Wave fights back
Greenfield High School needed a big performance on Wednesday night, and it came through in a big way against a tough opponent.
The Green Wave fought back from a fourth-quarter deficit after losing its halftime lead and knocked off Division I foe Springfield School of Science & Technology, 58-55, in independent boys’ basketball action Wednesday night at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield.
“This was a solid win,” said Greenfield head coach Scott Thayer, whose squad was placed in Division III via realignment. “To come back and fight like a team and play like a team and put it all together after a hard loss Monday, the kids responded well and did a great job against a very quick, athletic team.”
Three players reached double figures for Greenfield (6-3 overall). Garrett Hudson and Robin Marchese shared game-high honors with 15 apiece, while Connor Eckstrom followed with 14. Connor Joy pitched in with 8.
The CyberCats were led by Jahleel Thompson with 14 points. Angel Montez and Duane Lewis both chipped in with 10.
Greenfield travels to Mohawk Trail Regional High School on Monday night at 7:30.
Renaissance 73, Mahar 63 (OT) — Mahar Regional School gave Renaisance School all it could handle Wednesday night at the Grzesik-Bixby complex in Orange, but the Senators ultimately fell to the Phoenix, 73-63, in overtime.
“It was a phenomenal game, probably the best home game I’ve seen since I’ve been here,” said Mahar head coach Chad Softic. “We just lost our legs in the overtime, and had nothing left.”
The loss of energy was obvious, as the Senators were outscored 15-5 in the extra session.
The Senators (5-3 overall, 4-2 HL) came out of the gate strong, outscoring Renaissance in the first two periods, and took a 33-30 lead into the half. Nick Slattery had a big game, tossing in 26 points, including six treys. Brendin Woodard added 15 for the Senators, and Troix Adams dropped in 10.
“I’m proud of the way we played,” said Softic. “We had a big win against Greenfield Monday, and played very well for most of the night. There are a couple of turnovers we’d like to have had back at the end of regulation when we could have put the game away, and when we got to the OT, we were just out of gas.”
All of the scoring for Renaissance came from just four players. Carlos Gonzalaz led the way with 32 points, including five three-balls. Kendall Baldwin added 17 and Devante Marshall had 16.
The Senators return to action Friday night when they host HL rival Smith academy at 7 p.m.
Dean Tech 56, FC Tech 49 — Wilfredo Avila was the high scorer for Dean Technical High School, tossing in 18 points as the Golden Hawks outlasted Franklin County Technical School, 56-49, in independent boys’ basketball action Wednesday night in Holyoke.
Chris Wetherby had a huge night for the Eagles, pouring in 35 points and pulling down 26 rebounds. Colin Gould added 6 points, and Thomas Duffy grabbed 14 boards.
“The bottom line is we took care of the ball,” said Eagles head coach Rick Recore. “They’re a small band of brothers and they’re playing for each other. I’m very proud of this team now.”
Turners 36, Smith Voke 33 — Turners Falls High School scored three points in the final 10 seconds to hold off Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School, 36-33, in an independent girls’ basketball game Wednesday evening in Northampton.
Haleigh Bassett made a free throw with 10 seconds remaining to break a 33-33 tie, then Michelle Leh sank a hoop with two seconds left after a Vikings turnover.
Amber Caouette led the Indians (2-5) with 13 points and 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Alysha Wozniak added 8 points, while Leh finished with 6.
Stephanie Start led Smith Voke with 13 points.
Turners, which led 11-8 at halftime, hosted Holyoke Catholic High School tonight at 7:30.