Tigers Tame Spirited Comeback From Foxboro

Oliver Ames’ Nick Welch (10) looks to block a shot from Foxboro’s Teddy Maher (5) in the second half. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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NORTH EASTON, Mass. – There wasn’t much Oliver Ames could do wrong through the first quarter, and again in spurts in the second quarter.

After the first eight minutes, the Tigers held a 21-2 advantage and by halftime, took a 20-point lead into the locker rooms.

When all was said it done, they needed that cushion created in the first half.

Foxboro crafted a spirited rally throughout the final 16 minutes, cutting the deficit to single digits in the fourth quarter but couldn’t get over the hump as Oliver Ames earned a 63-54 win inside William F. Nixon Gymnasium.

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“I don’t know if we could have played much better than we did for about a period and a half,” said OA head coach Don Byron. “For that stretch, that’s about as well as we played. There were no illusions that wouldn’t continue for an entire game. We knew they’d make a run at it. We did some things in the second half to make it frantic. They ran a second guy at us and we got a little sloppy with the ball, we got a little undisciplined on the offensive end.

“A combination of things put it in jeopardy. We expected it to be more like the last three periods than the first one. It eventually got there. We were fortunate we did as many things right early as we did.”

The Tigers went 7/16 from the floor, including a trio of trifectas – one from Dylan Mahoney (19 points, 10 rebounds) in transition right at the buzzer to put an exclamation point on the quarter.

After Foxboro scored the opening bucket of the game via freshman Brandon Borde (nine points, five rebounds, four assists), the Warriors went 0/8 from the field and committed eight turnovers against OA’s 2-3 zone — many of the turnovers turning into points for the Tigers.

“We just came and got punched in the mouth,” admitted Foxboro head coach Jon Gibbs. “We weren’t ready to play out of the gate. We didn’t have enough passion, enough energy, just didn’t have enough focus. I thought the first quarter we played uninspired. Too many turnovers led to easy baskets for them. We really struggled against their zone, give credit to OA, they have a very active zone and really get out into passing lanes. It wasn’t just our starters either, we played nine, ten guys in that first quarter. It was just everyone as a group, we weren’t ready to go.”

Nick Welch (11 points) and Jack Spillane (five points, six rebounds) also connected from beyond the arc in the period while Carter Evin (19 points) was perfect from the floor for six points.

Foxboro was a equal opponent, if not greater, the rest of the way. The Warriors outscored OA 51-43, over the final three quarters but never cut the deficit to under eight. Foxboro senior Mark Clagg scored 13 of his team-high 16 points in the second half.

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While Oliver Ames obviously relied on its hot start, the Tigers put together maybe its most important run of the game in the fourth quarter. Two free throws from Foxboro’s Anthony Barreira with just under five minutes brought the Warriors within 10 at 53-43.

Oliver Ames responded with a timely 6-0 spurt in just over 30 seconds to retake command of the contest. Evin netted a layup off a feed from Mahoney, Mahoney converted for two of his own after a Foxboro miss and Evin converted a put back after a shot was blocked by Foxboro’s Joe Morrison (12 points, four rebounds, four steals, two blocks).

“We emphasize just that,” Byron said. “It’s not the 18-2 runs, it’s the series of 6-0 runs that you can put together and if they are timely, even better.

“Carter’s starting to look like himself. His first game back he had a rough ride and Mansfield had something to do with that. He probably accelerated the rehab about two weeks but he’s starting to feel better, his practices have been better too. We’re starting to look like ourselves a bit more now.”

Foxboro kept its pressure on, rattling off an 8-1 run capped by Teddy Maher’s second three pointer of the half to get within eight (60-52) with just over a minute to play but the Warriors ran out of time to complete the comeback.

“I was really proud of the way they battled in the second half,” Gibbs said, his Warriors winning the final 16 minutes by double-digits. “I thought they showed a lot character and a lot of heart and I’m proud of that. I think we showed we’re capable of being a very good team when we play with energy. And I think we showed we have the character to be a good team. Obviously we still came up short because when you dig yourself that big of a hole on the road against a good team, it’s going to be tough to get all the way back over the hump. There’s a lot we can learn from this game.”

Barreira and Maher, mostly known for their defensive efforts, turned in strong performances on both ends of the court. Barreira had eight points, seven rebounds and a pair of assists while Maher knocked down a pair of big three pointers, had two assists and three steals.

“I thought Anthony Barreira and Teddy Maher both came off the bench and gave us a defensive spark,” Gibbs said. “We had to go to with an aggressive full court pressure and that’s what those two kids are good at, they are really scrappy, athletic kids that take a lot of pride on the defensive end. They did a great job, they wreaked a lot of havoc and made a lot of great plays to get us back in the game.”

Oliver Ames (8-6 overall, 6-4 Hockomock) moves into sole possession of third place in the Kelley-Rex with a game in hand. The Tigers are back in action on Tuesday with a trip to Canton. Foxboro (4-8, 3-7) looks to snap its three game skid on Tuesday with a visit from Attleboro.

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Late Comeback Propels Taunton Past Oliver Ames

By Anthony Rinaldi, HockomockSports.com Contributor

NORTH EASTON, Mass.- The Taunton boy’s basketball team went on a 14-3 run in the fourth quarter to erase an eight point deficit and beat Oliver Ames on Tuesday night in Nixon Gymnasium.

The game really picked up in the third quarter. Down 28-20 at the half, Taunton came out with an 8-0 run in the first minute of the quarter to tie the game. Coming out of an OA timeout, senior Nick Welch (17 points) hit a three to put OA up three.

Oliver Ames took a 51-42 lead into the final quarter, but Taunton surged back. Down 56-48, Taunton’s Tommy MacLean and Dante Law (from MacLean) hit back to back threes and a free throw from Lens Esquil cut the deficit to one.

After a stop, Luis Vendrell took the ball down the floor and drove to the basket to give Taunton a 57-56 lead with 2:20 to go. From there it was defense and foul shots. Taunton hit three free throws to go up 60-56 before a deep three from Dylan Mahoney cut it to one. MacLean hit two more free throws to go up by three and Taunton forced a turnover in the final seconds to ice the game.

Rebounding and strong defensive effort helped the visiting Tigers turn the game around.

When asked what changed for them defensively Dacey said, “We just picked up the intensity. That was it, there was nothing by the way of X’s and O’s, it was just let’s get up let’s pick up the intensity. Sometimes it is that simple.”

When talking about Taunton out rebounding OA in the fourth quarter Dacey said, “I thought that’s where the game changed.”

Oliver Ames’ original lead stemmed from a hot third quarter from Welch. The senior went a perfect 4/4 from three point range, scoring 12 of his 17 points in the third.

“He’s done a lot for us this year,” OA coach Don Byron said of Welch, “He’s pretty much making every decision for us over 32 minutes. He’s been very very good for us all year.”

Taunton also shared the basketball well against a tough 2-3 zone, having three players in double figures: MacLean with a team-high 14 points, freshman Law with 13 points and Vendrell with 12 points.

“That’s what we have to do. We share the ball we’re fine. On the days we’ve struggled we haven’t shared the ball enough. But tonight we did that well,” Dacey said.

For Oliver Ames, Dylan Mahoney led all scorers with 22 points and Jack Spillane added 15 points.

Taunton (7-4, 3-4 league) looks to make it two in a row when they face Attleboro at home Friday night at 6:30 while Oliver Ames (6-5 4-3 league) looks to bounce back against Mansfield at home the same night.

Panthers Clamp Down and Roll to Big Win Over OA

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Franklin junior forward Connor Peterson (11) scored 16 points to lead the Panthers to a big win over Oliver Ames in the Coaches vs. Cancer game. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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FRANKLIN, Mass. – Oliver Ames came out aggressive, physical, intense, and playing well on the offensive end of the floor. The Tigers trailed by three points at the end of the first quarter in Friday night’s late half of a basketball doubleheader, but the game looked poised to be a four-quarter battle.

Eight minutes later, Franklin was in complete control. Using a 19-0 run to break the game wide open and dominating the paint with junior forward Connor Peterson (16 points), the Panthers turned a close game into a rout and cruised to a 75-42 win over OA in the first divisional meeting between the two teams.

“We started playing defense, got our heads out of our butts and played like we’re capable of playing,” said Franklin coach C.J. Neely about the second quarter turnaround. “I thought OA came in and out-toughed us in the first quarter…I thought we got the ball into CP finally and once we got him the ball and started dominating the inside it opened up the outside. The press helped a little bit too.”

OA coach Don Byron, who celebrated the 400th win of his career in the Tigers’ win over Barnstable, did not pull any of his punches after the game. He said, “We didn’t play in any facet of the game. There’s no other way around it. We didn’t compete, didn’t defend, didn’t rebound, didn’t fight the post, shot selection was bad…we just got beat in every phase.”

Nick Welch (game-high 17 points) sparked the Tigers in the opening quarter as he was able to get into the lane and find shooting space on his pull-up jumpers. He scored 11 of the 17 OA points in the first and Dylan Mahoney chipped in with four.

Against OA’s 2-3 zone, Franklin moved the ball well and stayed close in the first by knocking down shots from beyond the arc. Paul Mahon (11 points) buried three of them in a row for Franklin, two from one corner and then another from the opposite side, which gave the Panthers a 15-13 lead. Connor Goldstein knocked down his only shot of the game to make it 20-17 after one.

“I don’t think we were following the scouts well in the first half,” said Neely. “They were getting blown by to the guy’s strong hand and guys were getting their go-to moves and we talked about taking away their strength and make them go to their weakness.”

That all changed in the second. After the teams traded baskets, Franklin clamped down on the defensive end. The Panthers put pressure on the ball and limited OA from getting into the lane. They held the Tigers scoreless until inside the final two minutes of the half.

Peterson was the primary offensive weapon, as Franklin took advantage of OA missing senior forward Carter Evin and pounded the ball into the post. Peterson scored eight points in the second quarter including an alley-oop dunk off a Goldstein feed that got the crowd roaring.

“He’s one of five on the floor at any one time,” said Byron about Evin. “We’ve done better even when he isn’t around. He hasn’t been around for a couple now and I thought we could compensate a little for that but it’s just not good enough plain and simple.”

Matt Elias scored five and Chris Edgehillburied a deep three and senior forward Josh Macchi scored seven of his 15 points and pulled in seven first half rebounds.

Macchi continued to play well in the third, adding another six points and being an energy player in all phases of the game. Neely said, “I said to him as we walked out, you’re the dirty work guy. You don’t get all the pub that everyone else gets but you do all those little things, rebound, screen…He’s playing very well for us and when CP is in there it really opens up things for him.”

Mahon went backdoor for a layup off a feed from Edgehill to make it 57-28 and that prompted both teams to turn to the benches with still nearly 12 minutes remaining in the game. Alex Klowan got the crowd going again for the Panthers with nine points in the final 1-1/2 quarters and Jack Rodgers had a pair of impressive blocks.

OA scored 17 points in the opening quarter but only managed 25 over the final 24 minutes. It was a performance that left Byron shaking his head on the Tigers bench.

When asked how the team bounces back from this setback, Byron said, “We come back Sunday and we’ll treat it like it’s an aberration but we have to prove it is an aberration to come out and have a performance like we did tonight.”

Franklin (6-2) will continue in division play over the next 11 days when it faces Taunton, Mansfield, and Attleboro. Oliver Ames (4-3) will try to turn things around quickly with a trip to King Philip on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 01/03/17

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
Attleboro, 64 vs. Durfee, 53 – FinalAttleboro pulled away in the second half after holding just a two point lead (28-26) at halftime. Jake Dunkley led the Bombardiers with 21 points while senior Berlyns Abraham added 12 points and Lucas Boucicaut had 10 points and five assists. Andrew Milliken chipped in with nine points and Nate Douglas had eight points.

Canton, 67 vs. Archbishop Williams, 38 – FinalJunior Tony Harris grabbed a double-double as Canton ran away with a big win over Archies to begin 2017. Harris had 13 points and 15 rebounds to pace the Bulldogs while sophomore Devin Foster scored 15 points and junior Austin Maffie finished with 11 points.

Franklin, 57 @ Catholic Memorial, 58 – Final

North Attleboro, 70 @ King Philip, 64 – FinalNorth Attleboro had a strong first half by King Philip chipped away to tie the game in the second half. North Attleboro was able take a 54-52 lead into the fourth quarter and then hold onto a 66-64 lead with 1:28 to play. Jonny Friberg led the Rocketeers with 18 points and 10 rebounds while Tom Reynolds added a career-high 16 points. Seniors Brent Doherty (13) and Kyle McCarthy (12) combined for 25 points. King Philip’s Seth Sullivan scored a career-high 26 points while sophomore Kyle Layman had 16 points.

Oliver Ames, 63 @ Barnstable, 56 – Final Facing an 18 point deficit in the fourth quarter, Oliver Ames scored 35 points in the final quarter to earn head coach Don Byron his 400th career win. Junior Jack Spillane scored 19 of his career-high 31 points in the fourth quarter to spark the large comeback. Senior Dylan Mahoney scored 15 points and sophomore Jake Erlich had 12 points for the Tigers.

Taunton, 78 vs. New Bedford, 55 – FinalTaunton senior Tommy MacLean dropped a team-high 16 points as the Tigers swept the season series against the Whalers. Lens Esquil and Lou Vendrell each added 12 points in the win while freshman Dante Law finished with 10 points.

Girls Basketball
Attleboro, 74 @ Durfee, 47 – Final

Taunton, 36 @ New Bedford, 40 – Final

Wrestling
King Philip @ Mansfield, 7:00

Gymnastics
North Attleboro @ Oliver Ames, 8:00

Thursday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 12/29/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
Canton, 84 @ Middleboro, 44 – FinalClick here for a recap of the game.

Foxboro, 52 @ Westwood, 70 – FinalJunior Joe Morrison scored a career-high 16 points but the Warriors fell to Westwood in the first round of the holiday tournament. Senior Mark Clagg added 12 points for Foxboro, who will play Hingham at 5:00 on Friday.

King Philip, 45 vs. Boston Tech, 46 – Final

Milford, 59 vs. Waltham, 46 – FinalMilford senior Zack Tamagni led the Scarlet Hawks with 18 points while classmate Nate Davila added 17 points in the win. Milford wins the second annual Scarlet Hawks Classic.

Oliver Ames, 56 vs. Cardinal Spellman, 74 – FinalOliver Ames was within five at halftime (36-31) but Spellman pulled away in the second half. Jack Spillane led OA with 15 points while Dylan Mahoney added 14 points and Carter Evin chipped in with 13 points.

Girls Basketball
King Philip, 49 vs. Ponaganset 31 – FinalClick here for a recap of the game.

Taunton, 34 @ Durfee, 51 – FinalHannah Moniz had a team-high 20 points for the Tigers, while MacKenzie Handrahan added seven and Jess Regan had six for Taunton.

Stoughton, 55 vs. Notre Dame Academy 49 – FinalVal Whalen led the way for the Black Knights with 17 points and 10 rebounds and freshman Shyanne Trinh scored 17 for Stoughton as well.

Hockey
Franklin, 5 vs. Bishop Guertin 2 – Final

North Attleboro, 6 vs. Barrington, 2 – Final

Wrestling
Phil Tomkiel Holiday Tournament (Franklin), 9:00AM

King Philip Quad (King Philip), 9:00AM

Framingham Holiday Tournament (Milford) – Milford finished in 14th with 59 points at the Framingham Holiday Tournament. Brett Kimball (138) and Ryan Gray (195) each grabbed second place while Stan Demko (220) finished sixth.

Swimming
Boys
Foxboro, 64 @ Hopkinton, 88 – FinalFoxboro won a pair of relays and individual events but fell short to Hopkinton. Kevin Decker came in first in the 100 backstroke while Anthony Quarterone was second and Kristian Anderson touched the wall third. Johnmichael Boucher was first in the 100 breaststroke with James Donoghue coming in second and Andersen taking third. The 200 free relay team of Andersen, Jared Roke, Joshua Sitte and Anirudhha Gubbala finished first while the 400 free relay team of Boucher, Donoghue, Shawn McNamara and Dan Egan came in first.

Girls
Foxboro, 72 @ Hopkinton, 90 – FinalJamie Gorham and Lindsey Nelson each won three events but the Warriors came up short against Hopkinton. Gorham and Nelson, along with Allison Curran and Lexi Nelson came in first in the 200 medley relay and the 400 free relay. Gorham was also first in the 100 backstroke while Lindsey Nelson won the 100 breaststroke race.

Gymnastics
Canton @ North Attleboro, 6:30

Tuesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 12/27/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
Attleboro, 76 vs. Bishop Feehan, 47 – FinalA pair of freshmen made an impact as Attleboro swept the season series against Feehan. Qualeem Charles had 10 points and seven rebounds and Bryant Ciccio had 12 points and five rebounds. Senior Jake Dunkley led the Bombardiers with 19 points and six rebounds.

Franklin, 64 vs. Malden Catholic, 70 – Final

Milford, 69 vs. Tantasqua, 46 – FinalAnthony Arcudi dropped a career-high 22 points to pace the Scarlet Hawks to a win. Zack Tamagni added 13 points while Shane Cosquete finished with nine points. Junior Kayden Kelley scored 10 points and hauled in a career-high 21 rebounds. Milford will face Waltham in the final of the Scarlet Hawks Classic on Thursday at 7 p.m.

King Philip, 59 @ Bridgewater-Raynham, 58 – FinalKing Philip overcame a seven point deficit in the first half to take a five point lead by half. The Trojans came back to seize a three point advantage after three quarters. KP was able to build a four point lead late and hold on. Sophomore Kyle Layman had 18 points, eight rebounds and five blocks to lead the Warriors while Justin Vine added 17 points and Will Weir had 12 points.

North Attleboro, 57 vs. Reading, 42 – FinalThe Rocketeers jumped out to an 18-9 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. Up 33-21, Big Red used another dominate quarter, outscoring the Rockets 17-4 in the third. Junior Chad Peterson led the way with a career-high 15 points while Jonny Friberg added 14 points and Kyle McCarthy finished with 13 points.

Oliver Ames, 58 vs. East Boston, 36 – FinalOliver Ames deployed a zone defense and then pounced with a press in the second quarter to pull away from East Boston. The Tigers outscored East Boston 21-4 in the second quarter and 13-5 in the third quarter. “We used the press and we played zone,” OA head coach Don Byron said. “We got pretty active – tops on that list was probably Welch, he gets his hands on a lot of stuff in the zone. We ran out on that pretty well and we were able to compound things a little bit by jumping into the press once we scored.” Jack Spillane led OA with 12 points and 11 rebounds, Dylan Mahoney had 12 points and five rebounds and Matt Muir finished with 10 points and five rebounds.

Sharon, 52 vs. Arlington Catholic, 33 – FinalSenior Ricardo Ripley scored all of his team-high 14 points in the second half to lead Sharon to the win on the road at Wilmington. The Eagles only allowed 13 points in the second half and won the fourth quarter 17-6. Jimmy Fitzhenry also had 14 points in the win while Jayvon Monteiro scored 11 points.

Taunton, 73 vs. Hope (RI), 49 – FinalFreshman Naz Kenian scored a career-high 16 points as Taunton rolled past Hope. Junior Malik Charles chipped in with 14 points for the Tigers.

Girls Basketball
Attleboro, 60 vs. Cranston West 35 – FinalSarah Deyo led the way for the Bombardiers with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Julia Strachan, Sam Pierce, and Jordyn Lako each added 10 points for Attleboro.

Mansfield, 52 vs. Marshfield, 47 – FinalJen Peel had 18 points and five assists to pace the Hornets. Meg Hill added 12 points, 12 rebounds, and eight blocks and Ann Maher had 10 points for Mansfield. The Hornets will play Duxbury in the final of the Holiday Tournament on Wednesday at 5:45 p.m.

Milford, 60 @ Hudson, 31 – FinalKate Irwin was the top scorer for the Hawks with 23 points and Jess Tomaso chipped in with eight points.

Oliver Ames, 48 vs. Needham, 42 – FinalOliver Ames rallied from a halftime deficit to tie the game but the Rockets reestablished a lead (31-26) at the end of the third. The Tigers seized the lead early in the fourth quarter and held on. Kayla Raymond led the Tigers with 18 points while Niyera Mitchell had nine points and a career-high 19 rebounds. The Tigers will host Walpole in the final of the Sure Rivard Tournament.

Hockey
Attleboro, 3 vs. Ludlow 5 – Final

King Philip, 4 @ Quincy, 6 – Final

Wrestling
Lowell Holiday Tournament (Canton, Foxboro, Franklin, Stoughton) – After the first day, Foxboro is in eighth place with 79 points and Franklin is in 11th with 69.5 points. Wrestlers that made the quarterfinals include Foxboro’s Adam Lanctot (106), Canton’s Justin Dickie (113), Franklin’s TJ Remillard and Foxboro’s Phil Dure (126) and Foxboro’s Matt Kelley (132).

Marshfield Tournament (Mansfield, North Attleboro, Oliver Ames, Sharon) – North Attleboro is in third place with 111.5 points with 10 wrestlers moving onto day two. Mansfield is just outside the top 10 with 66.5 points (13th place) with six wrestlers moving on. Wrestlers that advanced to the semifinals include North Attleboro’s Brady Folan and Mansfield’s Antonios Sevastos (106), Sharon’s Yosef Ellis-Rech (126), Oliver Ames’ Liston Funai (132), Mansfield’s George Glaropoulos and North Attleboro’s Nick Gould (152), Mansfield’s Vinnie Holmes (170) and North Attleboro’s Brad White (220).

Gymnastics
Franklin @ Mansfield, 1:00
King Philip @ Mansfield, 12:30

Girls Hockey
Canton, 2 vs. Dedham, 0 – FinalSophomores Lauren Fitzpatrick and Maggie Malloy each netted a goal in the third period to lift the Bulldogs. Junior goalie Colleen Kelleher made 24 saves for her second shutout of the season.

Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 12/23/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
Milford, 41 @ Malden, 60 – FinalZach Tamagni led the Scarlet Hawks with 13 points while Kayden Kelley added nine points and 10 rebounds.

Oliver Ames, 56 @ Nauset, 73 – FinalNauset held a 49-43 lead through three quarters and pulled away from the Tigers in the fourth. Nick Welch led OA with 19 points while Dylan Mahoney had 14 points and Jack Spillane added 13 points.

Hockey
Canton, 1 vs. Bishop Feehan, 0 – FinalClick here for a recap of the game.

Foxboro, 0 @ Taunton, 6 – FinalNick Terry had two goals and an assist for the Tigers, while Zack Albert, Cam Sneyd, and Jordan Hoey chipped in with a goal and an assist apiece and Jake Roberts had a goal. Justin Chappell had 20 saves in net for the shutout and also registered an assist.

Franklin, 4 @ Newburyport, 1 – Final

Oliver Ames, 3 vs. Plymouth South, 1 – FinalOliver Ames’ second line had a big day on the offensive end, netting all three goals. Brett Williams scored a pair of goals and recorded an assist for the Tigers and Max Ward scored the other goal for OA and had one assist. Head coach Sean Bertoni said Zach Walsh was great in net with 22 saves while Jared Costello had a solid performance.

Wrestling
Foxboro, 27 vs. Lincoln-Sudbury, 36 – Final

Marshfield Quad (Franklin) – The Panthers went 4-0 at the Marshfield Super Quad. Franklin beat Duxbury 56-15, Bristol Aggie 54-15, Marshfield 36-24, and Pembroke 62-3.

Plymouth South Quad (Mansfield) – The Hornets picked up a pair of wins at the quad meet. Mansfield beat Middleboro (24-9) and Carver (27-21) but fell to host Plymouth South (46-24). George Glaropolous (152) went 3-0 on the day with three pins, Antonios Sevastos (106) went 2-0, both via pins and freshman Vinnie Holmes (170) was 2-0 with one pin.

Oliver Ames Quad (Oliver Ames) – The Tigers went 1-2 at the quad meet that they hosted. OA beat Plymouth North 53-30 in the opening match but lost 54-18 to Cambridge and 51-18 to BC High.

Hingham Quad (Sharon), 3:00

Swimming
Boys
Attleboro @ Stoughton, 6:00

Sharon, 56 @ Canton, 96 – Final

Girls
Attleboro @ Stoughton, 6:00

Sharon, 80 @ Canton, 88 – Final

Tuesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 12/20/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
Sharon, 40 @ Attleboro, 59 – FinalSharon raced out to an 18-9 lead after the first quarter, but the Bombardiers climbed back for with a big second quarter to come within two at halftime. The Bombardiers held Sharon to just 12 points in the second half to earn their fourth win of the season. Jake Dunkley led Attleboro with 15 points. Ricardo Ripley scored a career-high 21 points for the Eagles.

Canton, 53 @ King Philip, 69 – FinalClick here for a recap of the game.

Foxboro, 55 @ Franklin, 67 – FinalFranklin turned a seven point lead (27-20) at the halftime break into a double-digit advantage (50-37) by the end of third quarter. Franklin’s Connor Peterson led all scorers with 19 points while Josh Macchi added 14 points and Paul Mahon chipped in with 12 points for the Panthers. Foxboro’s Andrew Block had a team-high 14 points while Mark Clagg scored 12 points, Joe Morrison had 10 points and Joe Bartucca finished with eight points.

Stoughton, 40 @ Mansfield, 71 – Final Mansfield used a dominate second quarter to stretch a two possession game into a comfortable lead by halftime. The Hornets outscored the Black Knights 21-4 in the second quarter and held a 37-14 lead at the break. Tyler Boulter and Sam Goldberg (six rebounds) each had 13 points while Phil Vigeant added 11 points, with a team-high three three-point field goals. Stoughton senior Izon Swain-Price netted a team-high 11 points.

Milford, 56 @ Taunton, 71 – FinalTaunton freshman Dante Law tied a career-high with 18 points to lead the way for the Tigers. Lou Vendrell scored a season-high 15 points while senior Tommy MacLean finished with 13 points. Milford senior Zack Tamagni led the Scarlet Hawks with 18 points while junior Kayden Kelley had 11 points and 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the season.

North Attleboro, 40 @ Oliver Ames, 59 – FinalOliver Ames raced out to a 18-9 lead after the first quarter and used that lead as a launching point the rest of the way. The Rocketeers got it within nine at the end of the third quarter (40-31) but Oliver Ames finished the game by winning the fourth quarter 19-9. Carter Evin and Jack Spillane each had 16 points for the Tigers while Dylan Mahoney added 14 points. Brent Doherty led Big Red with 14 points while Jonny Friberg added 11 points.

Girls Basketball
Attleboro, 92 @ Sharon, 55 – FinalClick here for a recap of the game.

King Philip, 46 @ Canton, 23 – FinalShannon O’Connor led the way for the Warriors with 15 points. Christina Hathaway added eight points for KP in what head coach Martin Crowley called, a “great team win.” Casey Shea was top scorer for the Bulldogs with 10 points.

Franklin, 31 @ Foxboro, 52- FinalAshley Sampson reached the 20-point mark for the second game in a row, leading the Warriors with 22. Lily Sykes chipped in with 17 for the Warriors.

Mansfield, 54 @ Stoughton, 33 – FinalThe Hornets outscored Stoughton 19-5 in the fourth quarter to break open a close game and pull out the win. Meg Hill led the way for Mansfield with 16 points, 12 rebounds, and nine blocks. Jen Peel added 14 points, five assists and three steals for the Hornets. Stoughton freshman Shyanne Trinh had a team-high 16 points for the Black Knights while Val Whalen had nine points and eight rebounds.

Taunton, 39 @ Milford, 52 – FinalKate Irwin paced the Hawks with 22 points and Jill Burley added 15 in the win. Milford trailed 32-25 at halftime but took control with an 18-2 run in the third quarter and allowed only seven points in the second half.

Oliver Ames, 45 @ North Attleboro, 46 – Final The Rocketeers avenged a one-point loss in last year’s playoffs by edging the Tigers in a game that had “playoff-like atmosphere.” Ashley Ahern was top scorer for North with 15 points and Kayla Raymond led OA with 21.

Gymnastics
Attleboro, 136.6 @ Franklin, 126 – FinalAttleboro’s Emma Humphrey (36.7) scored a 9.4 on bars, a 9.4 on floor, 9.0 on the vault and 8.9 on beam to lead the Bombardiers to the win. Franklin sophomore Mia Lizotte was not far behind at 36.3, scoring 9.2 on floor, vault and beam and 8.7 on bars.

Tuesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 12/13/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
Canton, 55 @ Attleboro, 64 – FinalIn a back and forth close matchup, Jake Dunkley and Attleboro pulled away in the fourth quarter. Dunkley finished with 20 points while classmate Berlyns Abraham had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Nate Douglas added 12 points for the Bombardiers. Canton sophomore Devin Foster had a career-high 21 points while Tony Harris added 12 points and five rebounds and Jake Verille added eight points and three rebounds.

Foxboro, 36 @ Mansfield, 66 – FinalMansfield limited Foxboro to just 14 second half points, turning a two point lead at the end of the first quarter into a 15-point lead at halftime and a 27 point lead at the end of three. John McCoy, Max Boen and Sam Goldberg (six rebounds) each scored 11 points apiece to lead the Hornets. Andrew Block had 11 points and seven rebounds for Foxboro.

North Attleboro, 51 @ Franklin, 72 – FinalClick here for a recap of the game.

Milford, 60 @ King Philip, 50 – FinalBetween the end of the first quarter and beginning of the second quarter, Milford rattled off a 19-2 run that created a cushion they held for the rest of the way. With KP up 10-2, the Scarlet Hawks flipped the game with the run. Senior Anthony Arcudi netted a game-high 17 points, Shane Cosquete added 10 points, both Zach Tamagni and Nate Davila scored nine points and junior Kayden Kelley hauled in 15 rebounds to go with four rebounds. Justin Vine and Tom Madden each scored 12 points apiece while Pharaoh Davis came off the bench to score 10 points for the Warriors.

Stoughton, 47 @ Oliver Ames, 55 – Final – After being tied after the opening quarter, Oliver Ames opened a three point lead by halftime, a four point lead after three quarters and then held that lead in the fourth quarter. Three Tigers scored in double digits, led by Dylan Mahoney’s 21 points. Junior Jack Spillane added a career-best 16 points and Carter Evin chipped in with 10 points. Stoughton senior Cam Gomes dropped a career-high 19 points to go with seven rebounds.

Sharon, 51 @ Taunton, 65 – FinalSharon was able to hang around through three quarters but Taunton pulled ahead in the final quarter. Freshman Dante Law scored a career-high 18 points to pace the Tigers with senior Tommy MacLean adding 13 points. Jimmy Fitzhenry led Sharon with 16 points while senior Ricardo Ripley chipped in with 12 points.

Girls Basketball
Attleboro, 92 @ Canton, 53 – Final

Mansfield, 45 @ Foxboro, 25 – FinalClick here for a recap of the game.

Franklin, 36 @ North Attleboro, 43 – FinalThe Rocketeers outscored Franklin 19-12 in the fourth quarter to pull out the win in their season opener. Ashley Ahern led the way for North with 15 points, including eight in the fourth, and sophomore Julia Feid had 10 for the Rocketeers. Franklin was led by freshman Ali Brigham who scored 18 points in her second varsity game.

King Philip, 47 @ Milford, 44 – FinalThe Warriors rallied from seven points down in the fourth quarter to pull out the win in their season opener. Sophomore Shannon O’Connor was the top scorer for KP with 12 points and freshman Faith Roy chipped in with nine. Junior Hadley Zolak had six points for KP, including important baskets down the stretch. Milford was led by Kate Irwin’s 17 points.

Oliver Ames, 51 @ Stoughton, 32 – FinalOA was led by three players with 11 points apiece – senior Niyera Mitchell, junior Kayla Raymond, and freshman Meg Holleran.

Taunton, 29 @ Sharon, 46 – FinalSharon jumped out to an early lead and never let up. Sophomore Emma Eberhardt was the top scorer for the Eagles with 18 points and added eight rebounds and six steals. Shira Stoller added six points, eight rebounds, and nine assists for Sharon.

Hockey
Mansfield, 3 @ Norwood, 3 – FinalChad Piotti scored a pair of goals, including the game-tying goal in the third period, to earn Mansfield a point in the opener. Joey Olsen added the other goal for the Hornets.

Girls Hockey
Stoughton, 5 @ Framingham, 11 – Final

Boys Basketball: 2016-17 Kelley-Rex Division Preview

Mansfield boys basketball
(Tom Madigan/Photo).

By HockomockSports.com Staff

2016-2017 Kelley-Rex Boys Basketball Preview

Attleboro

2015-2016 Record: 7-15
2015-2016 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Mark Houle

After missing out on the playoffs a year ago, Attleboro will be relying on its senior leadership to try and earn a trip to the state tournament.

Captains Jake Dunkley and Andrew Milliken will help anchor the team along with classmates Lucas Boucicaut, Berlyns Abraham and Robby Peirce. Dunkley was the second leading scorer in the league last year with 18 points per game while Milliken is another top scoring option for the Bombardiers.

Boucicaut and junior Nate Douglas will pair up in the backcourt while freshman Bryant Ciccio will likely see plenty of minutes after his performance on opening night on Friday. Abraham provides length and athleticism down low and can make life difficult in the post for opponents.

“We need to defend and rebound to create transition opportunities and execute with a focus on details,” Attleboro head coach Mark Houle said. “Our strength will be our senior leadership.”

Franklin

2015-2016 Record: 19-5
2015-2016 Finish: Reached D1 Central Final
Coach: CJ Neely

There is no rebuilding when it comes to Franklin, just reloading. Despite graduating a handful of talent, including the Hockomock League MVP Tim Prunier and a couple other strong players, the Panthers are still in a spot to challenge for the Kelley-Rex title.

Two big reasons for that are juniors Paul Mahon and Connor Peterson. Both players started last year and were important pieces as the Panthers claimed a division title. With at least year of experience for both, look for both to be key players this season. Mahon has developed as a shooter to compliment his strong defensive game while Peterson continues to be one of the top big men in the league,.

The Panthers will look to move the ball as much as possible on offense and hope to have a balanced scoring attack so defenses can’t focus in on just a player or two. Franklin has been on the better teams defensively in recent history and will look to continue that trend for the 2016-2017 season.

“We are very excited about this group of guys,” Franklin head coach CJ Neely said. “Having a good balance of talent has made our practice games very competitive, everyone has really been pushing each other hard. Each year our goal remains the same, we will focus on day to day improvement and let the results take care of themselves.

“We want to be defined as a hardworking group that plays aggressively and shares the ball offensively. I think if we can stay committed to trusting each other and consistently competing on both ends of the floor we can have a good year.”

King Philip

2015-2016 Record: 5-15
2015-2016 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Mark Champagne

The Warriors are returning a strong group of players from last year’s squad with one noticeable addition — new head coach Mark Champagne.

Champagne will have a group of experienced players to work with this season. Tom Madden, Noah Goodwin, Kyle Layman, Will Weir, Seth Sullivan, Pharaoh Davis and Justin Vine all saw either starting minutes or valuable time off the bench a season ago. Matt Lehoullier and Noah Bradley will also factor int this season to provide the Warriors with depth.

Goodwin and Weir have the most experience and will captain the team along with Sullivan. Madden impressed last year as did Layman during his rookie campaign. Between Goodwin, Weir, Madden and Layman, King Philip will have plenty of size to use down low. Davis and Sullivan are both strong with the ball while Vine provides KP with a shooting threat.

“We are very excited as a coaching staff to compete in the Hockomock League,” Champagne said. “We are fortunate to have a hard working group of players who are hungry for success.”

Mansfield

2015-2016 Record: 20-5
2015-2016 Finish: Reached D1 South Semifinal
Coach: Mike Vaughan

Even though Mansfield won the Kelley-Rex division a year ago, the Hornets still might be bringing back the most talent in the league this year. After only graduating three seniors, Mike Vaughan has nearly all of his weapons at his disposal again this year.

HockomockSports.com First Team selection Sam Goldberg (11.3 PPG, 7.9 RPG) leads a strong group back that includes Christian Weber, Matt Ehrlich, Max Boen, Phil Vigeant, Tyler Boulter and Evan Christo. Expect the likes of John McCoy, Sam Hyland and Kristian Conner to also factor in for the Hornets.

It doesn’t matter who it is listed above, almost all of them are capable of being “the guy” on any given night, which makes Mansfield incredibly hard to defend. Weber, Ehrlich, Vigeant, Boen and Boulter are all strong from beyond the arc but also have no problem making the extra pass to find a better shot.

“We’re looking forward to a fun season with seven seniors and a great group of underclassmen, we should have plenty of depth to stay competitive,” Vaughan said. “The league looks loaded again with talent so we shouldn’t have any nights off.”

Oliver Ames

2015-2016 Record: 11-11
2015-2016 Finish: Reached D2 South First Round
Coach: Don Byron

The Tigers will face a steep challenge because of the switch to the Kelley-Rex division but bringing back a strong core of players will be a big help.

Seniors Carter Evin, Dylan Mahoney, Nick Welch and Mike Graziano are all back as are juniors Matt Muir and Jack Spillane. All six players saw time last year, including some who started all season long.

Between the returning players, the Tigers will be able to score from multiple positions. Evin, a HockomockSports.com Second Team selection, led the Tigers in scoring with 13.4 points per game – and did so in a variety of ways. Mahoney is able to shoot or attack the hoop while both Welchn and Graziano showed the ability to get hot from deep.

“We have a number of players back who played quite a bit last year and showed marked improvement during the course of the season,” Oliver Ames head coach Don Byron said. “We’ll be leaning on them as we develop depth from a number of kids who played jv last year. Our schedule will be a challenge as we make the move to the Kelly-Rex division of the league and our non-league schedule won’t provide any breaks either.”

taunton

2015-2016 Record: 16-7
2015-2016 Finish: Reached D1 South Quarterfinal
Coach: Charlie Dacey

While there will be some changes for Taunton this year, there will also be some similarities to last year. The Tigers will aim to use their speed and athleticism to their advantage and try to make up for their lack of size and experience.

The youthful Tigers will by led by the very experienced Tommy MacLean, who has played varsity minutes since his freshman year. Junior Tyler Medeiros is back after suffering an injury early last year while junior Lens Esquil also got some minutes a year ago.

Junior Malik Charles, sophomores John Martin and Luis Vendrell and freshmen Dante Law and Naz Kenan are all likely to factor in for Taunton this season. Another positive early on for Taunton is shooting, boasting a handful of players that can consistently knock down shots from deep.

“Our immediate strengths are speed and shooting,” Taunton head coach Charlie Dacey said. “Hopefully, our speed can counter our youth and allow us to play an uptempo game.”