Team Effort Helps Hornets Knock Out Visiting Brockton

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Sam Goldberg (4) was one of three Hornets in double figures against Brockton, scoring 15 points to help the Hornets advance to the final of the Roundball Classic. (Josh Perry/

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MANSFIELD, Mass. – Unlike some of the other teams that Mansfield will face on its state tournament run, the Hornets are not reliant on one or two scorers to power the offense. Instead, Mansfield utilizes its depth and can turn to a number of different players to score in its motion offense.

On Monday night in the nightcap of day one of the Roundball Classic against Brockton in the Albertini Gym, the Hornets showcased that depth with three players in double digits and 10 players on the scoresheet. Mansfield beat the Boxers 66-42 and advanced to the final of the tournament to face Weymouth.

“I’ve been out scouting the past couple days,” explained Mansfield coach Mike Vaughan. “Everyone’s talking about, it’s the single players versus the depth of the team and I think our scout is that the depth of our team is ultimately going to make this a potential team that can make a run.”

Even though a balanced attack is Mansfield’s strength, the Hornets also know that when they need baskets they can turn to senior Sam Goldberg. The forward put in another strong performance with a game-high 15 points to go along with six rebounds and five assists.

“I told him that he’s playing at an MVP-level right now,” said Vaughan. “He’s getting into a great rhythm, he’s not forcing it, he’s letting the game come to him.”

The Hornets controlled the game in the first quarter, but could not take advantage of the dominance because they could not make shots. Mansfield missed several layups and open looks from deep but still held a 12-6 lead behind four points each from Goldberg and classmate Phil Vigeant.

Mansfield broke the game wide open in the second. The Hornets closed out the half with a 13-2 run that opened up a 17-point lead by the break. Senior Benjamin Albanese got the run started with an offensive rebound in traffic, kicked it out to Max Boen who fired a pass to Vigeant for the layup.

Albanese added the next five points and then assisted on a three by Boen. Christian Weber finished the run with a drive to the basket for his lone hoop of the first half.

Vaughan said, “Their athleticism, I think, bothered us a little bit in the first quarter and probably made us play a little faster than we wanted. We settled down and saw the ball go through the bottom of the net a few times I think it changed the way we played.”

Brockton made a run to try and keep it close in the third quarter behind nine points from Quran Harris, but Mansfield continued to make the shots it needed, including Vigeant (12 points) drilling a three off a Weber pass to extend the lead back to 13.

“Phil’s just been steady all season,” said Vaughan. “He seems to be making a big shot when we need it the most. Tonight, we kind of felt like nothing was going right and then, bang, Phil steps up and knocks down a three at two different points of the game.”

Weber added a three-pointer and then Sam Hyland tossed an alley-oop to Goldberg. With just six seconds on the clock and the ball under the Brockton hoop, Mansfield turned to Weber to close out the quarter. The senior raced up court, weaved through traffic and hit a floater at the buzzer for a 46-30 lead.

“We had to talk to him at halftime and let him know that 1-for-6 and a couple of turnovers is not the way he needs to play,” said Vaughan. “He kept trying to force things to the basket…Once he made the three at the top of the key then everything started going for him.”

Weber (six assists) added five more of his 12 points in the fourth and Vigeant drilled another deep three. Ryan Otto and Goldberg each added four as the Hornets cruised to the victory and a spot in the final.

Mansfield (19-2, 15-1) will face Weymouth, coached by former Franklin head coach Dean O’Connor, in the final on Wednesday at 7:15.

Monday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 02/06/17

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
Mansfield, 66 @ Attleboro, 56 – FinalMansfield erased a four point deficit in the fourth quarter, closing the game with a 14-0 run to earn the win on the road. Mansfield senior Benjamin Albanese connected on a trio of three pointers and finished with a career-high 13 points to help the Hornets. Christian Weber hit four three-pointers for a team-high 18 points while Sam Goldberg had 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Attleboro freshman Bryant Ciccio scored 14 points while senior Jake Dunkley netted 11 points.

Milford, 36 @ Canton, 46 – FinalCanton used a 20-point second quarter to build a 31-15 lead at halftime and then held the Scarlet Hawks to just six points in the final quarter to earn the win. “It’s nice to see focus and execution,” said Canton head coach Ryan Gordy. “We had a game plan coming in and what we practiced carried over into the game. When we are focused we can be a dangerous team. Milford is explosive so we new we had to defend for four quarters.” Junior Tony Harris led the Bulldogs with 16 points and 11 rebounds while classmate Jake Verille added 13 points for Canton.

Stoughton, 47 @ Foxboro, 62 – FinalFoxboro built a 10-point lead in the first quarter and held onto that lead the rest of the way. The Warriors went up 22-12 at the first and 35-22 at halftime. Foxboro used a 7-0 run to begin the fourth quarter to put the game away. Senior Jamaine Few tied a career-high with 17 points while Joe Morrison added 16 points and freshman Brandon Borde chipped in with nine points. Stoughton senior Cam Gomes had a team-high 11 points.

Taunton, 36 @ Franklin, 78 – FinalClick here for a recap of this game.

King Philip, 52 @ Oliver Ames, 63 – FinalOliver Ames moved within a win of qualifying for the state tournament with a win over King Philip. Senior Nick Welch scored a team-high 19 points while junior Jack Spillane chipped in with 13 points for the Tigers.

Girls Basketball
Attleboro, 47 @ Mansfield, 54 – FinalClick here for a recap from this game.

Canton, 58 @ Milford, 40 – Final

Foxboro, 65 @ Stoughton, 49 – FinalKristen Bortolotti scored 19 points to lead the Warriors, who moved a half-game in front of idle North Attleboro at the top of the Davenport division. Grace Tamulionis added 14 points and Ashley Sampson had 12 for Foxboro.

Franklin, 49 @ Taunton, 29 – FinalBea Bondhus had a team-high 14 points for Franklin and freshman Ali Brigham added 11 as the Panthers made it three straight wins and seven wins in the last nine games.

Oliver Ames, 51 @ King Philip, 35 – FinalOliver Ames limited the Warriors to just 12 points at halftime, rolling to a 51-35 win on the road. Kayla Raymond dropped a team-high 19 points for the Tigers while Niyera Mitchell chipped in with 10 points.

North Attleboro, 3 @ Oliver Ames, 1 – FinalConnor Ford put North Attleboro up 1-0 in the first period and Erik Clements scored his first goal of the game early in the third period to give the Rocketeers a 2-0 lead. Oliver Ames’ Eric LeBlanc cut the deficit in half midway through the final period and the Tigers had a couple of chances to tie the game with the goalie pulled, but Clements got his second of the game with an empty netter to ice the game. OA freshman goalie Owen Connor made 27 saves in his first start.

Taunton vs. Bristol Plymouth, 7:00

Girls Hockey
Franklin, 7 @ Dover-Sherborn/Hopkinton, 0 – Final

Wednesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 02/01/17

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
Attleboro, 51 @ Foxboro, 59 – Final (OT)Foxboro junior Joe Morrison scored 14 of his team-high 21 points in the first half, giving the Warriors a 28-21 lead by the break. Attleboro cut the deficit to two heading into the final quarter and tied the game inside the final minute to send the game to overtime. Foxboro junior Teddy Maher came up clutch with a big three in overtime as the Warriors outscored Attleboro 11-3 in the extra frame. Senior Andrew Block and freshman Brandon Borde added 10 points apiece for Foxboro. Andrew Milliken scored a team-high 14 points for the Bombardiers while freshman Qualeem Charles added 11 points.

Oliver Ames, 56 @ Canton, 45 – FinalOliver Ames senior Nick Welch scored a career-high 28 points, accounting for half of Oliver Ames’ points in a remarkable performance. Carter Evin added 13 points for the Tigers.

Franklin, 80 @ Sharon, 57 – FinalFranklin scored 26 points in the first quarter and never looked back, hitting the 80 point mark for the second game in a row. Junior Paul Mahon dropped a game-high 18 points while senior Josh Macchi chipped in with 16 points for the Panthers. Sharon junior Malik Lorquet had 13 points and 10 rebounds and senior Ben Stamm added 10 points for the Eagles.

King Philip, 71 @ North Attleboro, 52 – FinalClick here for a recap of this game.

Mansfield, 66 @ Milford, 53 – FinalMilford raced out to a 12-3 lead and stayed within three late in the third quarter, but Mansfield was able to pull away with with a 16-9 final quarter. The Hornets connected on nine three pointers with Max Boen (11 points, six rebounds, four assists) hitting three and Christian Weber (11 points, four assists), Sam Hyland (10 points, five rebounds) and Ben Albanese (six points) each hitting two trifectas. Sam Goldberg led Mansfield with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Milford’s Anthony Arcudi poured in a career-high 30 points while Zack Tamagni added 10 points for the Hawks.

Girls Basketball
Foxboro, 58 @ Attleboro, 46 – FinalClick here for a recap of this game.

Canton, 33 @ Oliver Ames, 58 – FinalOliver Ames’ defense limited Canton to just 15 points in the second half while the offense kept its pace to pick up the win at home. Kayla Raymond had 16 points and 15 rebounds, Niyera Mitchell added 16 points and both Hannah Carroll and Abby Reardon netted 10 points.

Sharon, 34 @ Franklin, 76 – FinalThe Panthers had four players reach double figures in points led by Carli Koffinke’s 15. Ali Brigham added 12, Margaux Welsh had 11, and Bea Bondhus scored 10 for the Panthers. Sharon freshman Telishya Herbert, a recent varsity call-up, led the Eagles with eight points.

North Attleboro, 51 @ King Philip, 28 – FinalJulia Feid was the top scorer for North Attleboro with 14 points, while fellow sophomore Shannon O’Connor led KP with seven points.

Milford, 43 @ Mansfield, 53 – FinalJen Peel scored 15 points and dished out eight assists for the Hornets, Ann Maher added 13 points and Meg Hill scored 12 points and pulled to lead Mansfield. Kate Irwin was Milford’s top scorer with 12 points and Christine Pye added eight for the Hawks.

Attleboro, 6 @ Mansfield, 5 – FinalMansfield built a 4-0 lead after the first period but Attleboro stormed back, netting three goals in the second period and then three more in the third period to get the win. Jake Parker scored five goals to lead the comeback for the Bombardiers while Cam Littig scored once.

Taunton, 0 @ Canton, 7 – FinalBubba McNeice scored twice and Brian Ghostlaw netted his first career goal to pace the Bulldogs. Mike Dadasis and Ryan Lodge scored back to back goals early in the first period to give Canton a 2-0 lead after one period. Charlie Malloy and Ryan Nolte also scored for Canton in the game.

Oliver Ames, 6 @ Foxboro, 1 – FinalSix different players found the back of the net for the Tigers, starting with a goal from junior captain Eric LeBlanc. Senior Mike Nikiciuk added a goal and an assist and freshman Hunter Costello scored his first career goal. Freshman goalie Owen Connor made five saves in the third period.

King Philip, 1 @ Franklin, 3 – Final

North Attleboro, 8 @ Stoughton, 1 – FinalNorth Attleboro sophomore Anthony Zammiello netted a hat trick in the first period while Devin Sparrow and Justin Moccia each scored their first career goals. Jon Lessa scored a third period goal for the Black Knights.

Canton, 43 @ Stoughton, 30 – Final

Franklin, 45 @ King Philip, 18 – Final Franklin clinched the Kelley-Rex title outright, its first since 2014 and the program’s 17th Hockomock title with a win at KP.

Milford @ Taunton, 6:00

Sharon, 12 @ North Attleboro 60 – FinalNorth Attleboro clinched its first ever Davenport division title outright in its first year in the division with the win over the Eagles.

Oliver Ames, 43 @ Newton South, 12 – Final

Taunton @ Attleboro, 3:30

Taunton @ Attleboro, 3:30
Canton, 98 @ Stoughton, 60 – Final

Sharon, 131.1 @ Algonquin, 136.2 – Final

Girls Hockey
Canton, 1 vs. Medfield, 1 – Final
Franklin, 7 vs. Dover-Sherborn/Hopkinton, 3 – Final
King Philip, 0 @ Medway/Ashland, 1 – Final

Hornets Dominate From Start To Finish Against North

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Mansfield’s Christian Weber (3) hits Ben Albanese with a bounce pass in the second half. (Ryan Lanigan/
MANSFIELD, Mass. – As if Mansfield didn’t have a good enough first half, building an impressive 43-14 lead by the break, the Hornets were nearly flawless in the third quarter to put an end to any comeback bids.

The Hornets went 11/13 from the field in the third quarter, running away with an 83-41 win over the visiting Rocketeers of North Attleboro.

Even more impressive, the Hornets had 10 assists on the 11 made field goals — the lone bucket without a field goal was a putback on a miss. The Hornets did have four turnovers in the period but had just one missed shot that resulted in a defensive rebound for North.

“I thought right from the get-go we did a tremendous job of setting the tone defensively,” said Mansfield head coach Mike Vaughan. “Then offensively we picked our spots and got into a nice rhythm. We picked our spots when to dribble, when to keep the ball moving, when to break guys down off the dribble. The point totals were awesome to me, getting that many guys in the book and scoring six, eight, 12, 15 points is a good thing.”

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Christian Weber had a terrific game with 15 points, six rebounds and five assists — scoring six points and adding two assists in the third quarter — while Sam Goldberg added 15 points and four rebounds. Max Boen recorded 14 points and eight rebounds after missing one game with an injury, Tyler Boulter netted eight points and Evan Christo finished with seven points and three rebounds.

In the third quarter, Goldberg netted eight points, Weber had six, Boen had four, Ryan Otto and Phil Vigeant each hit a three and Boulter added two. Ben Albanese had four assists, Weber had three, Vigeant had two and Sam Hyland had one helper.

“We made the right choices on both ends of the floor,” Vaughan said. “I thought we did a good job of when we helped, and when we didn’t, and we never really over-rotated. Offensively I thought Weber did a great job in transition of picking when we go and put pressure and when we pull out and reverse. I thought the combination was good. We’re getting healthy and as we get our sea legs underneath us a group, I think this is a little bit of a sign we can be down the stretch. They’re starting to believe and good things are starting to happen.”

Things couldn’t have gone much better for the Hornets to start the game while things couldn’t have been much worse for the Rocketeers.

North’s Brent Doherty (seven points) scored the opening basket of the game but Mansfield came storming back to build an 11-2 lead midway through the first quarter. The second four minutes continued to go in Mansfield’s favor and the Hornets held a 21-4 advantage after just eight minutes.

Mansfield shot 8/18 from the field in the first quarter, including a trio of trifectas. Meanwhile, North Attleboro was just 2/15 field (0/6 from deep), including misses on some open looks.

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“All the credit in the world goes to Mansfield,” said North Attleboro head coach Sean Mulkerrins. “Their kids shared the ball well, they made shots early and they are tough team to play against from behind. When you get behind a team like Mansfield, the kids naturally start to press a little bit. We talked at halftime about still trying to do our stuff and be us and not get out of our comfort zone. Mansfield defended really well, they shot really well and that’s why they are who they are.”

The Hornets kept up its efficient offense in the second quarter, shooting 10/16 from the field with four more assists. Mansfield totaled 20 assists for the game.

“The ball distribution was great. Everyone was moving the ball, it wasn’t just one or two guys. I thought everyone did a good job sharing the basketball.”

Jonny Friberg led the Rocketeers in scoring with 13 points and four rebounds. Beyond Doherty’s even points, Matt Seavey had six points and Derek Shanks netted five points.

Mansfield (11-2 overall, 9-1 Hockomock) is back in action in a big non-league clash with Bridgewater-Raynham on Sunday at 5:15. North Attleboro (8-5, 5-4) will take on Milford at 11:45AM at the Dunkin Donuts Center in a battle of Davenport division leaders.

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Mansfield Pulls Away From King Philip

By Cameron Merritt, Contributor

MANSFIELD, Mass.- Led by seniors Sam Goldberg (15 points) and Christian Weber (13 points), the Mansfield Hornets beat the King Philip Warriors, 58-39, on Tuesday night inside James Albertini gymnasium.

“I was excited with our efforts in the second and third quarters, I thought we did a good job of responding and playing well,” said Mansfield coach Mike Vaughan. “I thought we had a nice routine, and when we got in the rhythm, offensively we were able to score some points.”

“I thought we played hard but didn’t concentrate well enough on offense,” said King Philip coach Mark Champagne. “[Mansfield’s] a good team, they’re well-coached, and they made us pay for mistakes, but we stayed in our stance pretty good, I thought we competed a little better, [but] the offense wasn’t good at all.”

Alongside Goldberg and Weber, Tyler Boulter added nine points for the Hornets, all coming in the first half. The Warriors lead scorer of the night, Noah Goodwin, also had nine points.

Both sides initially struggled to sink shots after the tipoff, with the Hornets and Warriors exchanging chances and misses alike. Boulter opened the scoring for the Hornets with a three point shot.

While the two teams exchanged baskets early on, Mansfield never relinquished its lead, with the closest King Philip coming being after Pharoah Davis‘s shot brought the Warriors within one at 5-4.

A relatively low-scoring first quarter ended with King Philip’s Will Weir sinking a buzzer-beating three, making it 13-11, but in the second quarter, the Hornets began to break away. The Hornets extended their lead to double digits when Benjamin Albanese‘s three-pointer made it 29-19. The Warriors struck back before the half, and remained within striking distance as they trailed the hosts 29-21.

The second half opened similarly to the first, as both sides struggled again to sink their initial shots until Goodwin’s shot from outside the paint broke through the gridlock. After a slow start, in part due to a strong defensive effort from the Warriors’ guards, the Hornets began hitting their stride again after Goldberg sunk two free throws after being fouled on Kyle Layman, and quickly hit another basket on their next offensive possession.

Weber hit a quick five points to extend the Hornets lead to 12, but thanks to Layman’s layup, King Philip brought the game back within 10 at 42-32. A free throw by Layman after a foul made it 42-33 as the two Kelley-Rex opponents headed into the final eight minutes of action.

Mansfield’s Ryan Otto hit a three pointer to start off the quarter, and it set the pace for the Hornets to continue extending their lead. Though the Warriors, led offensively by Layman, continued to fight on, in the end the Hornets would be too much for them to contain. Goldberg’s seven fourth-quarter points lead the way, while Albanese and Sam Hyland added on and Mansfield sealed another league victory.

“We’ve got to build [on our success],” said Vaughan. “We’ve got to continue to play well and play positive, and continue to do some good things and I think we can take a lot of things out of tonight’s result.”

Both teams return to action Friday night, with Mansfield (8-2 overall, 6-1 Hockomock) traveling to Easton to take on Oliver Ames, while King Philip (3-7, 2-5) travel to rivals Franklin.