Parrott buzzer-beater sinks Red Hawks
Collin Parrott’s final shot of 2012 was memorable indeed.
The Wahconah Regional High School sharpshooter heaved up an off-balance 3-pointer as time expired and the ball kissed the backboard and tickled the twine to give the Warriors a 37-36 basketball victory over Frontier Regional School in an independent boys’ game Saturday afternoon in Dalton.
The Red Hawks (3-3 overall) held a 31-26 lead entering the fourth quarter, but the Warriors cut the deficit down to just one point in the final minute. With 30 seconds left, Frontier’s Paul Decker was fouled, sending him to the line for two shots. Decker only made one, giving the Hawks a 36-34 lead. Wahconah went back downcourt but was unable to penetrate the Frontier defense or get an open look. Parrott found himself with the ball moving to his right as time expired and let the improbable game-winning bank shot fly from eight feet beyond the 3-point line.
The shot put Parrott in double figures at 11 points, the Warriors’ top scorer, with three 3-pointers.
Peter Watroba paced all scorers with 18 points for visiting Frontier. Decker was second on the team in scoring with 6 points. Ryan Hoar finished with 4 points and 12 rebounds, and Tim Hoar added eight boards.
Amherst 3, Greenfield 1 — Eddy Sablak stopped 41 shots Saturday and the Amherst Regional High School offense did its part to help the shell-shocked goalie as the Hurricanes took third place in the Rabbit Graves Memorial Hockey Tournament at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield.
The championship game between Turners Falls High School and Wahconah was postponed due to the inclement weather until today at noon at Collins-Moylan.
Greenfield outshot Amherst, 42-23, but Sablak was up to the task. Joshua Lacroix, Sam Lincoln and Luke Allen each scored for the Hurricanes, which got one goal in each of the three periods, including one at the buzzer at the end of the second. Greenfield was unable to get anything past Sablak until the third period, when Josh Brandl scored on assists from Jourdan York-Welcome and Jake Elwell.
Noah Foster-Marquis finished with 20 saves in the Green Wave net.
Franklin County Technical School went 2-2 during the Eagles Super Quad Wrestling Tournament Saturday in Turners Falls.
The Eagles defeated Gateway Regional High School (60-12) and Brookline High School (39-27), but fell to West Springfield High School (54-29) and St. John’s Prep (42-15).
One hundred twenty-pound Josh Lacosse went 4-0 on the day for the Eagles, earning pins over Mike Scuderi (Gateway) and Henry Finkle (Brookline), taking a 15-0 win over Bryan Gena (West Side), and a 6-0 win over Joe Flynn (St. John’s).
Kyle Laffey also went 4-0, at 160 pounds. Laffey picked up four wins via pin, two coming in the first period, one coming in the second, the other in the third.
Alec Milton and David Weed also had solid days on the mat for the Eagles, going 3-1. Weed (138 pounds) earned a pair of first-period pins and a 12-7 decision for his three victories. Milton (heavyweight) won three matches via pin.
Franklin Tech is now 4-2 overall on the season and gets back into Tri-County League play Wednesday night when it travels to Athol High School at 7.