2018-19 The Berkshire Eagle All-Stars: Boys Basketball

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Most Valuable Player

Reece Racette, Drury

Any time things looked to be getting out of control for Drury this season, the Blue Devils had a trump card. Senior point guard Reece Racette did it all for the Western Massachusetts Division IV champions; playing in all 25 games, racking up 450 points and setting a new school scoring record. The only time the Blue Devils really had to fend without their star leader was the final 54 seconds of overtime in the sectional semifinals. However, before fouling out there, he delivered 19 points, including six in the extra frame to give Drury a two-point lead. The team finished off Pioneer Valley, and Racette proceeded to lead them to the program's first Western Mass. title in nearly 30 years. Racette's season featured more of the same from the longtime floor general. He continued to be a deadly slasher with the ball, and grew into a solid outside shooter and top-notch facilitator. It was the latter that keyed Drury's historic run, as the Blue Devils moved from a two-man deal with he and Scott McGuire, into a multi-faceted attack with an entire arsenal of weapons. At the trigger was a battle-tested senior whose court vision and handle were unmatched in Western Mass., and he had something to prove. After leading the Berkshires in scoring as a junior, but coming up shy in tournament play, Racette tore through 2018-19 with his eyes on a team trophy, and he accomplished just that. Statistically, Racette was held to single digits twice (nine both times), and scored a season-high 29 in a blowout win over Ludlow. That was the night he also became the leading scorer in Drury High School history. He finished his career with 1,458 points.

Defensive Player of the Year

Quentin Gittens, Taconic

As much of a nod for leadership as defense, Quentin Gittens was the fulcrum for back-to-back state finalist teams at Taconic. On the defensive end, Gittens was coach Bill Heaphy's floor general, and in the huddle and locker room, he was the team's voice.

Gittens lost six games of his senior season to a toe injury, but remained a constant presence, taking on various management duties on the bench and after games. Taconic won 14 straight games upon his return to the lineup, and the Braves clicked at their best when Gittens was barking orders and swallowing up opposing guards on the defensive end, and controlling tempo in transition and slashing to the rim on offense. His length and athleticism were unmatched in Berkshire County, and his court vision on both ends allowed Taconic to play any style and mow over much of its competition. Gittens averaged 11.57 points per game, including a high of 28 in a February win over Hoosac Valley. He had 18 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals in helping the Braves to their second consecutive Western Massachusetts championship over Chicopee at the Curry Hicks Cage. Gittens was a two-year captain whose attention to detail on the floor stood out consistently, and the fluidity with which he can move on a basketball court turned heads nightly. Gittens' next basketball stop will get an incredibly hard worker, with a still-improving skill set and boundless potential.

Offensive Player of the Year

Scott McGuire, Drury

There wasn't much Scott McGuire couldn't — and didn't — do for Drury's offense this season. Likewise, there was little-to-nothing defenses could do to stop him. The junior surpassed the 1,000-point mark with ease. With one season of eligibility remaining, and after scoring nearly 650 points this winter, he stands at 1,220 career points. McGuire put away 39, 3-pointers and averaged over 24 points per game. He could rain it down from outside when defenses packed the paint, and use a quick rocker step to get by defenders who closed out on him. McGuire's size and handle made him a menace all season long, slashing to the rim with the ball or catching a Reece Racette pass in stride for a layup. The star duo's chemistry was on display constantly, and McGuire was more than just a scorer. He could kick out to an open Hunter Sarkis for three, and played defense against most foes' bigger frontcourt players. But none of that every seemed to wear the stout wing out. He scored in single digits just once, but bounced back against Taconic with 27 in the second game. McGuire cleared 30 points 11 times, including in three consecutive playoff games that delivered the Blue Devils into the Western Massachusetts Division IV final. In the overtime win over Pioneer in the semifinals, McGuire scored 37 points, going 10 of 15 from the foul line, including 7 of 7 in the fourth quarter and OT. In the title game against Ware, McGuire had a game-high 23 points and hit three, 3-pointers.

Coach of the Year

Jack Racette, Drury

After collecting Drury's first Western Massachusetts championship in nearly 30 years, head coach Jack Racette told reporters, "You have to be a little lucky. ... I've been here a lot of times by coaching for 15 years and it's not easy."

Racette's Blue Devils squads have been a perennial contender over his decade-and-a-half at the helm in North Adams, but 2018-19 was the season it all came together. Drury went 19-6, averaging 72.16 points per game and allowing 54.08. The Blue Devils were an offensive powerhouse running Racette's system through veteran point guard Reece Racette and star wing Scott McGuire. They scored north of 70 points in 16 games and surrendered that many just five times, which included a 70-62 defeat in the state semifinals. Under coach Racette's guidance, Reece Racette became the top scorer in school history, while McGuire crossed the 1,000-point milestone. However, it was his work implementing the supporting cast and empowering players like Obilio Rodriguez, Max Daugherty, Hunter Sarkis and Tim Brazeau to embrace their roles and get Drury through a ferocious Berkshire North season and over the Division IV sectional hump.

All-Berkshire Team

Co-MVP: Quentin Gittens, Taconic

Co-MVP: Reece Racette, Drury

Isaac Percy, Taconic

Scott McGuire, Drury

Tom Burris, Wahconah

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Dion Brown, Monument Mountain

Ben Harding, Lee

All-Berkshire North

Quincy Davis, Taconic

Mohamed Sanogo, Taconic

Robert McCown, Taconic

Kevin Huban, Wahconah

Tom O'Connor, Wahconah

Carter Matthews, Pittsfield

Joe Cracolici, Pittsfield

Izaha Stubbs, Hoosac Valley

All-Berkshire South

Nick Nicotra, Lenox

Jett Steinman, Lenox

Toby Foehl, Mount Greylock

Derek Paris, Mount Greylock

Myles Whitney-Nason, Lee

Patrick Silk, Mount Everett

Jack Carpenter, Mount Everett

Noel Powell, Monument Mountain

Cole Redstone, Lee


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