Today’s games are listed below. Boys Basketball D1 South
#4 Mansfield, 75 vs. #13 New Bedford, 51 – Final – Sam Goldberg scored a game-high 16 points and hauled in 11 rebounds as Mansfield battled back from a first quarter deficit. Matt Ehrlich added 13 points, including 12 in the vital second quarter rally. Christian Weber added 12 points and Nick Baskin chipped in with 10 points.
#7 Taunton, 83 vs. #10 Plymouth South, 54 – Final – Jose Mercado scored 28 points in just three quarters of play because of foul trouble to lead the Tigers. Along with Mercado’s 28 points, junior Quan Roberson had a double-double with 16 points and was a big factor on the boards with 10 rebounds. Carlos Borrero and Tommy MacLean each had 10 points while they combined for 13 assists. Brevan Walker and Lens Esquil combined for 15 points off the bench. D2 South
#3 Foxboro, 68 vs. #14 Nauset, 53 – Final – Foxboro grabbed a lead after the first quarter, grew it by halftime and stretched it to as much as 20 points in the second half. Senior Jason Procaccini scored a team-high 15 points while classmates Rob Lowey added 15 points and Jonathan Carnino had 11 points.
#15 Sharon, 52 @ #2 Whitman-Hanson, 54 – Final – Sharon used a full court press to come back from a double-digit first half deficit and take its first lead, 50-49, with 2:25 to play. The Eagles were unable to take the lead in a tie game and the Panthers sank two free throws with 0.2 seconds left to get the win. Mitchell Sirota led Sharon with career-high 17 points and Tyler Smith added 11 points.
#16 Oliver Ames, 63 @ #1 Bishop Feehan, 68 – Final Hockey D1 South
#4 Franklin, 2 vs. #13 Wellesley, 1 – Final
#9 King Philip, 1 vs. #8 Newton North, 3 – Final D2 South
#3 Canton, 10 vs. #14 Sandwich, 1 – Final
Girls Hockey Division 2 #24 Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 3 @ #9 Notre Dame, 11 – Final #26 King Philip, 0 @ #7 Plymouth, 4 – Final
CANTON, Mass. – Junior guard Ricardo Ripley started Monday night’s Div. 2 South preliminary round game fast with 10 points in the opening quarter to help Sharon build a solid lead and he finished it strong with eight points in the fourth quarter, as the Eagles held off a late Milton charge.
Ripley finished the game with 20 points and seven rebounds and helped lead Sharon to a 56-45 victory over the Wildcats in a “home” game that was forced to be played in Canton because Sharon High’s gym had been taken over for Tuesday’s presidential primary.
The gym seemed to suit Ripley and the Eagles fine in the opening quarter. Andrew Filipkowski knocked down a pair of threes to give Sharon the 7-4 lead and then Ripley started to get going. He hit a pair from beyond the arc and added a tough finish in traffic, as Sharon led 20-13 after one.
“We’ve had a lot of conversations with Ricardo throughout the year about how he’s going to be the engine that drives us,” said Sharon coach Andrew Ferguson, “and he got it going early, making his layups, attacking the basket. There weren’t a lot of people on the floor who could guard him.”
The second quarter was all about the defense. Buoyed by the Sharon cheering section at their back, the Eagles held Milton to just three point and no made field goals in the second quarter. Peter Banks (six points, 10 rebounds, two blocks) asserted himself in the middle along with Mitchell Sirota, who each scored four in the second.
Ferguson explained, “We kind of challenged Peter, who hasn’t played well in the last couple of weeks, to give us something that he was giving us in the middle of the season and he responded to that defensively and especially on the glass.”
Leading by 15 at the half, Sharon knew that it could not let its guard down against a Wildcats team that had the potential to put points up in a hurry. Jamaurie Coakley scored four of his team-high 12 in the third and Sam Ferrara scored five of his seven, but the Wildcats could not get any closer than 10 and went into the fourth down 41-27 after a big corner three by Lowerre.
“I hate taking him off the court,” said Ferguson of Lowerre, “and whenever I do he says, ready whenever you need me. To have a guy like that who’s always ready to play, always ready to make a good decision, will rebound, play defense, he makes our team tough to play against.”
The fourth quarter is when Milton made its move. Eddie Hassell knocked the first of his two threes in the quarter to cut the lead to single digits but Ripley answered back with a drive to the hoop to make it 45-34. Christian Reddick buried a three for Milton but once again Ripley responded for the Eagles.
Ferguson said, “They stepped up their defensive intensity and…yeah, Ricardo, he answered the bell. That’s what he has to do…We plan on playing a couple more games this year, hopefully he can keep doing that.”
A Ferrara basket cut the lead to nine and Aiden Johnson followed with a three that got Milton to within six, the closest it had been since the first quarter. Lowerre (16 points, 10 rebounds) followed it with a pair from the line and layup on the break after a long outlet by Ripley. Hassell hit another long-range shot, but the Eagles closed the game 4-6 from the line to seal the win.
“We knew that if they got going shooting it could pose a problem for us. We built up enough of a lead that we could withstand it late in the fourth quarter,” Ferguson said.
There were times when it felt as though Sharon should have been up by a lot more, but in the end the Eagles held off Milton’s charge and gained experience in how to close out a playoff game.
“If we hadn’t turned the ball over as much as we did then we could’ve been in a little better position,” Ferguson admitted, “but our defense was great, guys coming off the bench played great. That was a total team victory.”
Sharon (12-9), the No. 15 seed, advances to face No. 2 seed Whitman-Hanson on Wednesday night. Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.
By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief
SHARON, Mass. — It’s not always the perfectly drawn up play that can get you a game winning shot, sometimes a broken play works out just as well.
With 19.5 seconds to go, Sharon called for a timeout after Foxboro tied the game 46-46. Senior Andrew Filipkowski took possession outside the three point line as time winded down to 10 seconds. He raced all the way around the edge, turning the corner on the baseline before dishing out to senior Matt Lowerre in the corner. A slight pump fake allowed Lowerre to drive hard at the hoop, sucking in the defense. Lowerre handed the ball off to junior Peter Banks at the free throw line and he quickly shuffled the ball along to senior David Roelke.
Roelke caught the pass – which was slightly to his left – with one hand, bringing it to his right and rising up all in one motion, shooting a three over the outstretched hand of a lounging defender.
Swish. Then the buzzer.
Roelke’s three gave the Eagles a 49-46 win over Foxboro and put the two teams into a tie atop the Davenport Division with five league games remaining.
“We came into the locker room and said ‘Just like we drew it up,’” Sharon head coach Andrew Ferguson said with a big smile. “I wrote down a couple things before the game tonight and one of those things was trust your seniors. When it kind of broke down, I thought about calling a timeout but I remembered to trust the seniors. Having all three captains out there, I had a feeling we would get the last shot and if it didn’t go in, at least we would go to overtime. Once it left David’s hands though I had a feeling it was going in.”
Before Roelke sent the Eagles into hysterics, it was Foxboro riding a wave of momentum. The Warriors had only trailed once in the first half (down 2-0) and a nine point lead at one point but took just two point cushion into the halftime break.
Sharon took its first lead of the second half when Tyler Smith drained the team’s first three pointer with just over a minute to play in the third to go up 32-21. Andrew Filipkowski drained another with 36 seconds to go in the third to give Sharon a 35-33 lead heading into the fourth.
“We hit three’s in the second half,” Ferguson said of what was the difference between halves. “I thought we got a lot of shots in the first half, we just missed some easy ones. We were tight coming in in a big game against Foxboro. It was similar to what we did against Oliver Ames. It’s an emotional game where you don’t execute as well and finish as well. I think once we calmed ourselves down in the locker room and then started watching them go in, it became easier for us.
“Our focus has been to get the ball inside. With the way that Peter Banks has been playing, the way Mitchell [Sirota] and Mike Zola had been playing, we figured we had a good matchup inside. We kind of got going from three point when they went zone. We had a feeling they might go zone at some point and we had the right guys on the floor when it happened. Going inside then outside to get some shots will work for us.”
It was all Eagles for the first half of the final period as buckets from Ricardo Ripley, Lowerre and Banks preceded a three from Roelke that gave Sharon a 44-36 lead halfway through the fourth. That’s when Foxboro flipped the switch back to on and closed the gap.
Alex DuBrow drained a three but Jimmy Fitzhenry hit a free throw to keep Sharon’s lead at six. With a tick under 90 seconds to play, DuBrow then banked a deep three from straight away to make it a three point game. The Warriors missed a pair of free throws but senior Rob Lowey (seven points, 14 rebounds) came up with the offensive board and putback to get within one.
Bryce Smith hit the front end of two free throws to make it a two point game and then confusion — mainly just for the officials — set in. As the shot clock was winding down and just 30 seconds to play, Jason Procaccini (game-high 18 points, 11 rebounds, six steals) launched a three that hit off the backboard without touching the rim. Lowey grabbed the rebound and quickly put it up, releasing before the buzzer. The shot hit the rim but missed. Joe Morrison tipped the rebound up and clearly pulled in the rebound to keep possession for the Warriors but the whistle blew with one ref putting his hand on his head for a shot clock violation.
After a lengthy discussion, the refs awarded the ball back to the Warriors but instead of a fresh clock (or no shot clock at all since there was only 25 seconds to go), they somehow decided on five seconds on the shot clock.
Foxboro still made it work though as Procaccini got in the post and quickly went up with it to tie the game with just over 20 seconds to play, setting up a timeout for Ferguson and the eventual winning shot from Roelke on the ensuing possession.
The Eagles had nine players register points on the scoresheet and beyond Roelke’s winning three, the most important came from Bryce Smith. When Foxboro held its nine point lead (21-12), it was Smith that rattled off seven straight points to keep the Eagles close. In just his third game back from injury, Smith injected the Eagles with some energy. First came the traditional three point play, then another bucket, followed by a steal and another layup while being fouled to pull Sharon within two just before the break.
“That’s what it’s been throughout this season,” Ferguson said. “Guys have gotten back [healthy] and are contributing. Bryce Smith single handedly kept us in the game in the second quarter and this is just his third game back. David [Roelke], this is just his third or fourth game back too and for those guys to come in and contribute while other guys had down games because of what their defense took away. It’s a good problem for us to have right now.”
Procaccini was a big reason for the lead for Foxboro, recording 12 points and five of his steals in the first half.
“It just seemed like it was one of those nights that for whatever reason, the ball just wasn’t going in the basket,” Foxboro coach Jon Gibbs said. The Warriors connected on a season-low four three pointers. “I thought we had some good looks and the ball just didn’t go in. We had some layups and shots in the paint that didn’t go in, we missed a lot of free throws but that’s basketball. You’re going to have nights like that, especially on the road. On those nights you have to rely on your defense to carry you and I thought our defense in the first half was excellent but for whatever reason we were flat in the third quarter. I really felt like in the first half we should have been able to get some separation, we played really good defense. But because we missed some easy shots we couldn’t get that separation.
“Sharon was able to build a lead and take the momentum and sort of put us on our heels. Give Sharon credit, they played a good game.”
Roelke finished with a team-high 12 points while Smith and Banks (eight rebounds) each added 10 points.
Beyond Procaccini, DuBrow had 13 points and three rebounds.
“We had some sloppy ones,” Gibbs said of his team’s 21 turnovers. “Coming into the game we talked about being patient and playing simple and getting a great shot every time and I don’t think we did a great job. I think we tried to force the home run pass early in possessions and that resulted in some turnovers. There were also some times we were being a little too unselfish around the rim instead of just powering it up strong.
“One positive we can take from this is being down that much that late in the game, and hanging in there and not giving up and making a bunch of plays in a row to give ourselves a chance to win the game was the real positive. Hopefully the next time we’re in that situation we can understand we’re still in it and just keep taking punches and hanging in there.”
Sharon (9-4, 8-3) moves into a tie for first place in the Davenport. There are no tiebreakers for division champs so head-to-head does not put the Eagles in first. Sharon will host Franklin in a battle of division leaders on Monday night. Foxboro (10-3, 8-3) will have a quick turnaround as they take on Bridgewater-Raynham on Sunday morning at 10:00AM at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
“This win makes up for some of those early mistakes for sure,” Ferguson said. “We set a goal at the beginning of the year to win the Davenport Division and we still want to reach that goal. We need one more win to get into the state tournament. We just had Taunton and Foxboro and now we follow up with Franklin. These are all tough ones. Luckily we get Franklin at home which helps us a lot. But right now we’re setting ourselves up to accomplish goals we set as a team.” Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at RyanLanigan@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.
Today’s games are listed below. Boys Basketball
Foxboro, 65 vs. Walpole, 50 – Final – Foxboro’s Alex DuBrow scored 16 of his team-high 20 points in the second half. Jason Procaccini added 15 points and Rob Lowey chipped in with 13 points. Foxboro will take on Westwood in the finals of the Westwood 2015 Holiday Invitational on Wednesday at 2:00.
Franklin, 77 @ Algonquin, 72 – Final – For the second straight game, freshman Jay Dieterle led the Panthers in scoring with 22 points. Franklin had five players reach double figures with Connor Goldstein adding 15 points, Paul Mahon scoring 12 points and Kevin Gill and Josh Macchi each scoring 10 points.
Sharon, 61 vs. Tewksbury, 63 – Final – The Eagles were unable to convert the game-tying shot at the buzzer in a close game with a favorite in D2 North. Mitchell Sirota had a team-high 16 points, Matt Lowerre had 13 points and Ricardo Ripley scored 12 points. Lowerre and Tyler Smith were named tournament all stars. Girls Basketball
Mansfield, 33 vs. Shenendehowa, 69 – Final – The Hornets split the two games in New York. On Tuesday, they were led by Caroline Maher with 10 points (all in the second half) and Juliana Newell with 8. Mansfield coach Mike Redding called Shenendehowa “the top team in New York.”
Oliver Ames, 47 vs. Needham, 39 – Final – Needham rallied from a 14 point halftime deficit to get within two late in the fourth quarter by free throws from Kaitlyn McCarthy and Kayla Raymond sealed the win for the Tigers. Junior Francesca Calabraro had a team-high 13 points for OA.
Sharon, 49 vs. Holliston, 35 – Final – The Eagles were led by senior Alyssa Piazza and freshman Emma Eberhardt who each scored 12 points. Sharon advances to the final of the Davenport Tournament to face Sandwich. The game will also be the final night for the team’s Coaches vs. Cancer event, which is raising money for the American Cancer Society. The Eagles have raised $300 so far.
Taunton, 34 vs. Durfee, 40 – Final Hockey
Franklin, 1 @ Mount Saint Charles, 0 – Final– Jeremy Miller scored with 35 seconds left in overtime to give the Panthers the win. Franklin will play St. Joseph Collegiate (NY) on Wednesday in the championships game of the Mount St. Charles Holiday Faceoff. Wrestling
Lowell Tournament (Canton, Foxboro, Franklin) – Foxboro’s Matt Kelley lost a close 1-0 decision in the finals at 126. Franklin’s John Miller was 4th at 220.
Framingham Tournament (Milford) – Milford came in 6th with 125 points.Nick Johnson won the 195 bracket, Nick Marcolini finished 2nd at 106, Brett Kimball was 3rd at 132, Ryan Gray was 3rd at 182, Carlos Terrinha wrestled to a 5th place finish at 113, Ryan Nesta was 6th at 170, Ian Lataille was 7th at 160 and Stan Demko finished 7th at 220. For team scores, Foxboro finished 29th with 72.5 points, Franklin finished 32nd with 68.5 points, Stoughton was 52nd with 43 points and Canton was 55th with 41 points. Gymnastics
Attleboro, 134.15 @ North Attleboro, 130.20 – Final Girls Hockey
Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 4 @ Quincy/North Quincy, 4 – Final
Today’s games are listed below. Boys Basketball
Attleboro, 62 @ Stoughton, 64 – Final – Stoughton senior Brandon Teixeira hit his fifth three pointer of the game with 13 seconds left to put the Black Knights ahead. Teixeira finished with a game-high 27 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Cam Andrews added 15 points and three steals and Cam Gomes had nine points and five rebounds. Attleboro’s Jake Dunkley had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Lucas Boucicaut had 15 points on over 71% shooting and Andrew Miliken added 12 points and eight rebounds.
Mansfield, 72 @ Canton, 47 – Final – Matt Ehrlich scored a team-high 21 points and Phil Vigeant added in 13 points and four assists for the Hornets. Sam Goldberg chipped in with eight points, five rebounds and four assists. Canton’s Woanyen Mahn had a team-high 10 points.
Taunton, 57 @ Foxboro, 51 – Final
Franklin, 50 @ Oliver Ames, 48 – Final – Kevin Gill scored a turnaround jumper in the paint off an assist from Sam Harrell with just 0.8 seconds left as Franklin completed a big second half comeback. After being down as much as 14, the Panthers rallied for a big third and fourth quarters. Tim Prunier had a team-high 14 points for Franklin. Tim Kelley had a game-high 15 points for Oliver Ames and Dylan Mahoney added 10.
King Philip, 63 @ Milford, 66 – Final – Milford’s Dwight Anderson recorded a double-double with a game-high 15 points and 10 rebounds while Dee Torres added 15 points and Nate Davila had eight points. King Philip freshman Kyle Layman also had a double-double with 20 points and 25 rebounds.
North Attleboro, 55 @ Sharon, 69 – Final – Ricardo Ripley was the top scorer for the Eagles with 18 points while Matt Lowerre hit three three pointers and finished with 11 points. Mitchell Sirota and Adam Banks had strong games and combined for 23 points. Brent Doherty led North Attleboro with a game-high 21 points. Girls Basketball
Canton, 24 @ Mansfield, 49 – Final – Caroline Maher led the way for the Hornets, who led 43-14 going into the fourth, with 13 points. Jackie Carchedi had a solid overall game for Mansfield with seven points, six rebounds, and seven steals.
Foxboro, 68 @ Taunton, 36 – Final – Ashley Sampson led the way for the Warriors with 25 points. Cassidy Harrison added 11 and Carolyn Will had 10 for Foxboro.
Oliver Ames, 58 @ Franklin, 47 – Final – Kayla Raymond had a double-double for the Tigers with 15 points and 10 rebounds and Niyera Mitchell added 14 points to pace the Tigers, who outscored Franklin 24-10 in the fourth quarter after trailing by six with four minutes to go. Francesca Calabraro added 10 points and Sam Bamford has six of OA’s 12 steals. Franklin was led by Lauren Rudolph with 10 points and Aubrie Kutil and Margaux Welsh each had seven.
Milford, 41 @ King Philip, 37 – Final – Kate Irwin led the Hawks with 18 points and Jill Power added nine points for Milford.
Sharon, 44 @ North Attleboro, 57 – Final – The Rocketeers were led by Caroline Collard with 13 points. Ashley Ahern added 11 points and six assists, while Emily Schromm had 10 for North. Sharon was led by Alyssa Piazza with a game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds and 13 points from Charlotte Ransom.
Stoughton, 58 @ Attleboro, 49 – Final – Jess Greer led Stoughton with 14 points and sophomore Val Whalen chipped in with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Four different players scored in double figures for the Black Knights. Hockey
Attleboro, 3 vs. Littleton/Bromfield, 2 – Final (2 OT) – Attleboro won the game on a goal by P.J. Elliott on the first shift of four on four play in the second overtime for the Bombardiers who advance to the tournament’s championship game. Elliott also had the tying goal in the third period. Jack Flynn scored Attleboro’s first goal on the power play. The game counts as a 2-2 draw in terms of tournament qualification.
Taunton, 6 vs. Durfee, 1 –Final – Zack Albert and Jordan Hoey scored a pair of goals while Jake Roberts added one and Jack Patneaude scored his first career goal. Mike Volkmann had three assists and Cam Pitts made 14 saves in net for the win. Swimming
Canton boys, 91 vs. Medfield boys, 80 – Final
Canton girls, 74 vs. Medfield girls, 96 – Final
Mansfield boys 77 vs. Hopkinton boys, 98 – Final
Mansfield girls, 84 vs. Hopkinton girls, 94 – Final
Oliver Ames boys, 86 @ North Attleboro boys, 82 – Final
Oliver Ames girls, 74 @ North Attleboro girls, 88 – Final
By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief
MANSFIELD, Mass. – A three pointer at the buzzer and an early run in the fourth quarter created enough separation as Mansfield opened the season with a 51-39 win over Sharon.
After a stop, Christian Weber connected on a deep three as the buzzer sounded to end the third quarter to give Mansfield a 34-30 lead. The Hornets converted early in the fourth on a backdoor cut from Phil Vigeant and used an early 8-2 run to 42-32 lead less than three minutes into the fourth quarter.
“We got a big rebound there, if that stays on their end momentum kind of stays on their end but that was a big stop,” Mansfield head coach Mike Vaughan said. “Then Weber comes down and makes it and then we get the back cut to start the fourth quarter from Phil [Vigeant]. That kind of created a little bit of help for us.”
Following Vigeant’s bucket, Sharon pulled within four again on a pull up jumper from Ricardo Ripley (11 points) but Mansfield junior Max Boen converted both of his free throws on the other end. Mansfield got a stop and once again Boen got to the line. He missed the first of a one and one situation but came away with his own rebound. Vigeant missed a three pointer but sophomore came flying in and got the put back to make it 40-32. Vigeant added two more to complete the 8-2 run and create a double-digit lead.
“I think what makes us difficult to play is that we have a lot of different guys that can score and that can contribute and make plays,” Vaughan said. “I thought we were a little tight in certain parts of the game and I thought we almost waited for something to happen instead of making something happen.”
It was a slow start for both teams as they combined to go 0-12 from three in the first quarter and Mansfield held a slim 5-4 lead. The offenses took turns the second quarter. First it was the Hornets with a 12-0 run with four points from Matt Ehrlich (game-high 16 points) and Kyle Swansburg and two each from Boen and Sam Goldberg.
Trailing by 13, Sharon’s offense came to life and won the final four minutes of the second quarter. Matt Lowerre’s take to the basket plus the foul was followed by a bucket from Mitchell Sirota. Lowerre then drained a three for an 8-2 run to finish the half to bring the Eagles within seven at 23-16.
The Eagles continued that momentum in the third quarter. Sirota and Lowerre each scored four points and Tyler Smith added a basket in a 9-5 start to the quarter. After the Hornets got three straight points, Ricardo Ripley grabbed consecutive baskets to bring Sharon within one at 31-30.
That’s when Weber hit his buzzer beater to give the momentum back. Inside of Mansfield’s big run to start the final quarter was the putback from Boulter. While the last name has been a known one over the past couple of years thanks to big brother Ryan, it was Tyler that made a big impact in his debut.
“That was a huge basket,” Vaughan said. “He was at the other end beyond half court during the foul series. To come and get that and get it up was great. At the beginning of the preseason he was our 14th guy and he’s slowly just moved up the rotation. He’s got a chip on his shoulder and I think he’ll help us down the stretch.”
From going within one point with 10 seconds remaining in the third quarter to a 10 point deficit just three minutes into the fourth quarter, the Eagles couldn’t come up with a consistent offense throughout the game.
“They spread us out really well,” first year Sharon head coach Andrew Ferguson said. “I think we did a good job defensively with our switches and we forced some tough shots for them but they just killed us on the glass, especially that weak side rebound. They’d take a shot with six seconds on the shot clock and then get that rebound and get it for another 30, that really hurt us and cut down the possessions we had. We couldn’t shoot the ball in the ocean tonight but the kids played unbelievably hard.”
On the flip side, Mansfield found success on the offensive end with ball movement. As we’ve seen over the past couple of seasons, the Hornets were able to move the ball quickly and get points from it.
“Taking a page out of [Boston Celtics coach] Brad Stevens’ book, when we got into the fourth or fifth pass I thought we scored at about a 50-60% clip,” Vaughan said. “When we were below that we were probably about 20-30% off the top of my head. We looked like a better basketball team when we got deeper into possessions and moved the basketball. It makes guys become better players when we’re able to move the ball.”
Mansfield (1-0) will be back in action on Friday when they host King Philip (0-1). Sharon (0-1) will look to bounce back when they host Stoughton (1-0) the same day. Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at RyanLanigan@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.
Today’s games are listed below. Boys Basketball
Foxboro, 73 @ Attleboro, 49 – Final – Senior Jason Procaccini scored a game-high 17 points in his Warriors debut, junior Mark Clagg added 16 points and Alex DuBrow had 10 points. Junior Andrew Milliken led Attleboro with 12 points and junior Jake Dunkley added 10 points.
Canton, 24 @ Franklin, 61 – Final – The Panthers jumped out to a 19 point lead after the first quarter lead and never looked back. Senior Tim Prunier scored a game-high 19 points in the win for Franklin.
Stoughton, 74 @ King Philip, 61 – Final – After being outscored 17-4 in the first quarter, Stoughton won the second quarter 32-9 to take control of the game. Senior Brandon Teixeira had a game best 22 points and had nine rebounds and six assists. Jared Maher and Jared Costa-Haywood each came off the bench to score 15 points apiece for the Black Knights. King Philip’s Noah Goodwin scored 20 points and Seth Sullivan had 16 points for the Warriors.
Oliver Ames, 44 @ Taunton, 72 – Final – After leading by just three after the first quarter, Taunton ran away with the win. Jose Mercado had a game-high 28 points, which was a league-high on Tuesday. Junior Tommy MacLean chipped in with 15 points and senior Carlos Borrero added 10 points.
Sharon, 39 @ Mansfield, 51 – Final – Mansfield junior Matt Ehrlich scored a game-high 16 points (64% shooting), junior Max Boen had eight points and seven rebounds and junior Christian Weber had seven points, three boards and three assists. Sharon’s Matt Lowerre had 12 points and four rebounds, Ricardo Ripley added 11 points and Mitchell Sirota had 10 points and three rebounds. Girls Basketball
Franklin, 55 @ Canton, 31 – Final – Carli Koffinke led the Panthers with 14 points. Lauren Rudolph chipped in with nine, Kristen Donaghy and Margaux Welsh each had eight for Franklin. The Bulldogs were led by Shannon Foley with seven points, while Meaghan Hunter and Hannah Jerrier each had six.
Attleboro, 53 @ Foxboro, 52 – Final – Sarah Deyo led all scores with 24 points and added eight rebounds for the Bombardiers. Sam Pierce added 18 points and six blocks and freshman Jordyn Lako had six points and took a crucial charge with 15.2 seconds remaining that helped Attleboro pick up the win. Foxboro was led by senior Cassidy Harrison with 17 points, including five three-pointers, while Lily Sykes and Ashley Sampson each had nine points.
King Philip, 45 @ Stoughton, 55 – Final – Alecia Quinones scored 25 points and added nine rebounds for the Black Knights and Jess Greer added 16 to give head coach Charmaine Steele Jordan a win on her debut. KP was led by Sam Madden with nine points.
Mansfield, 57 @ Sharon, 32 – Final – Sharon senior guard Charlotte Ransom led all scorers with 16 points.
North Attleboro, 62 @ Milford, 37 – Final – Senior Kiersten Bixby scored a career-high 21 points for the Rocketeers, who also got 15 points from junior Caroline Collard. Milford was led by senior Jill Powers, who scored 10 points. Jess Tomaso scored eight and Kate Irwin had seven for the Hawks.
Taunton, 17 @ Oliver Ames, 48 – Final – Oliver Ames had a big lead at the half and never looked back to pick up the win. Kayla Raymond led Oliver Ames with 11 points and Hannah Carroll had nine points. Kaitlyn McCarthy’s six points in the first half helped create a big lead. Freshman Sadie Homer had five steals in her varsity debut. Swimming
Canton @ Taunton, 4:00
2014-2015 Record: 5-15
2014-2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Ryan Gordy
The Bulldogs have a good amount of talent with experience returning this season and have added some key young pieces and head coach Ryan Gordy is hoping that combination will be a recipe for success this season.
Senior captains Rishi Jambunathan, Woanyen Mahn and Ben O’Neill all got plenty of experience last year and will be relied upon in getting the younger players involved. Griffin Jerrier, who was a strong rebounder last year, is also back and will help the Bulldogs in the paint.
“We are a team that has a nice mix of veterans and rookies, we have some athleticism, a good work ethic and IQ for the game,” Gordy said. “I would say we are relatively deep this year with 11 guys who can give quality minutes at the varsity level. Our biggest weakness is that this roster is unproven, and we need to learn how to execute in big moments to win games.”
2014-2015 Record: 15-8
2014-2015 Finish: Reached D2 South Semifinal
Coach: Jon Gibbs
When it comes to talent coming back, Foxboro is near the top of the list with the players they have returning this season. Hockomock League All Stars Alex DuBrow and Robby Lowey are both back for their senior seasons and will look to lead the Warriors to another deep postseason run.
Along with DuBrow and Lowey, Foxboro has junior Mark Clagg (third year of varsity), Andrew Block and Jonathan Carnino all back this season. Sophomore Joe Morrison was brought up at the end of last year and the Warriors got transfer Jason Procaccini from Nobles and he could emerge as one of the Foxboro’s top scoring options. Head coach Jon Gibbs will be relying on experience and depth to try take the next step this year.
“We have some good pieces offensively and should be able to score in a variety of ways, so as long as we stay unselfish, we should be able to put some points on the scoreboard,” Gibbs said. “Ultimately, our success will be determined by how big of a commitment we make to defense and rebounding.”
2014-2015 Record: 2-18
2014-2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Paul Seaver
After just two wins in head coach Paul Seaver’s first year, the Scarlet Hawks are looking to take a big step forward in the 2015-2016 season. With nearly everyone back, Milford is in prime position to pick up more victories this season.
Dwight Anderson, a Hockomock League honorable mention last year, is back for his senior season, junior sharpshooter Nate Davila is back, junior Zack Tamagni will be back running the point and senior Dimitry Torres is a player that can make an impact at both ends of the court. Sophomore Kayden Kelley saw some time in the second half of the season last year and should provide good length and size in the post.
“We return 10 of 14 guys from last year’s team, which was the youngest in the league,” Seaver said. “This group had a terrific offseason, coming together both on and off the court, and helping to rebuild the culture within Milford basketball. Some of our strengths would include our improved teamwork and general awareness of working with each other after having played together so much over the last year.”
2014-2015 Record: 20-4
2014-2015 Finish: Reached D2 South Final
Coach: Don Byron
After reaching the D2 South Final last season, the Tigers will have a to overcome a lot to try and get back there this season. All five starters (Carney, Handy, Kyne, Flynn, Welch) from last year’s team graduated as well as a key role player off the bench (Kelley) and another junior Franklin Holgate transferred to Nobles.
But the goal hasn’t changed for Oliver Ames as the Tigers will be making a push for the postseason again this year. Senior Tim Kelley will be one of the Tigers’ go-to options on the offensive end of the court and junior Carter Evin will provide some size in the post to give OA options on offense and defense. Connor Moroney will also be a source of scoring while Shawn Cardoza is another post player with some good experience.
“We graduated a strong senior class last year but with a nucleus of five returning players who played in a number of high pressure games last year we are optimistic,” head coach Don Byron said. “We also will add seven players who were key players on our successful JV and freshmen teams last year.”
2014-2015 Record: 11-10
2014-2015 Finish: Reached D2 South First Round
Coach: Andrew Ferguson
Similar to Foxboro, Sharon is near the top of the list when it comes to returning players back this year. First year head coach Andrew Ferguson has eight returning varsity players at his disposal as the Eagles will look to not only make the playoffs, but try to get further than they did this past season.
Seniors Matt Lowerre, Tyler Smith, Bryce Smith, Mitchell Sirota, Andrew Filipkowski, David Roelke, and Michael Zola are all back for another year while juniors Ricardo Ripley and Peter Banks both saw time last year. Ferguson will be relying on that depth to try and challenge Foxboro in the Davenport title race. Although the Eagles don’t have a ton of size, they make up for it in athleticism.
“We are very excited to begin the season, and expect a lot from a very experienced roster,” Ferguson said. “Our roster will allow us to be very versatile as we try to create mismatches on both ends of the floor.”
2014-2015 Record: 8-12
2014-2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: John Gallivan
There are a lot of questions heading into the season for Stoughton but at the same time, there is a lot of optimism among the Black Knights.
Brandon Teixeira is back for his third year on varsity and is among the best shooters in the league. He will be relied on to captain the team on both ends of the court while junior Ryan Sullivan – who saw minutes last season – should see a bigger role in 2015-2016.
Beyond those two, head coach John Gallivan will be looking for others to step up and emerge as options on offense and as consistent players on defense. Sophomore Cam Andrews could be one of those players after seeing some minutes during his freshman year and junior Cam Gomes could provide some size for the Black Knights.
“There’s a big difference between the games that start at 5:00 and the one’s that start at 6:30,” Gallivan said of JV to varsity. “We have a lot of guys that haven’t played the 6:30 ones yet. We don’t have a ton of size but we can run and we’re hoping to make teams play our style.”