Wave boys’ hoop on a roll
Greenfield High School continued to play the toughest defense in the Hampshire League this season and remained unbeaten with a 52-41 victory over Easthampton High School in a boys’ basketball game Thursday night in Easthampton.
The Green Wave ( 8-0 overall, 8-0 HL) had held three straight opponents to fewer than 40 points and it nearly pulled the feat off for a fourth consecutive game against the Eagles (4-5, 3-5). Greenfield has only allowed more than 47 points just once (when it allowed 53 to high-scoring Smith Academy) and has allowed a meager 41.5 points per game on the year.
“The guys are playing tough on that end of the floor,” Green Wave coach Scott Thayer said. “It was another ugly offensive night for us but we scrapped on defense. Easthampton is a physical team and usually when you go down there, you have to play tough defense and win this way.”
The Wave featured a balanced offensive attack with only Lew Borden cracking double figures with 14 points. Garrett Hudson added 9 points, Tyler Miller and Robin Marchese netted 8 each, and Vinnie Funari added 5.
Chris Starcun led the Eagles with 12 points.
Smith Academy 56, Mahar 28 — Smith Academy used a 35-15 second-half run to pull away from Mahar Regional School, 56-28, in a HL boys’ basketball game Thursday night at Webb Gymnasium in Hatfield.
Mat Sulda dropped four 3-pointers en route to a game-high 20 points for the Falcons (8-1, 7-1 HL). Derek McMahon added 12 points.
Brendin Woodard netted 11 points and Joey Whitman had 7 for the Senators, who committed 23 turnovers.
“It was a pretty good game at halftime but it just got way from us in third,” said Mahar head coach Chad Softic. “We started turning the ball over and couldn’t score.”
Athol 72, Pioneer 59 — Adrian Sexton drained a game-high 18 points and pulled down 16 rebounds to power Athol High School to a 72-59 HL boys’ basketball victory over Pioneer Valley Regional School Thursday night at Mallet Gymnasium in Athol.
Dakota Melanson totaled 16 points and seven boards, Andrew Poor finished with 13 points, and Tyler Guerin had 11 for the Red Raiders (3-6, 2-6), who led 31-25 at halftime.
The Panthers were led by Brad Hastings with 15 points. Brian Llewelyn added 13 and Lee Doiron threw in 9.
Mt. Greylock 70, Turners Falls 52 — Mt. Greylock Regional High School outscored Turners Falls High School, 36-22 in the second half Thursday night to earn a 70-52 independent boys’ basketball win in Williamstown.
The game was tied at halftime but the Mounties took control of the game in the third quarter, outscoring the Indians (6-4), 19-13, to take the lead for good. Tyler Picard led all scorers with 28 points in the win. Tyrell Thomas added 19 and Nathan Mujamder added 11.
Malcolm Smith scored a season-high 20 points for Turners Falls. Melvin Moreno netted 15 points and Nick York tossed in 9.
FC Tech 82, PV Christian 70 — Nate Boyer and Chris Wetherby combined to score 50 points and Franklin County Technical School earned a much-needed victory with an 82-70 Tri-County League boys’ basketball triumph over Pioneer Valley Christian School in Springfield.
The Eagles’ point total was a season high despite getting just 6 from guard Jake Earl, who entered the game averaging 20.8 through the first six contests. The Eagles (2-5, 1-2) used a 21-10 third-quarter edge en route to the victory, which snapped a four-game losing streak and helped the team earn its first league win of the season.
Wetherby led the Eagles with 27 points and 14 rebounds. Eagle coach Rick Recore said that the Frontier transfer continues to get more acclimated to his new team and, conversely, the team is beginning to learn how to use its new power forward.
“Chris is a very exceptional low-post player,” Recore said. “He’s great at playing with his back to the basket and he’s starting to mature as a player. He’s starting to learn to play with his new teammates and, more importantly, they’re starting to learn to play with him.”
Boyer finished just behind Wetherby with 23 points and, just as importantly to his coach, finished with seven assists. This season marks Boyer’s first with the varsity and Recore said he is continuing to learn to play guard at the varsity level.
“Nate was very active on the defensive end tonight and was able to get into some players and get some easy breakaway points off turnovers,” the coach explained. “More importantly, as a young player, he’s starting to learn to play the game in terms of his basketball IQ. He picked his times to be effective tonight.”
Brian Como finished with 8 points and eight assists in the win. Gerald Richardson added 6 points and nine assists.
Caleb Hunter-Sams led all scorers with 35 points in the loss.
Granby 45, Frontier 35 — Six-foot junior center Rebecca Sapouckey bucketed 17 points to help unbeaten Granby High School beat Frontier Regional School, 45-35, in an independent girls’ basketball game Thursday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.
Meghan Sullivan dropped in 11 points and Kate Sullivan contributed 8 for the Rams (8-0), who led 20-16 at halftime but outscored the Red Hawks 11-1 in the third quarter to take a 14-point advantage.
Frotier’s Amanda Calvo led all scorers with 18 points, including four 3-pointers. Jordan Rowe added 7 points.
Athol 79, Pioneer 33 — Athol used a 30-1 third-quarter scoring edge to take control of the game and register a 79-33 victory over Pioneer in a Franklin County League girls’ basketball game Thursday night in Northfield.
Pioneer had hung around in the first half, going into halftime trailing 33-18. But the lopsided third quarter put the hosts away. Molly Cleveland led the unbeaten Red Raiders (8-0, 7-0) with 18 points. Alexa Whitney netted 14. Caitlin Muzzy dumped in 10 points, while Shelby Bronnes and Tanner Favreau each scored 8.
Natalie Hale continued her strong play for Pioneer with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Bryan Schwartz won his second straight race and led Mohawk Trail Regional High School to the team victory in the North Division during the PVIAC Alpine Ski League on Thursday at Berkshire East Ski Resort in Charlemont.
Schwartz registered a winning time of 33.69 seconds on the slalom course to lead five local top-10 skiers. Frontier’s Sean Doyle placed fourth overall and third in North with his time of 35.22, followed by a trio of Warriors: Jon White was sixth overall (fifth in North) in 36.21, Dane Amstein came in was ninth (eighth in North) in 38.34, and Alex Rice’s 38.512 clocking was good for 10th (ninth in North) to complete the Mohawk team scoring at 146.75, which was 2.21 seconds better than runner-up Longmeadow (148.96).
Other skiers finishing in the overall top 35 included Mohawk’s Liam Datres De La Blotier in 17th (40.76), Frontier’s Jacob Conroy in 19th (41.55), Mohawk’s Dan Burke in 20th (41.68), Mohawk’s Jameson rice in 23rd (42.60), Mohawk’s Leroy Page in 26th (43.09) and Frontier’s Jack Hebert in 35th (45.75).
On the girls’ side, Mohawk’s Caitlyn Wilkins finished 16th overall in 27.94, while Frontier’s Ally Zera placed 33rd overall and fifth in the South with a time of 30.89.