Greylock boys beat St. Joe; Lenox girls hold off Taconic
WILLIAMSTOWN -- It didn't matter that a division title wasn't on the line for the Mount Greylock boys basketball team. Friday's South Division matchup with St. Joseph was still a huge game.
"St. Joe is one of our biggest matchups on our schedule," Greylock senior Tyler Picard said. "We knew that coming in. We had the [calendar] circled since the day the [schedule] came out. This was just huge for us."
The South Division champion Mounties proved they were up to the task against the defending Division III state runners-up, winning 63-58.
Picard finished with a game-high 29 points, a career high for the Mountie. He was just as good on the defensive end as he pulled down 20 rebounds.
Tank Roberson scored 25 points for St. Joe.
Hoosac 61, Drury 49
NORTH ADAMS -- Drury outscored Hoosac in a quarter for the first time Friday with an 18-point third quarter. The Blue Devils closed on a 7-2 run, to cut a 12-point lead to seven.
In a matter of about 15 seconds, though, the Hoosac Valley boys' basketball team took all the momentum away -- as well as took a win from Drury.
Corey Puccio hit a 3-pointer and drew a foul while on the floor, keeping the ball in Hoosac's possession. Matt Braman then followed it up with a 3 from the top of the key to push the lead to 13, and the Hurricanes rolled to a 61-49 win.
The win gave the Hurricanes (7-11, 5-6 North) the breathing room they needed to keep their playoff hopes alive. They need to win their remaining two games and hope Pittsfield doesn't win another. That will tie the two teams for second in the North and give Hoosac a slot in the Western Massachusetts tournament.
McCann 54, PVCS 16
NORTH ADAMS -- The Hornets (7-12) got a double-double from Josh Superneau en route to the easy victory.
"Superneau scored our first nine points and they was no looking back, really," said McCann coach Mike Nykorchuk.
Superneau nearly outscored Pioneer Valley Christian, as he had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Lenox 45, Taconic 36
LENOX -- Liz Mitts and Kathy Prescott combined to score 30 points as Lenox held off Taconic 45-36 in a girls basketball game Friday night.
The Taconic defense did a nice job on Hayden Zinchuk, holding her to four points on a pair of baskets. But Lenox coach Nicole Patella was very happy with her team's secondary scoring as Mitts got a game-high 16 points and Prescott added 14.
"It was nice to see some other girls put some points in," said Patella.
Angela O'Neil led Taconic with 14 points, and Brianna Rogers had 12.
Mount Everett 40, PVCS 23
EAST LONGMEADOW -- One night after a loss to Lenox knocked them out of Western Mass. contention, the Eagles refocused and won on the road.
Mount Everett scored 21 points in the second quarter to put this one away early. Deseraye Conaway led all scorers with 14 points, followed by 11 more from Brooke Morehouse.
"We started working our full-court pressure and started scoring points in transition in the second quarter," Eagles coach Scott Rote said.
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