Monday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 01/14/19

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
Attleboro, 60 @ Foxboro, 32 – FinalClick here for a photo gallery from this game. – Attleboro junior Lorenzo Wilson came off the bench to score a career-high 15 points, including seven straight in the second quarter that ballooned a 6-0 run into a 13-2 spurt that gave the Bombardiers first half separation. “He’s been working very hard in practice, you can see where our strength is we want to go inside out, and we didn’t skip a beat with him in there,” said Attleboro head coach Mark Houle. “He’s been finishing stronger too, it was great to see him have a good game today.” Attleboro led 11-10 late in the first but finished with a 6-0 burst, and then opened the second behind Wilson with a 7-2 run to make it 24-12. Attleboro led 30-14 at half and 45-25 heading into the final quarter. Junior Qualeem Charles added 14 points and six boards and Mason Houle had 10 points, five rebounds, and five assists for the Bombardiers. Foxboro sophomore Kevin Gallagher had a team-high 12 points.

Girls Basketball
Foxboro, 64 @ Attleboro, 36 – FinalKatelyn Mollica led the unbeaten Warriors to a big road win, scoring a game-high 19 points. Abby Hassman added 13 and Lizzy Davis had 12 for Foxboro.

Boys Hockey
Foxboro, 5 vs. Norton, 2 – FinalClick here for a Photo Gallery from this game. Jack Watts scored a pair of goals to lead Foxboro to a season sweep of the Lancers. Foxboro opened the scoring in the first period when Kirk Leach took and outlet pass from Brendan Tully and beat the Norton goalie over the glove side. The Warriors added three goals in the second period to take control of the game. Watts and Ronnie MacLellan each scored on rebounds, after saves by Norton goalie Mitchell Doctor (of Sharon) and then Brady Daly scored on a quick transition that caught the Norton defense pinching up the boards in the offensive zone. Norton cut the lead in half with two goals within 19 seconds of each other late in the third period, the second by Sharon’s Jared Flueckiger, but Watts scored on a two-man advantage (assisted by Leach and MacLellan) to seal the points.

Boys Swimming
Franklin, 91 @ Mansfield, 71 – Final

Girls Swimming
Franklin, 95 @ Mansfield, 67 – Final

Gymnastics
Attleboro, 127.85 @ North Attleboro, 132.45 – Final
Franklin, 131.8 @ North Attleboro, 132.45 – Final
Attleboro, 127.85 vs. Franklin, 131.8 – Final
Mansfield @ King Philip, 8:00

Attleboro Pulls Away From Rival North For Big Win

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Attleboro’s Mason Houle drives to the basket as North Attleboro’s George Ladd (33) attempts to block the ball. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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ATTLEBORO, Mass. – Throughout the first 10 minutes of Tuesday night’s rivalry showdown, Attleboro and North Attleboro went back and forth trying to grab hold of the momentum.

With five minutes left in the second quarter in a one-point game, Attleboro turned it up a notch — on both ends of the floor — and orchestrated a 14-0 run to finish the first half and build a double-digit lead it never relinquished the rest of the way en route to a 68-50 win over the visiting Rocketeers.

North Attleboro hit four shots in the opening four minutes, including a pair of three-pointers, to build a 10-6 lead. Attleboro responded on the back of junior guard Bryant Ciccio, who scored 12 of his game-high 21 points in the opening frame, to take a 19-13 lead after one.

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The Rocketeers got the momentum back on their side with a 7-2 spurt to open the second quarter. Ethan Friberg (10 points) scored down low, and Josh Montague (11 points) hit five straight points while North’s defense got five stops, including a turnover, to get within one at 21-20.

After a timeout by the hosts, Attleboro rattled off 14 straight points to change the complexity of the game.

“We’ve really been focusing on ending quarters and halves strong,” said Attleboro head coach Mark Houle. “When you can get those runs, like 8-0 or something, during those stretches, that’s when you get really separate yourself. I think we’re starting to figure out how to do that. We did a little last game, but we were certainly able to do that more tonight, and it put us in a good position. It starts with defensive energy.”

Mason Houle (nine points, seven assists, four rebounds, two steals) started the run with a strong take to the basket, Qualeem Charles (six points, seven rebounds) added two more off a nice feed from Ciccio, Houle went coast-to-coast for two and then found Ciccio for a triple to make it 30-20 with two minutes to play.

Attleboro forced a turnover and then was fouled going for the offensive rebound on a missed three. Keep possession resulted in two from Lorenzo Wilson (from Houle) and then Houle capped the run with a triple with under a minute to go to send the hosts into the locker room with a commanding 35-20 advantage.

“Our defense tonight wasn’t good,” said North Attleboro head coach Sean Mulkerrins. The Rocketeers had allowed 46.5 points per game on average entering the game and held its past five opponents under 50 points. “You give all the credit in the world to [Attleboro], they beat us one-on-one and then our rotations on the weak side weren’t there. Ciccio had that big first quarter and then they had that run in the second quarter. We just couldn’t get any momentum off of our defense. And offensively we weren’t countering what their aggressive defense was giving us. I felt like we lost our composure a bit when we weren’t defending well. We’ll bounce back, but that was a tough one for us.”

North Attleboro senior Nate Gonsavles (12 points, four rebounds) hit an early triple in the third quarter but Attleboro’s Kevin Velazquez (18 points) had his best frame of the season to keep the Bombardiers ahead. Velazquez opened the quarter with a layup and added two more after a near two-minute gap without scoring.

“A couple of our last games, our defensive intensity has been there, but now we’re playing smarter defensively,” Houle said. “We’re not gambling, we’re making the other team work hard. When you do that, you put the other team in pressure situations and force tough shots. And on top of that, we’re getting to those 50-50 balls and getting some transition baskets from it.”

Tim Callahan hit a three in the corner and Velazquez converted from deep after an offensive rebound from Ciccio. Gonsalves answered with a triple of his own but Velazquez game right back down the other end and sank a three-pointer to extend the lead to 48-26.

“I think we’re starting to see that our shooting percentage is a lot better when we get so many touches per possession,” Houle said. “There’s a magic number that we want to get to and what I think that does is gets the defense moving and gets us open looks. I think for the second game in the row, we’re starting to build some consistency with it. When we didn’t do it, you saw turnovers. When we did, we got some good looks. I thought defensively [North Attleboro] did a nice job inside, we didn’t get a lot of looks inside tonight, but we were able to shoot the ball pretty well.

After Gonsalves hit a floater, Velazquez came right back down and made his third straight triple to help the Bombardiers take a 53-32 lead into the final quarter.

Click here for a photo gallery from this game.

“Kevin had his best shooting game tonight,” Houle said of Velazquez, who went 4-for-8 from deep and shot 47% from the field overall. “We told him it would take a couple of weeks coming off a fall sport, just getting in a rhythm. He’s starting to come along and get his basketball legs back, which means he’s getting his shot back which is nice.

“In the first half, I thought Bryant played terrific. There are times in a game where you can see someone trying to take it over and Bryant had a four or five-minute stretch where he was terrific.”

Ciccio and Velazquez each connected on a three in the opening 90 seconds of the fourth quarter to effectively put any thoughts of a miraculous comeback away.

Attleboro boys basketball (4-1 Hockomock, 6-2 overall) is back in action on Friday when they travel to King Philip. North Attleboro (2-3, 4-3) hits the road on the same night with a visit to Milford.

Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 12/21/18

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
Attleboro, 48 @ Durfee, 44 – FinalHolding a three-point lead with just over a minute to go, Attleboro junior Tim Callahan (12 points) hit a three pointer to give the Bombardiers a bit of a cushion. The Hilltoppers got within three with just under a minute to go but Bryant Ciccio (14 points) and Mason Houle (11 points) each hit a pair of free throws down the stretch to earn the win. Attleboro held a 38-20 advantage on the boards with Lorenzo Wilson (nine rebounds) leading the way.

Foxboro, 48 vs. Bishop Feehan, 36 – FinalFoxboro overcame a five-point halftime deficit, limiting the Shamrocks to just 13 points in the entire second half. Feehan led 23-18 at the break but Foxboro put up 20 points in the third and took a 38-31 lead into the fourth quarter. Foxboro junior Brandon Borde scored 13 of his team-high 19 points in the second half while junior Will Morrison added 11 points for the Warriors.

Franklin, 73 @ Catholic Memorial, 78 – FinalFranklin led 40-39 at halftime, and took a 59-55 lead into the final frame but Catholic Memorial was able to take the lead midway through. Trailing 72-64 with three minutes to go, the Panthers got within two, and then within one when Jalen Samuels (17 points) hit a three with 9.3 seconds left. But the Knights hit two free throws and thwarted a last bid from the Panthers. Junior Chris Edgehill had a team-high 27 points for the Panthers.

Sharon, 53 @ King Philip, 73 – FinalClick here for a recap and photo gallery from this game.

Mansfield, 73 @ BC High, 51 – FinalMansfield built a 10-point lead by halftime but doubled the advantage with a big third quarter in a win over BC High. The Hornets led 35-25 at half and then outscored the Eagles 20-9 in the third to pull away. Senior Damani Scott had a team-high 18 points for Mansfield while Tommy Dooling added 17 points and junior Sam Stevens finished with 14 points.

Milford, 59 vs. Westboro, 74 – FinalMilford trailed by just four at halftime, down 36-32, but Westboro outscored the Hawks 20-10 in the third quarter to create a double digit lead that it didn’t relinquish the rest of the way. Danny Corsini poured in a career-high 26 points for the Hawks, including 16 in the second quarter. Brendon Sailer and Jordan Darling each added nine points for the Hawks.

Stoughton, 64 @ Archbishop Williams, 58 – FinalStoughton outscored the Bishops 17-8 in the second quarter to build a double-digit lead by halftime, up 30-18. The Black Knights extended the advantage to 48-32 after three quarters and then withstood a strong fourth quarter from Archies to get the win. Junior Ajahn Rue poured in a career-high 22 points to pace Stoughton.

Girls Basketball
Attleboro, 55 vs. Durfee, 34 – FinalClick here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.

North Attleboro, 37 @ Bishop Feehan, 57 – FinalNorth had a lead at halftime, but the Shamrocks stormed back into the game in the second half and North coach Derek Herber said that the Rocketeers struggled to keep the offense going. Julia Feid was North’s top scorer with 14 points.

Stoughton, 42 vs. Brockton, 65 – FinalAliyah Wright paced the Black Knights with a team-high 21 points.

Wrestling
Oliver Ames Quad – Foxboro went 3-0 on the day, beating BC High 41-31, Oliver Ames 41-27, and Plymouth North 57-14. Adam Lanctot, Tommy Gallagher, Mike Sheehan, and William Ogbebor all went undefeated for the Warriors.

Boys Swimming
Canton, 62 @ Franklin, 102 – Final

King Philip, 88 @ Foxboro, 51 – FinalFoxboro’s Dimitri Davis took first in the backstroke in a time of 1:21.

Mansfield, 56 @ Sharon, 95 – Final

Girls Swimming
Canton, 62.5 @ Franklin, 102.5 – Final

King Philip, 96 @ Foxboro, 68 – FinalFoxboro’s 200 relay team of Sarah Egan, Pam Nelson, Lindsey Nelson, and Gina Ouellette took first in a time of 1:58.

Mansfield, 65 @ Sharon, 106 – FinalSharon’s Cleo Zhou qualified for sectionals with the time of 01:07.60 in the 100 backstroke while Shruthi Kaveti, Procheta Gosh, Jyaleen Wu, and Muskan Kumar qualified for sectionals in the 200 free relay with a time of 01:53.28.

Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 05/04/18


Today’s games are listed below.

Baseball
Foxboro, 1 @ Attleboro, 10 – FinalAttleboro plated four runs in the second inning and scored in every other inning except for the fifth to score a big win over Foxboro and snap its five-game losing streak. Senior Jon Candiales won his first varsity start, scattering four hits, one walk, and six strikeouts in a complete game effort. At the plate, Candiales helped his own cause with two hits, including a double, and two RBI while James Weir added two hits – a double and a triple. Troy Gamache and Sam Larkin each went 2-for-4 with two RBI while Lorenzo Wilson played well in his first start behind the plate.

Canton, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 5 – FinalOA scored once in each the first and second innings and then tacked on three more in the fourth inning in a win over Canton. Matt Muir pitched 3.1 scoreless innings in relief without allowing a hit while Cam Perron tossed two scoreless innings in his first varsity outing on the mound. Mitch Goulet and Michael Friel each had a double and a run scored for the Tigers.

North Attleboro, 5 @ King Philip, 1 – Final

Milford, 4 @ Mansfield, 10 – FinalMansfield pushed across seven runs in the first inning and added two more in the second to build a big lead over visiting Milford. The Hornets totaled 13 hits as a team lead by Chris Jenkins (two RBI) and Kevin Dow (two runs, RBI) each contributing three hits. Cullin Anastasia added two hits, two runs, and two RBI while Tyler Dalton and Jake Gerraughty each drove in a pair of runs. Milford’s Aidan Wilde went 4-for-4 with two runs and an RBI while Matt Nickerson was 3-for-3 with three RBI for the Hawks. Mansfield junior Matt Scibilia allowed just one hit in 2.2 scoreless innings of relief.

Stoughton, 8 @ Taunton, 3 – Final

Softball
Attleboro, 13 @ Foxboro, 7 – Final

Oliver Ames, 4 @ Canton, 15 – FinalCanton’s Caroline Hughes pitched a complete game in the circle and helped her own cause, going 4-for-5 at the plate, including a double, to help the Bulldogs get a big win. Ally Chin went 3-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored, Torie Anglin added an RBI triple, and freshman Nikki Desjardins had her first career hit and scored two runs. For Oliver Ames, Lexie Campbell was 2-for-3 with a run scored, Rachel Han was 2-4, and Kayla Georgeu had a triple and a run scored.

King Philip, 16 @ North Attleboro, 2 – Final

Mansfield, 7 @ Milford, 13 – FinalMilford scored in each of the first five innings to build a 13-2 lead against visiting Mansfield. Emily Piergustavo went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two runs scored and two RBI while Sabrina Haarstick had two hits, including a home run, knocked in two runs, and scored twice for the Hawks, who had 18 hits. Kate Irwin scored four runs on two hits and Jess Tomaso finished with two doubles and three RBI. Kelley Reichert earned the win, striking out eight while allowing five hits in five innings of work. Mansfield had nine hits as a team, including the first varsity hits for Emma Roche and Tori Farrington. Kara and Mady Bendanillo, Caty DeMassi, Ella Verheggen, Mary Muldoon, and Grace Benton also had hits for the Hornets in the loss.

Sharon, 0 @ Norwood, 11 – Final

Taunton, 8 @ Stoughton, 0 – FinalTaunton senior Kya Enos and freshman Hannah Aldrich each belted a two-run home run in the third inning, helping the Tigers build a lead they would never surrender. Payton Ceglarski added an RBI single in what was a five-run third inning for Taunton. Enos (three hits) added another run with an RBI single in the fourth, and then drove in another run with a triple in the sixth inning. Aldrich (three hits) added another RBI in the sixth. Jaime Brown added three hits and McKenzie McAloon chipped in with two, including a double. Kelsey White allowed just two hits while striking out 10 in a complete game shutout. “She pitched a masterful game,” said THS head coach Dave Lewry.

Boys Lacrosse
Foxboro, 16 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final
Mansfield, 9 @ Canton, 3 – Final
King Philip, 12 @ Oliver Ames, 10 – Final
Milford, 5 @ Sharon, 13 – Final
North Attleboro, 15 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final

Girls Lacrosse
Attleboro, 7 @ Foxboro, 15 – Final

Canton, 6 @ Mansfield, 16 – Final

Oliver Ames, 4 @ King Philip, 17 – FinalKP had eight different players find the back of the net to get another league win. Alli Meehan was the top scorer with four goals and two assists, while Caroline Klim had three goals and three assists. Jess Sullivan also had a hat trick for the Warriors, while Olivia Tormey and Dana Truini each had two in the win. KP also got goals from Lauren Anderson and Shayla Weitzman.

Boys Tennis
Attleboro, 0 @ Foxboro, 5 – Final

Oliver Ames, 0 @ Canton, 5 – Final

King Philip, 2 @ North Attleboro, 3 – FinalNorth Attleboro swept singles play to edge King Philip in a battle of two of the top teams in the Hockomock League. North senior Richard Bermudez won 6-1, 6-2 at first singles, senior Christian Bermudez won 6-0, 6-0 at second singles, and freshman Jonah Manso recorded a 6-1, 6-1 win at third singles. KP’s Sean Desrochers and Nate Ihley won 7-5, 6-2 at first doubles while Aidan Ignatius and Nick Ihley prevailed 6-3, 6-4 at second doubles.

Taunton, 4 @ Stoughton, 1 – FinalTaunton won its fourth straight match, taking both doubles matches and winning two more in singles play to get the win. Junior Brett Beaulieu won his 40th career match with a 6-2, 6-1 win at second singles, Mike Briggs didn’t lose a single game at third singles, the team of Charlie Fiske and Alex Pugh won 6-3, 6-2 at first singles, and Kyle Dennehy and Trevor Hart notched a 6-3, 6-2 win at second doubles. Stoughton freshman Waseem Sablon won 7-6, 6-1 at first singles.

Girls Tennis
Stoughton, 0 @ Taunton, 5 – FinalTaunton defended home court by winning all five matches in straight sets against Stoughton. Jillian Pagliuca won 6-0, 6-0 at first singles, Vanessa Rosa earned a 6-2, 6-1 win at second singles, and Jocelyn Pagliuca won 6-3, 6-1 at third singled. Taunton’s first doubles team of Amanda Pugh and Brianna Fevrier won 6-1, 6-3 while Samantha Martin and Kayla Parrett won 6-2, 6-1 at second doubles.

Foxboro, 5 @ Attleboro, 0 – FinalFoxboro’s singles played combined to lose just three games in a sweep over Attleboro. Sophia Prinos won 6-0, 6-0 at first singles, Pamela Nelson lost just one game in a 6-0, 6-1 win at second singles, and Kayla Prag picked up a 6-1, 6-1 decision at third singles. The team of Julia Muise and Sarah Prag won 6-3, 6-3 at first doubles and the pairing of Olivia Dantona and Kendell Milender won 6-0, 6-0 at second doubles.

Canton, 2 @ Oliver Ames, 3 – FinalOliver Ames’ second doubles team of Olivia Groebe and Eva Belanger overcame a one-set deficit to battle back, winning in a tiebreak to give the Tigers the win. Groebe and Belanger won 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5) while OA’s first doubles team of Kristin Bloumbas and Emily Yu won 7-5, 6-2. Maura Kiernan earned OA’s first point, taking a 6-3, 6-0 decision at third singles. Canton freshmen Natalie Keppler (6-0, 6-1) and Rachel Kupferman (6-1, 6-0) won at first and second singles, respectively.

North Attleboro, 3 @ King Philip, 2 – Final

Boys Volleyball
Taunton @ Durfee, 5:15


Brockton’s Defense Overwhelms Attleboro In Opener

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Attleboro junior Mason Houle drives to the basket in the first half against Brockton. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
 
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BROCKTON, Mass. – For the first 16 minutes of the game, the 13th-seeded Attleboro Bombarders went punch for punch with the third-seeded Brockton Boxers.

But the second half was a different story.

The Boxers amped up their defensive pressure, leading to turnovers and transition baskets and a 71-48 win in the opening round of the D1 South tournament.

Attleboro trailed by as much as five but held a 9-8 lead at the midway point of the first, and used a late three to knot the game 15-15 at the end of one.

Sophomore Bryant Ciccio (13 points) scored six straight for Attleboro early in the second quarter, each bucket erasing a deficit to tie the game.

A banked three from junior Mason Houle gave the Bombardiers a 24-23 edge, and two free throws from senior Nate Douglas (eight points) put Big Blue back in front 26-25 at the midway point.

But late in the first half, the Boxers switched their defense up to apply a halfcourt trap. From that point, Attleboro scored just two points over the final four minutes, a bucket down low off the hands of sophomore Qualeem Charles (eight points, nine rebounds).

Although trailing 32-28 at half, the Bombardiers seemed to be in a good spot, shooting nearly 50% from the floor despite missing some transition layups.

“We were okay at halftime,” said Attleboro head coach Mark Houle. “I thought if we came out in the second half and played a little bit better…we did some really good things in the first half we just had to hit some transition baskets on our own side. But we really never put the pressure on them to keep it close. Their defense in the second half just swarmed us. Even our good looks didn’t seem as good.”

“I just said to Coach Houle that I thought [Attleboro] controlled the game in the first half,” said Brockton head coach Bob Boen. “We were playing at their pace, we were doing what they wanted to do. I thought we were lucky to be ahead by four the way the first half went. I just decided we couldn’t play that way any longer, we had to get out and start pressing and pressuring in the half court.

Unfortunately for Attleboro, it was the Boxers who dominated the second half.

The halfcourt trap continued to bother Attleboro, who had more turnovers (seven) than field goals made (five) in the third quarter. Brockton’s active pressure led to easy transition buckets.

“[The pressure] made the difference,” Boen said. “It really got us lively and kind of took them out of their offense. They made a couple of threes against us but not much else. We did a real nice job with it, we were active and covered up when they made good passes.”

Kevin Velazquez hit an early triple to cut the deficit to three, and Douglas drained one from deep to get the Bombardiers within six with five minutes left in the third. But Attleboro couldn’t find consistency in its offense due to the trap and Brockton rattled off eight straight points over the next two and a half minutes.

“We did some good things early in the game obviously,” Houle said. “Even in the first half we had some opportunities to get them out of the 1-3-1 but we missed some shots and missed on some inside outs. We had a couple of chances in transition to really kind of force them into some different things. I thought if we got a couple of baskets against the 1-3-1 early on they might not have stayed in it, it definitely gave us fits there.”

Charles snapped the run with a putback of his own miss to get it back to 10, but Brockton created plenty of separation with a 9-3 run to finish the quarter, taking a 57-41 lead into the final quarter.

“They are long, they are quick and they got into the passing lanes, and we didn’t come to the ball,” Houle said. “When we did have opportunities to make plays, we didn’t play with as much confidence in the second half. I think that’s what it came down to. We were a little less confident as the game went on.”

It was more of the same in the fourth for Attleboro. The Bombardiers only managed seven points in the final quarter and didn’t score until two minutes left in the game. Ciccio hit two free throws, Lorenzo Wilson scored in the paint and Jornell Abadia drained a three.

“One of the things we had to do tonight was play through contact, and we didn’t do that,” Houle said. “And they had their run outs, and we didn’t want to let them get out in transition. So two things right there hurt us, especially in the third quarter. That opened the lead a little bit.”

Attleboro boys basketball finishes the season 13-10.