Watroba’s clutch free throws help Hawks edge Panthers
Pio 20 Drew Hastings Fro 23 Paul Decker
Pio 44 Tyrus Gould
Pio 3 Brad Hastings loose ball with Fro 22 Tyler Pickunka
Fro 23 Paul Decker Pio 23 Lee Doiron
Peter Watroba made two of three free throws with 0.2 left in regulation to propel Frontier Regional School a 57-56 victory over Pioneer Valley Regional School in a Hampshire League West boys’ basketball game Wednesday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.
After Pioneer took a 56-55 lead with 10 seconds left on a basket by C.J. Artus, Red Hawk Frontier point guard Paul Decker dribbled the ball up court with time running out. When Decker reached halfcourt, he found himself in the midst of three Pioneer defenders and kicked the ball to Watroba, who was fouled while attempting a 3-point shot.
Watroba made the first free throw to knot the game at 56. After missing the second attempt, he drained the third and final freebie to give the Red Hawks their first win of the season, a game in which Frontier head coach Ben Barshefsky thought could have gone either way.
“Pioneer played great tonight,” he said. “They came out aggressive and both teams battled back and forth the whole game. Pioneer deserved to win just as much as we did and we just happened to come out on top.”
Frontier led 30-28 at halftime, and stretched that lead to five at 47-42, heading into the fourth quarter.
Pioneer kept chipping away at the lead and finally pulled ahead on Artus’ bucket before Watroba won it.
Quinn Hickey led the Red Hawks with a game-high 13 points, while Tim Hoar scored 11 points and pulled down 15 rebounds to register a double-double.
Pioneer was led by a balanced scoring attack. Lennon Robichaud was the high scorer with 12 points, while Drew Hastings chipped in with 10 and Lee Doiron finished the night with 11 points.
Mahar 57, Mohawk 15 — Mahar Regional School limited Mohawk Trail Regional High School to just three second half points at the defending Division II State Champions rolled to a 57-15 HL East boys’ basketball win Wednesday in Buckland.
Mahar got off to a fast start, as it led 12-5 lead after the first quarter and 31-12 at halftime.
The Senators had three players reach double figures. Brendin Woodard finished with a game-high 12, while Rafael Silva and Joey Whitman both chipped in with 11.
The high scorer for the Warriors was Alex Buntin with 7, including a 3-pointer.
FC Tech 64, Belchertown 15 — The Franklin County Technical School wrestling team won five matches by pin and opened up its season with a 64-15 victory over Belchertown High School in an independent wrestling match Wednesday in Belchertown.
Johnathan Rawls registered the quickest pin for the Eagles in the heavy-weight division as Rawls pinned Belchertown’s Dwight Gregiore 50 seconds into the opening period.
Brett Bean (132) was able to pin Casey Beaudry with 29 seconds left in the second period to pick up a win, while teammate David Weed pinned Charlie Merrick 2:31 into the match. The other two wrestlers to record pins for Franklin Tech were Kyle Laffey (152), who downed Ben Fisher at 1:01, and Alec Milton, who dropped Kyle Fuller in 1:10.
Josh Lacosse also won his match for the Eagles as he won a major decision, 8-0, against Belchertown grappler Troy Doming.
The Eagles will return to the mat on Saturday when they travel to Wilmington to wrestle in the Sons of Italy tournament.