Lee boys basketball holds off Wahconah; Pittsfield, Taconic boys win big
LEE -- Heamon Williams was Lee's saving grace in the lane Tuesday night.
Williams scored 12 of his game-high 26 points from the free-throw line, allowing the Wildcats to hold off a fourth-quarter surge by Wahconah and win 47-43.
Lee led 38-27 going into the fourth before the Warriors made it a ballgame. Lee coach Dan Korte said his Wildcats made the plays they needed to earn a stepping-stone win.
"They made a run in the fourth quarter, and we did a really nice job handling adversity," he said.
"It was very much a defensive game. We just kept pounding it inside, and [Williams] got to the line a lot."
Collin Parrott led Wahconah with 14 points.
Taconic 95, Monument 52
PITTSFIELD -- For Braves coach Bill Heaphy, it was about time his team put it all together.
"We have not played a complete game in three games, and we've been flat," he said. "The emphasis was to compete and play hard, and we did."
Mike Taylor led all scorers with 20 points, Shaq Ardrey scored 17 more, and Drew Scace added 15 in the win. Taylor and Scace had 10 rebounds each, while Ardrey dished out 12 assists and committed seven steals. Taconic also knocked down 10 3-pointers and held Monument to just five second-quarter points.
"Probably the most telling [stat] is we had 32 assists as a team and only nine turnovers, to go along with 21 steals," Heaphy said. "It just showed we shared the ball, made the extra pass and got everybody involved. Everybody worked."
Cam Powell scored 11 for the Spartans.
Pittsfield 85, Lenox 53
LENOX -- Amancho Adopo scored 29 points as the Generals pulled away early to remain unbeaten.
Scott Steinman added 15 and Chad Shade scored 11 for PHS, which led 48-23 at the half. Lenox coach Scott Sibley said the Generals' transition game was what gave them the edge.
"We knew they were going to run," he said. "We just did not get back on defense.
"We rushed our offense, didn't get back on defense and they played very good transition basketball. ... They worked around until they found the open guy. They did a good job on the boards."
Kris Vahle led Lenox with 18 points, with Bailey Patella scoring 13 and Ben Herrick adding 12 more.
"Everything's a learning process for us. I don't know if we had a total effort tonight," Sibley said. "Getting into this regular schedule, I think once we get some consistency down, we'll continue to grow."
Hoosac Valley 57, Mount Greylock 52
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Matt Koperniak and Sean Ryan-Kut scored 13 points each to lead the Hurricanes, who held the Mounties to seven third-quarter points.
"We didn't handle their pressure very well," Greylock coach Bob Thistle said. "We played three good quarters of basketball, but they beat us in the third quarter and that was the difference in the game."
Cole Jackson led Greylock with 18 points.
Drury 66, St. Joseph 53
PITTSFIELD -- Alex Heck's 29 points led the Blue Devils, who ran past a shorthanded St. Joe team in the fourth quarter.
Justin Girard added 15 points for Drury. The Crusaders lost two regulars -- Reilly Balcom and JoJo Bynum -- to injury late in the third quarter, and couldn't keep up.
"We dropped into a 2-3 zone because we didn't have the athletic ability to stay with them man to man," St. Joe coach Randy Kinnas said.
"[Heck] was taking the ball to the hoop, crashing the boards and getting rebounds. He played with a lot of energy."
McCann Tech 52, Holyoke Catholic 41
HOLYOKE -- Shane Fuller's 24 points, seven assists and six steals led the way for the Hornets -- but it was Kyle Parada's 16 rebounds and 13 blocks that really sealed the deal for McCann.
"In my opinion, he played the best game of his high school career," said McCann coach Mike Nykorchuck.
"Shane didn't have his greatest shooting night of the year. A lot of it was transition baskets, which were coming off his steals. He had 10 points in the fourth quarter to pretty much put the game away."
Rahmer Vincent added 12 points for the victors.
Girls basketball: McCann Tech 42, St. Joseph 41
PITTSFIELD -- The Crusaders lost this one in cruel fashion, missing a pair of free throws with a second left at the Boys and Girls Club.
"The girls were really upset," St. Joe coach Antwan Morrison said. "We had opportunities to close them out. ... We run out of gas a bit because we aren't deep. It was tough to swallow, definitely."
Kacey Sondrini's 18 points for St. Joseph led all scorers. Emijah Barton's 11 points led the victorious Hornets.
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