Tuesday's hoops: Drury surprises St. Joe's
NORTH ADAMS -- Four days after St. Joseph's scored 137 points, the inexperienced Drury boys put on a defensive clinic against the Crusaders.
St. Joe's was leading by six points in the fourth quarter before the Blue Devils found a way to rally and beat the visitors from Pittsfield 48-44 on Tuesday night.
Cam Parrino made back-to-back baskets for Drury to tie the game. Nolan Bird drained a 3-pointer to put the Blue Devils up 3 with a little more than 30 seconds remaining. A St. Joe's free throw with 29 seconds left brought them within a layup, but Drury broke the Crusaders' press and played keep-away until just 13 seconds remained and Bird was fouled. He drained both for the final four-point margin.
St. Joe's Tank Roberson, who led all scorers with 23, left the game in the fourth quarter with an apparent ankle injury.
"It's not like they were lighting it up with him. He definitely was the catalyst," Drury coach Jack Racette said. "We dug in when we had to."
The late lead wasn't the first one of the game for Drury, though. The Blue Devils led by eight at the break after putting together quarters of 19 and 13 points.
St. Joe's made a change on the backside of halftime and got itself back into the game.
"We got open looks. They played man and we knocked them down [in the first half]," Racette said. "They went to zone to start second half and we got five points."
PHS 79, Monument 53
PITTSFIELD -- Amancho Adopo had a triple-double as the Generals rolled to the victory.
Adopo had a career-high 33 points, pulled down 17 rebounds and had 11 assists. Evan Lanoue chipped in with 16 points.
The Generals led 19-7 after one quarter and PHS coach Steve Ray said it was their quickness that turned the trick.
"We kept running on them and they couldn't get up and down the floor with us," said Ray.
Peter Oggiani had 20 points for Monument while Taylor White had 18.
Taconic 68, Lee 59
LEE -- The host Wildcats had a 49-43 lead after three quarters against Taconic, but couldn't close the Braves out.
"They just made plays and made shots," Lee coach Dan Korte said. "We didn't make the plays we needed to make to win the game."
The Braves outscored the Wildcats 25-10 in the fourth quarter to get out of town with the win.
Trayvon Sims had 23 points and Shaq Ardrey had 19 for Taconic. Jake LePrevost led Lee with a game-high 25 points and Heamon Williams added 23.
Everett 72, Hampden Charter 30
CHICOPEE -- At the Chicopee Boys and Girls Club, three Mount Everett players scored in double figures in a lopsided victory.
The game was close three minutes in, forcing Everett coach Jowe Warren to put a stop to that.
"I called a quick time out," he said. "We went to a half-court trap and that helped a lot."
Malik Wilbon had a game-high 20 points, while freshman Nick Tomich scored 15 and Jon Ovitt added 13. Jason Feliciano had 13 points for Hampden Charter.
McCann 62, Pathfinder 55
PALMER -- The Hornets opened with a first half they would like to forget. But coach Mike Nykorchuck made sure his team understood what it was doing wrong during halftime.
"I wasn't happy with the first half at all. Even though we were leading after the first quarter, I wasn't happy," he said. "We were playing scared. We had no energy."
The difference was a commitment to rebounding and free throws.
The Hornets hauled in just 11 rebounds in the first half. That number jumped to 24 in the second. Kyle Parada. The backup center grabbed nine of his team-high 12 rebounds in the second half. He finished the night with 11 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks.
"That was huge," Nykorchuck said.
The Hornets held their lead in the fourth quarter with sound free-throw shooting. They were 11 of 12 from the line in the final eight minutes, and Shane Fuller was a perfect 8 for 8.
Greylock 45, Wahconah 35
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Things aren't always going to go as planned.
That's the lesson the Mount Greylock boys' basketball team learned against Wahconah on Tuesday night, as it squeaked out a 45-35 win.
Wahconah scored just 12 first-half points and went scoreless for a span of more than eight minutes. The Mounties held a 14-point advantage at the break, but the Warriors fought back. An 18-5 third-quarter run wasn't enough for Wahconah to complete a comeback, however.
The Mounties went on an 8-0 run and outscored Wahconah 14-5 in the fourth.
McCann 43, Sci-Tech 38
SPRINGFIELD -- Sci-Tech was committed to double-teaming Mary Nguyen whenever and wherever she was on the court. It didn't matter if she had the ball or not.
It didn't matter much as the senior led the Hornets to a 43-38 road win.
"That's a tough place to play," coach Mike Dowling said. "[The kids] handled it well."
Sci-Tech continually fouled Nguyen in the second half. Those fouls piled up in a hurry and with about five minutes left in the game, Sci-Tech had reached 10 fouls. Nguyen finished the night with a team-high 15 points. She was 7 of 13 from the line.
Eileen Zajac had a strong night for McCann, adding 12 points to the cause. She also pulled down 12 rebounds.
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