Photo Gallery | Mount Greylock tops Lee to win Berkshire South title
WILLIAMSTOWN >> Friday's game between the Mount Greylock and Lee boys basketball teams started at a break-neck pace. The first quarter featured quick shots and aggressive drives to the basket, but the speed led to several turnovers as well.
After starting on a 180-point pace, both teams slowed down the tempo, but the Mounties' balanced offensive attack was too much leading to a 77-68 win over the Wildcats. The win is Greylock's fifth in a row and clinches the Berkshire South division title.
"The pace concerned me," Lee coach Tom Finnegan said. "I didn't think we could keep it. We did a good job against their press, but we gave up too many 3's. ... We need to do a better job of closing out."
Greylock made three 3-pointers in first quarter, taking a 25-21 lead. Lee's Josh Sampson started the second with four straight points, but Brady Foehl scored five of his 10 points in the second, giving the Mounties a four-point lead at the half.
"We had some things to work on defensively, but fortunately we shot the ball well in the first quarter," Greylock coach Bob Thistle said. "We felt like maybe that was their best shot, but it wasn't. They kept coming and we held our own. We knew it wasn't going to be an easy game."
Greylock looked to post player Zach Ronnow in the second half, finding him in the post for layups or kick-outs to open shooters. The Mounties played at a slower pace, but Sampson and the Wildcats continued to attack. Ben Harding's layup and a three-point play from Sampson cut the deficit to one with 5 minutes and 10 seconds left in the third. The teams traded baskets before Sean McCormack's consecutive baskets put the Mounties up by five after three.
Sam Dils started the fourth with a fastbreak layup. Lee answered with four straight points, cutting its deficit to three. The Wildcats could not get closer than three points, however. The host used a 10-0 to ice the game. Sampson led Lee with 25 points. Matt Reynolds had 12 points. Harding added 11 points.
McCormack led the way with 18 points. Ronnow had 16 points. Pat Storie added 13 points.
"We wanted to slow it down, get it inside and work the defense and offense around," Ronnow said of his team's second-half approach. "We wanted to get better looks than just chucking up 3-pointers as soon as we got across half court."
For Lee, a win against Wahconah or rival Lenox would qualify the team for the Western Massachusetts tournament. Finnegan said he wanted to qualify earlier and eliminate the possibility of a do-or-die situation during the final two games of the season.
Castillo 0-0-0, Finnegan 0-0-0, Harding 4-3-11, Sampson 10-3-25, Buratto 3-2-8, Reynolds 5-0-12, Pichardo 2-0-4, Johnson 3-0-8. Totals: 27-8-68.
Dils 3-5-11, A. Ronnow 1-0-2, Filson 2-2-6, McCormack 7-3-18, Foehl 3-4-10, Storie 4-1-13, Joy 0-0-0, Condon 0-1-1, Z. Ronnow 6-3-16, Hadley 0-0-0. Totals: 26-14-77.
3-point goals — L 6 (Sampson 2, Reynolds 2, Johnson 2). MG 6 (Storie 4, McCormack, Z. Ronnow).