Greylock clinches the South after Lee knocks off St. Joseph's
LEE -- Down 13 to St. Joseph entering the fourth quarter, the Lee boys basketball team knew it needed to score some points.
Did it ever.
The Wildcats put up 37 in the fourth to complete a huge comeback and beat the Crusaders 79-73, clinching a Western Massachusetts tournament bid for Lee and the South title for Mount Greylock.
"We've lost some tight games," said Wildcats coach Dan Korte. "I think those situations help us in situations like this. We stuck to our game plan and kept grinding it out. I think it says a lot about our ability to respond when things are going bad."
Jake LePrevost led Lee (10-7) with 32 points -- including 16 at the foul line. The Wildcats made 35 free throws, including 22 in the fourth quarter. Heamon Williams added 19 and Paul Boutiette had 10.
St. Joe got 23 points from Tank Roberson, 19 from Lavante Wiggins and 15 from Michael Carpenter.
Greylock 74, Everett 54
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Tyler Picard had 25 points and Hank Barrett and Nathan Majumder combined for 30 to lead the Mounties to the victory. Combined with St. Joe's loss, the win clinched the South title for the Mounties.
"I'm pleased to get to 15 wins," said Greylock coach Bob Thistle. "It feels good to win the South."
Barrett scored 16 while Majumder had 14. Greylock led by just two at the break before exploding for 44 second-half points. Picard finished with 11 baskets.
The Eagles got 15 points from Malik Wilbon and 11 from Sage Angell.
Taconic 60, Wahconah 53
PITTSFIELD -- Taconic (10-7) and Wahconah were tied after three quarters, but the Braves pulled away in the fourth to win the game and clinch a berth in the Western Mass. Division II field.
"In the fourth quarter, we tried to recommit to defense more than we did earlier," said Taconic coach Bill Heaphy. "On missed shots, we were able to get out and run."
Tyler Murphy had 16 points to lead Taconic. Trayvon Sims had 15 points and Drew Scace added 11.
For Wahconah, Kevin Boino scored 16, Marco Anastasio had 14, Jono Bracci had 13 and Collin Parrott added 10.
Monument 63, Lenox 61
LENOX -- The Millionaires (7-11) rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit, but couldn't complete the rally. The loss eliminated the Millionaires from the Division III tournament field.
Lenox's Kris Vahle hit a basket to make it 63-61 with 4.2 seconds left. Unfortunately for the Millionaires, they still had two fouls to give, and couldn't get the ball back before the game ended.
"It was one of th ose games. We missed a lot of early shots," said Lenox coach Scott Sibley. "We played desperate in the second half. We played a very good second half."
Peter Oggiani scored 13 of his team-high 15 points in the first half for Monument. Taylor White had 14, Cam Powell 11 and Ezra Marcus 10.
Lenox was paced by Andrew Vickery's 17 points and 15 rebounds, Ben Herrick had 15 points and Jared Tuttle 12.
Greenfield 41, Hoosac 37
CHESHIRE -- The Hurricanes led by seven points at halftime, but were outscored 21-10 in the second half as the Green Wave rallied for the win.
A 3-point basket by Greenfield's Parker Hickey with 21 seconds left put the Green Wave up by a point and Vincent Funari clinched the win with a pair of free throws.
Matt Braman had a game-high 16 points for Hoosc (6-11). Connor Eckstrom led Greenfield with 11.
Dean Tech 49, McCann 42
SPRINGFIELD -- The Hornets cut the deficit to one late in the fourth quarter, but couldn't come any closer losing 49-42 to Dean Tech.
The win keeps Dean Tech unbeaten in the league. The loss eliminates the Hornets from the Western Mass. tournament.
Josh Superneau led the attack for McCann. He scored a game-high 21 points. Justin Cote contributed seven points in the loss but also recorded 12 rebounds for McCann.
Drury 48, Frontier 46
DEERFIELD -- Frontier missed a shot at the buzzer and the Blue Devils clung to a victory.
Isiah Pantoja returned to the lineup for the Blue Devils and scored 16 points to lead the attack. Nolan Bird contributed 11.
Paul Decker scored 19 points for Frontier including four 3-pointers. He did the majority of his damage in the second quarter and the Blue Devils adjusted at halftime.
McCann Tech 47, Sci-Tech 23
SPRINGFIELD -- McCann now controls its own destiny as far as the Bi-County West is concerned.
After dispatching Sci Tech 47-23, a win Thursday against Southwick will clinch at least a share of the league title.
Mary Nguyen led the charge for the Hornets scoring a game-high 16 points. But the rest of the team also got into the action. Melissa Dobbert contributed eight points after being called up from the junior varsity team. Alex Wood also had eight points.
TALK TO US
If you'd like to leave a comment (or a tip or a question) about this story with the editors, please email us. We also welcome letters to the editor for publication; you can do that by filling out our letters form and submitting it to the newsroom.