Green Wave rejects South Hadley

  • South Hadley's Kyle Johnson (23) leans in to shoot under pressure from Greenfield's Jake Sak (11) before being blocked by Greenfield's Mason Meadows (14) in the second quarter of Thursday night’s 56-51 win by the Green Wave at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Mason Meadows (14) blocks a shot from South Hadley's Kyle Johnson (23) in the second quarter Thursday night in Greenfield, Dec. 20, 2018. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Nate Haselton (5) gets fouled by South Hadley's Tyrell Braithwaite (4) while driving to the basket in the second quarter Thursday night in Greenfield, Dec. 20, 2018. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Mason Meadows (14), right, blocks a shot attempt from South Hadley's Cris Casolari in the second quarter Thursday night in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Mason Meadows (14), right, puts up a shot over South Hadley's Cris Casolari in the third quarter Thursday night in Greenfield, Dec. 20, 2018. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • South Hadley's Dylan Cottingham (20), right, and Kyle Johnson (23), left, fight for a loose ball against Greenfield's Jake Sak (11) and Mason Meadows (14) in the second quarter Thursday night in Greenfield, Dec. 20, 2018. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield head coach Angelo Thomas in the second quarter against South Hadley Thursday night in Greenfield, Dec. 20, 2018. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield head coach Angelo Thomas talks to his team in the first quarter against South Hadley Thursday night in Greenfield, Dec. 20, 2018. Staff Photo/Dan Little

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Published: 12/20/2018 10:30:48 PM

Angelo Thomas and the Greenfield High School boys basketball team finally found what they were looking for in the fourth quarter on Thursday night.

After stumbling through the first 24 minutes of the home-opener against South Hadley at Nichols Gymnasium, Greenfield stared at a 37-32 deficit heading into the fourth quarter. The Green Wave put together a big final frame as it outscored the Tigers 24-14 over the final eight minutes to pull out a 56-51 independent victory.

The offensive answer for Thomas was in two seniors — Owen Phelps and Nate Haselton — who scored 16 of the 24 points in the final frame. Phelps scored 10 of his 14 points in the fourth, while Haselton had six of his 10.

“They played like seniors,” Thomas said. “We struggled for 85 percent of that game. We missed 13 free throws. We were down 10 at half. But we stuck with it. The score floated around six to eight points for much of the second half, and you call timeouts and you keep telling them to stick with it. It’s a two or three possession game and you need to keep their confidence up. They stuck with it and they hit some shots.”

Jared Hart had just 3 points in the game but all three came on a big 3-pointer late in the game as well. Mason Meadows finished with 16 points and eight rebounds to lead the Wave, while Ryan Cote added 8.

South Hadley led 32-22 at halftime as the Wave struggled at both ends of the court. Thomas said that defensively, his team tried several things until it finally found the recipe for success in the second half.

“We threw everything at them. Full-court press, half-court press, zone. Finally, we found something that worked; man to man,” Thomas said. 

Hunter Carey led South Hadley with 21 points, and Dylan Cottingham had 11.

Greenfield has two weeks off until it faces Frontier in the league opener.

“I told them, ‘We are not at our full potential yet, nor do I expect you to be right now,’” Thomas concluded. “But we are winning in an ugly way and going 3-1 right now, I’ll take it.”

Athol 58, Hampshire 55 (OT) — Mark Ferrari took a feed from Bryce King and drilled a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime. From there, Athol continued the momentum, outscoring visiting Hampshire by a 5-2 margin in the extra session to capture a wild 58-55 independent win Thursday night at Mallet Gymnasium.

Athol trailed 52-50 with just three seconds remaining in regulation. Hampshire’s Dominik Lewinski hit one of two free throws, making it a three-point game. With the ball out of bounds, King motored up the floor and handed off to Ferrari for a 3 that tied the game 53-53.

“For our program, I think it was a big shot,” Athol coach Dan Bevis said. “For us to be able to pull off a comeback, that was huge. The crowd was really into it, our guys were really into it. It was nice to have something positive like that happen for us.”

Athol (2-2) had to refocus for the four-minute overtime, however. Hampshire scored the first hoop of OT to take a 55-53 lead, but Nick Bousquet cut the deficit to one with a free throw, and King put the hosts on top to stay when he stole the ball and converted a layup on the other end. The hosts iced the game with a pair of free throws down the stretch.

Ferrari led the way with 17 points for the winners. King tallied 15 points, followed by Bousquet with 11 points. Riley Paine tossed in 7 points.

Hampshire, which was led by Lewinski’s 17 points, used a 15-0 run in the second quarter to take a 27-12 lead. Athol, which matched last year’s win total thanks to Thursday’s victory, was able to chip away, outscoring the visitors by a 32-25 margin after halftime to force OT. 

Mahar 55, Southwick 51 (OT) — Danny Scharmann’s corner 3-pointer just before the buzzer allowed visiting Southwick to force overtime. But Mahar Regional School settled in during the four-minute extra session, and the Senators defense limited the Rams to just one point the rest of the way en route to a 55-51 independent victory Thursday night in Orange.

Southwick trailed 50-47 with time winding down in the fourth quarter. The Rams ran a nice play for Scharmann out of bounds, and his deep corner 3 tied the game to force OT.

“We played three really good quarters of basketball,” began Mahar coach Chad Softic, whose team led 45-36 entering the fourth but couldn’t hold the lead. “I think our inexperience hurt us there in the fourth. They sped us up a bit and we started to turn it over. We didn’t close the game out, gave them an opportunity late.”

In OT, Mahar outscored Southwick by a 5-1 margin to hang on. Charlie Barnes fed Deven Patch on a key lob play to help the Senators improve to 3-2 on the season.

“The guys stayed very composed,” Softic said of his team’s effort in OT. “Our defensive was outstanding. The awareness in the zone was great.”

Jakob Carron had a big outing for Mahar, scoring 12 points and registering 20 rebounds. Patch led the scoring with 16 points and 13 boards, while Barnes added 8 points and seven rebounds.

Pioneer 66, Granby 40 — Undefeated Granby was stymied by Pioneer’s defensive effort Thursday night, and the host Panthers built an early double digit lead en route to a decisive 66-40 independent win at Messer Gymnasium in Northfield.

“Our defensive effort was outstanding,” Pioneer coach Scott Thayer said.

Pioneer (4-1) led 18-6 after one quarter and 33-22 at halftime.

Senior point guard Garrett Cote, the area’s leading scorer, posted another big scoring outing with 22 points. He added eight assists and three steals.

Troy Emond tallied 12 points and Jared Hubbard followed with 10 points to go with three assists and three steals. Jaden Fox and Zack Fox had 6 points apiece. Liam Curtis pulled down four rebounds.

The Panthers host Belchertown in Hampshire League South action Thursday.

Frontier 81, Ludlow 30 — Twelve Red Hawks scoring.

Such was the theme of the night for Frontier, as the host Red Hawks saw all 12 players figure into the scoring mix Thursday en route to a decisive 81-30 independent victory over Ludlow at Goodnow Gymnasium.

“Everyone contributed,” Frontier coach Ben Barshefsky said.

Peter Carey paced the scoring effort with 15 points, and the sophomore wound up with 10 rebounds for the double-double. Brett Robinson also totaled 15 points for the Hawks (3-1), while Kalen Evans and Owen Walkowicz (eight rebounds) joined them in double figures with 11 points apiece.

Frontier, which led 23-12 after one quarter and 34-18 at halftime, is off until Thursday when it hosts Hoosac Valley.

FC Tech 71, Pathfinder 32 — Three players scored in double figures on offense for Franklin Tech on Thursday night and the Eagles played a swarming defense which added up to a 71-32 drubbing of Pathfinder in an independent boys basketball game in Turners Falls.

The Eagles (2-2) led 15-6 after the first quarter and 33-15 at the break. Jared Bergmann had a big day for Franklin Tech at both ends of the floor with a team-high 19 points and six rebounds.

“He did so many things well,” Franklin Tech coach Tim Artus said. “He was a leader on defense and was the key in making our defense work. We put some pressure on them and it started with him.”

Sim Maniatty had 12 points and eight rebounds, while Jared Vielmetti-Perusse added 10 points. Garret Cole notched 7 points and 17 rebounds.

“We reduced the turnovers tonight, which was a big part of it,” Artus said. “We have been turning the ball over around 25 times a game, and tonight we kept it under 20, so we are heading in the right direction.”

Ware 81, Turners 56 — Ware continued to pile up points on the season as it defeated Turners Falls, 81-56, in an independent boys game Thursday night in Turners Falls.

Ware broke the 80-point mark for the second straight game and improved to 5-0 on the year. The Indians led 51-25 at halftime.

Devin Slattery scored 24 points in the win, and John Soltys added 18.

Tyler Lavin and Chace Novak each scored 14 points for Turners Falls, and Anthony Peterson netted 11 points.

Girls basketball

Narragansett 56, Athol 32 — Narragansett jumped out to an 18-2 lead after one quarter and held off Athol, 56-32, in holiday tournament action Thursday night at Oakmont Regional High School.

Athol will play in the consolation game of the event tonight at 5:30 against Clinton.

Haley Bigwood’s 15 points led the way for the Red Raiders (2-2), while Jenna St. Cyr joined her in double figures with 10 points.

Athol outscored Narragansett by a 17-9 margin in the fourth quarter.

Greenfield 56, So. Hadley 51

South Hadley (51)

Marion 3-0—8, Carey 7-7—21, Casolari 1-1—3, Cottingham 3-3—11, Johnson 1-1—4, Robinete 2-0—4. Totals 17-12--51.

Greenfield (56)

Vega 1-0—3, Haselton 4-2—10, Phelps 4-4—14, Sak 0-1—1, Meadows 4-6—16, Campbell 0-1—1, Cote 3-0—8, Hart 1-0—3, Brewington. Totals: 17-14--56.

3-Point Goals: (SH) Marion 2, Cottingham 2, Johnson. (G) Phelps 2, Meadows 2, Cote 2, Hart, Vega..

Score by quarters:

South Hadley

12

20

5

14

51

Greenfield

6

16

10

24

56

Mahar 55, Southwick 51, OT

Southwick (51)

Scharmann 5-1—14, Billings 6-0—15, Lis 1-0—3, Roy 5-3—14, Clark 2-0—5. Totals 19-4-51.

Mahar (55)

Barnes 3-2—8, Softic 2-0—5, Tenney 1-0—2, Chabot 2-0—4, Carron 5-2—12, Lyesiuk 1-0—2, Patch 5-6—16, Gonzalez 1-2—4. Totals: 21-12--55.

3-Point Goals: (S) Scharmann 3, Billings 3, Roy, Lis, Clark. (M) Softic.

Score by quarters:

Southwick

14

11

11

14

1—

51

Mahar

14

19

12

5

5—

55

FC Tech 71, Pathfinder 32

Pathfinder (32)

Wilkie 2-0—5, Bergeron 0-2—2, Tebo 3-0—6, Perreault 1-0—2, Piscionari 3-0—7, Lagrant 3-1—10. Totals 12-3--32.

FC Tech (71)

LaClaire 3-0—6, Hastings 1-0—3, Bergmann 8-2—19, Vielmetti-Perusse 3-3—10, J. Littlewood 2-0—4, Maniatty 4-3—12, Cole 3-1—7, C. Littlewood 4-0—8, Charest 1-0—2. Totals: 29-9--71.

3-Point Goals: (P) Wilkie, Piscionari, Lagrant 3. (FT) Hastings, Bergmann, Vielmetti-Perusse, Maniatty.

Score by quarters:

Pathfinder

6

9

11

6

32

FC Tech

15

18

22

16

71

Pioneer 66, Granby 40

Granby (40)

Torres 2-0—4, Breault 4-0—9, Wishart 4-0—10, C. Gaughan 0-1—1, R. Gaughan 5-4—14, Remillard 1-0—2. Totals 16-5--40.

Pioneer (66)

J. Fox 3-0—6, Emond 6-0—12, Hubbard 4-0—10, Fuller 1-0—2, Cote 8-2—22, Underwood 1-3—5, Z. Fox 3-0—6, Emberley 1-1—3, Curtis, Potter, Totals: 27-6--66.

3-Point Goals: (G) Wishat 2, Breault. (P) Cote 4, Hubbard 2.

Score by quarters:

Granby

6

16

8

10

40

Pioneer

18

15

14

19

66

Ware 81, Turners 56

Ware (81)

Viera 4-1—9, J. Soltys 5-3—18, Di. Slattery 0-1—1, De. Slattery 7-6—24, A. Soltys 1-0—2, Velasquez 5-0—10, Smith 3-1—7, Doty 4-2—10. Totals 29-14--81.

Turners (56)

Lavin 4-3—14, Campbell 1-3—5, Russell 2-2—6, K. Dodge 0-2—2, Novak 5-1—14, Whiting 1-0—2, Ruggiano 1-0—2, Peterson 4-3—11, Driscoll, Duclos, Politis. Totals: 18-14--56.

3-Point Goals: (W) J. Soltys 5, De. Slattery 4. (TF) Lavin 3, Novak 3.

Score by quarters:

Ware

24

27

14

16

81

Turners

10

15

10

21

56

Frontier 81, Ludlow 30

Ludlow (30)

Texeira 1-0—2, Alves 1-0—3, Rivera 7-3—19, Fortune 0-3—3, Hurst 1-0—3. Totals 10-6--30.

Frontier (81)

Sharp 1-0—2, Evans 5-0—11, Barrington 1-0—2, Felton-Emrick 1-0—2, Gochinski 2-0—6, Robinson 4-3—15, P. Carey 7-1—15, Morse 2-0—6, Jones-Thomson 3-0—6, Boudreau 1-0—2, Nuerminger 0-3—3, Wolkowitz 3-5—11. Totals: 30-12--81.

3-Point Goals: (L) Alves, Rivera 2, Hurst. (F) Robinson 4, Gochinski 2, Morse 2, Evans.

Score by quarters:

Ludlow

12

6

3

9

30

Frontier

23

11

23

24

81

Athol 58, Hampshire 55, OT

Hampshire (55)

Kraus 2-0—5, Lewinski 6-5—17, Sarna-McCarthy 2-0—6, Pellegrini 2-2—7, Forest 2-0—6, Gaskins 0-1—1, Boyle 1-0—2, Roberts 5-1—11. Totals 20-9--55.

Athol (58)

King 3-7—15, Paine 2-2—7, Ferrari 5-5—17, Pottinger 1-0—3, Bousquet 4-1—11, Tarbell 1-0—2, Heath 0-3—3, Lutz. Totals: 16-18--58.

3-Point Goals: (H) Kraus, Sarna-McCarthy, Forest 2, Pellegini. (A) King 2, Ferrari 2, Bousquet 2, Paine, Pottinger.

Score by quarters:

Hampshire

12

16

13

12

2—

55

Athol

11

10

14

18

5—

58

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Narragansett 56, Athol 32

Athol (32)

Deleo 1-2—4, Polana 1-0—2, Bigwood 7-1—15, St. Cyr 4-1—10, Putnam 0-1—1, Baptista. Totals 13-5--32.

Narragansett (56)

Ambrogi 2-0—4, Jansen 0-2—2, Gross 1-2—5, Kodys 1-0—2, Davis 0-2—2, Harvey 3-0—7, Monica Barbosa 6-0—12, Olivia Gallagher 5-3—13, Demerist 3-3—9. Totals: 21-12--56.

3-Point Goals: (A) St. Cyr. (N) Harvey, Gross.

Score by quarters:

Athol

2

6

7

17

32

Narragansett

18

8

21

9

56


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