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Indians outlast Smith, 69-62

Smith Academy's Derek McMahon (23) tangles with Turners Falls' Malcolm Smith (25) in a battle for the ball during the host Indians' 69-62 Hampshire League boys' basketball win over the visiting Falcons from Hatfield Tuesday night in Turners Falls. Recorder/Beth Teynolds

Smith Academy's Derek McMahon (23) tangles with Turners Falls' Malcolm Smith (25) in a battle for the ball during the host Indians' 69-62 Hampshire League boys' basketball win over the visiting Falcons from Hatfield Tuesday night in Turners Falls. Recorder/Beth Teynolds

Turners Falls High School turned up the defensive intensity coming out of halftime. Getting shots to fall on the offensive end only helped its cause.

The Indians (5-2, overall, 4-1 HL) ripped off a 16-3 run in the first 5 minutes of the third quarter to take a 10-point lead and went on to defeat Smith Academy, 69-62, in a Hampshire League boys’ basketball game Tuesday night in Turners Falls.

“We made some defensive switches (coming out of the break), which helped,” said Turners assistant coach Jay Liimatainen. “We had some good looks all game and the shots started falling, but the defense was what got us going. ... It was a good win for us. The kids played big.”

Smith held slim leads after the first quarter (16-15) and at the half (31-28), but the Indians’ decisive run in the third put them in front to stay. Turners outscored Smith 20-9 in the frame.

Liam Ellis recorded a solid all-around game for the Indians. He netted 24 points (half of them on 3-pointers), grabbed six rebounds, dished out four assists and added four steals. Nick York knocked home a pair of treys and finished with 18 points, while Malcolm Smith recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, to go along with five steals. Melvin Moreno contributed 6 points and seven assists.

The Falcons’ David Longstreeth led all scorers with 25 points. Derek McMahon and Keith Natale each tossed in 13.

Turners travels to Frontier Regional School Friday night at 7:30.

Pioneer 76, Mohawk 53 — Pioneer Valley Regional School found its shooting touch Tuesday night, connecting on a dozen treys en route to a 76-53 Hampshire League boys’ basketball win over Mohawk Trail Regional High School in Buckland.

Brad Hastings and Lee Doiron were the main culprits against the Warriors — Hastings pouring in a game-high 26 points, including a quartet of 3-pointers, and Doiron nailed seven 3-balls en route to a 25-point evening.

Eric Pratt added 11 points and Josh Willis chipped in 8 for the Panthers, who led 50-25 at the break.

Mark Buck netted 15 points, Jay Fortier added 10 and Javier Morales contributed 8 for Mohawk.

Frontier 68, Athol 46 — Jusitn Farrick drained a game-high 21 points to help Frontier Regional School to a 68-46 Hampshire League boys’ basketball win over Athol High School Tuesday night at Mallet Gymnasium in Athol.

Tim Hoar dumped in 20 points and Ben Ruddock threw in 18 for the Red Hawks (3-5, 2-3), who used a 21-10 second-quarter advantage to grab a 37-24 halftime lead.

Zack Dodge finished with 9 points, Mark Brighenti added 8 and Andrew Poor and Jerry Parker both pitched in with 7 for the Red Raiders (1-6, 1-4).

FC Tech 74, St. Mary 59 — Chris Wetherby dominated for Franklin County Technical, as he registered a career-high 39 points to power the Eagles over St. Mary High School , 74-59, in a Tri-County League boys’ basketball game Tuesday night in Westfield.

Colin Gould collected 10 points and C.J. Daigneault added 8 for the Eagles, who led 22-9 after a quarter and were never seriously challenged.

Sam Thresher fired home four trifectas en route to a season-high 35 points for the Saints. Drew Collins added 10 points.

Girls’ games

Pioneer 46, FC Tech 23 — Pioneer raced out to a 12-point lead after one quarter and cruised to a 46-23 win over Franklin Tech in an independent girls’ basketball game Tuesday night at Messer Gymnasium in Northfield.

Natalie Hale led all scorers with 18 points, also contributing nine rebounds and seven steals. Katlyn Grover bucketed 11 points, Alyssa Llewelyn totaled 6 points, seven boards and three steals, and Gabby Carpenter pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds for the Panthers (1-6).

Brooke Meuse led the Eagles (4-2) with 10 points. Brittany Andrews added 5.

Cathedral 44, Mohawk 26 — Emily Jackson led a balanced offensive effort with 9 points as Cathedral High School downed Mohawk, 44-26, in independent girls’ basketball play Tuesday night in Springfield.

Nicole Denver added 8 points, A lexis McCrae 7 for the Panthers, who led 21-9 at halftime.

Laura Ward and Blaze Petko-Sands paced the Warriors with 6 points each .

“We let Jackson got a lot of second and third shots,” said Mohawk head coach Chuck Miner. “I thought overall the girls played really well defensively; they just must couldn’t make a shot.”

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