Romanko Leads Mansfield Past Amittyville in Overtime

By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief

BOSTON, Mass – Greg Romanko scored 11 of Mansfield’s 13 points in overtime as the Hornets improved to 5-0 with a 65-58 win over Amityville (N.Y.) in the Shooting Touch Shootout at Emmanuel College.

Romanko finished with a game-high 21 points (8-17 FG, 3-4 3PT) while junior Rocky DeAndrade added 7 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists.

“Early on, we weren’t playing with energy on both sides of the floor and we weren’t getting any looks,” Mansfield head coach Mike Vaughan said. “Once we finally got into it energy wise, the looks started to come and then it’s just a matter of the kids making them.”

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The Hornets went down early, being outscored 19-8 in the first quarter, but were able to close the gap to make it a 3-point game at halftime, down 27-24.

“It wasn’t a great atmosphere here,” Romanko said of the team’s slow start. “We always play with a great atmosphere with great fans. We needed a little extra motivation to get ourselves going and it didn’t happen until the second quarter.”

 

Mansfield had a 52-49 lead with 30.5 seconds to go, but Amityville was able to convert a three on their end to tie the game. Mansfield was able to get sophomore Brendan Hill (8 points, 11 rebounds) to the charity strike for a one-and-one, but the big man couldn’t convert. On the other end, Amityville forced up a three that missed and Kevin Conner was able to come up with a big block to send the game into OT.

“I think the big thing we have the luxury of is that we have five guys who can put the ball on the floor,” Vaughan added.

Romanko owned all of overtime, outscoring Amityville by himself, citing a rhythm and his teammate’s ability to get open. 


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“He’s done all the little things we’ve asked him to do,” Vaughan said. “He’s a big difference maker when he’s playing in a rhythm.”

Sophomore Ryan Boulter continued his hot shooting from outside, going 3-3 from beyond the arc and finishing with 13 points.

“We have three really good sophomores,” Vaughan said. “Between (Hill), (Michael) Boen, and Boulter, they are all exciting.”

Mansfield will play New Mission on Friday at 5:00 in their second game of the Shooting Touch Shootout at Emmanuel College.


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