The McCann Tech boys basketball team is headed to the Western Massachusetts Division IV Tournament after all.
The Hornets (10-10, 10-6 Tri-County) achieved a .500 record for the regular season after it was determined that Hampden Charter had used an ineligible player in Monday night's game, originally a Hampden win.
According to McCann athletic director Bob Guettler, Hampden used a player late in the fourth quarter of the varsity game after he had played all four quarters in the junior varsity game. A player can only play in four quarters combined between the two games.
"They realized it shortly after they did it," Guettler said. "They realized the mistake they made, they informed everyone. I got a message [Monday] night from their athletic director."
It was originally a 74-57 victory for Hampden, temporarily knocking McCann out of Western Mass. contention. After keeping their season alive with a home win over Pathfinder to improve their record to 9-10 last week, the Hornets went to Springfield needing a victory.
Hampden, which would have been 17-3 with the victory, finishes the regular season 16-4 overall and 13-3 in the Tri-County League. Both squads will be in the Division IV tournament.
LEE 51, LENOX 41
LENOX >> Karli Retzel scored 23 points for Lee in its victory over Lenox.
Retzel hit on eight of 10 foul shots in the fourth quarter, helping the Wildcats (11-9, 5-3 Berkshire South) overcome a one-point deficit heading into the fourth to win by 10.
Lenox (5-15, 2-6 Berkshire South) had a 34-29 lead with 30 seconds remaining in the third quarter, but two turnovers turned into four points for Lee before the end of the frame.
"They shot well in the fourth and we didn't," Lenox coach Mike Nykorchuck said. "Both teams played hard, it was a great game for most of the game. It was closer than what the final score indicated. Our press was very effective through the first three quarters, then they did a better job figuring it out in the fourth."
Alice Najimy led the Millionaires with 12 points.
Williams 1-2-4, Walker 1-0-2, Retzel 7-8-23, Hawley 4-2-10, DeSantis 5-2-15. Totals 18-12-51.
LaChance 2-0-5, Najimy 4-2-12, Hathaway 4-1-10, Gamberoni 5-0-12, Arace 1-0-2, Brown 0-0-0, Herrick 0-0-0, Pehlert 0-0-0. Totals 16-3-41.
Lee 15 10 8 18 — 51
Lenox 14 11 9 7 — 41
3-point goals — Lee 4 (DeSantis 3, Retzel). Lenox 6 (Gamberoni 2, Najimy 2, Hathaway, LaChance).
TACONIC 55, MONUMENT MOUNTAIN 47
GREAT BARRINGTON >> Taconic got a game-high 18 points from Ashley Rufo as the Braves (6-14, 2-8 Berkshire North) closed out their season on a high note.
The Spartans (6-14, 1-9 Berkshire North) fell behind 13-4 out of the gate, and could never draw even.
"We turned the ball over a lot in the first half and especially in the first quarter," said Monument coach Steve Soule. "We made a pretty nice comeback in the fourth, but we ran out of time."
Lily Cormier had 13 points to lead the Spartans.
Walker 2-2-6, Henault 0-0-0, Valentine 3-0-6, Quinto 2-5-9, Gittens 2-1-5, Rufo 5-7-18, Rodriguez 0-0-0, Paris 3-0-6, Lazits 2-1-5. Totals 19-16-55.
MONUMENT MOUNTAIN (47)
McLaughlin 1-1-3, Hu. Hassett 1-0-2, Troiano 1-0-2, Kelly 2-2-6, Powell 4-0-8, Saporito 1-0-2, Cormier 6-0-13, Higgins 1-0-2, Roda 0-0-0, Ha. Hassett 1-7-9, Dupont 0-0-0. Totals 18-10-47.
Taconic 13 15 15 12 — 55
Monument 4 12 13 18 — 47
3-point goals — T 1 (Rufo). MM 1 (Cormier).