Mount Greylock boys basketball peaking at the right time

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PITTSFIELD —The youthful Mount Greylock boys basketball team that started its season with a lopsided loss is all grown up.

Greylock coach Bob Thistle said the season-opening 25-point loss to Taconic was eye opening. He credited the loss with fueling the team to seek a rematch in the Berkshire Classic.

The Mounties have been rolling since the opener, only dropping games to two teams — Drury (twice) and Mount Anthony Union (VT) — while sweeping the South Division en route to a division title and a rematch with Taconic. They earned their revenge with a 71-49 win against the Braves on Wednesday, a win that pushed their current winning streak to 12 games and gives them a 14-4 record.

"When we came here the first game of the season, Taconic beat us pretty soundly," Thistle said. "We said in the locker room before we left — our goal is to get back here.

"The kids had that in mind. ... We certainly respect Taconic, but we weren't afraid of the challenge."

Greylock's go-to player Sean McCormack scored 22 points in the first game against Taconic. He scored 24 in the second meeting, but unlike the first game where he was the only scorer in double figures, he got help from guard Pat Storie in the rematch. Storie scored 16 points and appears to be fully healthy after missing the first six games of the season with a leg injury suffered during the football season.

"It was hard for me [sitting out] because it was the first game and we were just getting the jitters out," Storie said. "Now we've really come together as a team. We've got a lot of games under our belts and I think we've all played better."

Thistle added that Storie's return brings leadership and swagger to the team.

The senior is another option in the Mounties' scoring attack as well. His ability to score in transition, attack the basket and shoot from the outside provides more room for McCormack to operate down low. Improved spacing has also allowed sharpshooters Toby and Brady Foehl to show off impressive range from deep.

"Everybody that's been following us know they have to key on Sean," Thistle said. "Teams will double him and it makes it hard to get the ball into him. But when you've got guys who are knocking down shots, they've got to come play him and that makes it a little easier to get the ball inside."

Guard Sam Dils said the team has naturally improved throughout the season. He added that defeating Taconic can serve as an additional confidence booster for a team that is already firing on all cylinders.

"Guys gaining experience, from the freshmen to everyone on the team," he said. "You get better as the season goes on and we're really coming together as a team.

"We wanted to show everyone that we're for real. ... We showed that we can play with anyone going forward in the Western Mass. tournament."

Reach sports writer Akeem Glaspie at 413-496-6252 or @TheAkeemGlaspie.


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