LEE >> It has been a rocky week or so for the Pittsfield boys basketball team. Tuesday night, the Generals felt a lot better.
Josh Moore and Connor McDonough combined for 33 points as the Generals (10-6, 7-3) qualified for the Western Massachusetts Division II tournament with a 49-42 win at Lee (8-7, 3-5).
"This is certainly one of our goals," said Pittsfield coach Steve Ray. "This was our first goal. We know we still have a lot of work to do."
Lee also has work to do, needing two wins to qualify for the Western Mass. Division IV tourney.
The Generals led by one point after one quarter, and while the Wildcats kept coming back at them, couldn't catch the Generals.
"Tonight, I think we turned a corner," said Lee coach Tom Finnegan. "Pittsfield is a good basketball team."
Moore had a game-high 18 points, which included going 10 for 15 from the foul line. Connor McDonough added 15 for PHS. Lee was led by Josh Sampson's 15 points.
Reinhold 1-1-3, McDonough 6-0-15, Moore 4-10-18, Higuera 4-1-9, Muzzy 1-0-2, Nassif 0-2-2. Totals 16-14-49.
Harding 2-1-5, Sampson 6-1-15, Buratto 2-3-7, Reynolds 3-2-9, Johnson 2-0-6. Totals 15-7-42.
3-point goals — P 3 (McDonough 3). L 5 (Johnson 2, Sampson 2, Reynolds).
WAHCONAH 56, MONUMENT 50
DALTON >> Wahconah used its strong free throw shooting to pull out a victory over Monument Mountain.
Monument tied the game early in the fourth, but the Warriors made nine foul shots in the final quarter to pull away. They made 22 total free throws.
David Riegel's 3-point shooting helped Monument keep it close. He scored a game-high 23 points, including five 3-pointers. Joe Aberdale added 10 points, making three 3's.
Cole Morrison and Matt Schneider led Wahconah with 13 points and 13 rebounds each.
"Overall, we did a really good job sharing the basketball with eight guys scoring. Great team effort," Wahconah coach Dustin Belcher said.
MONUMENT MOUNTAIN (50)
Perry 3-1-7, Peretti 0-0-0, Newey 3-0-6, Riegel 6-6-23, Piepho 1-0-2, Aberdale 3-1-10, Tinker 1-0-2. Totals: 17-8-50
Schneider 4-5-13, Morrison 4-5-13. Donnelly 1-2-4, Sinopli 1-3-5. Strinman 4-0-8, Livinio 0-3-3, Noyes 0-0-0, Washburn 1-3-5, Roughley 2-1-5. Totals 17-22-56
3-point goals — MM (Riegal 5, Aberdale 3)
DRURY 58, LENOX 40
LENOX >> The visiting Blue Devils moved to within a game of qualifying for the Division III tournament and kept the Millionaires from getting their ticket punched in Division IV.
The Drury defense held Lenox under 50 and kept Patrick Colvin (four points) under double figures.
"[Connor] Meehan played phenomenal defense on him," said Lenox coach Scott Sibley. "He kept him otu of his normal flow."
Hayden Bird had a game-high 17 points for Drury (9-7, 5-6), while Reece Racette had 13 and Meehan 11. Kevin Coakley had 16 points for Lenox (9-7, 6-4).
Carpinello 0-1-1, Montoya 1-2-4, Bird 4-9-17, Racette 2-8-13, Meehan 4-1-11, Stewart 1-0-2, Lawrence 2-0-6, Webb 2-0-4. Totals 16-21-58.
Colvin 2-0-4, Reynolds 3-0-6, Shepard 2-0-5, Coakley 3-10-16, Ellrodt 1-0-2, Hedges 1-0-2, Downer 1-2-5. Totals 13-12-40.
3-point goals — D 5 (Meehan 2, Lawrence 2, Racette). L 2 (Shepard, Downer).
EPH EARNS LACROSSE HONOR
WILLIAMSTOWN >> One Williams College men's lacrosse player has been named a Divison III All-New England preseason pick.
Ryan Hamilton, a senior defender from Ridgewood, N.J., was named All-New England honorable mention.
Williams, 9-6 last year, opens its season in less than a month at Trinity on March 3.