Drury boys basketball rights ship, sinks Mount Greylock at home

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NORTH ADAMS — Once the calendar switched from December to January, the clock officially began ticking for teams needing that extra push in order to make a run to the Western Massachusetts tournament.

With that in mind, the Drury boys, coming off a three-game losing streak, returned to .500 with a 78-37 win over Mount Greylock.

Of the 12 Blue Devils to hit the court on Monday night, 11 scored in the 41-point win.

"We came out with a lot of energy in the first half and it was a game we had to win," Drury coach Jack Racette said. "Our backs were against the wall and we were on the other side of .500. "

While the Mounties are known for their shooting ability, it was the Blue Devils that came out firing. Hunter Sarkis, Scott McGuire and Keeghan Vidal each canned a 3-pointer early in the game, which forced Mount Greylock into an early timeout, trailing 13-2 in the first.

"We knew coming into this game we were struggling," McGuire, who finished with a game-high 27 points, said. "We've been pushing each other in practice to keep getting better every day, specifically on the little things and I think we showed that today."

The Mounties came out of the break showing some life as senior Toby Foehl hit a step-back three with a hand in his face to make the score 15-5. On the other end, Derek Paris took a charge, forcing one of just a few Drury turnovers on the night. Liam Brady took advantage of the effort with a 3-pointer of his own and suddenly the Mounties were gaining traction.

With the score 15-10 and just seconds left in the quarter, Drury snatched the momentum back as senior Dante Woodson beat the buzzer with a layup to extend the lead to seven.

Woodson, along with Tim Brazeau and Louis Guilotte controlled the boards for most of the night.

"They did a great job at controlling the paint," Racette said. "Brazeau and Guilotte are underclassmen and now we're in to game six. They have to start playing more mature every game and I think they did that tonight."

Brazeau finished with a 10-point, 11-rebound double-double, Guilotte added 11 points and five rebounds. Woodson finished with four points and five rebounds for a Drury team that thrived down low.

"They beat us on the boards and we didn't run any offense," Mount Greylock coach Bob Thistle said. "You're going to have nights where you can't make shots, but we didn't stick to anything. Their goal was to come in, frazzle us and force us into quick offense."

Mount Greylock was held to just six points in the second quarter, giving Drury plenty of opportunities to extend the lead. McGuire, who also had three rebounds and three assists, scored nine points in the second quarter to help the Blue Devils go up 35-16 at half.

"They really took it to us today from Coach Racette down," Thistle said. "McGuire was great and I give Drury all the credit in the world."

To say the Blue Devil offense was clicking may be an understatement. Entering the contest Drury had 13 made 3-pointers through five games. 10 buckets from beyond the arc hit the bottom of the net on Monday night. McGuire made five shots from deep and Vidal added another three. Vidal, Drury's point guard finished with 11 points, four rebounds and an assist.

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Not only did the win snap a three-game losing streak for Drury, but the season-low in points allowed set the tone in a week where the Blue Devils will play three games.

"We played defense with our feet, weren't reaching and stayed clean," Racette said of the team's effort. "The focus is to make it to the tournament."

The loss snaps a three-game winning streak for the Mounties.

"We're 3-3 have had a real tough stretch with Pittsfield, Hoosac, Wahconah and now Drury," Thistle said. "Our goal is to get to the tournament and make a deep run.

"What happens in Berkshire County is that these teams make you better. Nobody liked that score — but our heads are up and we'll get right back to work."

Drury travels to Pioneer Valley on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. tip and Mount Greylock is off until Thursday, when it will host Lee.

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MOUNT GREYLOCK (37)

Foehl 4-0-10, Doyle 0-0-0, Paris 2-2-6, Waynick 4-1-10, Brady 2-0-6, Trottier 0-0-0, Harrison 0-0-0, Jezouit 1-1-3, Martin 0-0-0, Smith 1-0-2. Totals 14-4-37.

DRURY (78)

Pettengill 1-0-2, Dewey 1-0-3, McGuire 10-2-27, Sarkis 2-1-6, Guilotte 5-1-11, Moulton 0-2-2, Cartmill 0-0-0, Woodson 2-0-4, Vidal 4-0-11, Brazeau 4-2-10, Carr 1-0-2. Totals 30-8-78.

Greylock     10     6     7     12     —     37

Drury     12     18     19     24     —     78

3-point goals — MG 5 (Foehl 2, Brady 2, Waynick); D 10 (McGuire 5, Vidal 3, Sarkis, Dewey).

Jake Mendel can be reached at Jmendel@berkshireeagle.com, @Jmendel94 on Twitter and 413-496-6252.


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