Friday's high schools: A Taconic thriller, as Braves beat St. Joe's
PITTSFIELD -- Trayvon Sims scored as time expired Friday night, and Taconic escaped with a hard-fought city win over St. Joseph's.
Mike Taylor scored a team-high 16 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as the Braves edged the Crusaders 63-61.
Taylor was involved in the game's final play, too. The Braves were holding the ball for the final shot with the score tied at 61. Shaq Ardrey, who had 11 points, missed his shot, but the Braves got the ball out of bounds with 3.9 seconds left.
Taylor was stationed just beyond the 3-point arc, caught the inbounds pass, and almost immediately hoisted a 3-ball. It missed, but Sims got the loose ball with less than a second left and had the shot up before the horn sounded. They were the final two of Sims' 15 points.
"Mike Taylor was great," said Taconic coach Bill Heaphy. He worked with Drew [Scace] on high-low stuff. [Taylor is] a big kid. He's playing better and better."
Tank Roberson had a game-high 21 points for St. Joe's, while Mike Carpenter had 17 and Lavante Wiggins added 13.
Greylock 49, Hoosac 38
CHESHIRE -- The secret to success for the Mount Greylock boys basketball team this season has been spreading the ball around.
It was no different on Friday night as the Mounties extended their win streak to 10 games with a 49-38 victory over Hoosac Valley. Whether it's on the score sheet or on defense, the Mounties have had a different player step up in each game this season. Friday, it was Eric Hirsch's turn.
Hirsch came off the bench at the end of the first quarter and helped spark the Mounties' offense. With the Hurricanes looking to tie the game as time ran down, Hirsch stole a pass from Sean Ryan-Kut at the top of the key and charged down the court for an easy layup.
Not even 15 seconds later, he had another steal. This time he passed to Nathan Majumder, who was fouled while shooting. Majumder hit both free throws.
Hirsch's layup represented his only points of the night, but it started an 11-0 run that put the Mounties up 24-9 and proved to be too big of a deficit for the Hurricanes.
Lee 57, Wahconah 49
DALTON -- Wahconah held Lee's Jake LePrevost to 11 points but it wasn't enough.
Unfortunately for the Warriors, Heamon Williams was tough from the foul line in the fourth quarter as he made eight foul shots to help the Wildcats pull away.
"We had to foul," said Wahconah coach Ed Ladley. "We had to stop the clock to get the ball."
Williams had a game-high 23 points for the Wildcats. Wahconah was led by Collin Parrott's 17 points and Marco Anastasio had 15.
Wahconah still needs three wins to qualify for the Western Mass. Division II tournament.
Monument 55, Drury 47
GREAT BARRINGTON -- The Spartans outscored Drury 21-7 in the third to power their way to a win.
"We picked up our defensive energy in the second half," said Monument coach Mike Saporito. "We played with a lot more intelligence offensively. It was a total team effort. The guys came out in the second half with a lot more energy."
Ezra Marcus had a season-high 14 points for Monument while Peter Oggiani had 17. Taylor White added 10.
Drury got 15 points from Nolan Bird.
Franklin Tech 58,
McCann Tech 47
TURNERS FALLS -- The Hornets couldn't find their shooting groove in a loss to Franklin Tech.
The Eagles made a commitment to get the ball inside and it paid off with repeated trips to the foul line. They converted the majority of theirs, while the Hornet did not. Franklin Tech made 21 of 39 from the stripe, while McCann was just 12 of 27. Chad Raimer accounted for eight of those.
"We have not shot foul shots good all year," coach Mike Nykorchuck said, citing it's one of the four things you need to do to win game.
McCann led by five after the first and trailed by three at the break. Then the offense sputtered, scoring just 20 points in the final 16 minutes. Raimer added a basket to his eight free throws for 10 points, and Josh Superneau had 12, including a pair of 3s.
St. Joe's 52, Everett 40
PITTSFIELD -- The Crusaders (8-5) made Deseraye Conaway work for all 14 of her points, holding her to only three field goals in the game.
"We went to a box and one," said St. Joseph's coach Jack Quinn. "Ilyssa Creamer and Gabby Schnopp alternated on Deseraye. That was the difference."
The game was tied at 11 after one quarter, but the Crusaders outscored the Eagles by 13 in the second and never trailed again.
Kendall Smith had a game-high 19 points for the Crusaders and Emylee Carnevale added 12.
Hampshire 60, Monument 58
WESTHAMPTON -- Monument Mountain put three players in double figures but it wasn't enough.
Kayla Aberdale had 15 points while Vanessa Troiano added 11 and Hannah Rolf had 13. The Spartans led at the end of each of the first three quarters, but Hampshire scored 22 in the fourth for the win.
Taconic 5, Belchertown 0
AMHERST -- Playing on the Mullins Center practice rink, Taconic goalie Brendan Leary had 25 saves for the shutout -- and he picked up a rare assist.
Taconic (6-6) was leading 2-0 when Leary got the puck. He fired a long pass up the left wing boards for Nick Whitaker, who took it the rest of the way and beat Belchertown goalie Kyle Mikulski with the shot.
"We know our backs are against the wall," said Taconic coach Stephen Terpak, whose team needs three wins or six points to qualify for the tournament. "Every one of them, the team goal is making the playoffs."
Austin O'Neil had two goals for the Braves.
Taconic 1 2 2--5
Belchertown 0 0 0--0
T--Austin O'Neil (Ryan Bateman), 10:10.
T--O'Neil (Brian Bonacquisti), 1:46.
T--Nick Whittaker (Brendan Leary) 11:20.
T--Matt Gingras (Bonacquisti), 3:47.
T--Connor Conant (Harrison Rapant), 9:39.
Goalies--T: Brendan Leary 25. B: Kyle Mikulski 38.
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