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Red Hawks rally past Mahar

Sam Tillona and the rest of the Frontier Regional School boys’ basketball team put together a solid fourth quarter to overcome a deficit and post a hard-fought, 44-40 Hampshire League boys’ basketball victory over Mahar Regional School Friday night in Orange.

Tillona scored all 6 of his points in the final frame and Frontier (6-5 overall, 6-4 HL), which trailed 35-32 entering the fourth, outscored the Senators (7-4 overall, 7-3 HL), 12-7 in the fourth to earn the win.

“They wanted it more than we did,” Mahar coach Chad Softic said. “They killed us on the offensive glass in the fourth quarter.”

Paul Decker and Peter Watroba once again led the Red Hawk offense. Watroba finished with a team-high 16 points, while Watroba reached his season average with 13 in the win. Ryan Hoar chipped in 7 points.

The loss drops Mahar to 1-3 in its past four games after starting 6-0 in HL play. The Senators have averaged just 34 points per game in the three losses.

One bright spot for Mahar was that Joey Whitman had his best offensive game of the season, netting 20 points to go along with seven rebounds. Malik Adams also added 7 points.

Turners 53, Hopkins 35 — Malcolm Smith totaled 17 points, 11 rebounds and four steals to lead Turners Falls High School to a 53-35 victory over Hopkins Academy in a HL boys’ basketball game Friday night in Turners Falls.

Wyatt Bourbeau netted 12 points and came away with seven steals for the Indians (8-4, 7-3). Melvin Moreno tossed in 9 points, and Summer Forest-Bulley added 7 points.

Greg Pipczynski led Hopkins with 12 points.

Greenfield 72, Athol 37 — Four players finished in double figure scoring and Greenfield High School became the first local school to clinch a postseason berth with a resounding 72-37 victory over Athol Hihg School in HL action Friday night in Athol.

The Green Wave (10-0, 10-0) was led by Lew Borden’s 13 points and 10 rebounds. Garrett Hudson finished with 12 points and nine steals, Connor Eckstrom dumped in 12 points, and Vincent Funari added 10 points. Tyler Miller and Ryan Roberts each netted 7 points, Parker Hickey added 6, and Robin Marchese dished out six assists.

Adrian Sexton led Athol (4-7, 3-7) with 14 points.

Easthampton 55, Mohawk 37 — Mohawk Trail Regional High School could not find an answer for Chris Starcun on Friday night as the Easthampton High School big man erupted for 34 points in a 55-37 HL victory in Buckland.

The Eagles (5-6, 4-6) put the game away in the third quarter by outscoring Pioneer, 16-6, to take a 41-25 lead into the fourth. Mohawk managed to close the gap to five points with a big start to the fourth, but Easthampton came back to win going away.

“We just didn’t have an answer for Starcun,” Mohawk coach Fred Redeker said.

Josh Willis, who entered the game averaging 3 points per game on the season, paced Mohawk with a season-high 16 points to go with 10 boards and five steals. Alex Buntin added 6 points in the loss.

Smith Academy 72, Pioneer 31 — Mat Sulda finished with 18 points to lead Smith Academy to a 72-31 victory over Pioneer Valley Regional School during a HL boys’ basketball victory Friday night in Hatfield.

Keith Natale added 13 points in the win.

Kyle Artus paced the Panthers with 10 points, and Eric Pratt finished with 7.

Smith Voke 62, FC Tech 57 — Jordan Castillo poured in 25 points on Friday night and Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School edged Franklin County Technical School, 62-57, in a Tri-County League boys’ hoop game in Northampton.

Jordan Ruiz added 12 points in the win.

Franklin Tech once again struggled from the free throw line in what has become the story of its season. The Eagles shot just 17-for-32 from the charity stripe.

“The guys are working very hard, we just have to stay focused,” Franklin Tech coach Rick Recore said. “They’re not getting discouraged and I am betting on the second half of the season. I’ll take on any team and feel confident with my guys.”

Jake Earl led all scorers with 27 points in the loss. Chris Wetherby netted 12 points, and Gerald Richardson added 10.

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