Tribe dunks host Mahar
Malcolm Smith and Liam Ellis combined for 45 points Tuesday night to lead Turners Falls High School to a 64-46 Hampshire League boys’ basketball victory over Mahar Regional School in a battle of 11-win teams at Grzesik-Bixby Gymnasium in Orange.
Smith netted 23 points to lead the Indians (12-5 overall, 11-4 HL). Ellis finished with 22 points. The two players, along with Melvin Moreno, each hit three 3-pointers as the Indians knocked down nine shots from behind the arc. Moreno added 11 points for the Indians, who won their fourth straight game. Nick Fisher and Wyatt Bourbeau each tossed in 4.
The loss by Mahar (11-5, 11-4) clinched the HL title for Greenfield High School, which defeated Hopkins Academy, 66-38. Joey Whitman led the Senators with 13 points, Rafael Silva added 10 and Brendin Woodard dumped in 9 points.
Frontier 57, Mohawk 52 — Mohawk Trail Regional High School nearly pulled off the upset of the year in the HL Tuesday night.
The Warriors outscored Frontier Regional School in each of the first three quarters before the Red Hawks managed to outscore Mohawk 18-6 in the fourth quarter and survive for a 57-52 boys’ hoop victory in Buckland.
The victory clinched a playoff berth for Frontier.
Mohawk (2-15, 1-14) led 29-24 at halftime and increased the advantage to 46-39 entering the fourth quarter. Sam Tillona scored all seven of his points in the fourth quarter for the Red Hawks (10-6, 10-5), however, and Frontier avoided the loss.
“I’m proud of the way my guys came to play tonight,” Mohawk coach Fred Redeker said. “We were down three points with 22 seconds to go and (Mark) Buck had a good look. The shot just didn’t fall. I’m pleased with the effort and the attitude was good. It would have been nice to get the W.”
The other big difference came at the free-throw line, where Frontier held a 15-5 edge in attempts and a 10-2 advantage in points.
Paul Decker finished with 21 points to pace Frontier. Peter Watroba tossed in 14 and Ryan Hoar finished with 11.
Mark Buck led Mohawk with 16 points. Josh Willis netted 12 points and Alex Buntin and Jay Fortier each finished with 8.
Greenfield 66, Hopkins 38 — Seven players scored six or more points as Greenfield clinched the HL East Division with a 66-38 victory over Hopkins Academy in a boys’ hoop game at Nichols Gymnasium Tuesday in Greenfield.
Tyler Miller led the unbeaten Green Wave (15-0, 15-0) with 12 points. Robin Marchese added 11. Lew Borden netted 8 points and 10 rebounds and Connor Eckstrom chipped in 8 points and eight rebounds. Ryan Roberts dumped in 7 points, Vincent Funari recorded 6 points and six assists, and Parker Hickey added 6 points.
Sean Butterfield led Hopkins (1-15, 0-15) with 10 points.
Smith Academy 75, Athol 61 — Mat Sulda finished with 22 points to help Smith Academy pull away from pesky Athol High School to take a 75-61 HL boys’ basketball victory Tuesday in Athol.
The teams were tied 30-30 in the second quarter but Smith Academy went on a 36-11 run through the end of the third quarter to pull away.
“Our guys played physical and hard defensively,” Athol coach Jason Donovan said. “Smith had to work for everything they got, and that was good to see.”
Keith Natale finished with 19 points for Smith. Seaver Rickert added 17.
Alex Page drained five 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 19 points for the Red Raiders. Adrian Sexton had a big night, finishing with 15 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks. Zack Dodge added 7 points.
Easthampton 67, Pioneer 55 — Chris Starcun erupted for 35 points and Easthampton High School avenged an early-season loss with a 67-55 HL boys’ basketball victory Tuesday night in Easthampton.
The Easthampton big man shot 11-for-16 from the free-throw line and made 12 field goals. Starcun shot 10 free throws in the first, matching the total number of free throws shot by Pioneer. The Eagles (7-9, 5-10) finished with a 32-10 edge in free throws.
Tom Palaschek and Shaheim Torres each added 11 points for the Eagles.
Lennon Robichaud finished with 18 points for Pioneer, which was officially eliminated from postseason contention with the loss. Drew Hastings netted 11 points, Kyle Artus added 10 points, and Brian Llewelyn dumped in 8 points.
FC Tech 78, PV Christian 50 — Nate Boyer scored 21 points to lead Franklin County Technical School to a 78-50 victory over Pioneer Valley Christian School in a Tri-County League boys’ basketball game Tuesday night in Turners Falls.
The win is the fifth in the past six games for the Eagles, who improved to 7-8 overall on the season after starting the year 2-7. The Eagles led 41-26 at halftime. Despite the victory, Eagle coach Rick Recore was not all that pleased with the team’s effort.
“We got off to a good start but I’m very disappointed with our defensive effort,” he said. “We were not prepared at all. I think Friday’s game (a 57-47 win over McCann Technical High School) took a lot out of us. The score tonight is not indicative of how the game was played. Pioneer Valley Christian played us very tough.”
Boyer, who nearly matched his career high of 23 points, was 10-of-12 from the floor and received praise afterward.
“Nate had a great game shooting the ball,” Recore said. “I’m very proud of Nate because he’s been working very hard in practice, especially on his shot.”
Jake Earl finished with 20 points, 12 assists and three steals in the win. Chris Wetherby netted 13 points and pulled down a team-high 15 rebounds to go with three blocked shots. Brett Martin added 6 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. Kyle Jarvis added 6 points and Zach Korpiewski grabbed six rebounds.
Idniss Koyate led Pioneer Valley Christian with 13 points, while Landon Conroy and Jake Connor each added 11.
Four Rivers 46, Charlemont 39 — Jackson Reeves-Henning scored 19 points Tuesday and Four Rivers Charter School avenged an early-season loss to Charlemont Academy with a 46-39 River Valley Athletic League boys’ basketball game at Indoor Action Sports in Greenfield.
Eighth-grader Oscar Gibson hit three 3-pointers in the win and finished with 13 points.
Four Rivers (9-4) closes out the regular season on Thursday at 4 p.m. at Indoor Action when it hosts Swift River School.