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Hoosac roars back to beat Frontier, 72-63



Recorder Staff
Thursday, December 14, 2017

Hoosac Valley Regional School used its full-court press to outscore Frontier Regional School, 25-8, in the third quarter and the Hurricanes came back from a 14-point, first-half deficit to top the Red Hawks, 72-63, in an independent boys’ basketball game Thursday night in Cheshire.

Frontier (0-2) struggled against the press much of the night but still managed to build a 14-point lead in the first half and took a 31-25 advantage into halftime. Things unraveled in the third quarter, however, as the hosts outscored the Hawks by 17 points to take the lead and Frontier was never able to regain the lead despite scoring 24 points in the fourth quarter.

“There was a lot of turnovers the whole game and until we do a better job taking care of the basketball, it’s going to be hard to beat a good team,” Frontier coach Ben Barshefsky said. “We struggled against their pressure. We need to do a better job as coaches simulating game-like conditions in practice. We weren't mentally tough enough in that area.”

Nick Waterman led Hoosac with 19 points, while Izaha Stubbs added 18.

Carsten Carey had a solid night for Frontier with 20 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots. Kalen Evans finished with 16 points. Ben Litskoski tossed in 11 points, and Alex Sharp finished with 8.

Monty Tech 59, Athol 27 — Charlie Kelley netted 17 points and Savon Hughes scored 14 points as Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School pulled away in the second half to defeat Athol High School, 59-27, in the Red Raiders’ Holiday Tournament game Thursday night in Athol.

Athol kept the game close throughout the first half and trailed by just three points with under two minutes remaining, but Monty Tech went on a 7-0 run to end the first half and take a 24-14 lead into the break. In the third, Athol’s Bryce King hit a pair of 3-pointers early to keep Athol within striking distance, but things turned for the worse for the hosts, who struggled with turnovers, and Monty Tech pulled away.

“We played well in the first half and came out in the second half and Bryce hit a couple 3s to get us right back in it,” Athol coach Dan Bevis said. “But when Monty Tech hit a couple baskets, the guys started putting their heads down and complaining and we were never able to recover.”

King led Athol with 11 points.

Athol hosts Murdock High School today at 5:30.

Mt. Everett 53, Mohawk 39 — What a difference a week makes.

Six days after scoring just nine points against Mt. Everett Regional High School in the third-place game of the Eagles’ Holiday Classic at Franklin County Technical School, Mohawk Trail Regional High School got the chance to play Mt. Everett again, this time in Buckland. The Warriors improved their offensive output by 30 points, but still came up short, 53-39, in an independent boys’ hoop game.

“I’m encouraged, the kids are definitely more comfortable,” first-year Mohawk coach Jeff Herd said. “They played hard. I’m encouraged by the amount of shots we got, we just need to make a few more. It’s a long road, but we definitely took positive steps tonight.”

Frank Gullotta finished with 17 points on five 3-pointers to lead Mt. Everett, which led 29-14 at halftime. Cavan Brady finished with 16 points, and Patrick Silk tossed in 8.

“Mt. Everett shot really well from the outside,” Herd added.

Anthony Moffatt finished with 17 points to pace Mohawk, and Luke Viens added 8.

Girls’ hoop

Mohawk 35, FC Tech 14 — It was a tough night for the Franklin Tech offense on Thursday as Mohawk played well defensively to limit the Eagles to just 14 points during the Warriors’ 35-14 independent girls’ basketball victory in Turners Falls.

Mohawk (1-2) held the Eagles (1-2) off the board in the first quarter and led 18-0 before Franklin Tech scored the final four points of the second quarter to go into the break down 18-4.

Emmarae Reid and Emma Poplawski each scored 8 points to lead the Mohawk offense, while Grace Poplawski tossed in 5 points, and Grace Ward and Ashley Reynolds each added 4.

Joclyn Crowningshield led the Eagles with 7 points, and Brooke Adams chipped in 4.