Saturday, February 18
CHESHIRE — It was your typical Hoosac Valley-Drury war and it came with all the bells and whistles last night. When the dust had settled and power had been restored to the scoreboard, the host Hurricanes had come out on top in an incredibly exciting 46-44 victory.

Hoosac swept the home-and-home series, but the two teams could meet again in the Western Mass. Division 2 tournament.

"Both teams played great defense," Hoosac coach Bill Robinson said. "Every shot was contested."

The teams were never separated by more than five points the entire path of the game. In the final minute, what had been an exciting night turned suddenly into a crazy night.

The scoreboard blew out three times, which meant that at critical points down the stretch the game officials were confused about time left on the clock.

Here's how the final minute played out.

Hoosac led 44-42 when Drury's Dan Kondel fouled Hoosac's Johno Hinkell with an intentional foul that was delivered too intentionally and the technical was called. Drury coach Jack Racette thought otherwise and quickly earned a technical.

Hoosac took six foul shots in the sequence before play resumed, but only made two for a 46-42 lead. Drury stole the inbounds pass and a basket by Mitch Maselli cut the deficit to two points.

Timeouts and power failures followed. Fans rushed the court before the game was actually over, but no one really knew for sure because the clock was out.

The officials finally called the game over, and no one was really sure about the time.

Lenox 61, Lee 48

LEE — The Wildcats started well, taking an early 11-3 lead. But then the Millionaires went on a 27-9 run, and carried their 10-point halftime lead through the second half to victory.

"We kept fighting, but we've been pretty streaky with our shooting," Lee coach Dan Korte said. "We got a little hot from three point line, but we've had a lot of guys missing for a good period of time, and this was the first game where we've had our full lineup in a long time."

Dave Lagarce scored 18 points to lead Lenox, with Seth Dixon picking up 17 points and Pat Bruzzi scoring 13. Dixon also grabbed 10 rebounds and went 7-for-7 from the free throw line.

Mark Yost led the Wildcats with 22 points, with Matt Keenan scoring 10.

MM 48, Mt. Greylock 46

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Spartans clinched a spot in the Western Massachusetts tournament, improving their overall record to 10-9 with one game remaining.

Mike Seiger led the way for Monument with 16 points, and Adam Zamberletti added 12 in the win. Greg Payton scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Mounties, with Earl Edwards scoring 12 as well.

"It was hard-fought, not well-played, but hotly contested," Monument coach Randy Koldys said. "That gets us into the tournament, and to do it on the road is a big feather in our cap after a lot of things that we had to fight through this year."

Wahconah 61, St. Joe 50

DALTON — Brandon Mauer scored a game-high 24 points for the Crusaders, but the Warriors got the last laugh after increasing on a two-point halftime lead.

Tony Marcella and James Rivers led the way for Wahconah with 17 points each. Marcella and Rivers both hit big 3-pointers for Wahconah down the stretch to help the Warriors pull away.

"We made some free throws, James had a couple of nice baskets, some good things happened," Wahconah coach Ed Ladley said. "We were able to open up and maintain the lead, which was good."

Smith Voc 86, McCann 61

NORTHAMPTON — Expectations got the best of the Hornets, who came out flat and trailed 51-27 at halftime.

Dave Sherman led McCann with 19 points, Scott Mason scored 15, and Norm Malloy scored 14, but Smith Voke fired back with four scorers in double-figures. Corey Dennis led that group with 24 points, and Robert Kwiatkowski had 23.

"Mentally we just need to recheck where we're at as a team," McCann coach Justin Kratz said. "Basically, we came in expecting that a win was going to be handed to us. Until we learn that hard work is what produces wins, we're going to be in trouble."

The silver lining for the Hornets was being selected to play in the state vocational tournament. They'll go up against South Shore Regional Vocational on Thursday at 2:30, at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational High School.