Green Wave rolls past Turners, 58-43
Turners Falls point guard Melvin Moreno dishes off under defensive pressure from Greenfield’s Connor Joy Monday night at Nichols Gym in Greenfield, where the host Green Wave swamped the visiting Indians, 58-43, in their Hampshire League boys’ basketball game.
GHS 3 Connor Eckstrom and one . Recorder/Paul Franz
It would seem that the beast is awakening.
After a slow start, the Greenfield High School boys’ basketball team has been rounding into form of late. The latest sign came Monday evening at Nichols Gym in Greenfield, where the Green Wave made its loudest statement of the season with a 58-43 Hampshire League victory over Turners Falls High School.
The Indians have been one of the hottest teams in WMass Division IV in the early going, while the Green Wave had struggled early, losing its first two games of the season with much of the same team that went to the WMass Division II title game a year ago. The Green Wave has been getting progressively better, though, winning three straight before Monday night’s big win over the Indians, when its growth came to a head against a rival. The Wave took control early and choked out any hope for the Indians.
Greenfield (4-2) led 30-14 at halftime using a combination of strong defense and rebounding. Wave coach Scott Thayer admitted that part of the early-game success was also due to the teams’ shooting prowess.
“The initial thing was that we knocked down our open looks and they didn’t,” he said. “We did a pretty good job on the boards, and that was one of the factors, but we were making our open shots and they were not.”
Greenfield continued to pour it on in the second half, erasing any thoughts of an Indians comeback, leading by as many as 20 points before Turners Falls cut into the deficit in the fourth. Thayer said he was pleased with his team’s intensity and is happy with the progress being made.
“We were using this game as a measuring stick for us, from where we started the season to now,” he said. “We wanted to compete and see where we’re at. We’re building and are going to keep moving forward into the new year.”
Garrett Hudson finished with 15 points and nine rebounds to lead a balanced Wave offensive attack. Connor Eckstrom finished with 9 points and a team-high 14 boards, and Vincent Funari netted 9 points to go with 11 boards. Parker Hickey and Ryan Roberts each scored 7 points, Robin Marchese added 6 poitns, and Connor Joy dumped in 5.
Liam Ellis paced the Indians (4-2) with 18 points. Malcolm Smith netted 17.
Mahar 68, Mohawk 65 —Mahar Regional School travelled to Buckland Monday evening and outscored Mohawk Trail Regional
High School 22-9 in the fourth quarter to bring home a 68-65 comeback win.
Nick Slattery was the high scorer for the Senators, dropping in 18 points, all in the second half, including four 3-pointers. Slattery was also a force on the defensive side of the ball, recording six second-half steals.
Malik Adams added 13 points and nine assists, Troix Adams 9 points and 12 boards, and Austin Leary 9 points and seven rebounds for Mahar.
Jay Fortier dropped in 11 points for the Warriors.
Pioneer 60, Frontier 47 —Lennon Robichaud scored 24 points Monday night and Pioneer Valley Regional School defeated Frontier Regional School, 60-47, in a HL victory in Northfield.
The Panthers (3-2) used their defense to jump on the Red Hawks (2-5) early on, as the Panthers led 19-9 after the first quarter and 36-20 at the break.
“It was really just a matter of us rebounding well and our defense ignited our entire offensive set,” Pioneer coach Dave Hastings said.
Robichaud also led the Panthers with seven rebounds. Lee Doiron added 11 big points, Brad Hastings collected 9 points, six assists and five steals, and Josh Willis poured in 6 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Justin Farrick paced Frontier with 17 points. Tim Hoar chipped in 11.
PV Christian 82 FC Tech 68 — Pioneer Valley Christian School’s Genesis Arias had a monster night, scoring 49 points, including seven 3-pointers, as PV Christian cruised past host Franklin County Technical School, 82-68, in a Tri-County League contest Monday evening in Turners Falls.
“What a night for Arias. You’ve got to give him credit,” said Tech head coach Rick Recore. “We threw everything but the kitchen sink at him and we just couldn’t stop him. He’s a bit undersized, but he’s an incredibly efficient shooter, and a very composed scorer. And he’s only a sophomore.”
Alex Lugo added 11 points, and Chris Reid 8 for PV Christian.
Chris Wetherby poured in 35 for Franklin Tech, the Eagles’ only double-figure scorer. Brett Martin added 8 points, Thomas Duffy 7, and Brian Como 6.
Narragansett 63 Athol 55 — Kris Kodys had 22 points and led host Narragansett to a 63-55 victory over Athol High School Monday evening in Baldwinville. Austin Myers added 13 for the Warriors in the win.
Zack Dodge was the high scorer for the Red Raiders, dropping in 17 points, with Andrew Poor contributing 16. Narragansett came out strong, outscoring Athol 20-12 in the first quarter, and held its ground, taking a 32-26 lead into halftime. The Raiders made a push in the second half, but could not make up any ground, dropping the Red Raiders to 1-4 on the season.