McCann Tech boys basketball gets endless contributions in 91-58 win over Duggan

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MIKE WALSH — THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE
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NORTH ADAMS — Scoring 91 points in 32 minutes of high school basketball doesn't happen often.

For a team to roll up that kind of total, everything has to be firing and everyone has to be contributing.

McCann Tech featured eight scorers, seven with more than one basket and five in double figures, as the Hornets laid one on Duggan 91-58.

"That's us. Keep it simple, do what you're good at," said McCann coach Chris Bullett. "We have enough skilled players where guys don't have to try to be something they're not. As long as everyone accepts their role, we'll be alright."

After eight minutes Thursday night, though, Bullett's boys where a far cry from any of that.

Duggan led 19-15 after one quarter of action, as the Jayhawks got rolling on the strength of 10 points from Ty Alshon.

However, in the second quarter, everything fell into place.

Bruce Davis created plays from the high post. Keeghan Vidal had the ball on a string and weaved throughout the halfcourt, finding open teammates with no-look passes for wide-open layups. Jeremy Beany and Lucas Jamros gobbled up everything in site off the boards, and Tom Ziemba hit a key triple off the bench.

The Hornets amassed 33 points in the second, turning that five-point deficit into a commanding 48-35 lead at intermission.

Things keyed off a flurry of forced turnovers, as the pressure defense started getting to Duggan's undersized guards. Davis, Vidal and Darius Tovani flew across the court, sideline to sideline, causing deflections.

Vidal distributed expertly at the other end, finding Beany (17 points) for four straight to take back the lead at 27-25.

Davis grabbed a steal off an inbounds pass and kicked to Ziemba (10 points) in the far corner. The 3-pointer pushed McCann in front by 10. Davis (15 points) had a trey of his own later to make it 42-30.

"When we get in that groove, we have to stay in it," said Jamros, who finished with a game-high 24 points. "Especially after halftime, because they'll get their energy back and try to take a run at us. We can't let that happen. We come out at home, have a lot of fans, keep that energy up."

Jamros almost single-handedly made sure any visions of a comeback in the Jayhawk locker room were squashed. The big man leveled up from his typical role as an interior rebounder and defender, and blasted Duggan for 14 points in the frame.

"He's a good offensive player, and if we can work the ball through him, we can score," said Bullett.

After a Vidal (10 points, eight assists) dimed to Jackson Owensby for a jumper to extend the lead to 20 with five minutes on the clock, Jamros took over. He scored on consecutive putbacks, earning an and-one opportunity on one, and then went coast-to-coast off a steal to make it 66-42 and force a Duggan timeout.

"Mainly I'm here for rebounding, but when I get putbacks, I get points," said Jamros. "I do my best to work within the team. I know my part."

From top to bottom, McCann players performed in their roles. The Hornets got excellent bench performances from Owensby, Ziemba and Logan Davis. Beany flexed his own interior muscle periodically throughout, but shined in the fourth, swatting four shots at the rim and scoring six of his 17 points.

"The team this year is amazing. Everybody is firing on all cylinders. I think we've got like nine guys scoring double digits in different games," said Jamros. "We've got a great team this year."

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DUGGAN (58)

Alshon 9-3-21, James 2-2-7, Chatman 3-0-8, Greene 6-0-12, Reid 1-2-4, Garfield 3-0-6. Totals 14-7-56.

MCCANN TECH (91)

Vidal 5-0-10, B. Davis 7-0-15, Ziemba 3-1-10, Owensby 2-0-4, Darius Tovani 0-2-2, Beany 8-1-17, Jamros 12-0-24, L. Davis 4-1-9, Gagne 0-0-0, Darian Tovani 0-0-0. Totals 41-5-91.

Duggan     19     16     12     11     —     58

McCann     15     33     22     21     —     91

3-point goals — D 3 (Chatman 2, James); MT 4 (Ziemba 3, Davis).

Mike Walsh can be reached at mwalsh@berkshireeagle.com, at @CLNS_Walsh on Twitter and 413-496-6240.


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