Woodard cashes in to KO Turners
Mahar Regional School relinquished a double-digit lead after one quarter but Brendin Woodard’s go-ahead basket in the final seconds lifted the Senators to a 62-58 victory over Turners Falls High School in a Hampshire League boys’ basketball game Thursday night in Turners Falls.
Woodard, who led Mahar (6-1 overall, 6-0 HL East) with 17 points, drained a 15-foot jumper from the right elbow with 4 seconds left to give the Senators a 60-58 lead. Turners turned the ball over on the subsequent inbound play and Troix Adams (16 points) sank two free throws to ice it for the Senators.
Joey Verheyen added 7 points and seven rebounds, Joey Whitman pulled down nine rebounds, Jake Paul chipped in seven boards and Nick Slattery dished out six assists for the winners.
Malcolm Smith led all scorers with 21 points (including three 3-pointers) for the Indians, who trailed 20-9 after a quarter and 34-24 at the half. Melvin Moreno — who tied it with a trifecta with 38 seconds left — finished with 15 points. Tyler Charboneau chipped in 10.
Pioneer 52, Easthampton 50 — Pioneer Valley Regional School took the lead for good with 1:45 to go and held on to beat Easthampton High School, 52-50, in a HL boys’ basketball contest Thursday night at Messer Gymnasium in Northfield.
Lennon Robichaud led the Panthers (2-5, 2-5) with a game-high 20 points. He also made four free throws down the stretch to help Pioneer retain the lead. Brian Llewelyn added 15 points for the Panthers, who trailed 28-26 at the half and 39-38 at the end of three.
Chris Starcun led the Eagles with 18 points before fouling out midway through the fourth quarter. Teammate Tim Palaschak added 17 points.
Frontier 64, Mohawk 38 — Paul Decker drained 20 points, including a quartet of 3-pointers, to power Frontier Regional School to a 64-36 HL boys’ basketball victory over Mohawk Trail Regional High School on Thursday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.
Peter Watroba finished with 13 points, Quinn Hickey contributed 8 points and Ryan Hoar had 6 points and 11 rebounds for the Red Hawks (4-3, 4-2), who led 35-18 at intermission.
Mark Buck led the Warriors (1-7, 0-6) with 13 points. Kyle Leger added 11.
Greenfield 53, Hopkins 36 — Tyler Miller led a balanced offense with a dozen points as Greenfield High School downed Hopkins Academy, 53-36, in HL boys’ basketball action Thursday night at Reed Gymnasium in Hadley.
Lew Borden collected 11 points, Garrett Hudson had 8 and Conner Eckstrom added 7 for the Green Wave (6-0, 6-0), which held a 29-15 advantage at the break.
Brett Morrison netted 10 points and Spencer Butterfield and Greg Pipczynski each chipped in 9 for the Golden Hawks (1-6, 0-6).
Smith Academy 97, Athol 35 — Smith Academy used five double-digit scorers to roll past Athol High School, 97-35, in a HL boys’ basketball game Thursday night at Webb Gymnasium in Hatfield.
Mat Sulda drained five 3-pointers en route to a game-high 29 points to lead the Falcons (6-1, 5-1). Derek McMahon bucketed 14, David Longstreeth had 13 and Keith Natale chipped in with 12.
Smith led 52-26 at the half and outscored the Red Raiders 32-5 in the third quarter.
Andrew Poor dropped in 11 and Zack Dodge 8 for Athol.
Dean Tech 60, FC Tech 50 — Dean Technical High School jumped out to a 13-point halftime lead and held on to beat Franklin County Technical School, 60-50, in Tri-County League boys’ basketball play Thursday night in Turners Falls.
Omar Espada and Jamie Joquin led the Hawks (2-2,1-0 TCL) with 13 points each. Edgar Acevedo added 12.
Nate Boyer led the Eagles (1-3, 0-1) with a game-high 18 points, including three 3-pointers. Jake Earl fought through early foul trouble to finish with 11 points. Chris Wetherby recorded a double-double with 10 points and 17 rebounds, Gerald Richardson pulled down 16 rebounds and Thomas Duffy contributed 13 boards and four blocked shots.
Franklin Tech was trailing by 6 with 2 minutes left and had possession before committing turnovers on its next two possessions and never recovered.
“In a nutshell, I feel very good about this game,” said Eagles head coach Rick Recore. “This is a very young team and I thought this game was basically a coming out party. Moving forward, this will be a good team. We’ve finally found an identity.”