Friday's basketball: McCann boys prevail; Spartans win at Drury
NORTH ADAMS -- The McCann Tech boys received some pretty high praise from their coach following a big 55-46 Tri-County victory over Franklin Tech on Friday night.
"It's rare that in 20 years of coaching I can say that every kid performed their role perfectly," McCann coach Mike Nykorchuck said. "But that's what happened."
Shane Fuller had his typical night, scoring a game-high 27 points, but Nykorchuck immediately highlighted the play of Justin Schneider and Matt Belini. The two had the nearly impossible task of guarding Franklin Tech's Chris Wetherby. Nykorchuck said Wetherby was averaging 37 points in his last three games and 28 for the season. Schneider and Belini held him to eight, despite "giving up 5 inches and some muscle."
The Hornets rotated between a half-court trap and a 2-3 zone to deny the ball inside to Wetherby. It worked, and in the second half, the offense came around to score 36 points. Schneider hit a 3-pointer in the fourth to put McCann up seven, helping to secure the victory.
Rahmer Vincent finished with 13 points, five assists and five steals. Kyle Parada had only two points, but collected 11 rebounds and had eight blocked shots.
Monument Mountain 52, Drury 47
NORTH ADAMS -- A little hot streak for Monument Mountain and a corresponding cold one for Drury was a "back breaker" for the Blue Devils.
The Spartans capitalized on the Blue Devils' cold shooting in the third quarter to turn a three-point halftime deficit into a five-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Jason Laramee was key in that eight minutes, scoring six of his 14 points.
"I think, we got a little disorganized," Drury coach Jack Racette said of his team's play in the third quarter. "They went on a little run, and we didn't knock down shots."
Monument's Bobby Kinne led all scorers with 15, including three of the Spartans' seven 3-pointers. Peter Oggiani also had a trio of 3-pointers.
Hoosac Valley 67, St. Joseph 60
PITTSFIELD -- Jameson Coughlin had 15 points and 27 rebounds to power the Hurricanes.
"It was close all the way," said St. Joe coach Randy Kinnas. "They went on a little run at the end to beat us."
Matt Braman led all scorers with 28 points for the Hurricanes, while Justin Crawford's 15 led St. Joe.
Taconic 73, Lee 50
LEE -- A 26-14 second quarter put the Braves in the driver's seat against Lee.
"They shot the ball well, and we got in a little foul trouble," said Lee coach Dan Korte. "We weren't too far back, even at halftime. But they played well in the second half."
Sam Kelley's 15 led Lee, while Shaq Ardrey had 18 and Mike Taylor's 15 led a balanced Brave attack.
Girls basketball: Mount Everett 54, Pioneer Valley Christian 21
SHEFFIELD -- The Eagles outscored Pioneer Christian 26-0 in the third quarter to seal the game.
"We changed things up a little in the third quarter," said Everett coach Scott Rote. "We started running. It seems that when we play faster, we play better."
Mount Everett's Hannah Herrick scored a game-high 12 points.
Monument 56, Lenox 31
GREAT BARRINGTON -- Good ball movement and confidence helped the Spartans explode for 26 points in the second quarter and, ultimately, get past the Millionaires.
"They shot very well. They looked for each other very well and shot with a lot of confidence," Monument coach Chris Unsworth said. "They just moved the ball really well against the zone."
Monument had nine players find their way onto the scoresheet, and eight registered a basket. Vanessa Troiano led all scorers with 19. Her four 3-pointers were also a game-high.
Liz Mitts did her part for Lenox, scoring 16 points, but the Millionaires struggled to find secondary scoring. No one else scored more than five points.
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