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Senators rally past Falcons

  • Mohawk's #15 Mark Buc, takes it up strong to the rim over Hopkins #32 Greg Pipczynski in the 1st Qtr.<br/>photo by J. Anthony Roberts

    Mohawk's #15 Mark Buc, takes it up strong to the rim over Hopkins #32 Greg Pipczynski in the 1st Qtr.
    photo by J. Anthony Roberts

  • Mohawk's #32 Jay Fortier , goes up for a baseline jumper over Hopkins #13  Spencer Butterfield in the 1st Qtr.<br/>photo by J. Anthony Roberts

    Mohawk's #32 Jay Fortier , goes up for a baseline jumper over Hopkins #13 Spencer Butterfield in the 1st Qtr.
    photo by J. Anthony Roberts

  • Mohawk's #15 Mark Buc, takes it up strong to the rim over Hopkins #32 Greg Pipczynski in the 1st Qtr.<br/>photo by J. Anthony Roberts
  • Mohawk's #32 Jay Fortier , goes up for a baseline jumper over Hopkins #13  Spencer Butterfield in the 1st Qtr.<br/>photo by J. Anthony Roberts

Facing an eight-point deficit with just over five minutes to play in the fourth quarter, Mahar Regional School came roaring back to beat Smith Academy, 58-46, in Hampshire League boys’ basketball action in Orange Friday night.

“We were down 7 at the half, and went to a zone in the third quarter, which gave them some trouble,” said Senators head coach Chad Softic. “We slowed down a bit and didn’t turn the ball over in the second half. You can’t play good, sustained basketball when you’re giving the ball away.”

Brendin Woodard was on fire for the Senators, scoring 23 points, including seven 3-pointers, and had a career high 10 boards along with six assists. Nick Slattery threw in 18 points, including two treys, and added eight boards.

Mahar went ahead to stay with just over three minutes to play on a Malik Adams three-ball, and pulled away for the double-digit win.

“Austin Leary did a tremendous job distributing in the high post in the fourth quarter,” said Softic. “That was a difference maker.”

Turners 61, Frontier 52 — Entering the fourth quarter trailing by a point, Turners Falls High Schol stepped on the gas in the final frame to beat Frontier Regional School, 61-52, in Hampshire League action Friday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.

Malcolm Smith had a big night for the Indians, tossing in 23 points, 11 of those coming in the final eight minutes. Liam Ellis pitched in with 16 and Jalen Sanders drained 15 for Turners.

Tim Hoar and Ben Ruddock each netted 15 for the Red Hawks, and Justin Farrick added 10, including two treys.

“They executed better down the stretch,” said Red Hawks head coach Ben Barshefsky. “I’m very proud of the way our guys competed. I have nothing to complain about. They’re getting better and working hard, and it’s starting to pay off.”

Pioneer 46, Athol 45 — Tied at 37 going into the fourth quarter, Pioneer Valley Regional School eked out a one point win over Athol High School Friday night in Northfield.

Lee Doiron led the Panthers with 11 points, and Brad Hastings, Eric Pratt and Kyle Artus all contributed 9.

The Red Raiders Zack Dodge led all scorers with 19 points, 12 of those on four treys. Jerry Parker added 9 for Athol.

Hopkins 60, Mohawk 50—Spencer Butterfield scored 17 points, 6 of those on two treys, as Hopkins Academy took down Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 60-50, in Hampshire League Action Friday evening.

Brett Morrison tossed in 13 for the Golden Hawks, including two 3-pointers. Zach Kelly put in 11 for Hopkins.

Jay Fortier was high scorer for the Warriors, dropping in 19 points, and Mark Buck tossed in 10 for Mohawk, including a three-ball.

McCann 56, FC Tech 46 — Shane Fuller had a game high 27 points for McCann Technical School as the Hornets defeated Franklin County Technical School, 58-48, in a Tri-County League boys’ basketball contest in North Adams Friday night.

Brett Martin led the Eagles with 16 points, and Chris Wetherby added 8 for Franklin Tech.

“We were up 2 at the half, but we didn’t defend nearly as well in the second half. it wasn’t a question of effort, they were just making plays and we weren’t getting the stops we got earlier.” said Eagles head coach Rick Recore.

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