence is 5-8.

“Ryan Gagnon goes to the glass pretty well. He comes off the bench and immediately goes to the glass. Jack had a few, and Jake (Lapierre). We had a little size advantage and tried to take advantage of that,” Winslow coach Ken Lindlof said.

Just over half of Winslow’s 39 rebounds came at the offensive end.

“Jack Morneault is an excellent athlete, very active. We tried to pay a lot of attention to him. When we did that, we probably didn’t get to good rebounding positions,” Lawrence coach Jason Pellerin said. “I thought they beat us to a lot of 50/50 balls. They were quicker to the ball.”

The Black Raiders led 17-15 after a back-and-forth first quarter, and began to pull away late in the second, taking a 29-22 halftime lead. As important as offensive rebounding was to Winslow, keeping the Bulldogs off the boards was a focus in the second half. Lawrence scored 11 second-chance points on seven offensive rebounds in the first half, Lindlof said.

“We really didn’t talk about much at halftime other than finishing a good defensive possession by gaining possession of the basketball off the glass,” Lindlof said. That was a problem we had to address, and we did much better in the second half.”

“Everyone on the court has to play together. That’s the key to winning,” said Morneault, who scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds, seven offensive.

The Black Raiders led 40-27 after three quarters, and scored the first six points of the fourth to push the lead to 19 points. After the first quarter, the Bulldogs went cold from the floor.

“Shooting well can sometimes be contagious, and shooting poorly can be contagious. We don’t mind taking outside shots. We have been a fairly decent outside shooting team this year. I thought we got some pretty good looks, then we got into probably forcing too much,” Pellerin said.

Lapierre added 11 points for Winslow, and Cody Pomeroy chipped in nine. Kobe Nadeau led Lawrence with 12 points.

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