Thursday's roundup: Millionaires keep Wilbon in check late
SHEFFIELD -- The Lenox boys basketball team used its transition offense to defeat Mount Everett 77-70 on Thursday night.
After trailing by three at halftime, the Millionaires held the Eagles to just 11 points in the third quarter, taking a four-point lead into the fourth. Clutch free-throw shooting clinched the game for Lenox.
The key for Lenox was containing guard Malik Wilbon in the second half. Wilbon scored 19 of his game-high 30 in the first half.
On offense, Lenox guard Evan Lanoue sparked the fast break and drove into the Everett defense, finishing at the rim, or dishing it to teammates. He finished with 21 points.
"They took the lead in the third and did a good job in transition," Everett coach Jowe Warren said. "We got in early foul trouble, and they hit free throws to close out the game."
Monument Mountain 62, Mount Greylock 43
GREAT BARRINGTON -- The Spartans got contributions from everyone in beating Mount Greylock.
The Spartans put nine different players in the scoring column and used good perimeter defense to limit the Mounties' outside shooting.
After leading by 10 at halftime, a solid defensive third quarter iced the game for Monument. Peter Oggiani led the Spartans with 14 points including four 3-pointers. Jake Benzinger led Greylock with 10.
"We had a balanced team approach, limited turnovers and held them to one shot," Monument coach Mike Saporito said. "We contained their secondary scorers, and didn't give them clean looks."
McCann Tech 76, Westfield Voc 41
NORTH ADAMS -- For the second straight game, the Hornets caught fire from 3-point range and finished with nine treys. This time, the win put them in sole possession of first place in the Tri-County League and clinched a Western Massa chusetts tournament berth.
"It seems like every game we're improving," coach Mike Nykorchuck said. "I hope to continue improving because the level of competition is going to step up."
Rahmer Vincent, in his first game back from a sprained ankle, and Cristen Montoya each had a pair of 3-pointers and five other Hornets had one.
"We're very guard oriented," Nykorchuck said. "They played a zone, and actually, our ball movement was greatly improved.
"Kids were executing the offense a lot better tonight and they hit the open threes."
The hot shooting, which started in the first quarter when McCann put up 27 points, good enough for an 18-point advantage after one quarter.
McCann's Dante Cellana will be out for the rest of the season and freshman Ethan Sheldon will be filling in.
Girls basketball: Hopkins 60, Lenox 44
Eight three-pointers from Madi Stevens allowed visiting Hopkins to pull away from Lenox and get the win.
Lenox ended the third on an 11-6 run, capped off by a three-pointer from Bailey Fielding, cutting Hopkins' lead to 2.
But Stevens hit three 3-pointers in the fourth to seal the game for Hopkins. Stevens ended with a game-high 35.
Liz Mitts finished with 16 to lead Lenox. Jaclynn Hathaway finished with 14.
"We just couldn't find the basket [in the fourth quarter]," Lenox coach Nicole Patella said. "We were working off the ball, shots weren't falling and we were standing there watching. When you don't score you cant get in your press."
Hockey: Turners Falls 4, Mount Everett 2
SHEFFIELD -- The record may not show it, but Mount Everett coach Aidan Gilligan is pretty happy with how his team has been playing recently.
"This was the first game where we outshot the other team," said Gilligan, whose team had a 37-19 advantage. "I felt like the team over the last three games has started to evolve into what we expected."
Turners Falls took a 3-0 lead into the third period before the Eagles got on the board at 8:52. Kyle Smith scored the first goal and Jacob Malicky made it 2-0 18 seconds later.
Turners Falls' Tim Atkins completed his hat trick with an insurance goal at 12:08.
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