Photo Gallery | Wahconah at Pittsfield boys basketball
PITTSFIELD — The Wahconah boys basketball team played a physical, grind-it-out game to pull out a 46-41 win over Pittsfield on Wednesday.
Late in the fourth, Pittsfield's Conor McDonough hit a 3-pointer in the left corner to cut Wahconah's lead to three with 22.7 seconds remaining. After a Warriors' miss, Pittsfield got the ball back looking to tie. Louis Higuera got the ball in the same spot as McDonough, but the Warriors closed out hard, forcing an off-balance shot that missed its mark. Cole Morrison then split a pair of free throws to put the game out of reach.
"We switched to [man-to-man defense] for the first time all night [on the final possessions]. We had some reserves on the floor and I thought they did a good job of digging in deep and getting the stop," Wahconah coach Dustin Belcher said.
Wahconah's zone defense did a great job of cutting off Pittsfield's lanes to the hoop. With the Warriors packing the paint, Pittsfield struggled to generate clean looks. Pittsfield made just two 3-pointers, and no player reached double figures in scoring.
"In tough situations you've got to come together as family and a team on the court," Morrison said. "Basketball isn't an individual sport. We do everything together. ... It's tough in a loud environment when it's hard to hear, but we trust each other and where we're going to be on the floor."
The Warriors' team defense allowed them to lead throughout, but Pittsfield's second unit sparked a second-half comeback. The group of Quinn Matthews, Kolbe Muzzy, Shane Cronin, Terrick Boire and Tyrell Boire played the majority of the third quarter. Terrick Boire's layup off an assist from Tyrell Boire capped a 10-0 third-quarter run, cutting the Generals deficit to four late in the third.
Wahconah responded, however, as Luke Steinman started the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer, shifting the momentum back to the visitors. Steinman led Wahconah with 13 points and Morrison added 10. Josh Moore led Pittsfield with nine points.
In a game that lacked offense at times, Steinman played aggressively from the opening tip. He scored six of his 13 in the first quarter, jump-starting an offense that struggled during back-to-back losses.
"Coach wanted us to get to the rim and get the offense going," Steinman said of his mentality early in the game. "[Belcher] wanted us to get our shots falling, so we could space the floor and make our jumpers."
Schneider 2-5-9, Morrison 4-2-10, Donnelly 0-0-0, Sinopli 1-2-5, Steinman 4-4-13, Lavinio 1-0-3, Noyes 0-0-0, Washburn 0-1-1, Roughley 1-3-5. Totals: 13-7-46.
Reinhold 1-0-2, McDonough 2-1-7, Matthews 1-0-3, Moore 2-5-9, Higuera 2-2-6, Muzzy 1-0-2, Te. Boire 1-0-2, Rodriguez 0-0-0, Cronin 0-0-0, Nassif 1-3-5, Driscoll 0-0-0, Ty. Boire 2-1-5. Totals: 13-13-41.
3-point goals — W 3 (Sinopli 1, Steinman 1, Lavinio 1). P 2 (McDonough 1, Higuera 1).