Taunton Dominates Tempo In Win Over Plymouth South

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Taunton’s Jose Mercado flushes a two-handed dunk in the second half against Plymouth South (Tom Madigan/Photo)

TAUNTON, Mass. – The 2016 Taunton Tigers team is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.
Unfortunately for 10th seeded Plymouth South, the Tigers came out roaring and raced away with a 83-54 win over the Panthers.
Now corny movie quotes aside, Taunton has been plagued by inconsistency throughout this year’s campaign, the most recent example a double-digit win over New Bedford followed by a double-digit loss to the same team in a week’s time.
But there was no doubt that 7th seeded Taunton came to play in their playoff opener, controlling the tempo of the game from the start, using a strong defensive effort and clicking on offense for a big win.
”That was the good Tigers team tonight,” Taunton head coach Charlie Dacey said. “You’ve seen the bad Tigers before, but tonight was the good Tigers. It’s pretty good to be playing well in March. You can see my frustration over the year looking for this, because i know it’s there. They stepped to the plate tonight. I thought our defensive intensity was good the whole night. And offensively, when we get in the full court, we can go.”
Taunton trailed for merely the first three minutes of the game. Junior Tommy MacLean took a charge midway through the quarter and Jose Mercado drained a three on the other side to help Taunton create a three possession lead. Mercado scored 10 points in the opening quarter but two fouls forced him to the bench for the rest of the first half.
The Tigers had their best defensive quarter in the second, allowing the Panthers just eight points, half of which came from the free throw line. Carlos Borrero found MacLean for a corner three to stretch Taunton’s lead to 24-11. Lens Esquil and Brevan Walker both came off the bench to provide a spark, each scoring to keep the Tigers lead in double figures. Walker drained a corner three inside the final minute to put Taunton up 32-19 at the break.
“They’re moving the ball around and that’s something we’ve been focused on,” Dacey said. Taunton had 20 assists in the game. “The ball recently hasn’t been moving as well but now it is, side to side. You have to do that to have an effective offense.”
The Panthers capitalized on some offensive rebounds and turnovers to cut the deficit to single digits to start the second half but a three from MacLean and a Roberson layup (off a MacLean assist) stretched the lead by to 14.
Taunton’s pace seemed to wear on the Panthers, who were able to keep pace in the first quarter but while Plymouth South slowed, the Tigers kept the pace up.
“That’s the way we’ve been playing for 32 minutes all year long so it’s not a stress for us to play the whole game like that,” Dacey said. “We want to fly. I’ll take some turnovers but we want to get teams backpedalling and get up fast.”
Jose Mercado added nine points in the third quarter, starting the game a perfect 7-7 from the field, including 4-4 from three point range.Mercado finished with a game-high 28 points on 79% shooting.
“I was feeling it,” Mercado said. “I just kept shooting, they were giving me some space since I’m the center and they think I might attack the basket so I can just pull up. I wasn’t thinking about the fouls coming out in the second, I just wanted to play.”
“He’s a matchup nightmare,” Dacey said of Mercado, who sat the entire second quarter because of foul trouble. “I’m not sure what Newton North will do but he’s our answer for them. They’re going to want to pound it in down low and we’re going to run our perimeter stuff.
A three from Mercado capped a 26 point quarter for Taunton and put the Tigers ahead by 20 (58-38) to start the final quarter.
Taunton’s offense kept rolling in the final frame with Mercado adding another nine points and Borrero getting eight of his 10 points in the final frame. The Tigers won the fourth quarter 25-16, giving them the 29 point win.
The Tigers were able to hold Plymouth South’s top scorer Ryan Morrissey, who went over the 1,000 mark for his career earlier this season, to 16 points on 3-13 shooting. 10 of his points came from free throws.
“We were focusing on Morrissey,” Dacey said. “Dom [Smith] did a nice job and kept him in front of him for a good portion of the game. That was real important for us because Morrissey can really screw up a defense when he gets in the gaps and penetrates. It wasn’t a loud 16 points for him.”
Along with Mercado’s 28 points, junior Quan Roberson had a double-double with 16 points and was a big factor on the boards with 10 rebounds. Borrero and MacLean each had 10 points while they combined for 13 assists. Walker and Esquil combined for 15 points off the bench.
Taunton (16-5) advances to the D1 South Quarterfinals to take on #2 Newton North. Newton North (20-3) picked up a 63-49 win over Xaverian. The game will be played at Newton North at 6:30 on Friday.
“Newton North is an excellent defensive team. They cut the court in halfcourt in half, they make you play on a quarter of a court. They also switch all the screens, like a Mansfield type of things. Those are two things we have to work on.”
Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at RyanLanigan@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.

Wednesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 03/02/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
D1 South

#4 Mansfield, 75 vs. #13 New Bedford, 51 – Final – Sam Goldberg scored a game-high 16 points and hauled in 11 rebounds as Mansfield battled back from a first quarter deficit. Matt Ehrlich added 13 points, including 12 in the vital second quarter rally. Christian Weber added 12 points and Nick Baskin chipped in with 10 points. 

#7 Taunton, 83 vs. #10 Plymouth South, 54 – Final – Jose Mercado scored 28 points in just three quarters of play because of foul trouble to lead the Tigers. Along with Mercado’s 28 points, junior Quan Roberson had a double-double with 16 points and was a big factor on the boards with 10 rebounds. Carlos Borrero and Tommy MacLean each had 10 points while they combined for 13 assists. Brevan Walker and Lens Esquil combined for 15 points off the bench.
D2 South
#3 Foxboro, 68 vs. #14 Nauset, 53 – Final – Foxboro grabbed a lead after the first quarter, grew it by halftime and stretched it to as much as 20 points in the second half. Senior Jason Procaccini scored a team-high 15 points while classmates Rob Lowey added 15 points and Jonathan Carnino had 11 points.

#15 Sharon, 52 @ #2 Whitman-Hanson, 54 – Final – Sharon used a full court press to come back from a double-digit first half deficit and take its first lead, 50-49, with 2:25 to play. The Eagles were unable to take the lead in a tie game and the Panthers sank two free throws with 0.2 seconds left to get the win. Mitchell Sirota led Sharon with career-high 17 points and Tyler Smith added 11 points.

#16 Oliver Ames, 63 @ #1 Bishop Feehan, 68 – Final
D1 South

#4 Franklin, 2 vs. #13 Wellesley, 1 – Final
#9 King Philip, 1 vs. #8 Newton North, 3 – Final
D2 South
#3 Canton, 10 vs. #14 Sandwich, 1 – Final
Girls Hockey
Division 2
#24 Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 3 @ #9 Notre Dame, 11 – Final
#26 King Philip, 0 @ #7 Plymouth, 4 – Final

Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 02/12/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
Taunton, 61 @ Attleboro, 64 – Final – A back and forth fourth quarter ended with a big three from Jake Dunkley and a key free throw as the Bombardiers scored their first win over Taunton since Valentine’s Day 2013. Dunkley finished with a game-high 20 points while Kyle Murphy, Andrew Milliken and Lucas Boucicaut each had 12 points. Carlos Borrero led Taunton with 17 points while Jose Mercado added 13 points. 

Sharon, 59 @ Canton, 50 – Final

Oliver Ames, 39 @ Foxboro, 47- Final – Jason Procaccini’s 15 points was a game-high as Foxboro grinded to a win to clinch at least a share of the Davenport division title. It marks the program’s first ever Davenport title and first league title since 2003. Charlie Ryan had 12 points for Oliver Ames. 

Mansfield, 55 @ Franklin, 51 – Final – Franklin rallied from a 15 point second half deficit to get within two in the final minutes but a big shot from Mansfield’s Matt Ehrlich and key stops sealed the win for the Hornets. Tyler Boulter had a team-high 12 points while Sam Goldberg had 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Matt Ehrlich (four rebounds, four assists) and Christian Weber each had nine points, Nick Baskin had six and Max Boen had five points and four assists. Franklin sophomore Connor Peterson scored 21 points and hauled in nine rebounds while freshman Jay Dieterle netted 18 points. 
King Philip, 38 @ North Attleboro, 49 – Final – Mario Bresko led the Rocketeers with 12 points.
Stoughton, 53 @ Milford, 59 – Final – Dimitry Torres once again led the way for the Scarlet Hawks, dropping in a game-high 21 points. Zack Tamagni added 13 points while Anthony Arcudi chipped in with 19 points. Dwight Anderson had nine points and 10 rebounds while Kayden Kelley added 10 rebounds. Stoughton sophomore Cam Andrews had a team-high 18 points. 
Girls Basketball
Canton, 43 @ Sharon, 67 – FinalCharlotte Ransom scored 19 points and six rebounds for Sharon. The Eagles also got a career-high 18 points from Emma Eberhardt and 16 points and five rebounds from Alyssa Piazza.
Foxboro, 40 @ Oliver Ames, 55 – FinalNiyera Mitchell came off the bench for OA to score 15 points and pull down 17 rebounds, both of which were game highs. Kayla Raymond added 11 points and 10 rebounds and Francesca Calabraro scored 11. Ashley Sampson was the top scorer for Foxboro with 15 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, and Cassidy Harrison added 12.
Franklin, 38 @ Mansfield, 44 – FinalMeg Hill and Caroline Maher led the way for Mansfield with 12 points apiece. Lauren Rudolph was the top scorer for Franklin with eight points.
North Attleboro, 60 @ King Philip, 35 – FinalCaroline Collard and Ashley Ahern each scored 13 points for the Rocketeers. Riley Dalzell led the Warriors with 13 points.
Milford, 59 @ Stoughton, 41 – Final – Christine Pye was the top scorer for the Hawks with 14 points, while Jill Powers chipped in with 10.
Attleboro, 63 @ Taunton, 30 – FinalEmily Houle scored 31 points to lead the Bombardiers and is now only 21 points away from 1,000 for her career.

Efficient Shooting Helps Taunton Overcome Franklin

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Taunton’s Tommy MacLean points out directions in the first half against Franklin. (Tom Madigan/Photo)


TAUNTON, Mass. – If there was one game that reflected on how this season has gone for Taunton, it was Tuesday night’s win over Franklin.
The Tigers offense shot an impressive 57% from the floor, had 18 assists on 31 field goals, out-rebounded the Panthers 36-24 and scored over 80 points.
Luckily that was enough to overcome 26 turnovers and over 70 points from Franklin.
What has been an up and down season so far is currently back on the up side as Taunton scored an 83-72 win to sweep the season series against the Panthers.
“It should be impossible, I don’t have explanation other than we were pretty efficient when we didn’t turn it over,” Taunton head coach Charlie Dacey said. “It wasn’t much of an artistic performance. The turnovers were just staggering, just staggering. I mean some of them, saying it politely, were unforced. It’s hard to believe we scored over 80 points with that many turnovers but obviously we were pretty productive when we didn’t turn it over.”
The scoring for the first half was typical of the Tigers when they’re on, shooting nearly 60% from the floor (17/29) to put up 39 points. But 15 turnovers showed a glimpse of of the Tigers we’ve seen in other games, including their loss to Sharon.
But after facing some adversity late, including a 17-5 run by the Panthers to take the lead after three quarters and a four point deficit with just over six minutes to play, the Tigers switched it back to on.
Tim Prunier’s traditional three point play putting the Panthers up 59-55 with just over six minutes to play. But Quan Roberson dropped in a layup and then followed up his own miss with a putback to tie the game. Senior Carlos Borrero drove to the basket for two for the lead and then Roberson went up and under, putting the perfect spin off the glass plus the harm to go up 64-60. Borrero front rimmed a three on Taunton’s next trip but Dom Smith was first to the rebound and laid it back in for a six point lead.
Josh Macchi’s corner three brought the visitors back within but a three point play from Borrero was followed by a stop and a basket from Jose Mercado to make it 71-63 with 3:02 to go. The closest Franklin would get the rest of the way six (73-67) but a pair of blocks from Roberson down the stretch, the Tigers’ ability to run through the press and successful free throw shooting down the final minute and a half proved enough for Taunton.
“The first meeting was a rock fight and this one was open court stuff,” Dacey said. “That’s kind of our forte too, get in the open court, spread the court and just find the mismatch. There was always at least one out there for us, even if we had three others guys convinced they had one too. That was the turnover issue. Once we get into the open court and start flying, the better for us. We’re a transition team, you can see that. But you have to play defense to transition effectively. Of course it comes with some turnovers but sometimes we weren’t even pushing the ball and turning it over.”
“We gave them too many easy baskets,” Franklin head coach CJ Neely said. “Our offense did a poor job of playing defense, turning it over and giving them easy buckets. They were able to get behind us in transition sometimes. To be honest I just didn’t think we came with our type of basketball tonight. Other than maybe one guy, I don’t think we brought it. We seemed very flat throughout. The guys made a nice run to get back into it which I’m proud of but at the end of the day, Taunton wanted this game more than us. I thought Taunton brought more intensity tonight.”
After a slow first couple of minutes, Taunton got the pace of the game where they wanted: fast. The Tigers were quick in transition and rattled off a 14-4 run, capped with a three from Smith and a floater from Roberson to go ahead 16-9. After the first minutes, Taunton had 23 points and an eight point lead.
Franklin sophomore Paul Mahon provided the Panthers a spark with a pair of steals and easy buckets to get within six and Prunier and sophomore Connor Peterson added consecutive baskets to get within two. But Taunton outscored Franklin 12-8 over the final four minutes of the half, capped with a layup from Tommy MacLean to go into the break up 39-33.
When Taunton went up by 11 in the first two and a half minutes in, Franklin slowly chipped away. Mahon again was the catalyst. First, the sophomore drained a three from the left side, then raced across the baseline, intercepting the inbounds pass, launching a three from the right corner that rimmed out but the sophomore grabbed the rebound and found an open Macchi for two. Prunier got Franklin within two and then with just under a minute to play, Mahon drained a three to tie the game at 51.
“He was by far our best player tonight and that was the best I’ve seen him play,” Neely said of Mahon. “He’s played well in some AAU games but on that stage, against that type of opponent, he brought everything.”
Roberson finished with a career-high 25 points (on 63% shooting), eight rebounds and a pair of assists, steals and blocks.
“Quan is a touch matchup, he really is,” Dacey said. “If we have to roll him to the block against a guard, we’ll do that. But if he’s out there with a big, that really forced CJ to change the way he did things. He’s got a good basketball sense. We spread the court and let him make decisions and he makes good decisions. Then when he gets around the rim, he’s kind of wiry and finishes when it doesn’t look like he should be able too. Plus he’s hitting his free throws now, which he wasn’t doing earlier in the season.”
Mercado added 19 points and seven rebounds, MacLean had 17 points, five assists and four rebounds, Smith had 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists and Borrero had seven points, nine rebounds and five assists.
“He’s the absolute x-factor,” Dacey said of Smith, who missed the Mansfield game over the weekend. “He’s got energy, he’s a pretty good on the ball defender. He does a lot of little things. He doesn’t even have to score for us but when he scores points, that means the court is spread out and he’s getting his points off offensive putbacks and leaking out.”
Defensively, Taunton focused on getting out on Franklin’s shooters to try and take the three point away. Franklin shot 5/20 from deep.
“Absolutely, we wanted to focus on [Jay] Dieterle and Mahon,” Dacey said. “Obviously they can shoot the three. But then Prunier is blowing by people cause there’s no help there. We had to pick our poison like we did the other night and we decided to take away the three and if they were getting to the rim, shame on our on the ball defense.
“We wanted to take away Dieterle’s threes, we wanted to take away Peterson in the post and we wanted to defend Prunier, I think that’s their big three. I don’t think we did a great job on Prunier but I think we kind of minimized Dieterle and did an okay job on Peterson. But they scored 72 points so we didn’t go a great job defensively either.”
Prunier led the Panthers with 20 points, four assists and three rebounds, freshman Jay Dieterle had 17 points and seven rebounds and Mahon finished with 19 points, five rebounds and six steals.
Franklin (14-2, 12-2) stays atop the Kelley-Rex division but just a game ahead of the Tigers and Mansfield, who they will host on Friday night. Taunton boys basketball (13-4, 11-3) will take a trip to Attleboro on Friday night.
Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at RyanLanigan@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.

Tuesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 02/09/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
Attleboro, 88 @ King Philip, 66 – Final – Senior Kyle Murphy scored a career-high 21 points, pulling in eight rebounds and picking up three steals. Jake Dunkley paced the Bombardiers with 12 of his 17 points in the opening quarter, Berlyns Abraham had 12 points and six rebounds and Andrew Milliken also chipped in with 12 points.

Canton, 47 @ Oliver Ames, 70 – Final – Carter Evin scored 20 points and hauled in nine rebounds and Nick Welch came off the bench to net 14 points. Tony Harris scored a team-high 14 points for Canton.

Foxboro, 72 @ Stoughton, 55 – Final – Foxboro senior Jason Procaccini led all scorers with a game-high 21 points while Alex DuBrow (13 points) and Mark Clagg (11 points) also scored in double figures. Stoughton’s Jared Maher had 14 points for the Black Knights.

Franklin, 72 @ Taunton, 83 – Final – Quan Roberson scored a career-high 25 points and hauled in eight rebounds to go along with a pair of steals, blocks and assists to lead the Tigers. Jose Mercado added 19 points and seven rebounds, Tommy MacLean had 17 points, five assists and four rebounds, Dom Smith had 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists and Carlos Borrero had seven points, nine rebounds and five assists. Tim Prunier led Franklin with 20 points, four assists and three rebounds, sophomore Paul Mahon finished with 19 points, five rebounds and six steals and freshman Jay Dieterle had 17 points and seven rebounds.

Sharon, 56 @ Milford, 57 – Final – Dimitry Torres hit a layup going across the paint with 4.3 seconds left to put the Scarlet Hawks ahead, then holding off a last second shot from the Eagles. Torres finished with a team-high 19 points while Zack Tamagni notched a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, having hit a half court buzzer beater to tie the game at the end of three. Kayden Kelley had seven points and 10 rebounds and Dwight Anderson added 10 points and seven rebounds for Milford.

Mansfield, 66 @ North Attleboro, 49 – Final – The Hornets held just a two point advantage at halftime and then just six at the end of three quarters but won the final quarter 23-12 to pick up the win. Sam Goldberg was a perfect 5/5 from the field for a game-high 13 points, also grabbing seven rebounds. Max Boen added 12 points and Matt Ehrlich had 10 points for Mansfield. Chad Peterson led North with 12 points while Brent Doherty and Jonny Friberg each added nine points. 
Girls Basketball
Oliver Ames, 58 @ Canton, 29 – FinalKayla Raymond led the Tigers with 12 points while Hannah Carroll added 11 and Francesca Calabraro had 10 points. Emma Murphy was Canton’s top scorer with 10. The two teams joined together for Play4Kay Pink Night to raise money for breast cancer research.
Stoughton, 38 @ Foxboro, 83 – Final – Cassidy Harrison and Ashley Sampson each scored 18 points for the Warriors, who had five players reach double figures. Hailey Maling added 13 points, Grace Tamulionis scored 12 points and Lily Sykes finished with 10. 
Taunton, 30 @ Franklin, 65 – FinalErin Skidmore paced the Panthers with 15 points. Aubrie Kutil added 12 points and Catherine Gray had 10 for Franklin.

King Philip, 28 @ Attleboro, 46 – Final
North Attleboro, 30 @ Mansfield, 45 – FinalMeg Hill led Mansfield with 12 points and nine rebounds, while Jackie Carchedi had seven points and nine boards and Jen Peel had five points and six assists. North was led by Liz Morehouse with eight points and Ashley Ahern who scored all seven of her points in the fourth quarter. 
Milford, 53 @ Sharon, 46 – Final – Kate Irwin led the way for Milford with 13 points and Nicole Dahlgren added nine for the Hawks. Sharon was led by Alyssa Piazza who had a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Charlotte Ransom added 13 points, five rebounds, and four steals.
Girls Hockey
Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 3 @ Medfield, 6 – Final – Cat Luciano scored a pair of goals for the Warriors while Lilly Feeney added one. 

Late Spurt Helps Hornets Avenge Loss to Taunton

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Mansfield’s Sam Goldberg attacks the basket in the second half against Taunton. (Tom Madigan/Photo).


TAUNTON, Mass. – In a see-saw, back and forth game with very little separation, all it took was 30 seconds for Mansfield to grab the momentum and the lead – one they wouldn’t relinquish – in a 66-58 win over Taunton.
Taunton’s Tommy MacLean tied the game at 54 with a traditional three point play with just over three and a half minutes to go. Mansfield responded quickly as Sam Goldberg fed Christian Weber for a three. On the other end, Goldberg intercept a cross court pass and went down for a layup. On the ensuing inbounds, Mansfield got the ball back and Weber converted at the rim for two more.
Just like that, Mansfield had a 61-54 lead with just under three minutes to go.
“I haven’t seen the stats yet but I’m guessing overall team shooting percentage we shot a little better than we did the first time we played them and I’d guess they shot a little lower,” Mansfield head coach Mike Vaughan said. “It might have been a little luck and it might have been the fact that we did a better job defensively overall. That was not an easy one. Taunton did a good job controlling the tempo and we kind of got stagnant playing the way they like to play. We hit the big three and that was a huge momentum swing. It was kind of even momentum at that point and that helped swing it our way.”
After a couple of stops, Goldberg converted on a backdoor cut but another three point play from MacLean cut the deficit to six with 1:37 to play. Taunton got a steal and Jose Mercado hit one of two free throws to make it a five point game. Goldberg hit a free throw back on the other end to stretch it back to six and Taunton couldn’t respond on the other end, missing a pair of shots.
Mansfield jumped out to a hot start, leading by as much as nine in the first quarter. But Taunton gained some life in the second quarter, scoring 20 points – including their lone three pointer of the game – and the teams went into halftime knotted at 31 apiece.
The Tigers had the lead for the majority of the third quarter, but didn’t lead by more than four points. Mercado hit a pair to go up 39-35 and Carlos Borrero’s jumper kept the Tigers up 41-37. Mansfield stormed back to take the lead off a three from Tyler Boulter but Borrero drove for two more to put Taunton up 45-44 after three quarters.
Mansfield opened the final stanza with an 8-2 run, four apiece from both Matt Ehrlich and Evan Christo. Up by five, near the midpoint of the fourth, Taunton responded when Borrero nailed a pair of free throws and then MacLean’s first traditional three point play tied the game.
“I thought we got the stops when we needed them,” Vaughan said. “It was about three minutes left and I’m not sure they scored more than one field goal the rest of the way. And the one they did, that wasn’t even a breakdown, that was a really tough play by MacLean. I told the guys that I like where we’re at and the direction we’re going. To gut out a game that got early and us good says volumes about where we are now compared to a month ago. It’s all about playing your basketball in March. I don’t want to see Taunton in the tournament if we can avoid it.”
“There’s the separation,” Taunton head coach Charlie Dacey said about the quick 7-0 run by the Hornets. “Mansfield just executed real well. We know what they’re going to do, we’ve seen it before, they’ve done it to us. We had to come down the other end and execute and we didn’t. I think it was three or four possessions that changed the course of the game.”
Mansfield finished with just one more made field goal (24/45 compared to 23/48) than Taunton and converted one fewer free throw (10/14 compared to 11/15) but the biggest difference came down to Mansfield’s eight three pointers compared to Taunton’s one.
“They close out on you,” Dacey said of his team’s limited deep shooting. “And that’s what we wanted to do to them. We changed our defense in the second half to take their threes away. But then we’re giving up layups because they were going by us.”
“I think the first time we played them it was relatively close and they went on a 14-0 run to really stretch the lead. That’s just the type of games that these match ups have been over the last couple of years,” Vaughan said. “Whoever gets the last run can find a way to win it. I’m just happy where we’re at. Guys are getting in a nice rhythm and making adjustments. That’s a team we want to be, win games with adjustments even with the turnovers.”
Weber had a team-high 12 points and added six rebounds, Ehrlich had 10 points, four rebounds and four assists, Boulter had 10 points, Goldberg had nine points, eight rebounds and four assists, Vigeant added nine points, Christo had six and both Nick Baskin and Max Boen had five points.
“It makes it really hard to sub,” Vaughan said with a laugh. “It makes it hard to defend too. It’s finding different guys and different ways to get points. Teams can’t really shut down one guy which helps an offensive plan. But at the end of the day this will be won or lost down the stretch playing defense. I think our offense will take care of itself as time goes on but it’s the defense that we have to grind through more and fine tune a little more.”
Taunton was led by a career-high 17 points from Carlos Borrero while Quan Roberson added 15 points, three blocks and a pair of boards and assists and Mercado had 15 points and four rebounds.
Mansfield (12-4, 10-3) moves into a tie with the Tigers in second place in the Kelley-Rex title. The Hornets will try to make it three straight when they travel to North Attleboro on Tuesday. Taunton (12-4, 10-3) will entertain Franklin in a key divisional showdown at 6:30 on Tuesday.
Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at RyanLanigan@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.

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Saturday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 02/06/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
North Attleboro, 69 @ Attleboro, 63 – Final – Brent Doherty and Ridge Olsen scored 20 points for the Rocketeers in a close win over rival Attleboro. Junior Hacmoni Cuevas had seven points, including a big three in the fourth quarter. Attleboro junior Jake Dunkley scored a career-high 31 points, also the highest scoring output by a Hockomock player this season. Andrew Milliken chipped in with 12 points for the Bombardiers.
Mansfield, 66 @ Taunton, 58 – Final – Mansfield junior Christian Weber had a team-high 12 points and added six rebounds, Matt Ehrlich had 10 points, four rebounds and four assists, Tyler Boulter had 10 points, Sam Goldberg had nine points, eight rebounds and four assists and Phil Vigeant added nine points. Taunton’s Carlos Borrero netted a career-high 17 points while Quan Roberson and Jose Mercado each had 15 points for the Tigers. 

Oliver Ames, 61 @ Sharon, 64 – Final – Sharon missed a pair of free throws late but Oliver Ames shot from their own half missed the mark and the Eagles held on. Andrew Filipkowski was one of 10 Sharon players to score, leading the team with 17 points. OA’s Carter Evin had a game-high 20 points, Shawn Cardoza added a career-high 18 points and Tim Kelley netted 11 points. 
Girls Basketball
Mansfield, 72 @ Taunton, 38 – Final – Sophomore Meg Hill had a double-double with a team-high 14 points and 11 rebounds while Jackie Carchedi added 13 points and Jen Peel had 10 points and eight assists. Taunton’s Lilly Patnaude led the Tigers with 10 points. 

North Attleboro, 39 @ Attleboro, 52 – Final – Sarah Deyo notched her first career triple-double, scoring 15 points, hauling in 12 rebounds and recording 10 blocks. 

Oliver Ames, 63 @ Sharon, 29 – Final – Sharon held a two point lead (13-11) after the first quarter but Oliver Ames’ big second quarter helped take the Tigers take a 14 point lead by halftime. Kayla Raymond had a team-high 18 points and Francesca Calabraro had a double-double with 16 points and 10 steals. 
Stoughton, 4 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final – Mark Sheehan scored a pair of goals while Nick Hardy and Sean Doherty each scored once for the Black Knights. Sam Larkin scored Attleboro’s goal off a rebound off a shot from Cam Littig.

Canton, 3 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final

Foxboro, 1 @ Mansfield, 10 – Final

Franklin, 3 vs. Newburyport, 1 – Final – Sophomore Jeremy Miller netted a hat trick to guide Franklin to a big non-league win.
Milford, 3 @ Taunton, 8 – Final

North Attleboro wrestling celebrates after winning the MIWCA D2 Dual Tournament. (Courtesy Photo)
North Attleboro wrestling celebrates after winning the MIWCA D2 Dual Tournament. (Courtesy Photo)


MIWCA D1 Dual Tournament (Franklin) – Franklin placed fifth overall. The Panthers beat BC High (38-28) but lost to St. John’s Prep (41-21). Franklin finished the meet with wins over Plymouth South (40-27) and Framingham (34-26). 
MIWCA D2 Dual Meet Tournament (Milford, North Attleboro, Oliver Ames) – North Attleboro continued its very strong season by winning the D2 Dual Meet title. The Rocketeers beat Keefe Tech (68-6), Winchester (40-27) and Nashoba (51-21) to reach the finals. In the finals, North Attleboro took down Central Catholic, 39-22, to claim the title. OA was seeded 6th and opened with a win over Dracut (52-12) but suffered a loss to #3 Natick (60-18). Casey Bellevue went 2-0 on the day with a pair of pins and Luke Cullen also went 2-0. OA finished the season with a 20-8 record, a program record for both wins and least losses. 
Scituate Quad (Canton) – Canton beat host Scituate (39-29) but lost to Hingham (59-18) and Walpole (47-30). 
Foxboro Quad (Foxboro), 9:00AM
Methuen Quad (King Philip), 10:00AM
Stoughton Quad (Sharon, Stoughton) – Sharon had wins over Silver Lake (40-25), Southeastern (58-6) and Duxbury (40-34) and tied with Bridgewater-Raynham (34-34).
Barnstable Quad (Taunton), 9:00AM
Girls Hockomock League Championships, 9:00AM (@ Milford) – Click here for complete results. 
Hockomock League Championships (@ Metro South) – Click here for complete results.
Girls Hockey
Franklin, 5 @ Martha’s Vineyard, 1 – Final
King Philip, 3 vs. Medway/Ashland, 3 – Final
Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 7 vs. Latin Academy, 0 – Final
Stoughton, 0 @ Quincy/North Quincy, 5 – Final

Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 01/29/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
Attleboro, 43 @ Mansfield, 61 – Final – Mansfield built a double-digit lead by halftime and never looked back. Matt Ehrlich had a team-high 14 points and added four rebounds, Sam Goldberg had 12 points, six rebounds and five assists and Max Boen (four rebounds), Tyler Boulter and Phil Vigeant each had six points for the Hornets. Jake Dunkley had a game-high 15 points for Attleboro, Lucas Boucicaut added 12 points and Kyle Murphy had eight points and 10 rebounds.

Milford, 68 @ Canton, 50 – Final – Dimitry Torres netted a career-high 26 points to spark the Scarlet Hawks to a road win at Canton. Dwight Anderson added 15 points and Josh Andonian chipped in with 10 points for Milford.

Foxboro, 46 @ Sharon, 49 – Final – David Roelke hit a three as time expired to lift Sharon to a key Davenport division win. Roelke had a team-high 12 points while Peter Banks (eight rebounds) and Bryce Smith each had 10 points. Foxboro’s Jason Procaccini had a game-high 18 points and added 11 rebounds and six steals. Alex DuBrow had 13 points and Rob Lowey had seven points and 14 rebounds. 

North Attleboro, 57 @ Franklin, 60 – Final – Tim Prunier hit two free throws down the stretch to stretch the Panthers’ lead to three as Franklin outlasted North Attleboro. The Rocketeers trailed by nine at halftime but rallied to get a 45-44 lead heading into the final period. Prunier finished with a team-best 18 points while freshman Jay Dieterle added 13 points and sophomore Connor Peterson had 11 points. North junior Brent Doherty also had 18 points, Kyle McCarthy scored a career-high 13 points in his first start and Mario Bresko added 11 points. 

King Philip, 54 @ Taunton, 62 – Final – King Philip led for three quarters but Taunton was able to overcome the deficit and get the win in the final quarter. Senior Carlos Borrero scored all 11 of his points in the second half and senior Jose Mercado finished with a game-high 17 points. Tommy MacLean added 13 points. Sophomore Tom Madden had a team-high 13 points for KP, who also got 10 points from Seth Sullivan and Pharoah David each. 

Stoughton, 48 @ Oliver Ames, 70 – Final – Dylan Mahoney had a team-high 15 points while Tim Kelley, Shawn Cardoza and Nick Welch all added 11 points apiece in the Tigers’ big win. 
Girls Basketball
Canton, 47 @ Milford, 42 – Final – Kate Irwin was Milford’s top scorer with 10 points in the win. Jill Powers and Nicole Dahlgren each added nine for the Hawks.

Sharon, 20 @ Foxboro, 50 – Final – Ashley Sampson had a game-high 15 points, Grace Tamulionis added 11 points and MacKenzie Anderson chipped in with six points. 

Franklin, 63 @ North Attleboro, 47 – Final – Franklin broke open a three-point game at the half with a 20-5 run in the third quarter. Carli Koffinke was the top scorer for the Panthers with 13, while Aubrie Kutil added a double-double with 11 points. Lauren Rudolph for Franklin and Olivia Adiletto eight. Emily Peters scored 20 points for the Rocketeers in a losing effort. 

Taunton, 41 @ King Philip, 50 – Final – KP outscored the Tigers 15-5 in the fourth quarter to get the win. Rylie Dalzell led the Warriors with 13 points. KP also got 10 points each from Maddie Purdue and Christina Hathaway. Taunton sophomore Hannah Moniz had a game-high 14 points and freshman Lily Patneaude chipped in with nine points for the Tigers. 

Mansfield, 38 @ Attleboro, 48 – Final – The Bombardiers finished the game with a 9-0 run in the final 4:27 to clinch the win. Sam Pierce led Attleboro with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Sarah Deyo had 13 points and 12 boards and Emily Houle had nine points for the Bombardiers. Mansfield was led by Jen Peel with 11 points and five assists. Meg Hill added nine points, 11 rebounds, and eight blocks.

Oliver Ames, 51 @ Stoughton, 34 – Final – Francesca Calabraro led all scorers with a season-high 23 points and added eight steals while classmate Niyera Mitchell had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. 
Canton @ King Philip, 7:00
Taunton @ North Attleboro, 5:30
Canton @ King Philip, 7:00
Taunton @ North Attleboro, 5:30
Oliver Ames, 87 @ Stoughton, 63 – Final

Taunton Ends Mansfield’s Home Winning Streak

Taunton senior Jose Merardo dribbles around a defender in the first half against Mansfield. (Tom Madigan/Photo).
Taunton senior Jose Merardo dribbles around a defender in the first half against Mansfield. (Tom Madigan/Photo).

By Lance Reynolds. HockomockSports.com Contributor

MANSFIELD, Mass. – The Taunton boys’ basketball team executed all of the required steps to beat Mansfield on Friday night in a stunning 61-47 road victory. The win streak snaps the Hornet’s 18 -game home winning streak, dating back to the 2013-2014 season.

The Tigers played ferocious man-to-man defense, holding Mansfield to 15 points under their per-game average.  Offensively, the trio of Carlos Borrero, Jose Mercado, and Tommy MacLean offered a tough task for the Hornets to stop as the three combined to score 48 of the team’s 61 points.

“This is sweet coming up here. This is the place. Everything runs through here by the way of the league – here and in Franklin,” Taunton coach Charlie Dacey said. “We beat Franklin earlier in the week, and now we get them here.”

“It’s the statement of the Hockomock League that you’ve got to beat Mansfield.  It’s just as simple as that – you’ve got to beat Mansfield, and you’ve got to beat Franklin.”

Taking a seven-point lead, 22-15, into the halftime break, Dacey told his players that if they could carry over their intense effort level from the first half into the first few minutes of the second half that things would look very promising. 

The Tigers more than followed suit, starting the third quarter with 14-0 run including four three-pointers to take a commanding 39-15 lead just under two minutes into the frame. 

Mercado nailed the first three from the top of the key, Borrero drained the second while the shot-clock expired, and MacLean knocked down the final two within a span of 10 seconds with the latter coming at the 5:22 mark.

“That was huge,” Dacey said. “I told them that if we could withstand the first three minutes, we’re going to be in real good shape.  We more than withstood it, and we pulled it open a little bit. “

Although Mansfield found themselves in unusual territory, trailing by more than 20 points at home, the Hornets refused to not put up a fight over the remaining 13 minutes of the contest. 

There were even points that it seemed that Mansfield was going to find a way to overcome the hefty hurdle during a 21-4 run that began in the final minutes of third quarter and lasted until the midway point of the final frame. 

Matt Ehrlich drove to the hoop for a score to generate some positive momentum, and Sam Goldberg added seven quick points before time expired in the quarter with Mansfield cutting the deficit to 14 at 43-29.

The home crowd started to get into it, and there was hope that the Hornets would avoid a painful loss as Mansfield saw themselves get to seven with plenty of time left.  Phil Vigeant gathered an offensive rebound for a put-back, and then followed by hitting a jumper to make it 43-33 with 5:34 left.  On the ensuing possession, Tyler Boulter swished a three-pointer from the corner, and after being down by 24, the Hornets were just seven points away at 43-36. 

However, that was the closest that Taunton let them get for the final four minutes of play. Borrero scored nine of his 14 points in the quarter, including three from the line while Mercado and Dominique Smith each chipped in with four apiece.

“Honestly, I think you have to give a lot of credit to Taunton. Taunton hasn’t beaten a Mansfield team since they’ve joined the Hockomock League,” Mansfield coach Mike Vaughan said. “Charlie is as good as they get in the business, and he had his kids with a game-plan.”

“They executed it, and there was a few times where you could see them getting out of the game-plan, and Charlie got them back into position. They did exactly what they had to do to take us out of our comfort zone, put pressure on us, and ultimately, they won the game.”

Mercado led the Tigers with a team-high 19 points while grabbing 14 rebounds, MacLean contributed with 15 points, 12 of them coming from three-point range, and Borrero was the third Taunton starter to find double-digit points with 14.  Smith tallied seven while Quan Roberson had six to go along with eight boards.

“We have five guys that can put the ball onto the floor so we spread the court,” Dacey said, “and we run our offense and when there’s a mismatch, we can go by them to try to break them down that way.”

“We’re little bit of a streak shooting team, like a lot of teams,” Dacey added, “but if you give us the open look, we’re pretty good at it.”

For Mansfield, Goldberg was the game’s high scorer with 21 and was the Hornet’s leading rebounder with nine.  Vigeant tossed in nine points, and Ehrlich and Max Boen had five apiece. Mansfield made just 16 out of their 54 shot attempts due in large part to the fact that the Taunton defense was all over the Hornets shooters, not allowing them to find any room.

“That’s what it was all about.  We were executing our defensive plan nearly flawlessly,” Dacey said.  “We know they can shoot, we have to close out, and we have to get help when they penetrate by us.  It was just simple fundamental defense.  No wrinkles, no nothing.  Just executing the basics of defense which we work on all the time, and that’s what you have to do to beat them.” 

“They play tremendous defense,” Vaughan said. “It was not only the way that the kids played but it was a lot of their execution.  The way that the kids stuck in and trusted their coach. It’s a very good Taunton team, and it’s a team that’s going to cause a lot of people some headache down the stretch.”

The Tigers got out to a fast start in the opening eight minutes, claiming a 9-2 lead, and then taking a five-point margin into the second quarter.

After Ehrlich and Vigeant tied it 13-13, Taunton ended the first half on a 12-2 run.  MacLean scored five points during the run, while a Smith steal and Roberson block led to transition baskets.

“The mindset is that we got something to prove,” Dacey said. “We lost a couple of games that we shouldn’t have lost, and now, we found that piece in there to be tougher particularly at the other team’s site, and that’s important in this league.”

Mansfield (5-1, 4-1) will try to rebound when they host Oliver Ames on Tuesday night. Taunton (5-2, 4-1) looks to carry the momentum when they travel to city rival Coyle & Cassidy on Sunday afternoon.

All-Around Team Play Lifts Mansfield Girls Over Taunton

In the first game of the doubleheader, the Mansfield girls took a commanding 14-3 lead into the second quarter and never looked back in a 59-32 win over the Taunton girls.

The Hornets stifling defense limited the Tigers to just five made field goals in the first half of play, and got scoring contributions from seven different players.  Meg Hill led the team into break up 32-12 with eight points and nine rebounds.

During the second half of play, Mansfield coach Mike Redding emptied out his bench as the Hornets held a comfortable lead.

Thirteen different Mansfield players tallied at least one point.  Hill finished with a team high 10, nine rebounds and six blocks. Senior Lindsay Dalton added a career-high seven points, knocking four free-throws and a three pointer.

Hannah Moniz was the Tigers’ high scorer with eight points.

Mansfield (7-2, 5-0) next plays at Oliver Ames on Tuesday while Taunton (0-6, 0-5) looks to pick up their first win of the season on Sunday at Coyle & Cassidy.

Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 01/08/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
Attleboro, 42 @ North Attleboro, 43 – Final – Brent Doherty was the top scorer for North Attleboro with 20 points. Chad Peterson chipped in with eight points and Ridge Olsen had seven, inlcuding a three-pointer in the final two minutes that turned out to be the game-winner. Attleboro was led by Jake Dunkley with 18 points, including seven in the fourth quarter, and Nate Douglas added eight points and nine rebounds.

Canton, 50 @ Stoughton, 63 – Final – Stoughton sophomore Cam Andrews scored a career-high 24 points to pace the Black Knights while senior Brandon Teixeira had a double-double with 18 points and 18 rebounds. Canton’s Tony Harris scored a team-high 15 points for the Bulldogs.

Foxboro, 64 @ Milford, 44 – Final – Foxboro senior Rob Lowey had his best scoring night of the season, dropping 20 points to lead the Warriors. Alex DuBrow added 15 points in the win. Dimitry Torres led Milford with 15 points while Zach Tamagni had 12 points and Dwight Anderson had 11 points. 

Franklin, 67 @ King Philip, 41 – Final – Franklin senior Tim Prunier scored a game-high 14 points while sophomore Paul Mahon had 12 points. King Philip’s Justin Vine had 11 points and junior Noah Goodwin delivered nine points. 
Sharon, 60 @ Oliver Ames, 51 – Final – It was a balanced offensive attack for Sharon with Ricardo Ripley and Tyler Smith each scoring 12 points and grabbing a pair of rebounds. Senior Andrew Filipkowski scored 11 points off the bench and junior Peter Banks had six points to go along with 10 rebounds. OA’s Tim Kelley scored a game-high 14 points while Dylan Mahoney and Mike Graziano each scored 10 points. 
Taunton, 61 @ Mansfield, 47 – Final – Taunton’s Jose Mercado had a big night, leading the Tigers with 19 points while hauling in 14 rebounds. Tommy MacLean added 15 points and Carlos Borrero had 14 points for Taunton. Mansfield’s Sam Goldberg scored a game-best 21 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Hornets. 
Girls Basketball
Canton, 40 @ Stoughton, 41 – Final – Sophomore Jordan Motley dropped a career-best 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to record a double-double in the Black Knights’ win. Val Whalen, another sophomore had seven points and 14 rebounds. 

Foxboro, 66 @ Milford, 55 – Final – Ashley Sampson scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Warriors while Cassidy Harrison paced Foxboro early, finishing with 14 points. Milford’s Jill Powers had 15 points and six rebounds while Nicole Dahlgren had 10 points and five rebounds. 
Franklin, 64 @ King Philip, 44 – Final – Franklin’s Olivia Adiletto scored a game-high 20 points while Aubrie Kutil registered a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Panthers. Maddie Purdue had 13 points, Sam Madden had 11 points and Hadley Zolak and Julia Leroux each had six points for KP. 

Taunton, 32 @ Mansfield, 59 – Final – Meg Hill scored 10 points and added nine rebounds and six blocks for the Hornets. Lindsay Dalton added a career-high seven points for Mansfield. Taunton was led by Hannah Moniz with eight points.

Attleboro, 51 @ North Attleboro, 43 – Final – Attleboro had three players earn double-doubles. Sam Pierce scored 15 and had 12 rebounds, Emily Houle had 13 points and 11 boards, and Sarah Deyo had 13 and 10, despite missing all but 1:17 of the second half. North Attleboro was led by Emily Schromm and Samantha Taggart, who each scored nine points.

Sharon, 30 @ Oliver Ames, 62 – Final – Oliver Ames junior Niyera Mitchell had a career day, scoring 16 points and pulling down 13 rebounds in the big win. Kaitlyn McCarthy added 14 points for OA and Francesca Calabraro had 11 points. Alyssa Piazza led Sharon with 12 points. 
Canton, 103 @ Franklin, 63 – Final
Foxboro, 44 @ Sharon, 77 – Final
Canton, 65 @ Franklin, 100 – Final
Foxboro, 74 @ Sharon, 87 – Final