Monday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 02/20/17

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
North Attleboro, 56 @ Attleboro, 54 – FinalClick here for a recap of this game.

Foxboro, 69 vs. Randolph, 58 – FinalFoxboro had a strong third quarter, turning a five-point lead into a double-digit advantage (57-45) going into the final quarter. It was a balanced scoring attack for the Warriors with four players scoring in double-figures. Senior Andrew Block led the way with 14 points, freshman Brandon Borde added 12 points and Joe Morrison and Joe Bartucca each scored 10 points. Mark Clagg added nine points and Jamaine Few finished with eight points.

Franklin, 70 vs. Cardinal Spellman, 66 – FinalFranklin was impressive in the first three quarters, building an 18 point lead before Spellman closed the gap in the final quarter. Franklin senior Josh Macchi registered a career-high 22 points while junior Paul Mahon added 15 points and sophomore Jalen Samuels finished with 14 points.

King Philip, 87 @ Somerset-Berkley, 44 – Final

Mansfield, 66 vs. Brockton, 42 – FinalClick here for a recap of this game.

Milford, 73 vs. Medway, 46 – FinalWith its back against the wall, Milford put on a dominant performance to qualify for the state tournament for the second straight year. Scarlet Hawks seniors combined for 52 points to lead the way. Anthony Arcudi had a team-high 18 points while Nate Davila had 14 points, Zack Tamagni had 13 points and Alex Macek chipped in with seven points. Junior Kayden Kelley had 11 points and 17 rebounds in the win.

Oliver Ames, 66 @ Walpole, 53 – FinalOliver Ames finished the regular season on a high note, taking the consolation game in the Rebel Classic at Walpole. Junior Jack Spillane poured in a team-high 25 points to pace the Tigers while Carter Evin added 15 points and Dylan Mahoney chipped in with 12 points. OA now awaits seeding for the D2 South tournament.

Sharon, 62 vs. Xaverian, 58 – FinalSharon won the 2017 Walpole Hoop Classic win a win over Xaverian, ending the 2017 campaign on a four-game win streak. Junior Malik Lorquet was named tournament MVP, scoring 12 points and adding 14 rebounds. Junior Jimmy Fitzhenry was named to the all tournament team after scoring 14 points. Senior Ricardo Ripley finished with a team-high 17 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.

Stoughton, 64 vs. Tantasqua, 59 – FinalStoughton junior Cam Andrews dropped a team-high 20 points and senior Cam Gomes chipped in with 13 points as the Black Knights advanced to the finals of the Warrior Classic to play Foxboro.

Girls Basketball
North Attleboro, 51 @ Attleboro, 47 – FinalThe Rocketeers avenged an earlier loss to the Bombardiers. Emily Schromm was the top scorer for North with 13 points and fellow senior Samantha Taggart scored 12. Attleboro was led by Sarah Deyo’s 22 points.

Foxboro, 54 vs. Whitman-Hanson, 39 – FinalRecently named league MVP Ashley Sampson led the way for the Warriors with 27 points and senior Kristen Bortolotti added 12 in the win. Foxboro will face Lincoln-Sudbury in the final of the Warrior Classic on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Mansfield, 54 vs. Marlboro, 38 – FinalClick here for a recap of this game.

Taunton, 46 vs. Durfee, 53 – Final

Hockey
Stoughton, 8 @ Foxboro, 2 – FinalJunior forward Brendan Campbell scored a career-best four goals to lead the Black Knights. Sophomore Sean Doherty netted a hat trick and classmate Luke Bainton found the back of the net once.

Franklin, 1 vs. Lasalle Academy, 4 – Final

King Philip, 1 @ Norwood, 4 – Final

Taunton, 3 @ Mansfield, 5 – Final Mansfield scored three goals in the third period to earn two points and qualify for the state tournament. The teams were level 1-1 after the first period, and then 2-2 during the second period. Tim Arnold gave the Hornets the lead in the third period on assists from Chad Piotti and Cullin Anastasia. Freshman Chris Jenkins gave Mansfield a 4-2 advantage on the power play, taking a feed from Anastasia. Taunton cut the deficit to one but Matt Farragher scored a shot handed goal off an assist from junior Tyler Oakley. Joe Olsen scored in the first period on assists from Farragher and Oakley while Farragher scored in the second on an assist from Olsen.

Oliver Ames, 0 vs. Lowell Catholic, 1 – Final

Girls Hockey
Franklin, 0 vs. Ursuline, 3 – Final
King Philip, 0 @ Westwood, 3 – Final

North Attleboro Pulls Away From Milford In The Fourth

North Attleboro boys basketball
North Attleboro senior Brent Doherty cuts down the net following a win over Milford. North Attleboro won the Davenport title on Friday night. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. — It’s been quite a 10-day stretch for North Attleboro, qualifying for the postseason for the first time since 2011 last week and winning their first Hockomock championship since 2001 on Friday night.

But the Rocketeers had no problem getting motivated for Sunday night’s contest with the visiting Milford Scarlet Hawks.

All they had to do was look back three weeks when the Hawks went coast-to-coast to beat the Rocketeers on a buzzer beater at the Dunkin Donuts Center.

Or two seasons ago, when a pair of free throws with no time left turned a one-point advantage into a one-point loss.

In fact, North Attleboro’s senior class was winless against the Hawks heading into the final Hockomock League game of the season.

Not anymore.

Hosting Milford for the first time in four years, the Rocketeers closed out the fourth quarter in true championship fashion, outscoring the Scarlet Hawks 20-1 over the final six minutes of play to turn a close game into a 66-45 win.

“We just clinched playoffs, we just won the league championship but we didn’t need any extra motivation for this one,” said North Attleboro senior Thomas Reynolds, who was on the court for both of Milford’s last second wins. “You just have to look back at the last couple of years. Losing on the free throw, losing at the Dunk twice, we had never beat them. It was definitely nice to come in here to get the last league win.”

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“It’s a satisfying win for the kids, especially for the seniors,” said North Attleboro head coach Sean Mulkerrins, who also picked up his first win over Milford. “For the past four years, Milford has been our boogeyman, we just couldn’t beat them. Hopefully this is just one in a string of games that we’re in here that could potentially get us a home game in the playoffs.

North Attleboro’s strategy to feed big man Jonny Friberg paid off in two ways – the 6’6 senior poured in a career-high 28 points while hauling in 11 rebounds and the pounding inside resulted in some fouls for the Hawks.

Milford was whistled for eight fouls in the third quarter — four of them on Hawks leading rebounder Kayden Kelley (five points, six rebounds).

The Rocketeers started their big run taking advantage of Kelley’s absence with Chad Peterson (eight points, six rebounds, five assists) finishing a put back, Reynolds (nine points, two rebounds) hitting a free throw and then Peterson draining a three off of an offensive rebound.

Brent Doherty (14 points, four rebounds, four assists) found Friberg in the post for two to extend North Attleboro’s lead to 55-44 with four minutes to play. After a pair of stops from the Rocketeers’ defense, Reynolds drained a three off a pass from Peterson to make it 57-44 with 2:31 to play.

“It’s just about confidence,” Reynolds said about being able to close out games better. “We’ve figured out how to win games, close out games. We’re all confident in each other, it doesn’t matter who takes the big shot. We all just want to make sure we get a great shot over a good shot.”

Doherty added a layup and Reynolds added two more free throws to push the run to 15-0 over a five minute span. It marked the second straight game that North Attleboro kept its opponent for five minutes in the final quarter.

Milford shot 0/6 and had five turnovers in the stretch.

“When guys are thinking about defense first and you play good defense, you don’t have to think too much about the offense,” Mulkerrins said. “You look at that 20-1 run down the stretch and a lot of people look at the 20 but I look at the one. If you want to beat teams like Milford and Foxboro, the one is much more important to us.”

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North Attleboro had a near flawless start to the game, finding Friberg early and often. The senior scored 11 of the team’s first 14 points while Doherty added five and Peterson had a trifecta. North shot 8/11 from the field while forcing four turnovers.

But Milford responded with an even better second quarter to take the lead into halftime. After North scored the opening bucket of the quarter, the Hawks went on a wild 18-0 run to seize a five point advantage. Zack Tamagni (14 points, four assists) bookended the run with a pair of layups while both Nate Davila (nine points) and Shane Cosquete (nine points, five rebounds) hit a pair of three pointers in the stretch.

The Rocketeers closed the deficit some in the final two minutes of the half, with Doherty finding space for a layup and Friberg grabbing an offensive rebound and scoring right before the buzzer. Milford led 28-25 at half.

Big Red carried that momentum into the third quarter and used a 12-0 run to take the lead back. Reynolds started the run with a three, Friberg added two free throws and a bucket in the paint and Doherty hit a three and converted a put back in the stretch.

“We knew it’d be a game of runs,” Mulkerrins said. “We knew they’d punch back. I thought Milford did an excellent job in the second quarter of executing their game plan and moving the ball and getting the pace that works for them. I was proud of how we finished the second quarter and then we started the second half on a much better run. I’m real proud of the guys for counter punching.”

North Attleboro finished with 19 assists on 23 made field goals and won the rebounding battle 30-27.

“This group has really bought into the concept of team over individual,” Mulkerrins said. “We’re always striving to get a great shot instead of a good shot. To their credit, they continued to share the ball and gave up individual opportunities for the greater good of the team.”

“This has been surreal,” Reynolds said.”To go 0-20 my freshman year and see how far we’ve progressed, it’s just an unreal feeling. I couldn’t be prouder to be teammates with these guys.”

North Attleboro boys basketball (13-7 overall, 10-6 Hockomock) is back in action on Monday when they travel to take on rival Attleboro in a non-league contest at 6:00. Milford (9-10, 7-9) is also back in action on Monday when it hosts Medway. The Scarlet Hawks need a win to get into the state tournament.

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Tamagni’s Buzzer Beater Lifts Milford At The Dunk

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Milford’s Zack Tamagni (14) celebrates with Nate Davila after his game-winning buzzer beater. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)
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PROVIDENCE, RI — North Attleboro erased an eight point deficit over the final three minutes of the fourth quarter, but left just enough time left on the clock for Milford senior Zack Tamagni.

After two free throws with 5.7 seconds from North Attleboro senior Brent Doherty tied the game, Tamagni took the inbound pass, broke through a pair of defenders at the three point line and then danced his way past the last defender, laying it up with his left and in off the glass as time expired to give the Scarlet Hawks a 57-55 win.

“The leaders on this team stepped up today,” said Milford head coach Paul Seaver. “We’ve talked in the last couple of weeks about guys stepping up. Nate Davila stepped up, Zack [Tamagni], Anthony [Arcudi] and Kayden [Kelley] stepped up and Zach Tammaro stepped up coming off the bench, maybe not statistically but he helped big time in the second half.”

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Milford had the original comeback of the game, cutting an 11-point deficit at halftime (35-24) down to just one (41-40) entering the final quarter by outscoring the Rocketeers 16-6 in the third quarter.

The Hawks carried that momentum into the fourth quarter with Nate Davila (14 points) draining an early three to give Milford its first lead since the first quarter. North’s Jonny Friberg (nine points, 13 rebounds, six assists) responded right away to tie the game at 43, but Milford would create separation with an 8-0 run over the next four minutes.

“Everyone will talk about the shot at the end but Milford got themselves back into the game in the third quarter,” said North Attleboro head coach Sean Mulkerrins. “I thought we had some decent shots in the third quarter but we just couldn’t get any rhythm. I thought when the scoreboard got a little tight, we played a little tight. When we’re loose, we play our best basketball. I’m proud of the guys because they fought back but its just tough losing on a play like that. I have to do a better job coaching in those late game situations.”

Tamagni (17 points, four assists) hit two free throws, Ryan Sullivan (10 points, five rebounds) hit one and then three possessions later, Arcudi converted a putback with four minutes to play. Kayden Kelley (12 points, 13 rebounds) came up with a block on the defensive end and then converted a three-point play to put Milford up 51-43 with just over three minutes to play.

That’s when North Attleboro took its turn crafting a comeback. It started with a strong take from Thomas Reynolds (10 points, three boards, two assists) off a feed from Friberg and then was cut to five when Reynolds hit a free throw.

The Rocketeers then forced a turnover, resulting in Reynolds finding Doherty (game-high 18 points) for a three to bring North within two.

Tamagni (38 seconds left) and Friberg (22 seconds left) then each hit a pair of free throws to keep Milford’s two point lead. Tamagni then hit two more but Hacmoni Cuevas converted a putback, plus the harm, to get within two. North corralled the missed three throw and Doherty was fouled with 5.7 seconds left, converting both at the line to tie the game before Tamagni’s heroics.

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“We told him to go to the hoop,” Seaver said of the last play. “It was something we tried to do on Friday to tie the game and things didn’t go our way. We were able to get it today.

“Coming out of halftime, they needed to go and earn the victory if they wanted it, and the kids did that so credit to them.”

North Attleboro came out on fire to start the game, going 7/12 from the field in the first quarter to build a 19-13 lead. Milford was efficient as well, going 5/7 and a perfect 3/3 from deep but had seven turnovers.

“They came out like we did here last year,” Seaver said. “We were on the other side of it this time, it is what it is. We just trusted our defense and in the end, I guess we got one more stop, or just made one more play at the end.

“They were hitting shots early. They had 19 points in the first quarter, we couldn’t guard anyone. We trusted our defense, we didn’t really make an adjustment. We stayed with the zone in the second half and it paid off just enough to get that little separation.”

The Rocketeers’ offense continued its strong start by going 6/9 from the field in the second. At halftime, North Attleboro was 6/10 from deep. But in the second half, Big Red managed just one three on 10 attempts.

“They did a better job on collapsing on [Friberg] in the second half, I don’t think he got many touches in the second half,” Mulkerrins said. “He got a couple of late ones. Missing Chad [Peterson], our rotation was a little screwy. Guys are playing extra minutes and in positions they aren’t always used to playing in. Some guys have to be a shooter when they usually aren’t.”

Milford takes over the top spot in the Davenport division with the win, moving to 8-6 overall and 6-4 in league play. The Scarlet Hawks will try to extended their division lead on Tuesday when Mansfield comes to town. North Attleboro (8-6 overall, 5-5 Hockomock) looks to get back into the win column when it hosts King Philip on the same night.

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

Today’s games are listed below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hockey
Franklin, 5 vs. Bishop Guertin 2 – Final

North Attleboro, 6 vs. Barrington, 2 – Final

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

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

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

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

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

Gymnastics
Canton @ North Attleboro, 6:30

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

Today’s games are listed below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Girls Basketball
Attleboro, 92 @ Canton, 53 – Final

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

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

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

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

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

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

Girls Hockey
Stoughton, 5 @ Framingham, 11 – Final

Hot Shooting Scarlet Hawks Take Down Rocketeers

Dimitry Torres
Milford senior guard Dimitry Torres looks for sapce to drive against North Attleboro at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – For the third straight game, Milford was on fire from downtown.
For the third straight game, the Scarlet Hawks made double-digit threes and their hot shooting helped pick up a 75-63 win over North Attleboro to pick up consecutive wins for the first time since 2013.
“We hit shots, that’s it really,” Milford head coach Paul Seaver said. “We hit shots on Friday and we hit shots tonight. Dee Torres has been our catalyst. I think he started it off with the first three of the game. When you hit shots, everything just got a lot more smoothly.”
Milford opened the game with a pair of three pointers from Dimitry Torres but really opened things up over the last four and a half minutes of the first quarter. With the game tied 7-7, the Scarlet Hawks rattled off a 15-0 run over the next three minutes, suddenly building a 22-7 lead.
Sophomore Kayden Kelley was responsible for eight of the points in the run and junior Zack Tamagni handled the other seven, including Milford’s third three of the quarter, to create a big lead. Brent Doherty and Chad Peterson stole a little momentum back with a three each just before the end of the quarter.
But the momentum quickly swung back in favor of the Scarlet Hawks. Over the first four plus minutes of the second quarter, a 12-4 run capped by a three from Torres. A three from Nate Davila was followed by a layup and a free throw from Dwight Anderson. Josh Andonian drained a corner three before Torres’ capping shot from downtown.
“That’s been our been our MO recently,” Seaver said of making three point shots. “That’s something we didn’t have two or three weeks ago. I think our average was like five or so three’s and now we’re averaging double figures the last couple of games.”
The Scarlet Hawks finished with 12 three pointers for the second straight game (hitting the same mark in a 68-50 win over Canton on Friday) and hitting 10 against Franklin this past Tuesday.
North finished with a 6-2 run to conclude the first half to cut the deficit to 12 at halftime, trailing 36-24.
Milford again continued its hot streak, starting the third quarter with a 9-2 run to creates its largest lead of the game at that point. Tamagni and Kelley each had a basket while Torres his a three and and went to the hoop for two more to put Milford up 45-26.
“I think they’ve rejuvenated themselves,” Seaver said. “We were playing hard but we weren’t getting the results we wanted in that six game stretch. Now shots are falling and the confidence is going up.”
The Rocketeers showed some fight one the final three minutes with a run of their own. A put back from Mario Bresko and a layup was sandwiched around a three from Brent Doherty Two more from Bresko cut the lead back to 12. Milford called a timeout and out of it, an offensive foul on Big Red turned into a three from Andonian and with the clock ticking away the final seconds of the third, Alex Macek pulled up for another three to make it 53-35 after three.
Doherty scored nine of his game-high 21 points in the final quarter and Bresko added 10 of his 17 points in the final frame but the deficit proved to be too much. Milford added a trio of threes in the final quarter as well.
Over the final three periods, Milford had just a three point advantage. But a nine point lead after the first quarter proved to be the key to the separation.
“Give Milford all the credit in the world,” North Attleboro head coach Sean Mulkerrins said. “We knew they would pressure us, we prepared for that even though it didn’t look like it at times. I think our kids got a little shellshocked early. I’m not sure if we were as prepared for that zone as we should have been. I think it had a little to do with the moment and the arena and a lot to do with Milford making shots and attacking the glass early. We were playing on our heels and it started to seep into our offense. We started taking early threes, forgetting plays, forgetting defensive assignments. When you put yourself in that big of a hole it’s tough to come back from.”
North Attleboro had been averaging over 60 points a game but through three quarters was stuck at 35 points, which can be credited to Milford’s press and zone defense. It was only after a 28 point fourth quarter they were able to get the offense in gear.
“We were switching defenses all game – box and one, 2-3 zone, man – we played them all,” Seaver said. “We switched up our two presses too. It was our goal to just keep them on their heels and I think we did a good job for a while. They ended up scoring the ball still, they’ve got some shooters and some offensive talent and you just have to stick with them until the end of the game.”
Defensively, the Rocketeers entered allowing just 58 points per game. Milford’s 75 points was the most allowed all season.
“The biggest disappointment was in our defensive effort,” Mulkerrins said. “You just can’t give up 75 points. The threes I think started us to break some of our rules. The kids would worry about the threes then we’re not in help position, then we’re late there and they can kick it out. It all just spiraled from there.
“I’ve been saying we can beat anyone on our schedule but I always say but anybody can beat us. We can’t show up certain nights against certain teams and be there mentally and physically and then other nights lay an egg. I feel for the kids cause this was a great event and big opportunity but this was still a game we had to play but we just didn’t execute.”
Kayden Kelley finished with a career-high 16 points and added eight rebounds, Torres added 16 points, Andonian had a career-high 11 points and Tamagni had 10 points. Doherty had five rebounds and five assists along with his 21 points and Bresko added three rebounds with his 17 points. Junior Jonny Friberg had nine points and four rebounds.
Milford (5-8, 4-7) will be back in action on Tuesday when they take on Mansfield in the second game of a doubleheader, slated for 6:45. North Attleboro (5-8, 4-7) will try to snap its current four game skid when they travel to Stoughton on Tuesday night at 6:30.
Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at RyanLanigan@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.

Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 01/15/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
Attleboro, 43 @ Taunton, 65 – Final – Taunton junior Quan Roberson netted a game-high 20 points while senior Dominique Smith added a career-high 18 points for the Tigers. Tommy MacLean added 11 points and Jose Mercado had 10 points. Attleboro’s Jake Dunkley had nine points and three rebounds and Lucas Boucicaut also had nine points. Kyle Murphy pulled in 10 rebounds for the Bombardiers. 

Canton, 42 @ Sharon, 47 – Final – Sophomore Malik Lorquet made a big splash in his first full varsity game with nine points and 10 rebounds. Junior Adam Banks also scored nine points for the Eagles. Woanyen Mahn and Rishi Jambunathan each scored nine points for Canton. 

Foxboro, 54 @ Oliver Ames, 50 – Final – Foxboro built a seven point lead by halftime and held on in the second half. Senior Jason Procaccini led with 18 points with classmate Alex DuBrow chipping in with 17 points. Oliver Ames junior Carter Even had 17 points and seniors Shawn Cardoza and Tim Kelley each had 12 points. 

Franklin, 60 @ Mansfield, 57 – Final – Freshman Jay Dieterle hit a three with 1:34 left to put Franklin ahead for good. The Panthers, which led by as much as 22, had to stave off a rally from Mansfield over the third and fourth quarters. Franklin sophomore Connor Peterson scored a career-high 23 points and had seven rebounds, Tim Prunier added 15 points and five assists, sophomore Paul Mahon added eight points and six rebounds and Dieterle had six assists to go with five points. Matt Ehrlich had 16 points and five rebounds for Mansfield and Max Boen added 11 points. 

North Attleboro, 47 @ King Philip, 53 – Final – Juniors Will Weir and Noah Goodwin each scored 13 points for King Philip with senior Ben Smith adding 10 points and junior Pharaoh Davis netted 10 points. North Attleboro junior Brent Doherty scored a career-high 24 points for the Rocketeers.

Milford, 60 @ Stoughton, 77 – Final – Stoughton senior Brandon Teixeira logged his league-leading sixth double-double of the season with 22 points and 11 rebounds as the Black Knights enjoyed a strong shooting night from the floor. Junior Ryan Sullivan added a career-best 16 points for Stoughton. Milford junior Nate Davila scored a team-high 18 points and Dwight Anderson added 13 points. 
Girls Basketball
Sharon, 41 @ Canton, 43 – Final Meaghan Hunter led the way for the Bulldogs with 17 points and Emma Murphy added 13, including nine in the fourth quarter. Alyssa Piazza was the top scorer for Sharon with 14 points and Ashley Mukasa added 10.
Oliver Ames, 53 @ Foxboro, 38 – Final – The Tigers had the lead throughout in a key Davenport Division matchup. The Warriors got within one in the third quarter but OA answered with a three to keep the lead. Sophomore Kayla Raymond notched her first double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds while Hannah Carroll added 10 points and Francesca Calabraro had eight points and nine rebounds. 

Mansfield, 51 @ Franklin, 48 – FinalMeg Hill was the top scorer for the Hornets with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Jen Peel added 10 points (eight in the first half) and eight assists for the Hornets and Jackie Carchedi scored nine points (eight in the fourth quarter). Lauren Rudolph led the Panthers with 11 points (nine in the third quarter) and Aubrie Kutil had eight points and nine rebounds.
King Philip, 34 @ North Attleboro, 49 – FinalNorth Attleboro got 10 points apiece from Julia Feid and Emily Haskell. KP was led by Sam Madden and Riley Dalzell, who each scored seven points.
Stoughton, 59 @ Milford, 41 – Final – Julia Foye came off the bench to drain a trio of three pointers and finished with 11 points to spark the Black Knights. Alecia Quinones led Stoughton with a team-high 20 points and added seven steals. 
Taunton, 26 @ Attleboro, 63 – FinalSarah Deyo returned for the Bombardiers with 20 points and 10 rebounds and sophomore Sam Pierce chipped in with her fourth straight double-double, 18 points and 11 rebounds. Emma Vlashi also had 11 boards for Attleboro.
Swimming
Canton boy, 109 @ Oliver Ames boys, 63 – Final
Canton girls, 83.5 @ Oliver Ames girls 86.5 – Final
Franklin boys, 70 @ Mansfield boys, 98 – Final
Franklin girls, 92 @ Mansfield girls, 70 – Final

Monday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 12/21/15

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 – FinalCaroline 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 – FinalKate 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

Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 12/18/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
Attleboro, 39 @ Franklin, 72 – Final – The Panthers amped up their defense in the second half, turning a nine point lead at halftime into a 33 point win. Tim Prunier had a game-high 20 points, Paul Mahon scored 16 points and Connor Goldstein had 11 points. Attleboro’s Jake Dunkley had a team-high 16 points. 

King Philip, 36 @ Mansfield, 70 – Final – Mansfield hit 11 three pointers including five from junior Phil Vigeant for 15 points. Sam Goldberg added 14 points and seven rebounds and Matt Ehrlich had 10 points. 

Milford, 33 @ Oliver Ames, 41 – Final – Tim Kelley led Oliver Ames with nine points while head coach Don Byron said Charlie Ryan had a strong defensive game for the Tigers. Milford’s Nate Davila had a game-high 13 points for the Scarlet Hawks. 

North Attleboro, 76 @ Taunton, 74 – Final – North Attleboro had five players score in double digits. Brent Doherty led the Rocketeers with 20 points and five assists, Kyle Gaumond added 13 points and two rebounds, Jonny Friberg had 13 points and six assists, Tommy Reynolds finished with 12 points and four boards and Ridge Olsen had a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds.

Stoughton, 54 @ Sharon, 64 – Final – Ricardo Ripley had a team-high 15 points for Sharon while Matt Lowerre added 14 points and Tyler Smith chipped in with 13 points. Stoughton’s Brandon Teixeira led the Black Knights with 16 points and 16 rebounds. 
Girls Basketball
Franklin, 43 @ Attleboro, 48 – Final – The Panthers battled back to get the Attleboro lead to as few as four points after trailing by as many as 16 in the second half. Aubrie Kutil was the top scorer for Franklin with 14 points and Lauren Rudolph chipped in with 13. 

Mansfield, 44 @ King Philip, 30 – Final – The Hornets improved to 3-0 with the win. Caroline Maher scored 11 points to lead Mansfield while sophomore Meg Hill just missed a triple-double with eight points, 10 rebounds, and eight blocks. 

Oliver Ames, 57 @ Milford, 17 – Final – Hannah Carroll, Kayla Raymond and Francesca Calabraro each scored 11 points apiece in the win for Oliver Ames. 

Taunton, 14 @ North Attleboro, 46 – Final – The Rocketeers were led by junior forward Caroline Collard, who scored 17 points. Taunton was led by senior Jordan Wade with three points.

Sharon, 45 @ Stoughton, 57 – Final – Alecia Quinones led all scorers with 22 points, her second straight 20-point game for the Black Knights. Alyssa Piazza led the way for Sharon with 13 points, while Emma Eberhardt added 11 points and seven rebounds and Ashley Mukasa tacked on 10. 
Hockey
Canton, 4 vs. Franklin, 2 – Final – Shaun Kirby scored a pair of goals for the Bulldogs, who came back from a goal down twice in the first period. Matt Lazaro and Jim Jenkins each scored in the third period to give the Bulldogs the win at Schneider Arena at Providence College. Adam Assad and Jeremy Miller scored the Franklin goals.

Stoughton, 2 vs. Holliston, 2 – Final – Stoughton’s Mark Sheehan scored both of the goals for Stoughton. Head coach Dan Mark said freshmen AJ Scott played well in goal for the Black Knights.
Wrestling
Cohasset Quad (Oliver Ames) – The Tigers had a strong showing, beating Silver Lake (39-30) and Cohasset (54-20) but lost a close match with defender D3 State Champion Somerset (37-31). Cobey Williamson went 2-0 with a pair of pins at 106, Liston Funai was 3-0 with two pins at 132, Anthony Berksza was 2-1 at 138, Shea O’Connor went 2-1 at 145 and Pat Mills was 2-0 at 220. 
Swimming
Boys
Canton, 92 @ Ashland, 83 – Final
Franklin, 86 @ Foxboro, 21 – Final
Mansfield, 69 @ King Philip, 98 – Final
North Attleboro, 69 @ Sharon, 105 – Final
Girls
Canton, 72 @ Ashland, 97 – Final
Franklin, 97 @ Foxboro, 40 – Final
Mansfield, 85 @ King Philip, 93 – Final
North Attleboro, 90 @ Sharon, 78 – Final
Stoughton @ Taunton, 4:00
Girls Hockey
Franklin, 4 @ Medway/Ashland, 2 – Final – Haley Griffin, Regan Paterson, Marlee Paterson and Kate Cashman each scored in the win for the Panthers. 

Boys Basketball: Davenport Division Preview 2015-16

Sharon's Tyler Smith (2) and David Roelke are two of eight returning varsity players for the Eagles. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
Sharon’s Tyler Smith (2) and David Roelke are two of eight returning varsity players for the Eagles. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

By HockomockSports.com Staff

CANTON

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.”

FOXBORO

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.”

MILFORD

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.”

OLIVER AMES

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.”

SHARON

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.”

STOUGHTON

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.”