The Danvers Falcons came out of the gate like thoroughbreds Friday racing to an 11-0 lead over Swampscott in their home opener.
Danvers would almost double that margin in the end, cruising to a 70-50 victory.
In the game's first few minutes, George Merry, a 6-foot-7-inch Falcon senior, won the opening jump ball, snagged rebounds, scored and blocked a shot.
A Merry dunk pushed the score to 17-6 and brought the Falcon bench players to their feet.
AJ Baker hit several outside shots to account for Swampscott's early scoring.
The first quarter ended 22-9 with Swampscott struggling to find their focus and rythym.
Danvers' smooth ball movement and movement without the ball stalled in the second quarter.
Swampscott got back in the game playing aggressive defense. They boxed out their longer opponents and rebounded.
Dan Trentsch drained a jumpshot and stole the ball during the comeback.
Merry's presence in the middle still made it difficult for Swampscott to score in the paint.
But a Blue 3-pointer cut the Danvers lead to three points, 25-22.
Danvers answered with a tri of their own on the next possession and were not really threatened from there on in.
Swampscott made a run to within 10 points in the third quarter riding Trentsch's hot shooting hand.
After the game, Danvers Coach John Walsh said he was pleased with his team's performance but the team is a work in progeress.
He wants them to keep playing hard when they are ahead.
"We don't want to let up," he said.
He expects Justin Fucile's team will win their share of games before all is said and done.
Coach Fucile was not happy with what he saw Friday and that included the team's effort.
Swampscott is 0-2. They lost their first game to Winthrop.
Danver is now 2-0. They won their first game over Marblehead.