School Hoops: Evans helps Hawk boys win 8th straight

  • Frontier’s Carsten Carey (22) drives to the hoop over Pioneer defenders Garrett Cote (13), from left, Brendan Emond (5) and Troy Emond (3) in the second half on Monday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Above, Frontier’s Donovan Hoffman (4) attempts a reverse layup before being fouled by Pioneer’s Brendan Emond (5) in the second half of a 60-56 boys’ basketball win Monday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. Below, Frontier’s Owen Morse (14) takes a shot defended by Pioneer’s Jordan Loughman (20) in the first half. RECORDER STAFF photos/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Alex Sharp (1) hits a 3-pointer in the second half against Pioneer on Monday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Peter Carey (13), top, and Kalen Evans (2) fight for possession of a loose ball against Pioneer’s Ryan Underwood (15) in the first half Monday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Owen Morse (14) takes a shot defended by Pioneer’s Jordan Loughman (20) in the first half Monday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Pioneer’s Jordan Loughman (20) and Garrett Cote (13) jump up for a rebound in the second half Monday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Pioneer’s Jordan Loughman (20) puts up a jumper in the second half against Frontier Monday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

Recorder Staff
Monday, January 22, 2018

Kalen Evans scored his team’s final four points from the free-throw line, including a pair with just two seconds left to ice the game, as Frontier Regional School won its eighth consecutive game Monday night, holding off Pioneer Valley Regional School for a 60-56 independent boys’ basketball victory at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.

The Red Hawks trailed 47-39 entering the fourth quarter, but the hosts outscored Pioneer by a 21-9 margin in the final eight minutes.

“I thought down the stretch, we did a really good job attacking the basket,” explained Frontier head coach Ben Barshefsky. “We were faced with a lot of adversity tonight and the guys buckled down and overcame it. That’s a very good Pioneer team.”

After chipping away to take the lead in the fourth, Frontier (8-4) closed the game well, as Carsten Carey (10 points) put in back-to-back hoops to stretch the lead to 56-49 with under two minutes to play.

Pioneer (7-4) cut the lead to 56-54 with a pair of Brendan Emond (14 points) free throws and a 3-pointer by Garrett Cote (14 points) with 54 seconds remaining. But Evans made enough from the charity stripe in the final minute to secure the win and keep the Frontier streak intact.

Pioneer led 30-29 in a back-and-forth first half, as the Panthers were able to score a handful of points thanks to their work on the offensive glass.

“We struggled in the first half on the defensive glass and, to their credit, Pioneer was crashing very hard,” Barshefsky said. “They had a lot of second and third chances on the offensive end. For the most part in the second half, we did a pretty good job boxing out.”

Alex Sharp led all scorers with 16 points, including four 3-pointers, as Frontier put four players in double figures. Evans totaled 13 points and 6 rebounds, while Ben Litskoski had a strong all-around outing with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Cote and Emond were the double-digit scorers for the Panthers, while Jordan Loughman helped Pioneer with 8 points and Justin Hubbard tossed in 7.

Frontier will try to extend its winning streak to nine Thursday night. It’ll be a tall task, as three-time defending WMass champion Hopkins Academy comes to Goodnow Gymnasium for a 7:30 tip-off. Pioneer entertains Greenfield High School at Messer Gymnasium in Northfield on Thursday.

Turners 75, Greenfield 68, OT — Jovani Williams scored a career-high 24 points, including 6 in overtime, to lead Turners Falls High School to a 75-68 victory over Greenfield High School Monday night at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield.

The game was close through the end of regulation and Greenfield held a 62-59 lead with about one minute remaining when Jimmy Vaughn (12 points) hit a 3-pointer to tie the game. The Green Wave (3-8) went down the other end and Mason Meadows (7 points) was fouled and knocked down both free throws to put Greenfield up 64-62, but Anthony Peterson (17 points) hit a layup after getting an offensive rebound to tie the game late and force overtime.

In the extra frame, Williams stepped up as he alone outscored the Green Wave, 6-4, helping Turners pull away.

“Defensively, we played well in overtime but they were getting offensive boards,” Greenfield coach Tim Caplice said. “Williams killed us on the offensive glass.”

Williams also finished 10-for-11 from the free-throw line, helping Turners (4-8) finish an impressive 25-for-31 from the line on the night.

Turners got off to a fast start, outscoring the Green Wave 22-13 in the first quarter, but the Wave stormed back in the second, outscoring the visitors 23-10 to take a 36-32 lead into the break.

Colin Cloutier put up a game-high and career-high 25 points in the loss. Hunter Campbell finished with 9 points, while Jake Suhl and Owen Phelps joined Meadows with 7 points apiece.

Belchertown 70, Athol 48 — Mitch Medina continued to score at a high rate and visiting Belchertown High School jumped out to an early lead and never relented Monday night.

The visiting Orioles built a double-digit advantage in the opening quarter and turned that into a 70-48 victory in an independent boys’ basketball game at Mallet Gymnasium.

Medina scored 23 points, sinking three 3-pointers to pace Belchertown (7-5). The Orioles led 24-10 after one quarter.

“We struggled in the first quarter rebounding the basketball,” admitted Athol head coach Dan Bevis. “We gave them some extra shots. But I thought our guys played hard. I’m seeing signs of improvement. The scoreboard isn’t showing it but the guys are working hard and hopefully that’ll start paying off for them moving forward.”

Athol (1-10) was paced offensively by the tandem of Evan Saisa and Mark Ferrari. The pair each scored 14 points, while Brymere Edwards tossed in 6 points.

Athol stays at home Friday night when it welcomes Mohawk Trail Regional High School to town for a Hampshire League North contest.

Girls’ game

Southwick 36, Pioneer 35 — Pioneer outscored Southwick-Tolland Regional High School 15-3 in the fourth quarter but the Panthers came up one point short in their comeback bid as they fell to the Rams, 36-35, in Franklin County League South Division girls’ basketball game Monday night at Messer Gymnasium in Northfield.

Pioneer scored 20 points through the first three quarters and trailed 33-20 entering the fourth but Pioneer coach Meg Burrington said at that point her team’s defense stepped up and began turning Southwick turnovers into points.

“When the girls up their defense, they get steals, they get rebounds and convert them into points,” she said. “It’s not just about stopping the other team, it’s about putting points on the board. I need that intensity for four quarters, I’m just not seeing it.”

Emily Martin led a balanced Southwick attack with 8 points, while Maura Wurster added 7, and Hannah Burke, Caroline Clarke and Kathleen Shea each added 6.

Olivia Rowe had another big game for Pioneer with 15 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocked shots. Paige Loughman finished with 7 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals, and Liz Lambert added 6 points and 12 rebounds. Lily Faille had 3 points and 5 rebounds, and Abby Briggs had 3 assists and 3 rebounds.

Pioneer (3-7) hosts Mohawk Trail Regional High School tonight at 7.