PITTSFIELD -- Veteran teams know how to pick themselves up off the floor after a tough loss.
St. Joseph's pulled away from city rival Pittsfield in the second half to score a decisive 79-60 win Tuesday night at the Boys and Girls Club.
"After Friday's loss [to Mount Greylock], we came into practice Monday. The team said 'Coach, you don't have to say anything. We know what to do,' " St. Joseph's coach Paul Brindle said.
The Crusaders held Amancho Adopo to 8 of his 25 points in the first half as they took a 36-29 lead. St. Joe's outscored PHS by 13 in the third quarter and never trailed again.
Tank Roberson had a game-high 31 points and 9 assists for the Crusaders. He now has 1,439 career points and is fifth on the all-time list. Jon Bianchi had 21 points and 9 assists, while Mike Carpenter had 10 points and 16 rebounds.
Greylock 68, Taconic 60
PITTSFIELD -- All five Mount Greylock starters scored in double figures. Tyler Picard had a team-high 22.
The game was tied at 28 at halftime, but Taconic got sloppy with the ball in the third quarter. Those turnovers led to quick baskets and the Mounties outscored the Braves 26-14 in the third quarter. Taconic cut the lead to eight points with 2:30 left in the game, but got no closer.
Shaq Ardrey had a game-high 26 for Taconic. Trayvon Sims re-injured an ankle in the second quarter and did not return.
Lenox 58, Wahconah 47
LENOX -- The Millionaires
Lenox was 11 of 13 from the line in the final period. Ben Herrick and Andrew Vickery finished with 14 points each for the winners. Vickery also had 11 boards.
Wahconah got 14 points from Marco Anastasio and Collin Parrott.
Lee 81, Everett 44
SHEFFIELD -- The host Eagles were within striking distance after one quarter, but the Wildcats outscored them 25-11 to take a 41-18 halftime lead from which Mount Everett could not recover.
Jake LePrevost and Heamon Williams combined to score 52 points -- with LePrevost netting a game-high 29 and Williams scoring 23. Malik Wilbon had 19 to lead the Eagles, and Sage Angell added 11.
Hoosac 51, Monument 47
CHESHIRE -- The Hurricanes trailed for the first three quarters, but Corey Puccio's only field goal -- a 3-pointer -- pushed Hoosac in front of Monument early in the fourth, and the Hurricanes held on for their third straight win.
"We found a way to win," coach Bill Robinson said. "Early this year and even last year, we wouldn't have won this game."
Robinson gave a lot of credit to Austin Milesi. The sophomore had a big night with 12 points, and was crucial in the fourth quarter. Peter Oggiani had 17 for the Spartans.
Smith Voc. 44, McCann 42
NORTH ADAMS -- Two games in a row, two losses in the final seconds. Just four days since losing on a buzzer-beater, the Hornets lost to Smith Voc. on a lay-up with just two seconds left.
"It was a tale of two halves," coach Mike Nykorchuck said. "We talked about how to beat the press [at halftime] but didn't execute."
McCann had jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter and led 31-20 at halftime, but two key players were in foul trouble. Chad Raimer had three and was forced to sit. When Justin Cote picked up his second, Nykorchuck sat him too. Already playing without Shane Fuller, the coach couldn't afford to have both Raimer and Cote start the second half with three fouls.
PHS 51, Greylock 26
WILLIAMSTOWN -- With time running down in the second quarter, Pittsfield's Courtney McLaughlin had the ball. The Greylock defense kept her from driving, so the PHS standout hit a step-back 3-point shot, which led to a 10-point halftime lead. That proved to be too much for the Mounties.
McLaughlin had a game-high 19 points for the Generals. Lucy Barrett led Greylock with eight points.
Wahconah sweeps St. Joe's
PITTSFIELD -- Wahconah left the Boys and Girls Club with two wins over St. Joseph's. The girls won 54-39 while the boys won 44-42.
The boys meet was decided because the Crusaders didn't have a 400-yard free relay team. The Warriors came into the event trailing by four points and won by two.
For St. Joe's, Connor Lein won the 50 and 100 freestyle events, while Dan Garrity won the 200 free and 100 backstroke.
Wahconah's Kyle Miller doubled in the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly.
The Wahconah girls led wire-to-wire. Courtney Daley doubled with wins in the 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke.
St. Joe's Maddie Roulier won the 50 free and 100 back, while Aileen Archambault won the 200 and 500 free.
Taconic 35, Everett 30
SHEFFIELD -- Taconic had wins from De'shane Johnson (113 pounds) and Tajaye Davis (285).
The best match may have been at 171 pounds, though, where the Eagles' Nick Turnbough recovered from a 10-0 deficit to pin Austin Houghtaling.
"Nick's been having an up-and-down year, so that was a great win for him," said Eagles assistant Dan Lanoue.
Williams men 93, S. Vermont 45
BENNINGTON -- The eighth-ranked Ephs (18-2) trailed early against the Mountaineers (0-19). But reigning NESCAC player of the week Mike Mayer outscored Southern Vermont 6-0 in a two-minute span and Williams never trailed again.
Mayer had a game-high 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Taylor Epley added 16 points.
MCLA men 92, Salem 81
SALEM -- After leading by 10 points at halftime, the visiting Trailblazers (10-10, 6-1 in MASCAC) had their lead trimmed to 84-81 when Tavone Wynder scored for Salem (12-8, 4-4) with 1:02 left.
MCLA held the Vikings scoreless the rest of the way, outscoring the home team 8-0 to earn a win.
Paul Maurice had a game-high 20 points and was one of five Trailblazers in double figures. John Jones had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Salem 69, MCLA women 57
SALEM -- The host Vikings used a 13-2 run to open the game to put some distance between themselves and the Trailblazers (8-12, 0-7 in MASCAC).
Three players scored in double figures for Salem (9-12, 2-6). Lucy Tremblay had 19 points for MCLA while former Drury player Kelsey Ouimet had a career-high 9 rebounds.