Mohawk’s offensive woes continue in 47-9 loss to Mt. Everett

  • Above, Mohawk’s Kyle Bohonowicz (10) passes out of a trap on Friday afternoon but Mt. Everett was solid on defense all day and went on to take third place in the Eagles’ Holiday Classic with a 47-9 victory at Franklin Tech in Turners Falls. Below, Anthony Moffatt makes a move to get to the hoop. Recorder photos/Paul Franz

  • Mohawk’s Anthony Moffatt drives to the hoop during Friday’s third-place game at the Eagles’ Holiday Classic where Mt. Everett defated the Warriors, 47-9. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Above, Mohawk’s Will Guyette goes up for a shot over a defender Friday afternoon during Mt. Everett’s 47-9 victory in the third-place game of the Eagles’ Holiday Classic at Franklin Tech in Turners Falls. Top right, Luke Viens has a shot deflected by the Mt. Everett defense. Below right, Kaleb Fitzgerald looks to pass the ball. Recorder pHOTOS/Paul Franz

  • Mohawk’s Caleb Fitzgeraled looks to pass over a Mt. Everett defender but his Warriors struggled on offense during a 47-9 loss in the third-place game of the Eagles’ Holiday Classic at Franklin Tech in Turners Falls. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Mohawk’s Luke Viens (5) has his shot deflected as Mt. Everett made life tough for the Warriors all afternoon Friday during a 47-9 victory in the third-place game at Franklin Tech in Turners Falls. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

Recorder Staff
Friday, December 08, 2017

It has been a slow start to the season for the Mohawk Trail Regional High School boys’ basketball offense.

The Warriors were held to just three field goals on Friday afternoon and finished with just nine points in a 47-9 loss to Mt. Everett Regional High School during the boys’ third-place game of the Eagles’ Holiday Classic at Franklin County Technical School in Turners Falls.

Ware won the championship game 62-51 over host Franklin Tech in the nightcap.

Mohawk trailed 11-5 after the first quarter but was shut out, 16-0, in the second quarter as Mt. Everett pulled away.

“The kids were looking to pass into crowds rather than taking open shots at times,” first-year Mohawk coach Jeff Herd said. “We just have kids who aren’t too confident in their shots right now. Defensively, I feel that we are doing enough to win, we are just struggling to get the ball into the net right now.”

Mohawk held Franklin Tech to 41 points in Thursday’s 41-23 loss in the semifinals and held the Eagles to 47 points on Friday. Herd said that he feels the offense will come around, but that the team is currently working on learning a new offense under him and without a pure scorer, it’s going to take some time.

“It’s like trying to learn a new language,” the coach explained. “There is going to be a learning curve, they just have to be patient. No one is going to fix it for us, we have to do it ourselves.”

The coach said the team remains upbeat despite the struggles and they will continue working hard in practice to right the ship.

Cam Hoff scored 3 points to pace Mohawk, while Kyle Bohonowicz, Andrew Hicks and Anthony Moffatt each had 2 points.

Cavan Brady finished with 17 points to pace Mt. Everett, while Blaise Twing added 8 points.

The same two teams will meet again Thursday night in Buckland.

Ware 62, FC Tech 51 — Ware High School built a large lead in the first half and went on to defeat Franklin Tech, 62-51, in the boys’ championship game of the Eagles’ Holiday Classic Friday in Turners Falls.

The Indians (2-0) followed up Thursday’s 70-point offensive effort with 62 more points on Friday. That included a strong first half in which they outscored the hosts 33-18 to take a 33-18 lead into the break.

“We played one good half,” dejected Franklin Tech coach Matt Llewelyn said. “We are not going to come back from 15 points down at halftime. We need to come out of the gate and play those first 16 minutes. Unfortunately, we didn’t do that tonight.”

Llewelyn was also disappointed with his team’s shooting from the charity stripe, where they went just 6-of-14 in the loss.

“That’s not going to get it done,” he said. “It’s not good enough.”

Chris Dilone poured in 27 points for Ware, including 11 in the fourth quarter to help finish off the Eagles. Ryan Johnson and Devin Slattery each tossed in 10.

Franklin Tech got a well-rounded effort on offense. Senior point guard Joel Farrick, who was shut out in Thursday’s 41-23 victory over Mohawk in the semifinals, had a nice bounce-back game for the Eagles, scoring a team-high 11 points. Garrett Cole and Max Charest each finished with 8 points, while Tyler Hastings, Jared Bergmann and Bailey Young each finished with 6.

Franklin Tech (1-1) heads to Greenfield High School Tuesday night.

Girls’ hoop

FC Tech 40, Smith Voke 34 — Jordan Hurlbert scored 14 points and earned MVP honors as Franklin Tech defeated Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School, 40-34, in the girls’ third-place game of the Eagles’ Holiday Classic Friday afternoon in Turners Falls.

Hurlbert scored 24 points in two tournament games to win the team MVP.

“It’s her second year with the program and she is off to a strong start,” Franklin Tech coach Sean Knightly said. “She’s an extremely positive player who works hard and wants to improve and she demonstrated that these past two games.”

The Eagles (1-1) got off to a slow start on Friday and trailed 20-16 at halftime, but the hosts outscored the Vikings, 24-14, in the second half to pull away.

“Our team seemed a little nervous in the first half. We had a couple unforced turnovers, however, once we settled down and made some halftime adjustments, our girls really picked up their game,” Knightly said. “In the second half, they hustled and played together as a team and we were able to finish.”

Amber Merritt scored 10 points in the win. Joclyn Crowningshield added 6, and Desiree Doane tossed in 4.

Sidney Cyr led Smith Voke with 14 points.

Mt. Everett defeated Hopkins Academy, 56-34, to win the championship.

Frontier 41, Mohawk 33 — Ella Deane scored 19 points and Frontier Regional School turned in a solid defensive effort to get past Mohawk, 41-33, in the girls’ basketball season-opener for both teams Friday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.

The Red Hawks held Mohawk to just 12 points in the first half and were able to build a 26-12 lead at the break.

“Our defense was really solid in the first half but we got a little soft in the second half,” Frontier coach Marty Sanderson said.

Deane paced the offense in the win as she hit four 3-pointers and finished with 19 points. Sanderson said he was still a bit concerned, especially with his team’s slow start and inability to put Mohawk away in the fourth.

“We just really couldn’t put the ball in the basket in the fourth quarter and it allowed them to get the lead inside double figures,” the coach explained. “We led by double figures much of the game, but we weren’t able to score from the floor in the fourth quarter.”

Tori Speth finished with 6 points for Frontier, and Lexa Boyden had 5 points and 11 rebounds. Amelia Sobieski chipped in 4 points, while Olivia Deane and Marie Diemand each had 3 points.

Emma Reid hit three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points to pace the Warriors. Grace Poplawski netted 9 points, and Ashley Reynolds finished with 6 points.

Monson 45, Mahar 38 — Mahar Regional School struggled with turnovers in its season-opener on Friday night and Monson High School took advantage with a 45-38 independent girls’ victory in Orange.

The Senators scored just four points in the first quarter and quickly fell behind 11-4. They responded in the second quarter by outscoring the Mustangs, 11-7, but the visitors edged Mahar in each of the second-half frames to keep the lead.

A big issue for Mahar, according to coach Larry Fisher, was the 26 turnovers his team committed, including many that were unforced.

“We just didn’t pass the ball well, especially in the first half,” he explained. “We had a couple periods where we woke up, and a couple periods where we fell asleep.”

Fisher also said that guard Hannah Paul got in foul trouble early in the first quarter and that took her out of the game in the first half.

Kaitlyn Santos led Monson with 12 points in the win, while MacKenzie Devries and Mia Krupczak each finished with 9 points. Kelsey Duggan chipped in 6.

Mahar got a balanced scoring effort with Delaney Parker, Kianna Reilly, Paul and Jasmine Vautour each netting 7 points. Tori Tenney finished with 6 points.

Mahar heads to Palmer High School on Wednesday.