Bench Contributions Spark Canton Past Middleboro

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Canton junior Austin Maffie scored a career-high 23 points off the bench against Middleboro. (Ryan Lanigan/
MIDDLEBORO, Mass. – At the end of Canton’s last game, head coach Ryan Gordy said his team needed to get more players involved on the offensive end.

Fast forward nine days and the Bulldogs answered the call. By the end of the first quarter, six players had a field goal and by the final buzzer, nine players found their way onto the scoresheet in a dominating 84-44 win over Middleboro.

The Bulldogs forced seven turnovers in the first quarter, relying on its 1-3-1 press to make the Sachems uncomfortable. Canton raced out to a 12-3 lead through the first five minutes but Middleboro kept it close by the quarter’s end, down just 14-9 to the Bulldogs.

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Canton’s bench provided a spark in the second quarter. First, it was senior Eric Olshaker who rattled off an 8-0 run of his own. He pulled in a pair of rebounds before hitting two free throws. He pulled in an offensive board and converted the put back – plus the harm – for a conventional three point play. He then hauled in a Middleboro miss on one end and came down the other end and hit a three to put Canton up 22-9.

Not to be outdone, junior Austin Maffie went on a tear of his own. A rebound on the defensive end led to a layup on the other end. Maffie then came away with a steal at midcourt in Canton’s 1-3-1 for an easy bucket and then drained a three after Jake Verille pick-pocketed a Sachem the next possession to put Canton up 31-9.

Maffie put an end to a 5-0 run from Middleboro with another three from the corner and then hit another trey coming off a screen in the final seconds off a pass from Ryan Lentol. Maffie recorded an impressive 16 of his career-high 23 points in the second quarter. Olshaker (seven rebounds) had eight of his 13 in the frame.

“It was a true team effort win and getting contributions from everybody is a positive thing to move forward with,” Gordy said. “It’s going to allow those guys to build some confidence and now it’s about getting those type of contributions against Hockomock opponents.”

The contributions from Olshaker and Maffie – who combined for 24 of the Bulldogs’ 28 points in the second quarter – put Canton up 44-19 over the Sachems at the halftime break.

Devin Foster (14 points, five assists, two steals) hit a three and added two more free throws to start the second half to extend Canton’s large lead. Tony Harris (14 points, four rebounds) came away with one his four steals and scored on the other end to put the Bulldogs up 49-19.

Senior Brian Albert (eight points, five rebounds) scored four straight points, both on offensive rebound put backs to keep Canton’s big lead.

“The execution level was high,” Gordy said. Canton shot 52% from the field and forced 22 turnovers. “I really thought our defense set the tone. We caused some turnovers early that led to some transition baskets for us. Sometimes it’s about making and missing shots and we were making shots tonight so that helps too.

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“It’s good to get away from the Hock for a couple of non-league games and kind of hit the reset button and get a little time between games for practice and work on some things that maybe you weren’t great at in the first three games. The goal is to come out of the break and get out into Hockomock play much stronger and much more prepared to play.”

Canton finished with 10 three pointers, a 34-19 advantage on the glass and went 8/12 from the free throw line.

“We emphasize all the little things and how the little things can turn into big things,” Gordy said. “It’s been a point of emphasis for us this season. We try to be fundamentally sound on both ends of the court and tonight we were. When you’re fundamentally sound like boxing out or making the extra pass, that stuff matters and can go a long way.”

Canton boys basketball (1-3) will host Archbishop Williams on January 3rd before getting into Davenport division play with a visit from North Attleboro on January 6th.

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Balanced Scoring Attack Lifts KP Over Canton

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King Philip’s Kyle Layman (16 points) attempts to shoot over Canton’s Brian Albert. (Ryan Lanigan/
WRENTHAM, Mass. — First year King Philip head coach Mark Champagne is still in the feeling out process but it appears he’s found something that works for his Warriors.

Champagne expanded rotation resulted in 10 different players scoring, a more consistent defensive effort and a 69-53 win over visiting Canton.

Beyond Champagne’s starting five of Seth Sullivan, Justin Vine, Tom Madden, Will Weir and Kyle Layman, the Warriors got extended runs from Pharaoh Davis and Noah Goodwin as well as minutes from Brendan King and Adrian Castillo. The Warriors got 19 points from the bench.

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“We’re still feeling out some situations,” Champagne said. “There’s not a big difference between our six, seven, eight and nine guys – I said, why aren’t we playing more guys? I think it helped with our defensive intensity, I think we were able to maintain it longer. I thought we did a good job recovering and making them tough shots. We haven’t played that many guys in the first two games but I think it’s something we should do.”

That defensive effort limited Canton to just seven points in the first quarter as KP held a four point advantage after one. With fresh legs in the second quarter, the Warriors offensive exploded for 23 points.

Canton’s Eric Olshaker came away with a steal and Devin Foster, who scored 14 of his career-high 24 points in the second quarter, converted on the other end to bring the Bulldogs within two at 18-16. That’s when KP really created separation.

First, Layman (team-high 16 points, five rebounds) drilled a three and after an offensive rebound, Sullivan hit a three of his own. Weir added a bucket in the paint before Layman connected for another three pointer to create a 10-point lead, 29-19. Sullivan added a late three and KP took a 34-25 lead into the locker room.

Six points apiece from Vine and Layman helped carry King Philip’s offense early while Goodwin added a basket late off the bench. KP allowed just nine points in the third quarter and took a 50-34 lead after three quarters.

“I thought our inside presence was good,” Champagne said. “I thought it was good last Friday too, but we just had a bad third quarter overall. Our length helped close out on their shots too. They have a couple of pretty talented kids. We knew they’d get a certain amount of points but overall I thought we contained them pretty well.”

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Canton had its best offensive quarter in the fourth, scoring 19 points but King Philip matched it each step of the way with 19 points of their own.

“They spread it around, they had good depth and they had a lot of guys hurt us in a lot of different ways,” Canton head coach Ryan Gordy said. “Right now we need to do a better job of getting more guys involved, maybe we need to tweak some offensive sets and find ways to get more guys to contribute offensively for us. It’s not going to cut it with just two guys scoring for us.”

Beyond Layman, Vine finished with 11 points and three assists, Weir had 10 points and seven rebounds, Sullivan had six points and King added six points off the bench.

Tony Harris added 15 points and six rebounds for the Bulldogs while Danny Hartnett and Jake Verille each had six points.

Canton (0-3, 0-3) will look for its first win when they return to action after the holidays on Thursday, December 29th with a trip to Middleboro.

“It’s just about getting better and honoring that process and really focusing on one day at a time and finding ways to improve,” Gordy said.

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Monday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 12/28/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
Attleboro, 55 vs. Bishop Feehan, 77 – Final
Canton, 74 @ Avon, 33 – Final – Canton senior Griffin Jerrier recorded his first double-double of the season with a game-high 16 points and 11 rebounds. Tony Harris added 14 points, freshman Devin Foster had 11 points and Austin Maffie and Eric Olshaker each scored eight points for the Bulldogs.
Oliver Ames, 39 vs. Archbishop Williams, 25 – Final
Sharon, 54 @ Wilmington, 47 – Final – Sharon’s Matt Lowerre dropped in a team-high 16 points and Andrew Filipkowski drained four three pointers and totaled 14 points to help the Eagles. 
Stoughton, 79 vs. Natick, 66 – Final – Brandon Teixeira scored a game-high 25 points and had nine rebounds as the Black Knights opened with a win at the Randolph Holiday Classic. Cam Gomes added 15 points and five rebounds, Ryan Sullivan had 12 points and four rebounds and Cam Andrews had 11 points and four rebounds. Drayton Tisdale had six points, nine rebounds and four assists. 
Taunton, 49 @ Durfee, 65 – Final – Jose Mercado scored 13 points and Tommy MacLean scored 12 points in the loss for the shorthanded Tigers. 
Girls Basketball
Mansfield, 43 vs. Cooperstown, 28 – Final – Caroline Maher was the top scorer for the Hornets, who ended Cooperstown’s 30-game win streak. Jackie Carchedi added 11 points for Mansfield and combined with Jen Kemp to hold Cooperstown’s top scorer, who came in averaging 26 per game, to just seven points.
Oliver Ames, 56 vs. Walpole, 40 – Final – Kaitlyn McCarthy and Francesca Calabraro each scored 13 points for the Tigers. McCarthy added seven rebounds and four assists. Kayla Raymond scored 10 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and three blocks. Sam Bamford scored eight for OA, which advances to face Needham on Tuesday.
Canton, 0 vs. Lincoln-Sudbury, 3 – Final

Foxboro, 1 vs. Latin Academy, 9 – Final
Franklin, 4 vs. Bishop Guertin 1 – Final
King Philip, 4 vs. North Quincy 3 – Final
Stoughton, 2 vs. Norton, 2 – Final – Sean Doherty and Eoin Doherty each scored a goal for the Black Knights.
Taunton, 2 vs. Coyle Cassidy, 7 – Final
Lowell Tournament (Canton, Foxboro, Franklin), 8:00AM
Marshfield Tournament (Mansfield, North Attleboro, Sharon, Oliver Ames) – North Attleboro had all members of the team earn points as they finished first overall out of 37 team with 223 points. Sharon finished seventh with 128.5 points, Oliver Ames placed 20th with 67 points and Mansfield was 34th with 26 points. North Attleboro’s Devin Spratt was named the Marshfield Holiday Tournament Outstanding Wrestler after winning at 120 with a pin over St. John Prep’s Malcolm Mitchell. Sharon’s David Ellis-Rech won at 138 with a 4-1 decision over Hingham’s Joey Ryan.
Notable finishes:
113 – Yosef Ellis Rech, Sharon – 3rd Place
113 – Jack Direnzo, North Attleboro – 7th Place
120 – Devin Spratt, North Attleboro – 1st Place
126 – Alex Devitto, North Attleboro – 5th Place
132 – Luke Stillman, Sharon – 4th Place
132 – Brandon Graveline, North Attleboro – 8th Place
138 – David Ellis-Rech, Sharon – 1st Place
138 – Mike Gould, North Attleboro – 5th Place
145 – Tyler Jensen, Sharon – 3rd Place
145 – Nick Gould, North Attleboro – 4th Place
145 – George Glaropolous, Mansfield – 7th Place
152 – Colin Fiske, North Attleboro – 3rd Place
152 – Jason Powell, Sharon – 4th Place
160 – Jordan Tillinghast, North Attleboro – 8th Place
170 – Jack Donahue, North Attleboro – 3rd Place
220 – Leo Thibeault, North Attleboro – 2nd Place
285 – Brennan Sankey, North Attleboro – 2nd Place
285 – Pat Mills, Oliver Ames – 6th Place
King Philip, 124.85 @ Mansfield, 134.65 – Final
Girls Hockey
Franklin, 7 @ Dover-Sherborn/Hopkinton, 1 – Final
Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 3 @ Westwood, 4 – Final