Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 02/19/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
Milford, 48 @ Foxboro, 66 – Final – Foxboro senior Alex DuBrow scored all of his team-high 16 points in the second half, adding eight assists and five rebounds. Jason Procaccini had 15 points, eight rebounds and three assists, Rob Lowey had 15 points and nine rebounds and junior Mark Clagg finished with 10 points. Milford’s Dimitry Torres scored a game-high 18 points along with six assists. 

Franklin, 64 @ Catholic Memorial, 87 – Final – Senior Tim Prunier and freshman Jay Dieterle each had nine points for the Panthers.

Taunton, 84 @ King Philip, 60 – Final – Taunton senior Jose Mercado poured in a career-high 31 points while Tommy MacLean had 14 points and Dom Smith added 12 points. King Philip’s Pharoah Davis had a team-high 13 points. 
Girls Basketball
Attleboro, 48 vs. Dartmouth, 36 – Final – Emily Houle led the way for Attleboro with 17 points, all in the second half, which leaves her four points shy of 1,000 for her career. She also had 11 rebounds. Sam Pierce added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Bombardiers, Fatima McDonald had eight points, and Sarah Deyo had only three points but chipped in with seven blocks and 10 boards.

Canton, 47 vs. Blackstone-Millville, 42 – FinalThe Bulldogs swept the season series with BMR behind 14 points from Hannah Jerrier and eight apiece from Jess Powers and Meaghan Hunter. Canton turned the game around with a 30-13 second half. 
King Philip, 38 @ Taunton, 37 – FinalJen Lacroix scored all 12 of her points in the second half to lead the Warriors, who bounced back from a 12-point halftime deficit. Sam Madden added eight points for KP and Riley Dalzell had 10 rebounds. Taunton was led by Alyssa Gibson, who finished with 13 points and 14 boards, and Lily Patneaude, who scored 11 points. 
Milford, 44 @ Foxboro, 61 – Final – The Warriors had three players reach double figures, led by Ashley Sampson’s 14 points. Cassidy Harrison added 11 points and Kristen Bortolotti had 10 points. 

North Attleboro, 47 vs. Durfee, 34 – FinalThe Rocketeers were led by junior Caroline Collard with 10 points and Ashley Ahern chipped in with six. 
Sharon, 43 @ Fontbonne, 58 – Final Senior Alyssa Piazza had 19 points, six rebounds, and five steals for the Eagles in the loss. 
Girls Hockey
Canton, 0 @ Whitman-Hanson, 2 – Final

Efficient Shooting Helps Taunton Overcome Franklin

Taunton boys basketball
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.
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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. 

Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 01/15/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
Attleboro, 43 @ Taunton, 65 – Final – Taunton junior Quan Roberson netted a game-high 20 points while senior Dominique Smith added a career-high 18 points for the Tigers. Tommy MacLean added 11 points and Jose Mercado had 10 points. Attleboro’s Jake Dunkley had nine points and three rebounds and Lucas Boucicaut also had nine points. Kyle Murphy pulled in 10 rebounds for the Bombardiers. 

Canton, 42 @ Sharon, 47 – Final – Sophomore Malik Lorquet made a big splash in his first full varsity game with nine points and 10 rebounds. Junior Adam Banks also scored nine points for the Eagles. Woanyen Mahn and Rishi Jambunathan each scored nine points for Canton. 

Foxboro, 54 @ Oliver Ames, 50 – Final – Foxboro built a seven point lead by halftime and held on in the second half. Senior Jason Procaccini led with 18 points with classmate Alex DuBrow chipping in with 17 points. Oliver Ames junior Carter Even had 17 points and seniors Shawn Cardoza and Tim Kelley each had 12 points. 

Franklin, 60 @ Mansfield, 57 – Final – Freshman Jay Dieterle hit a three with 1:34 left to put Franklin ahead for good. The Panthers, which led by as much as 22, had to stave off a rally from Mansfield over the third and fourth quarters. Franklin sophomore Connor Peterson scored a career-high 23 points and had seven rebounds, Tim Prunier added 15 points and five assists, sophomore Paul Mahon added eight points and six rebounds and Dieterle had six assists to go with five points. Matt Ehrlich had 16 points and five rebounds for Mansfield and Max Boen added 11 points. 

North Attleboro, 47 @ King Philip, 53 – Final – Juniors Will Weir and Noah Goodwin each scored 13 points for King Philip with senior Ben Smith adding 10 points and junior Pharaoh Davis netted 10 points. North Attleboro junior Brent Doherty scored a career-high 24 points for the Rocketeers.

Milford, 60 @ Stoughton, 77 – Final – Stoughton senior Brandon Teixeira logged his league-leading sixth double-double of the season with 22 points and 11 rebounds as the Black Knights enjoyed a strong shooting night from the floor. Junior Ryan Sullivan added a career-best 16 points for Stoughton. Milford junior Nate Davila scored a team-high 18 points and Dwight Anderson added 13 points. 
Girls Basketball
Sharon, 41 @ Canton, 43 – Final Meaghan Hunter led the way for the Bulldogs with 17 points and Emma Murphy added 13, including nine in the fourth quarter. Alyssa Piazza was the top scorer for Sharon with 14 points and Ashley Mukasa added 10.
Oliver Ames, 53 @ Foxboro, 38 – Final – The Tigers had the lead throughout in a key Davenport Division matchup. The Warriors got within one in the third quarter but OA answered with a three to keep the lead. Sophomore Kayla Raymond notched her first double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds while Hannah Carroll added 10 points and Francesca Calabraro had eight points and nine rebounds. 

Mansfield, 51 @ Franklin, 48 – FinalMeg Hill was the top scorer for the Hornets with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Jen Peel added 10 points (eight in the first half) and eight assists for the Hornets and Jackie Carchedi scored nine points (eight in the fourth quarter). Lauren Rudolph led the Panthers with 11 points (nine in the third quarter) and Aubrie Kutil had eight points and nine rebounds.
King Philip, 34 @ North Attleboro, 49 – FinalNorth Attleboro got 10 points apiece from Julia Feid and Emily Haskell. KP was led by Sam Madden and Riley Dalzell, who each scored seven points.
Stoughton, 59 @ Milford, 41 – Final – Julia Foye came off the bench to drain a trio of three pointers and finished with 11 points to spark the Black Knights. Alecia Quinones led Stoughton with a team-high 20 points and added seven steals. 
Taunton, 26 @ Attleboro, 63 – FinalSarah Deyo returned for the Bombardiers with 20 points and 10 rebounds and sophomore Sam Pierce chipped in with her fourth straight double-double, 18 points and 11 rebounds. Emma Vlashi also had 11 boards for Attleboro.
Canton boy, 109 @ Oliver Ames boys, 63 – Final
Canton girls, 83.5 @ Oliver Ames girls 86.5 – Final
Franklin boys, 70 @ Mansfield boys, 98 – Final
Franklin girls, 92 @ Mansfield girls, 70 – 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. 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.

Taunton’s Late Push Earns Win On The Road At Franklin

Taunton's Carlos Borrero had a strong game with 11 points and five assists. (Tom Madigan/Photo)
Taunton’s Carlos Borrero had a strong game with 11 points and five assists. (Tom Madigan/Photo)

By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief
FRANKLIN, Mass. – With a two point lead and just under a minute to play, Taunton head coach Charlie Dacey called a timeout. With the inbounds coming just over half court, the Tigers tried to run a double screen to get junior Tommy MacLean an open look but Franklin covered it perfectly.
Instead, senior point guard Carlos Borrero took off to the basket, drew a defender and used a perfect bounce pass to hit Dominique Smith for an easy bucket to extend the lead to four with just 40 seconds to play.
Taunton’s defense held off Franklin’s ensuing chance and picked up a key 57-53 win on the road over the Panthers.
“The way this league goes, you’re always scouted,” Taunton head coach Charlie Dacey said. “Your first option is almost a giveaway to suck the defense and then come back. We did want to go to MacLean but they had the awareness to take that away. [Carlos] had a real good game.”
It was the exclamation point for a terrific final quarter for the Tigers. After trailing by six (43-37) entering the quarter, Taunton opened up the final frame with a 10-2 run to take the lead. Borrero and Quan Roberson each scored before Franklin sophomore Paul Mahon answered on the baseline. Jose Mercado hit a floater and MacLean hit two free throws to tie the game at 45. Two more defensive stops from Taunton were rewarded by buckets from Dominique Smith (from Borrero) and Mercado (from MacLean).
Franklin didn’t go quietly though as sophomore Connor Peterson converted a traditional three point play to get within one and after a basket from Roberson, Tim Prunier got two plus the harm to tie the gam at 51 with 2:36 left.
After a miss from Smith from deep, MacLean corralled the loose ball for an offensive board and got the putback to give Taunton a 53-51 lead. On the other end, Borrero stepped in to take a charge for the Tigers.
“He had a great game, all those charges he took too,” Dacey said of Borerro. “Maybe he heard me complaining about how charges can change the game. He stepped in while other guys weren’t.”
Taunton turned it over on its ensuing possession but its defense came up with another stop, securing a rebound after a Franklin missed three from the corner and then set up its big play out of the timeout.
“We wanted to get them at the three point line because we didn’t want them to beat us from there,” Dacey said. Taunton limited Franklin to 4/17 shooting from deep. “We were fairly confident if we closed out properly and made them put it on the floor then we could defend it at that point. I was real happy with the defense, especially since they scored 90 something against CM. You have to take away the three point and I thought we did a pretty good job of that.”
The Tigers held a 9-8 lead with 3:43 left in the first quarter, but the Panthers came to life and went on to take a 19-16 lead after the first quarter. Franklin held Taunton to just six points in the second quarter and took a 29-22 lead into the halftime break.
In the third quarter, Taunton rallied with a 13-5 run, capped with a put back by Roberson to take a brief 35-34 lead. But Franklin quickly responded with a full court pass and easy bucket for Peterson and a 9-0 run to restore an eight point lead. Kevin Gill had five of those points, taking passes from Sam Harrell and Jay Dieterle.
“We could have folded then and we didn’t,” Dacey said. “We stayed with the defense, we even fumbled away from opportunities to get back in the game offensively but we stayed solid defensively and weathered the storm.”
Taunton won the rebounding battle 27-17 and had eight offensive boards.
“They totally out-toughed us during the game,” Franklin head coach CJ Neely said. “The things we pride ourselves on, we didn’t do today. We didn’t take a charge in the game which is not something we do, I can’t remember the last time we didn’t take one in a game. We didn’t box out, so we got out rebounded. I thought our initial defense was pretty good and we got the stops we wanted to especially late in the game but multiple offensive rebounds took the game over. I thought it was pretty back and forth but they got a couple of extra shots from those rebounds and it ended up being the difference really.”
The Tigers had five players reach double digits, Quan Roberson had 14 points, Tommy MacLean had 11 points, four rebounds and seven assists, Carlos Borrero had 11 points and five assists, Dominique Smith had 11 points and six rebounds and Jose Mercado had 10 points and eight rebounds. Franklin’s Tim Prunier had 15 points and four assists, sophomore Connor Peterson had 11 points and Kevin Gill had 10 points for the Panthers.
Taunton (4-2, 3-1) will look to make it two in a row when they travel to Mansfield (5-0, 4-0) on Friday for a 7:00 tip off. Franklin (5-1, 3-1) will look to bounce back on Friday when they travel to King Philip for a 5:30 tip off.
Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.

Monday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 01/04/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
King Philip, 53 @ Attleboro, 69 – Final – Four different Attleboro players scored in double figures, led by Andrew Milliken’s 15 points and seven rebounds. Nate Douglas added 14 points, Jake Dunkley added 13 points and Lucas Boucicaut had 12 points. Kyle Murphy had 13 rebounds for the Bombardiers. Seth Sullivan had a team-high 12 points for King Philip.
Oliver Ames, 66 @ Canton, 47 – Final – Oliver Ames senior Tim Kelley scored a game-high 17 points, junior Dylan Mahoney dropped 14 points and seniors Connor Moroney and Shawn Cardoza each scored 10 points for the Tigers. Tony Harris had a team-high 16 points for Canton. 
Stoughton, 41 @ Foxboro, 63 – Final – Senior Alex DuBrow dropped a game-high 18 points, senior Jonathan Carnino scored a career-high 14 points and senior Jason Procaccini scored 10 points. Brandon Teixeira had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Black Knights. 
Taunton, 57 @ Franklin, 53 – Final – Taunton outscored Franklin 20-10 in the final quarter to secure the win. Five different players scored in double figures for Taunton: Quan Roberson had 14 points, Tommy MacLean had 11 points, four rebounds and seven assists, Carlos Borrero had 11 points and five assists, Dominique Smith had 11 points and six rebounds and Jose Mercado had 10 points and eight rebounds. Franklin’s Tim Prunier had 15 points and four assists, sophomore Connor Peterson had 11 points and Kevin Gill had 10 points for the Panthers. 
Milford, 62 @ Sharon, 55 – Final (OT) – Milford’s Anthony Arcudi came off the bench and scored a career-high 11 points, all coming in the 4th quarter and overtime. Dimitry Torres led the Scarlet Hawks with 16 points and Dwight Anderson had 12 points, including 10 from the free throw line. Ricardo Ripley had 15 points for Sharon and Tyler Smith had 12 points. 

North Attleboro, 43 @ Mansfield, 61 – Final – Christian Weber led Mansfield with 13 points while Phil Vigeant had nine points, Sam Goldberg and Max Boen each have eight points and Tyler Boulter had seven points. North Attleboro’s Brent Doherty had a game-high 17 points while Jonny Friberg had eight points. 
Girls Basketball
Canton, 21 @ Oliver Ames, 55 – Final – Sophomore Abby Reardon had a team-high 12 points and junior Francesca Calabraro chipped in with nine points for OA. 

Foxboro, 66 @ Stoughton, 38 – Final – Ashley Sampson paced Foxboro with 19 points, six assists and nine rebounds. Cassidy Harrison helped out with 16 points for the Warriors and Grace Tamulionis had eight points and 16 rebounds. Val Whalen had eight points and 13 rebounds for Stoughton, while Bridgette Whalen had eight points and nine rebounds. Foxboro broke open a three-point game with a 14-3 run to end the first half and 26-9 through the end of the third quarter.

Franklin, 50 @ Taunton, 32 – Final – Lauren Rudolph was the top scorer for the Panthers with 15 points and Carli Koffinke added 11 for Franklin.

Attleboro, 55 @ King Philip, 41 – Final – Emily Houle led the way for Attleboro in her second game back from injury with 21 points. Sarah Deyo added 18 for the Bombardiers. KP was led by Sam Madden with eight points.

Mansfield, 39 @ North Attleboro, 31 – Final – Jackie Carchedi scored 19 points to lead the Hornets. Meg Hill added six points and seven rebounds for Mansfield. North was led by Emily Peters with nine points and 10 boards.

Sharon, 39 @ Milford, 31 – Final – Alyssa Piazza had a double-double for the Eagles with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Sharon also got 11 points apiece from Charlotte Ransom and Emma Eberhardt and five steals from Shira Stoller.
Taunton, 7 @ Apponequet/Connolly, 5 – Final