Wahconah boys hoops reaches Western Mass.
SOUTH DEERFIELD -- A solid defensive first half and a good offensive third quarter keyed Wahconah's Western Mass. berth-clinching, 51-38 road win over Frontier on Friday night.
Wahconah held Frontier to 12 first-half points, allowing it to build an eight-point lead at halftime. Then the Warriors put together their best offensive quarter to pull away.
"We did a good job getting out in transition, running the floor," Wahconah coach Dustin Belcher said. "We were able to turn their turnovers into points."
Cole Morrison recorded a double-double for Wahconah, finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds (six defensive). Giving him plenty of help in the scoring department was Marcus Duncan, who finished with a team-high 15.
Wahconah also made 12 free throws, which was a stark contrast to Frontier's three.
"We played very well defensively tonight," Belcher said. "We were able to mix defenses on them and did a nice job handling their inside play."
Mount Greylock 64, St. Joseph 53
PITTSFIELD -- When St. Joseph went cold in the second and third quarters, the Mounties took advantage of it.
"We went completely cold," Crusaders coach Randy Kinnas said. "We really focused on stopping [Jake] Benzinger, and the other [Mountie players] stepped up and knocked down some shots."
Ian Brink led Greylock with 15 points, while Eric Hirsch added 13. The Mounties hit seven 3-pointers -- as did St. Joe, but Greylock took a 34-23 lead at halftime and stretched that in the third before a late St. Joe rally fell short.
Pat Latini led all scorers with 17 points for St. Joe.
"We [used] full-court man-to-man and put some additional pressure on," Kinnas said. "We just ran out of gas at the end."
Monument Mountain 68, Mount Everett 52
GREAT BARRINGTON -- Double-doubles from Peter Oggiani (24 points, 10 rebounds) and Jason Laramee (11 points, 15 rebounds) allowed the Spartans to pull away in the second and third quarters.
Taylor White added 16 points, including four 3-pointers, for the Spartans.
Monument coach Mike Saporito said the Spartans got out and challenged more shots after a sluggish first quarter.
"Better rebounding and better defense [gave] us a little of an advantage over them," he said.
Malik Wilbon scored 19 points to lead the Eagles.
Girls basketball: Southwick 44, McCann Tech 27
NORTH ADAMS -- Southwick made three 3-pointers in the second quarter and that gave it the edge it needed to pull away from McCann.
McCann scored only six points in that quarter, which coupled with a seven-point first quarter, put it in a 21-13 hole at the half.
Morgan Harrman was the key 3-point shooter for Southwick, finishing with four.
"We had her marked and even she made 6 of 8 free throws," McCann coach Mike Dowling said. "She's a good shooter."
Southwick finished the game with eight 3-pointers to McCann's three. Alanza Quinones had two of them.
Despite the outcome, Dowling was happy with his team's performance, saying it's better than it's been of late.
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