Greenfield star shines in DRIVE League All-Star Game

  • Greenfield High School’s Mason Meadows (left) and Keene High School’s Quinn Grover with their MVP trophies after the Drive Hoops All-Star game, Thursday in Greenfield.  STAFF PHOTO/ADAM HARGRAVES

  • Greenfield High School’s Mason Meadows drives to the hoop against the North team during the DRIVE Hoops high school summer league All-Star game Thursday at Stoneleigh Burnham in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield High School’s Mason Meadows goes in for a breakaway layup against the South team during the DRIVE Hoops high school summer league All-Star game Thursday at Stoneleigh Burnham in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mohawk Trail Regional School's Anthony Moffatt pulls down a rebound against the South team during the DRIVE Hoops high school summer league All-Star game Thursday at Stoneleigh Burnham in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield High School’s Mason Meadows, left, tips off against the North team during the DRIVE Hoops high school summer league All-Star game Thursday at Stoneleigh Burnham in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Pioneer's Jayden Fox goes in for a layup against the South team during the DRIVE Hoops high school summer league All-Star game Thursday at Stoneleigh Burnham in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 8/8/2019 10:09:06 PM
Modified: 8/8/2019 10:08:56 PM

GREENFIELD — The DRIVE Hoops high school summer league season concluded at Stoneleigh Burnham with All-Star game festivities on Thursday night.

The South team defeated the North squad, 74-66.

Greenfield High School coach Angelo Thomas runs the league featuring WMass teams in addition to teams from Vermont and New Hampshire.

High school players brave the sweaty, warm gyms during the summer to keep their skills sharp and compete with their high school teammates on the hardwood.

“We’ve been doing this for a long time,” Thomas said. “I took over for Jerry Donohue. I think this is the 50th year that this has gone on. I just try to live up to what he started. Just getting them playing in the summer a couple times a week.”

It was the league’s first All-Star game in six years. 

“Tonight was kind of culmination of just having some fun. I thought it was a pretty good game,” Thomas said.  “We saw some dunks, some threes and some good passes. Hopefully, we can do it again.”

Greenfield High School’s  Mason Meadows was the MVP of the South team with 22 points.

“It's the off-season I am trying to work,” Meadows said. “You got to take advantage of it. We did pretty good. We shared the ball. Tried to make it an All-Star game and make it a little flashy.”

Meadows did his part with the above the rim portion for the sizable crowd in attendance at Stoneleigh Burnham.

Meadows threw down the game’s first dunk with authority in the first half. The second dunk came when  Meadows threw down again with two hands midway through the second half to give South a 55-43 lead.

Keene High School’s Quinn Grover was the MVP for the North squad with 23 points. Grover scored 21 in the second half.

The two MVPs shared a moment guarding each other in the second half. With Meadows holding the ball at the 3-point line, Grover stood back a step and verbally dared Meadows to take the outside shot.  

After a brief hesitation, Meadows calmly nailed the shot with both players exchanging friendly pleasantries running to the other end of the floor. 

The 3-point attempts were plentiful for both teams. Mohawk Trail Regional’s Anthony Moffatt scored seven points for the North team.

Moffatt said he prefers the DRIVE summer league to AAU.

“You’re learning more about the kids you are playing against in school ball,” Moffatt said. “How they play. What their styles are, who the shooters are.”

The chemistry build in the summer can carry over to the winter, or the teams can identify what they can improve.

“Ball movement was definitely a big part of what we didn’t do this summer,” Moffatt said. “Gotta get better at that. Gotta get shooters open more.”

South led North 34-24 at halftime.

North made a late run, getting the lead down to five points but Justin Forest hit a 3-pointer for South to increase the lead to 64-56.

Franklin County Tech’s Bailey Young scored four points for the South while Shawn Davenport of Mohawk Trail scored five points for the North.

Owen Walkowicz of Frontier Regional scored four points and added three assists for the South.  

Jayden Fox of Pioneer Valley Regional scored six points for the North.

Connor Tobin was second in points for the North with 10 points with Tyler Rogers adding seven.

Jack Power scored eight points for the South team with Forest adding another nine. 


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