Friday's basketball: Lee boys hold off Lenox
LENOX -- Heamon Williams and Jake LePrevost combined to score 17 of Lee's 25 fourth-quarter points, as the Wildcats rallied to beat host Lenox 74-65 Friday night.
"We're in a hole," said Lenox coach Scott Sibley. "I know these guys aren't going to roll over."
The Millionaires (4-8) had a 1-2 week to put a damper on their Western Massachusetts Division III tournament hopes.
Friday, Lenox took a 56-49 lead into the fourth quarter when Williams, who had a game-high 29 points, and LePrevost got rolling. Williams scored nine in the fourth quarter while LePrevost had seven of his 16 second-half points in the final eight minutes. Kenny Retzel chipped in with 10 points in the game for Lee.
"They really turned it on at the start of the fourth quarter and played great," Sibley said of Lee.
Freshman Bailey Patella had a career-high 22 points to lead Lenox. Jared Tuttle had 14 points and Ben Herrick 10.
Hoosac Valley 43, Drury 42
CHESHIRE -- They might not have been on the court against each other, but for the final 25 seconds Friday, Bill Robinson and Jack Racette went head to head.
In the end, Robinson's Hoosac Valley boys basketball team hung on, beating Racette's Blue Devils 43-42.
"It was just a chess match at the end," Robinson said. "With 21 seconds to go, I came over and said, ‘Guys, we're going to go to a soft trap, and then we're going to drop into a zone.' "
When Drury's Nolan Bird took the ball across halfcourt with his team trailing by one point, it didn't take long for Racette to recognize the zone coverage and he called for a timeout.
The two coaches exchanged a quick glance and dove back into their huddles to draw up new plays. As the their players jogged back on the court for the final play, the duo shook hands at halfcourt and shared a laugh as they prepared to watch the play unfold.
"It's always great to compete with them and Jack is a great coach," Robinson said. "We've had great ballgames over the past few years. As ugly as the score looks, they're just competitive as hell and it's always fun."
Robinson's opinion may have swayed, had the Blue Devils found a way to pull off the final play.
Bird got a clean look at the basket with about eight seconds to play but his shot fell short. Kareen Beckett scooped up the rebound, but his shot scraped the bottom of the net and fell into Andrew Milesi's arms. He fell out of bounds and the Blue Devils got one more crack at it.
Drury again got the ball to Bird, but Milesi kept a hand in his face. The shot bounced off the rim and Hoosac clinched the win.
Matt Braman's jumper from just inside the foul line gave Hoosac a lead it never relinquished with just over a minute to play.
Everett 41, PVCS 17
SHEFFIELD -- The Eagles (5-6) outscored visiting Pioneer Valley Christian 22-5 in the second half to earn their third straight win.
"The kids, defensively, are starting to lock into that," Eagles coach Scott Rote said. "We do feel we are improving."
Deseraye Conaway had a game-high 18 points, outscoring the entire Pioneer Valley team. Sophomore Hannah Herrick had a career-high 11 points to help the Eagles.
St. Joe's 43, Gateway 24
HUNTINGTON -- Senior Emylee Carnevale scored a career-high 17 points as the Crusaders (7-6) won their third straight game.
Things started slowly for St. Joe's, as the Crusaders led only 6-3 after one quarter. Coach Jack Quinn's team outscored the Gators 14-8 in the second quarter to take a 20-11 lead, and pulled away in the second half.
Kendall Smith added 16 points for St. Joe's. The North Adams Transcript contributed to this report.
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