Summer Sens remain undefeated

  • Charlie Barnes, of Mahar Regional, finishes at the rim in Monty Tech summer league action. The Senators are 10-0 this summer.  FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 7/25/2019 9:59:40 PM
Modified: 7/25/2019 9:59:30 PM

FITCHBURG — There is only one team left undefeated at the Monty Tech summer league.

After a 50-19 win over Ayer High School on Thursday, the Mahar boys summer league team does not have a blemish on its record with one game left in the regular season.

“They had a great spring playing the AAU circuit,” Mahar coach Enver Softic said. They were giving up a lot of Saturdays and Sundays. They have worked hard to get to this. This wasn’t a fluke and it wasn’t luck. They are committed and that makes a difference.”

The contributions have come from all over the roster for the Senators (10-0).

“This team takes the right approach,” Softic said. “Everyone is making a legitimate effort to contribute. They are starting to fall into their role on the team. Sometimes kids are happy being the fifth guy on the floor.”

Softic finds himself watching the team perform without much instruction.

“They come here and generally they are pretty focused,” Softic said. “You don’t have to say too much to them. It’s  a young team too which surprises me. Normally  it takes another year to mature.” 

The steadiness of point guard Charlie Barnes is one of many strengths for Mahar. Barnes is in his third year playing at Monty Tech.

“This team has more confidence,” Barnes said. “Everyone has sort of matured from last year. Everyone is at the level of play that they need to be against these teams.”

Aden Santana has become more of a presence in the paint for Mahar.

“The key to our record is definitely our defense,” Santana said. “Playing together as a team.”

Santana played junior varsity last season and is expanding his game during the summer.

“I am trying to develop a three point shot,” Santana said. “Work on my defense. I am steadily improving.”

The inside also features Zack Notre and Jakob Carron who both play well in the paint. 

Jake Tenney missed the game against Ayer, but has helped the Senators with perimeter defense. With increased playing time, outside threat Matt Lyesiuk is hitting 3-pointers with more consistency. 

Noaha Chabot is a player who plays multiple roles for the Senators.

The bench has produced with players like Charlie Anderson and Elias Spencer doing their part to contribute. 

“When the bench comes in they want to sustain what’s happened,” Softic said. “They don’t run around and wonder when they are going to be pulled.”

The Senators play Oakmont High School on Tuesday at Monty Tech. The Spartans beat Athol on Thursday, 60-28.

With the success at Monty Tech, the Senators will look to continue their momentum into this winter.

“We will just keep playing the way we are playing now,”  Barnes said. “We will be a threat to anyone.”

The Senators never trailed against Ayer.

Barnes had 11 points for Mahar with Lyesiuk adding six points on two 3-pointers.

Santana finished with eight points.

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