LYNN — Sophomore guard Dominic Jette had 22 points and seven rebounds to help lift the KIPP Panthers boys’ basketball team over the Pioneer Charter Panthers, 56-37, at the KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate gym on Thursday night.
With the win, KIPP improved to 5-2 on the season.
“Pioneer is a good team, and they always give us fits when we play them,” said KIPP coach Chris Norkun. “This is the second time we’ve played them this week, so it’s always tough to beat a team twice like that. Great job by the guys.”
KIPP senior forward Dave Meletus had a good night with 16 points and seven rebounds, while freshman forward Nathan Mehu had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Senior point guard Dalton Andujar had six points and four rebounds.
For Pioneer, junior forward Lesley Lamothe just missed a double-double, finishing with 10 points and eight rebounds. Junior forward Giovanni Mercado-Vicente had six points and nine rebounds.
KIPP got off to a hot start in the first half. More specifically, it was Jette who got off to a hot start. Jette came out and hit a deep three-pointer for the first points of the game, and within the first five minutes, he had already scored 11 points. He was 3-for-5 from the three-point line, and probably could’ve done even more damage if he hadn’t gotten into foul trouble.