Fourth Quarter Runs Lift Black Knights Over Canton

Stoughton boys basketball
Stoughton sophomore Cam Andrews (game-high 23 points) handles the ball in the second half against Canton. (Ryan Lanigan/

CANTON, Mass. – Stoughton used a pair of small runs to open and close the fourth quarter to pick up a 59-52 road win over Canton on Tuesday night.
The Black Knights used a 7-0 run over the first minute and a half of the final period to gain some separation and after the Bulldogs closed the gap to the game, Stoughton finished the game on an identical run to shut the door.
“We’ve had two games before this and now tonight where it came down to making some plays in the fourth quarter,” Stoughton head coach John Gallivan said. “We talked for a couple days how it could have gone differently, what you need to do to gut it out when you don’t have your A game. There’s a lot of nights where we don’t have it but it was there tonight.”
A steal from Stoughton junior Xavier Rashid led to a layup to open the fourth and break the tie. Junior Matt Valle hit a pair of free throws on the next trip down and sophomore Cam Andrews, who scored a game-high 23 points, put an exclamation point on the run with a three to put the Black Knights up 50-43 with 6:26 to go.
The Bulldogs valiantly battled back starting with a Tony Harris bucket off an assist from Ben O’Neill. Canton got a stop on the defensive end and freshman Devin Foster (11 points, nine rebounds) drained a three. Harris then cleaned up his own miss to tie the game with 4:34 to play.
The teams traded baskets over the next two minutes with Stoughton junior Cam Gomes (12 points, seven rebounds) getting one in close only to have Woanyen Mahn connect on a pair free throws to tie it back at 52 with 2:34 left.
With just seconds left on the shot clock on Stoughton’s next possession, junior Matt Valle (10 points) drained a corner three to give the Black Knights the momentum. A missed free throw on the front of a one and one gave Stoughton the ball back and Andrews sliced through the lane for a bucket to go up five. Canton had a three rim out and a shot in the line hit the iron while Stoughton missed the front end of a pair of one and one chances. Valle ended two free throws in the final seconds to secure the win.
“Valle made some plays, Elson [Lopes] and X had some big steals,” Gallivan said. “Cam Gomes had some terrific post moves. Brandon [Teixeira] didn’t score a lot tonight but he had rebounds, deflections and did a lot of the little things right.”
It was a fast and furious opening quarter, the teams trading the lead back and forth with almost every return trip up court. Jared Costa-Haywood found Jared Maher for a corner three to tie the game 8-8 and Gomes finished the quarter off with four straight points.
Stoughton stretched its lead to start the second quarter with four straight points from Andrews, a free throw from Gomes and two more from Andrews to push the lead to 19-8. Canton replied with a run of its own with five from Foster, a free throw from Harris (22 points, seven rebounds), a layup from Jake Verille and then tied the game on a three point play from Mahn. Harris followed up a miss to beat the buzzer and give Canton a 26-24 lead at halftime.
Andrews took over in the third quarter, scoring 10 of his 23 points in the frame. An early steal led to a layup, he then broke a tie game with a layup plus the harm, sinking his free throw. Canton held a three point led with a minute to go in the third before Andrews hit a pair of free throws and then hit nothing but net on a three to give Stoughton a 43-41 lead.
“It almost seemed like more, when the game is so low scoring and a kid gets half of your points,” Gallivan said of Andrews. “It’s nice when teams have to choose their poison and have to try and take away Brandon [Teixeira] or Cam and it’s hard to take two guys away.”
Teixeira got the focus of Canton’s defense for the majority of the game with his lone points coming early in the second half on a three point play. But Teixeira led the game in rebounds (12) and assists (7) to leave his mark on the game.
“He almost got a double-double without the scoring,” Gallivan said. “He’s the kind of kid who doesn’t care if he scores or someone else does, he just wants to win the game. I thought it was a typical Canton-Stoughton game, it was hard game to win.”
Despite just two turnovers in the final quarter. Canton shot 3/13 from the field while Stoughton was 5/10.
“Execution down the stretch, we talked about it at practice and we talked about it tonight,” Canton head coach Ryan Gordy said. “We had some opportunities to execute on some important possessions that we didn’t execute on. We had a young lineup out there so part of that is youth so I’m hoping we can learn from it and continue to progress and grow.”
Stoughton boys basketball (7-12) will close out its 2016 season by hosting rival Oliver Ames on Monday at 6:30. Canton (2-16) is back in action on Wednesday against Archbishop Williams before closing the season with a trip to Milford on Monday.
Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.

Strong Second Half Sparks Stoughton Past Rocketeers

Stoughton boys basketball player Ryan Sullivan tied a career-high with 16 points on Tuesday night. (Ryan Lanigan/
Stoughton’s Ryan Sullivan (21) tied a career-high with 16 points on Tuesday night. (Ryan Lanigan/


STOUGHTON, Mass. – Stoughton’s Ryan Sullivan likely isn’t going to lead the league in scoring, but if you’re looking for a spark plug, look no further.
After what seemed like was a normal missed shot from the Black Knights and a rebound for North Attleboro, most players started scurrying to the other end of the floor. But Sullivan swooped in, ripping the ball free and going up for two.
That basket started a 14-0 over the next 3:30, turning a four deficit at the midway point of the final quarter into a 10 point lead with just over 90 seconds to play.
That run, along with a strong second half, proved to be the difference as the Black Knights snapped a four game skid with a 78-70 win over North Attleboro.
The Rocketeers went up 62-58 on a Mario Bresko fast break with just over four minutes to go. That’s when Sullivan started the run for Stoughton. Cam Andrews, who scored a game-high 23 points, then drove to the basket for two and drained a three to go ahead. An elbow jumper from Teixeira forced a timeout from Big Red.
On the ensuing inbounds, a miscommunication resulted in a turnover and a layup from Elson Lopes. North’s lob over the top was knocked away and Andrews converted on the other end, plus the harm. His free throw capped the run.
“We were trying to get Andrews going a little bit and get him the ball,” Stoughton head coach John Gallivan said. Andrews had 18 of his 23 points in the second half. “They switched defenses so much so it was like we had to wait until the right defense pops up and then you can try to get him going. I thought he had some good looks attacking the man to man. He was patient and he didn’t force too many shots and obviously we needed every one of those points obviously.
“I feel like they had to work a lot harder in the second half for their baskets than they did in their second half. We had an unofficial count of 16 points from them just because we failed to box out. We challenged them a bit in the locker room and I thought the kids accepted it and stepped up in the second half.”
North had a one point lead after the first quarter and led by as much as 13 in the second, but a late surge from Stoughton closed the gap at the break, 35-27.
The third quarter is when Stoughton’s offense really came alive. Teixeira and Andrews each hit threes in the early minutes and Cam Gomes and Lopes each added buckets from inside. Just before the halfway mark, Sullivan drained a three to cap a 16-6 run to open the third in the first four minutes.
The teams traded baskets before an 8-0 from Stoughton created some separation. Back to back baskets from Gomes and Sullivan preceded back to back hoops from Lopes and Andrews. By the conclusion of the run, Stoughton was shooting 75% in the quarter. By the conclusion of the quarter, Stoughton had turned a eight point deficit at half into a five point lead, 56-51.
“We were trying to play faster in the first half but when we try to do too much, sometimes we do less,” Gallivan said. “We simplified it at halftime and just went straight man to man. We told them they knew [North Attleboro [was] going to try to lob it into the bigs on the block and if you don’t provide lob help from the weak side, they’re going to beat us by 40. If you do give the help it’s going to be hard to catch and shoot and we made just enough plays down there.”
“We talked at halftime, we knew Stoughton is a good team and John is a great coach and we talked about [Stoughton] coming out and giving a big effort in the first couple of minutes of the third and we needed to match and exceed it and we talked about doing a good job doing a good job on the boards,” North Attleboro head coach Sean Mulkerrins said. “In those first two minutes, I remember Stoughton getting two offensive rebounds and those can lead to kick outs and obviously they’re a great shooting team. 29 points in the third quarter is, to me, all I need to know about how we lost this game.”
Beyond Andrews’ 23 points and six rebounds, Sullivan tied a career-high 16 points and had four rebounds.
“It’s the second time he’s scored around there this year,” Gallivan said of Sullivan. “The first time he did it on all threes. Tonight he had a couple of nice threes, and even when he misses them it’s well taken, they are in the right moment, the shot clock is at the right time, the ball has been moved and reversed. Tonight he was scoring down low. I thought him and Cam Gomes, and him and Jared Maher, and him and [Josh] Chuba, when he was in there, they worked well together.”
North Attleboro finished with 16 turnovers, 10 of which came in the second half.
“I think it was similar to Foxboro in the same where we had some mistakes, but just really bad timing,” Mulkerrins said. “Give Stoughton all the credit in the world because they had to capitalize on the mistakes and they did. It’s two different styles of play where they want to go up and down and drive it and kick it and shoot it. And with us it was pretty clear we wanted to go inside where we had an advantage. And it worked well when we were also defending well. In the second half we had some breakdowns defensively and a couple of bad turnovers.”
Teixeira notched a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds and Lopes had 11 points and five assists. For North Attleboro, Jonny Friberg had a career-high 23 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. Brent Doherty added 20 points and three rebounds and three assists.
Stoughton (6-9, 5-7) will try to make it two in a row when they travel to Canton for the second end of a double-header. North Attleboro (5-9, 4-8) will try to snap its five game slide when they travel to rival Attleboro in a game that starts at 7:45.
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Tuesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 02/02/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
Milford, 33 @ Mansfield, 57 – Final

North Attleboro, 70 @ Stoughton, 78 – Final – Cam Andrews scored 18 of his game-high 23 points in the second half to pace the Black Knights. Ryan Sullivan tied a career-high with 16 points, Brandon Teixeira had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds and Elson Lopes added 11 points and five assists. North Attleboro’s Jonny Friberg had a career-high 23 points and added 13 points while Brent Doherty had 20 points. 
Girls Basketball
Milford, 29 @ Mansfield, 56 – FinalCaroline Maher led the Hornets with 14 points, while Olivia Broyles added a career-high 12 points. Katie Irwin was the top scorer for the Hawks with 11 points.
Stoughton, 26 @ North Attleboro, 45 – FinalSamantha Taggart and Caroline Collard were the top scorers for North with nine points apiece. Ashley Ahern added seven and Emily Schromm six points for the Rocketeers, while Emily Peters chipped in with 13 rebounds. Alecia Quinones led Stoughton with 11 points, all in the third quarter, and Val Whalen added six points and 16 boards.
Stoughton, 36 @ Canton, 38 – Final

Milford, 36 @ Foxboro, 40 – Final – With the victory, the Warriors clinch the outright Davenport division title.

King Philip, 21 @ Franklin, 49 – Final
Oliver Ames, 30 @ Sharon, 40 – Final
North Attleboro @ Attleboro, 3:30
Girls Hockey
Franklin, 5 @ Ursuline, 1 – Final

Stoughton Overcomes Slow Start To Beat Natick

Stoughton’s Brandon Teixeira (11) scored a game-high 25 points against Natick on Monday night. (Ryan Lanigan/

By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief
RANDOLPH, Mass. – Turnovers, traveling, tripping, missed passes, more turnovers and a 9-0 deficit is not an ideal way to start a game.
But solid defense led by a strong press, a 14-0 run and a nine point lead by the end of the first quarter was a perfect way to respond.
After an early deficit, Stoughton turned the game around and never looked back in a 79-66 win over Natick in the first round of the Blue Devils Holiday Classic at Randolph High School.
Four turnovers and three misses inside the first three minutes of the first quarter put Stoughton on its heels as Natick pushed the tempo and raced out to a 9-0 lead. That forced Stoughton head coach John Gallivan to take a timeout.
“Just to start playing,” Gallivan said of what he told his team in that timeout. “We fell down every time we touched the ball. We needed to calm down and just start playing. We had a game similar to this at King Philip. I didn’t we’d come back so quickly in either game. We obviously can score but we obviously can give up points too. We have a lot to work on but a win’s a win so we’ll take it.”
Out of the timeout the Black Knights started to play. First a put back from junior Cam Gomes and then two more from Elson Lopes. After forcing a turnover, Brandon Teixeira hauled in an offensive board and then drained a three. Teixeira added two more to tie the game 9-9, the Black Knights forced back to back turnovers, Teixeira drained a three for a lead and then added two more for good measure to cap the 14-0 run.
The offense didn’t stop there for Stoughton as they went on to outscore Natick 22-4 over the final 5:10 of the quarter and never trailed again.
Natick cut the deficit to four just 90 seconds into the second quarter but that would be the closest they would get for the rest of the game. Six straight points from sophomore Cam Andrews made it a 10 point game again. An 8-0 run in the middle of the quarter with points from Teixeira, Drayton Tisdale and Ryan Sullivan pushed the lead to 16.
Teixeira, who scored a game-high 25 points and had nine rebounds, helped open the lead again in the second half. Less than a minute in, Teixeira drained a three to make it a 13 point game and another putback from Gomes made it 15.
Stoughton’s largest lead was 19 when Andrews hit a free throw after being fouled on his way to the rim in the third quarter. The Black Knights, who have relied on the three so far this year, shot just 21% from deep. Instead, Stoughton found success attacking the rim, shooting 62% from the field from inside the arc.
“We talked about getting to the rim today and I thought in the first half we did a great job of doing that,” Gallivan said. “I thought in the second half we made some bad choices like dribbling into triple teams instead of getting rid of the ball before the help came.”
Throughout the fourth quarter, the Black Knights were able to keep the lead they built in the second and third quarters to seal the win. Stoughton also won the rebounding battle, 34-24.
“That was one our keys to our games,” Gallivan said of winning the rebound battle. “It was huge because we can’t run without the ball. And the press looked good but we couldn’t press until we scored and we weren’t scoring. Then all of a sudden they came quickly.”
Beyond Teixeira’s big game, Gomes finished with 15 points and five rebounds, Sullivan had 12 points and five rebounds, Andrews finished with 11 points and four rebounds and Tisdale had six points, nine rebounds and four assists.
Stoughton (3-2) will play Randolph (5-0) in the finals of the Blue Devil Holiday Classic on Wednesday at 6:30.
Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.

Teixeira, Stoughton Hang On For Win Over Attleboro

Stoughton's Brandon Teixeira and Attleboro's Andrew Milliken battle for a loose ball in the second half. (Ryan Lanigan/
Stoughton’s Brandon Teixeira and Attleboro’s Andrew Milliken battle for a loose ball in the second half. (Ryan Lanigan/

By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief
STOUGHTON, Mass. – In some games, the scouting report can be thrown right out the window.
But other times, it can help win a game.
Stoughton senior Brandon Teixeira drained a three pointer from the corner with 13.7 seconds left to put the Black Knights up by two and Stoughton was able to hold on for a 64-62 win over Attleboro.
It was Teixeira’s fifth three of the game and Stoughton’s ninth of the contest, with a handful coming from the corner – a spot that the Black Knights were targeting.
“The scouting report was very good about corner three’s being available and it’s kind of ironic the game was won on a corner three,” Stoughton head coach John Gallivan said. “Coach [Steve] Woodruff did a great job with the scouting report.”
Two free throws from Attleboro sophomore Nate Douglas put the Bombardiers up 62-61 with 42.6 left. On the ensuing possession, the Black Knights used a chunk of the play clock and eventually junior Ryan Sullivan got control in the paint. Instead of trying to go up for it, Sullivan turned, drawing in another defender and skipped a pass out to Teixeira in the left corner. The senior buried it for the go ahead bucket, giving him a game-high 27 points.
“He wanted it, he was demanding it,” Gallivan said of Teixeira. “To his credit Sullivan drew the defense with the two foot jump stop and then a nice pass, right in the shot pocket as they say. It looked good all the way, he likes those corners, he wanted it.”
Stoughton held a 14-9 lead after the first quarter but a 6-2 spurt in the middle of the second quarter, capped with a three from Cam Gomes, gave the Black Knights a 10 point lead at 29-19. Another three, this one from sophomore Cam Andrews put Stoughton up 12 a minute later. Attleboro was able to close the gap slightly with an 8-2 run, including three pointers from Jake Dunkley and Andrew Milliken to go into halftime down just two possessions, 36-30.
The little momentum from before half carried over for the Bombardiers. While Stoughton’s foul trouble forced them to abandon the press for some time, Attleboro used a 2-3 zone to quiet the Black Knights’ offense.
“The only downside on our defense were some silly fouls a long, long way from the basket,” Gallivan said. “At halftime we had a bunch of guys with two fouls and that takes us out of the way we want to play. In the third quarter when we played a very basic half court defense, we’re boring and the kids are bored out there. And it just sucked the life out of us. The press is good but it’s hard to do when everyone has fouls. Give Attleboro credit, it looked like they were almost down and out but they made all the adjustments and came roaring back. That’s what you expect out of Attleboro, they’re well coached and tough kids.”
An 11-2 run over the first four minutes of the third quarter put Attleboro ahead at 41-38 and minutes later Dunkley’s third three of just the quarter extended the Bombardiers’ lead to 49-43. But Stoughton clawed its way right back in with back to back buckets from Andrews and a bucket from Teixeira to tie it up at 49 at the end of the third quarter.
Neither side had a larger lead than three points in the fourth quarter. Stoughton took the lead initially off a bucket from Xavier Rashid but Attleboro took it back on a three from Lucas Boucicaut. Stoughton’s lead was then two after a three from Teixeira but two from Berlyns Abraham and a three from Boucicaut put Attleboro up three at 57-54 three minutes into the quarter.
Andrews drained a three to tie the game but a free throw from Milliken put Attleboro up again with just over two minutes to play. Drayton Tisdale got two at the bucket for a brief lead but Milliken answered with a strong take off the glass. Elson Lopes then drove to the basket for two and the lead at 61-60 before Douglas hit his two free throws, setting up Teixeira’s big shot from the corner.
Attleboro had a chance to tie or take the lead but had a floater in the lane rim out. Stoughton missed the front end of a one and one with four seconds to play but the Black Knights defense trapped Attleboro and a last second heave from half court was off the mark.
It was a good sign for Stoughton, who had a lead at the break in its previous game at Sharon but were unable to hold onto it in the second half. Beyond Teixeira’s 27 points, the senior guard had eight rebounds, Andrews had 15 points, three assists and three steals and Gomes had nine points and five rebounds. Sullivan didn’t score but had eight rebounds and three assists.
“It felt annoyingly similar,” Gallivan said of this game and the game against Sharon. “We had a lead, we lost the lead. We had a 10 point lead [in this game] with a chance to close out the half with the last shot. But we shot too early and then fouled them twice so instead of closing it we’re only up six. It was nice to close it out though, to get two of these first three was huge for us.”
It was an improvement for Attleboro, who lost both of its first games by double digits. However, the Bombardiers went 10/12 in the first half from the free throw line but were just 3/9 in the second half, including a pair of misses on the front end of one and one opportunities in the fourth quarter.
“We put ourselves in a good position but obviously games come down to defense, rebounds and foul shots,” Attleboro head coach Mark Houle said. “And they got that one extra possession there when we couldn’t finish them off and they made us pay for it.
“We were definitely vastly improved from the first two games and I think we got more confident as the game went on. We knew [Teixeira] can shoot it, he’ll shoot it from pretty much anywhere and he’ll make it from anywhere too. We went with the zone there at the end and the one kid we couldn’t leave open, we left open and he hit the big one. We’re just looking for that consistency piece right now.”
Dunkley had a team-high 20 points and 11 rebounds for Attleboro while Boucicaut had 15 points and Milliken 12 points and eight rebounds. Douglas had six points, eight rebounds and three assists.
Stoughton (2-1) will look to make it two in a row and three out of four to start the season when they take a trip to Falmouth for a non-league contest on Wednesday at 6:30. Attleboro (0-3) will try to break into the win column in a week when they host cross town rival Bishop Feehan on Monday, December 28th at 7:00.
Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.