Strong Second Half Defense Helps OA Ground Eagles

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Oliver Ames junior Carter Evin (22) celebrates with teammates after a win over Plymouth North. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

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NORTH EASTON, Mass. – Through the first 16 minutes, there was virtually no separation between #16 Oliver Ames and #17 Plymouth North.
But through the final two quarters, the Tigers turned a tie game into a double-digit lead and picked up a 69-50 win over the Eagles.
OA surrendered 18 points in the opening quarter but the defense improved in each quarter. The Tigers limited Plymouth North to 13 points in the second quarter, 11 points in the third quarter and just eight points in the final quarter.
“I think the biggest thing is what we got a pretty good defensive contribution in the second half,” Oliver Ames coach Don Byron said. “Rayshon Ward got off and running there in the first half. I thought Shawn Cardoza, being the primary guy, did a nice job of making him work a little harder to get his looks. That was big for us.”
Ward, a 6’6 senior for the Eagles, had nearly half of the team’s points in the first half (15) but Cardoza and OA limited him to just five points in the second half.
The majority of the separation came in the third quarter. With a two point advantage (37-35), OA closed out the remaining five and a half minutes with a 18-7 run. Senior Tim Kelley got the run going while Carter Evin and Shawn Cardoza each converted a field goal in the paint and Dylan Mahoney drained a three. Mahoney added a pair of free throws and a strong take to the rim and sophomore Jack Spillane came off the bench to drain a corner three in the final seconds to put OA up 55-42 at the end of the quarter.
“We hit a couple of timely shots, guys coming off bench hit shots too,” Byron said “When they pressed I thought we attacked it well and got ourselves in positive number situations. We didn’t always make the correct decision but we got into attack mode and that was good.”
Mahoney and Evin opened the fourth quarter with back to back baskets to extend the lead to 17. A quick spurt from the Eagles cut it to 12 but that would be the closest they would get. A two minute scoreless stretch kept OA’s lead at 14 and when Plymouth North finally found the bucket, junior Nick Welch answered for OA.
The Tigers didn’t allow Plymouth North to score over the final three minutes of play to seal the win.
While OA had a comfortable lead for the majority of the second half, the advantage might have been bigger if the Tigers had converted at a higher rate from the free throw line. OA went 0/8 to start the game and finished 5/16.
“Foul shooting is so critical,” Byron said. “We were like 0 for 7 right out of the gates. You can’t really get a good control of the game unless you hit a decent percentage so that was part of it. There were some time situations I would have liked to play better but all and all I’m really happy with what went on tonight.”
Evin finished with a team-high 19 points along with four rebounds, Mahoney scored 17 points and had seven rebounds and Cardoza had eight points to go along with 14 rebounds and a solid defensive performance.
Mahoney had 11 of his 17 points coming in the second half (including nine in the vital third quarter).
“When he attacks the basket, he can be tough to guard,” Byron said of Mahoney, just a junior. “He had some matchups that were favorable I thought. He has a great first step and he’s athletic at the rim. We try to tell him to play inside out, try to play at the rim first then work your way out to the three ball. We want him to be a slasher who has a jump shot and not the reverse of that. When he does that, he’s hard to guard.”
Oliver Ames finished with a monstrous 54-30 advantage on the glass. Connor Maroney had nine rebounds along with six assists, Tim Kelley had seven points and five rebounds and Nick Welch had seven assists and four rebounds.
The Tigers (11-10) advance to the First Round on the MIAA D2 South bracket. Oliver Ames boys basketball will travel to #1 Bishop Feehan in a rematch of last year’s D2 South final. The game will tip off at 6:30 on Wednesday, March 2nd.
Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at RyanLanigan@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.

Monday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 02/29/16

Today’s playoff games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
D2 South

#15 Sharon, 56 vs. #18 Milton, 45 – Final – The Eagles were led by junior guard Ricardo Ripley, who scored 20 points and pulled in seven rebounds. Matt Lowerre added 16 points and 10 rebounds and Peter Banks also grabbed 10 boards and scored six points. Sharon will face No. 2 Whitman-Hanson on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

#16 Oliver Ames, 69 vs. #17 Plymouth North, 50 – Final – Carter Evin had a team-high 19 points along with four rebounds, Dylan Mahoney scored 17 points and had seven rebounds and Shawn Cardoza had eight points to go along with 14 rebounds. OA will play at #1 Bishop Feehan on Wednesday at 6:30.
D2 Central
#9 Milford, 57 @ #8 Holliston, 62 – Final – Dimitry Torres led Milford with 22 points while Dwight Anderson had 12 points and Anthony Arcudi added nine points. Sophomore Kayden Kelley added eight points and 11 rebounds.
Girls Hockey
Division 2

#25 Canton, 0 vs. #8 Winchester, 2 – Final

Evin, OA Earn Playoff Spot With Win Over Black Knights

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Oliver Ames junior Nick Welch drives to the basket in the second half (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

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STOUGHTON, Mass. – It was win or go home for the Oliver Ames boys basketball team on Monday night.
Paced by a career-high 28 points from junior Carter Evin and two 20-plus point quarters, Oliver Ames notched a 74-55 win over Stoughton and punched its ticket to the postseason.
With the win, the Tigers extended it to 13 straight playoff appearances.
“I couldn’t be happier with what’s going on here,” Oliver Ames head coach Don Byron said. “Coming back this year the highest kid [returning] on the food chain was [Shawn] Cardoza and there were a couple of kids who backed up others and had to work really hard to get on the floor. To think that they are here right now, that’s not typical. There will be teams that sneak in on the last night that are flawed but I think we’re playing pretty well. We’re finding multiple ways to score, we’re getting contributions from more kids as we go along and we’re starting to see them mature right in front of us.”
Stoughton rallied to take a lead in the early the second quarter via an 11-4 run but the Tigers dominated the final five minutes. OA scored 21 points the rest of the way with six guys contributing to the run. Evin scored six in the stretch with Nick Welch and Dylan Mahoney each adding five and Shawn Cardoza, Tim Kelley and Connor Maroney each chipping in. OA took a 42-33 lead in into the break.
The third quarter was better defensively for both sides with OA holding a slight edge, 11-9. A pair of threes from Jared Costa-Haywood brought the Black Knights within seven but OA answered with a free throw from Evin and a corner three from Kelley to push the lead back to double-digits.
“This didn’t just fall together, the kids really worked at it in the offseason and put a lot of time in,” Byron said. “It’s nice to see it pay off. Having so many seniors last year, these guys didn’t have as many opportunities as before as you do in a typical year.”
The Tigers closed the door early in the fourth quarter. Nick Welch drained a three to open the quarter, Evin secured an offensive rebound and putback and then pulled up for a corner three and Mahoney’s layup capped a 10-2 to open the first two minutes of the final quarter.
“They don’t want to go home,” Byron said. “They’re a close group, they like playing with each other. They sincerely like each other. You could sense that they weren’t in any hurry to get out of here.
“We’ve played a lot of teams tough like Franklin, Foxboro, and Sharon. The league helps us out in games like this. I don’t think we’re a typical 10-10 team, I think we’re a little better than that. The league will make you rise up to what you have to do. We’ve had 10-10 teams before where we were covering some stuff. We’re not covering quite as much with this group.”
Midway through the final quarter the Tigers built a 20 point lead and were able to pull their starters with a couple minutes to play in the game.
“We’re a streaky team and sometimes those streaks are good and sometimes they’re bad,” Stoughton head coach John Gallivan said. “When we looked at the shot chart at halftime, they were getting whatever they wanted in the paint. We just didn’t defend. The goal was the make it hard for them to score and we didn’t. OA has absolutely come a long way in terms of their offense this season but to give up 42 points in the first half is very disillusioning. The kids played better defense in the third quarter but we need to combine that with scoring and we just didn’t.
“Hats off to them, they finished the season strong and deserve to go to the tournament. They’ll be a tough out for someone.”
Despite a .500 record, the Tigers have been one of the top defensive teams in the league and entered Monday’s contest allowing 54.9 points per game, third best in the Hockomock. Beyond allowing 20 points in the second quarter, OA limited Stoughton to 13 in the first and fourth and nine in the third quarter.
“We’ve been pretty good defensively,” Byron said. “We seem to get a kid every year we can put in that lock down position. Charlie Ryan this year has been great, he plays everyone from the one to the four, wherever we feel we have to give attention too. His brother [St. Clair] was a terrific defender too. It’s nice, you don’t have to do all the scheming to shut down one player. You can just put your guy on him and feel comfortable.”
Evin led all scorers with 28 points, completing the double-double with 10 rebounds. Mahoney added 15 points, Welch had 11 points and Kelley added 10 points.
“He’s had an unbelievable second half [of the season],” Byron said of Evin. “He’s another one that was on the team last year but was 10 or 11 in the rotation. He’s a talented kid, he’s got good skills and athleticism. His big thing was transitioning from a nice pierce to being the guy. He’s really done that well over the second half of the season, he’s been terrific.”
Costa-Haywood led the Black Knights with 17 points, Cam Gomes had 12 points and Cam Andrews chipped in with 10 points. Senior captain Nick Quattrucci hauled in seven rebounds.
Oliver Ames boys basketball finishes the regular season at 10-10 and will await seeding in the MIAA D2 South tournament, due out on Friday. Stoughton wraps up its season at 7-13.
Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at RyanLanigan@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.

Saturday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 02/06/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
North Attleboro, 69 @ Attleboro, 63 – Final – Brent Doherty and Ridge Olsen scored 20 points for the Rocketeers in a close win over rival Attleboro. Junior Hacmoni Cuevas had seven points, including a big three in the fourth quarter. Attleboro junior Jake Dunkley scored a career-high 31 points, also the highest scoring output by a Hockomock player this season. Andrew Milliken chipped in with 12 points for the Bombardiers.
Mansfield, 66 @ Taunton, 58 – Final – Mansfield junior Christian Weber had a team-high 12 points and added six rebounds, Matt Ehrlich had 10 points, four rebounds and four assists, Tyler Boulter had 10 points, Sam Goldberg had nine points, eight rebounds and four assists and Phil Vigeant added nine points. Taunton’s Carlos Borrero netted a career-high 17 points while Quan Roberson and Jose Mercado each had 15 points for the Tigers. 

Oliver Ames, 61 @ Sharon, 64 – Final – Sharon missed a pair of free throws late but Oliver Ames shot from their own half missed the mark and the Eagles held on. Andrew Filipkowski was one of 10 Sharon players to score, leading the team with 17 points. OA’s Carter Evin had a game-high 20 points, Shawn Cardoza added a career-high 18 points and Tim Kelley netted 11 points. 
Girls Basketball
Mansfield, 72 @ Taunton, 38 – Final – Sophomore Meg Hill had a double-double with a team-high 14 points and 11 rebounds while Jackie Carchedi added 13 points and Jen Peel had 10 points and eight assists. Taunton’s Lilly Patnaude led the Tigers with 10 points. 

North Attleboro, 39 @ Attleboro, 52 – Final – Sarah Deyo notched her first career triple-double, scoring 15 points, hauling in 12 rebounds and recording 10 blocks. 

Oliver Ames, 63 @ Sharon, 29 – Final – Sharon held a two point lead (13-11) after the first quarter but Oliver Ames’ big second quarter helped take the Tigers take a 14 point lead by halftime. Kayla Raymond had a team-high 18 points and Francesca Calabraro had a double-double with 16 points and 10 steals. 
Hockey
Stoughton, 4 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final – Mark Sheehan scored a pair of goals while Nick Hardy and Sean Doherty each scored once for the Black Knights. Sam Larkin scored Attleboro’s goal off a rebound off a shot from Cam Littig.

Canton, 3 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final

Foxboro, 1 @ Mansfield, 10 – Final

Franklin, 3 vs. Newburyport, 1 – Final – Sophomore Jeremy Miller netted a hat trick to guide Franklin to a big non-league win.
Milford, 3 @ Taunton, 8 – Final

North Attleboro wrestling celebrates after winning the MIWCA D2 Dual Tournament. (Courtesy Photo)
North Attleboro wrestling celebrates after winning the MIWCA D2 Dual Tournament. (Courtesy Photo)


Wrestling

MIWCA D1 Dual Tournament (Franklin) – Franklin placed fifth overall. The Panthers beat BC High (38-28) but lost to St. John’s Prep (41-21). Franklin finished the meet with wins over Plymouth South (40-27) and Framingham (34-26). 
MIWCA D2 Dual Meet Tournament (Milford, North Attleboro, Oliver Ames) – North Attleboro continued its very strong season by winning the D2 Dual Meet title. The Rocketeers beat Keefe Tech (68-6), Winchester (40-27) and Nashoba (51-21) to reach the finals. In the finals, North Attleboro took down Central Catholic, 39-22, to claim the title. OA was seeded 6th and opened with a win over Dracut (52-12) but suffered a loss to #3 Natick (60-18). Casey Bellevue went 2-0 on the day with a pair of pins and Luke Cullen also went 2-0. OA finished the season with a 20-8 record, a program record for both wins and least losses. 
Scituate Quad (Canton) – Canton beat host Scituate (39-29) but lost to Hingham (59-18) and Walpole (47-30). 
Foxboro Quad (Foxboro), 9:00AM
Methuen Quad (King Philip), 10:00AM
Stoughton Quad (Sharon, Stoughton) – Sharon had wins over Silver Lake (40-25), Southeastern (58-6) and Duxbury (40-34) and tied with Bridgewater-Raynham (34-34).
Barnstable Quad (Taunton), 9:00AM
Swimming
Girls Hockomock League Championships, 9:00AM (@ Milford) – Click here for complete results. 
Gymnastics
Hockomock League Championships (@ Metro South) – Click here for complete results.
Girls Hockey
Franklin, 5 @ Martha’s Vineyard, 1 – Final
King Philip, 3 vs. Medway/Ashland, 3 – Final
Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 7 vs. Latin Academy, 0 – Final
Stoughton, 0 @ Quincy/North Quincy, 5 – Final

Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 01/22/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
Franklin, 63 @ Attleboro, 53 – FinalFranklin was led by freshman Jay Dieterle, who scored 16 points. Paul Mahon added 13 for the Panthers. Jake Dunkley had 17 points and five rebounds and Kyle Murphy added 13 points and 12 boards for the Bombardiers. 
Canton, 53 @ Foxboro, 73 – FinalFoxboro was led by Jason Procaccini with 22 points. Alex DuBrow and Rob Lowey each chipped in with 14 points for the Warriors. Canton freshman Devin Foster netted a team-high 12 points. 
Mansfield, 73 @ King Philip, 50 – FinalSam Goldberg was the top scorer for the Hornets with 14. Tyler Boulter (13) and Matt Ehrlich (11) also got into double digits for Mansfield, which had 11 players on the score sheet. Tom Madden led KP with 15 points.
Oliver Ames, 55 @ Milford, 44 – FinalCarter Evin paced OA with 18 points. Nick Welch also had 14 and Shawn Cardoza had 12 for the Tigers.
Taunton, 62 @ North Attleboro, 60 – FinalJose Mercado and Tommy MacLean each scored 19 points in the win as Taunton avenged a loss from the first meeting. North was led by Jonny Friberg with 16 ponts. Mario Bresko and Brent Doherty added 14 points apiece for the Rocketeers.  
Sharon, 69 @ Stoughton, 67 – FinalThe Eagles got 15 points from Andrew Filipkowski and eights points each from David Roelke, Michael Zola, and Peter Banks. Brandon Teixeira led the Black Knights with 18 points and 10 rebounds and Cam Andrews added 17 for the Black Knights.
Girls Basketball
Foxboro, 64 @ Canton, 40 – FinalSenior Cassidy Harrison led the way for the Warriors with 20 points and Lily Sykes added 11.
Attleboro, 56 @ Franklin, 48 – Final – Emily Houle led the Bombardiers on Friday with 22 points.

King Philip, 30 @ Mansfield, 39 – Final
Milford, 30 @ Oliver Ames, 47 – FinalWith the victory, OA coach Laney Clement-Holbrook ties the state career wins record with 633. Senior Kaitlyn McCarthy was the high scorer for the Tigers with nine points and classmate Sam Bamford added eight points.
North Attleboro, 46 @ Taunton, 47 – FinalJordan Wade was the top scorer for the Tigers with 16 points. Alyssa Gibson had seven points and 14 rebounds and sophomore Hannah Moniz scored eight points for Taunton, which has now won two in a row.
Stoughton, 52 @ Sharon, 49 – Final – Jess Greer led the Black Knights with 18 points and Alecia Quinones chipped in with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Angela Wallace had a career-high 15 points for Sharon and Shira Stoller and Alyssa Piazza each had 11.
Swimming
Milford boys, 51 @ Canton boys, 119 – Final
Milford girls, 70 @ Canton girls, 100 – Final
Stoughton girls, 67 @ Foxboro girls, 101 – Final
Franklin boys, 59 @ King Philip boys, 100 – Final
Franklin girls, 100 @ King Philip girls, 68 – Final
Oliver Ames boys, 79 @ Sharon boys, 91 – Final With the win, Sharon clinched the Davenport title.
Oliver Ames girls, 84 @ Sharon girls, 90 – Final
Gymnastics
North Attleboro, 131.65 @ Attleboro, 129.9 – Final
Wrestling
Oliver Ames @ Masconomet Quad – The Tigers went 3-0 to improve to 19-5 on the season. OA beat Arlington 51-12, Masco 48-32, and Burlington 42-32. Anthony Berksza (138) went 3-0 in the meet and Ryan Lehane (152) went 3-0 with three pins.

Tuesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 01/19/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
Attleboro, 57 @ Sharon, 73 – Final – Attleboro cut a 10-point Sharon lead at halftime down to two in the third quarter but the Eagles were able to pull away. Sharon hit 12 three pointers between three players – senior Matt Lowerre hit five, sophomore Jimmy Fitzhenry hit four and senior Tyler Smith had three. Fitzhenry finished with a game-high 20 points and Lowerre had 17 points. Attleboro junior Jake Dunkley had 19 points and nine rebounds and sophomore Nate Douglas chipped in with 11 points and five rebounds. 

King Philip, 66 @ Canton, 53 – Final – King Philip stormed out to a 20-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back. Senior Ben Smith his six three pointers for a game-high 18 points, freshman Kyle Layman had 15 points and eight rebounds, junior Noah Goodwin had 13 points and junior Pharoah Davis had 12 points. Canton senior Griffin Jerrier scored a team-high 13 points for the Bulldogs. 

Mansfield, 51 @ Foxboro, 69 – Final – Foxboro used an 11-0 run in the middle of the second quarter to create separation while its defense prevent Mansfield from gathering any momentum offensively. Foxboro senior Alex DuBrow scored a game-high 22 points and had eight rebounds, senior Rob Lowey had 16 points and eight rebounds and senior Jason Procaccini added 14 points and five rebounds. Mansfield junior Sam Goldberg had 10 points to lead the Hornets. 

Franklin, 83 @ Stoughton, 63 – Final – The Panthers held a six point lead at halftime (41-35) as the two teams combined for over 75 points in the first half. Franklin had a 23 point third quarter and added 19 more points in the final quarter. Sophomore Connor Peterson had a game-high 16 points while senior Tim Prunier and freshman Jay Dieterle each added 15 points for Franklin. Stoughton senior Brandon Teixeira had a team-high 14 points for the Black Knights. 

Taunton, 62 @ Milford, 50 – Final – Milford held a four point lead at halftime and at the end of the third quarter but Taunton won the fourth quarter 29-13 to get the win. Taunton junior Tommy MacLean scored 20 points in the win for the Tigers. Milford sophomore Kayden Kelley had 14 points and 15 rebounds, Dimitry Torres added 11 points and Dwight Anderson had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Scarlet Hawks. 

North Attleboro, 74 @ Oliver Ames, 70 – Final – Brent Doherty scored a career-high 28 points to lead the Rocketeers. North Attleboro held a 20 point lead at halftime (44-24) but Oliver Ames stormed back with 25 points in the third quarter and 13 more in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime tied 62-62-. Doherty connected on seven three pointers and went 3/4 from the free throw line in overtime. Sophomore Mario Bresko finished with seven points, including a key three pointer in overtime. Junior Jonny Friberg scored a career-high 18 points and had 10 rebounds for North. Oliver Ames’ Carter Evin scored 21 of his career-high 26 points in the second half to help OA get back into it. Tim Kelley added 23 points and senior Shawn Cardoza had nine points for the Tigers. 
Girls Basketball
Canton, 38 @ King Philip, 56 – FinalThe Warriors turned the game around with a 22-4 second quarter. Shannon O’Connor was the top scorer for KP with 10. Sam Madden and Julia Lerouix each scored nine for the Warriors. Canton was led by Emma Murphy with nine points.
Foxboro, 45 @ Mansfield, 49 – Final – Jen Peel was Mansfield’s top scorer with 14 points. Juliana Newell added 10 points and pulled in 12 rebounds and Meg Hill grabbed 14 boards. Cassidy Harrison had a game-high 19 points to lead the Warriors.
Stoughton, 35 @ Franklin, 55 – FinalOlivia Adiletto was the top scorer for Franklin with 13 points. Lauren Rudolph added 11 for the Panthers, who had 10 players on the score sheet. Stoughton was led by Alecia Quinones with 11 points.
Milford, 40 @ Taunton, 44 – FinalThe Tigers rallied in the fourth quarter, outscoring Milford 14-7, to pick up their first win of the season. Alyssa Gibson led the way for Taunton with 13 points and nine rebounds. Jordan Wade added nine and Kia Pate had 10 rebounds. Milford was led by Katie Irwin with 12 points and Nicole Dahlgren added 10.
Oliver Ames, 49 @ North Attleboro, 52 – FinalThe Rocketeers were led by forwards Caroline Collard and Emily Peters who combined for 24 points. Julia Feid added 13 for North. The Tigers were led by Kayla Raymond with 15 points.
Sharon, 35 @ Attleboro, 75 – Final – Emily Houle scored 33 points and added seven steals to pace the Bombardiers to a big win. Sarah Deyo chipped in with 19 points and 10 rebounds and Sam Pierce added another 10 points. Emma Eberhardt was Sharon’s top scorer with 14 and Veronica Wallace added 11.
Swimming
Canton boys, 77 @ Sharon boys, 93 – Final
Canton girls, 92 @ Sharon girls, 76 – Final

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

Oliver Ames Girls, Sharon Boys Split Doubleheader

Sharon's Matt Lowerre drives to the basket in the first half against Oliver Ames. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
Sharon’s Matt Lowerre drives to the basket in the first half against Oliver Ames. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)


By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief

NORTH EASTON, Mass. – Rivals Oliver Ames and Sharon settled for a split in a doubleheader on Friday night, with the OA girls earned a big win and the Sharon boys holding on for a key Davenport title win.
The second half of the double header featured Don Byron’s Tigers, coming off their third straight win, and first-year head coach Andrew Ferguson’s Eagles, which was upset in overtime on Monday night.
Based on the momentum of the teams coming in, it was fitting that Oliver Ames to an 11-2 lead in the first six minutes but by halftime, the Eagles had settled in and earned a lead they wouldn’t relinquish in a 60-51 win.
OA senior Tim Kelley scored eight points while junior Nick Welch hit a three to give the hosts the big lead early on but over the final two minutes, Sharon closed the gap with six points from Andrew Filipkowski and two from Ricardo Ripley to cut the deficit to four (14-10) at the end of the quarter.
“I knew how jacked up for the game they were and I told them they had to play under control but the first six minutes we didn’t do that,” Ferguson said. “But at the end of the first quarter into the second quarter, we really executed. I thought we shot the ball pretty well once we broke the ice with that first bucket and then we just played great defense. Tyler Smith, Matt Lowerre, all three of our bigs, just did a great job. We ran the floor well. I would have liked to make a couple of layups but anytime we can come to Oliver Ames and get a victory is fine with me.”
Matt Lowerre’s take to the rim tied the game at 17-17 and then his three pointer gave Sharon its first lead (20-19). OA answered with a Mike Graziano three but points from Devon Mann, Tyler Smith and Ripley put Sharon ahead for good. Smith hit an open three and Ripley hit a pair of free throws to give Sharon a 30-24 lead going into halftime.
The lead stayed around six or seven points for the until five minutes were gone in the third quarter when Mitchell Sirota converted a put back and Filipkowski drove for two to make it 40-30. Filipkowski then drained a three to give the Eagles their largest lead (12) at 43-31. Two free throws from each Connor Moroney and Kelley were able to keep OA within striking distance at 43-35 going into the final quarter.
“It’s not very often that Sharon is going to have a size advantage in a game but we had it today,” Ferguson said. “We really wanted to work the ball with Mitchell [Sirota], Peter [Banks] and Devon [Mann] and defensively, they had some tall guys but it felt like we were bigger than them. Then our perimeter defense, other than a couple of times when we lost Kelley in the first half, was very good. We made it difficult to get the ball inside which is a big point for us.”
The Eagles had the lead at 11 three separate times in the fourth quarter and after two free throws from Sirota were up as much as 12 again (55-43), but OA continued to hang around. Two free throws from Carter Evin and a bucket underneath from Graziano made it an eight point game and with less than a minute to go, Graziano drained a three to cut it to seven, but Sharon was able to hit their free throws and hold off any late charges from OA for the win.
“We said on the bench we were looking for a run, a 6-0 spurt but I don’t think we did all night,” Byron said. “I felt like we were working pretty hard on it and I thought the rebounding would go our way a bit, which is a good sign. We just made some mistakes, some uncharacteristic. We’ve been better on the ball than we were in that first half. There was a time were they were having some difficulty scoring but we didn’t take advantage of it.”
Ripley and Smith both finished with 12 points and a pair of rebounds, Filipkowski had 11 points, Sirota had seven points and four rebounds, and Banks had six points and 10 rebounds. For Oliver Ames, Kelley had 14 points, Dylan Mahoney and Graziano each had 10 points and Shawn Cardoza had 11 rebounds to go with three points.
“I tell the guys we’re a much better basketball team when the scoring is spread out,” Ferguson said. “When we’re sharing the basketball, we’re buying into it, that means we’re not getting into too much isolation and we’re getting out on the break. After a tough game on Monday, I think having Oliver Ames next on the schedule was a good thing, we were really focused in practice and we had a great talk. Once we got on the bus, I knew everyone was ready to go.”
Sharon (4-3, 3-2) will look to make it two in a row when they travel to King Philip (0-6, 0-5) on Tuesday while Oliver Ames will look to get back in the win column when they travel to Mansfield (5-1, 4-1) the same night.
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Oliver Ames Girls Remain Undefeated

Right from the start, the Lady Tigers were relentless with their pressure, using a full court press and athleticism to force turnover after turnover.
That defense led to offense for Oliver Ames, which led to a a double-digit lead by halftime and a big 62-30 win over Sharon to improve to 7-0.
The Tigers set the tone on the boards early, using an offensive rebound to get their first basket and then raced continued on for a 12-0 run. OA made it tough for Sharon every single trip up court and then quickly converted on the other end with Kayla Raymond, Kaitlyn McCarthy, Francesca Calabraro and Niyera Mitchell all contributing to the early run.
A 14-4 lead after the first quarter quickly turned into a 15 point advantage when Hannah Carroll drained a three then Calabraro followed up with a jumper. Sharon’s Alyssa Piazza (team-high 10 points) scored three straight for the Eagles but baskets from Kayla Raymond, Samantha Bamford and McCarthy pushed the Tigers’ lead to 25-7.
By halftime, Oliver Ames was up 29-12.
“Turning defense into offense, that’s really what we’ve been living off of,” OA head coach Laney Clement-Holbrook said. “And it helps that we have a lot of athletes, they all play physical and it gets them all jeeped up, which is nice. There will be days when they try to take it away from us. But in the instances people take that away from us like tonight, whether it be self inflicted or what Sharon did to us, I thought we moved very well without the ball and that to me was huge progress.”
The Tigers had their best scoring quarter of the game by scoring 17 points in the third quarter. OA shot 8/15 from the field in the quarter with five different players scoring. Calabraro had five, Bamford and Mitchell each had four and Raymond and McCarthy each hit field goals.
One big reason for the win was how much OA dominated the rebounding battle. The Tigers were able to pull down 23 of their 35 rebounds in the first half to help created the double-digit advantage.
“The first half we had around 25 rebounds, I actually checked with my assistant because that was one of the things we were focusing on,” Clement-Holbrook said. “I’m trying to get them to understand grit and it comes from that kind of stuff and they really did a good job.”
Junior Niyera Mitchell scored a career-high 16 points and pulled in 13 rebounds to pace Oliver Ames while Kaitlyn McCarthy had 13 points and three assists, Francesca Calabraro had 11 points and four rebounds and Kayla Raymond had six points and seven rebounds.
“Best game of her career, she did well against Sharon last year too,” Clement-Holbrook said of Mitchell. “This was really meaningful [for the whole team] because we’re trying different rotations based on what the match ups are. For them, it’s a new experience with the lineups changing. They just all need to bring it, because they all play. I have nine girls on the roster and every single one of them have contributed in every game, it’s awesome.”
Oliver Ames (7-0, 5-0) will host Mansfield (7-2, 5-0) in a battle of league unbeatens on Tuesday at 6:30. Sharon (3-4, 1-4) will look to get back in the win column when they host King Philip (1-6, 0-5) on the same night at the same time.
Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at RyanLanigan@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.

Monday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 01/04/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
King Philip, 53 @ Attleboro, 69 – Final – Four different Attleboro players scored in double figures, led by Andrew Milliken’s 15 points and seven rebounds. Nate Douglas added 14 points, Jake Dunkley added 13 points and Lucas Boucicaut had 12 points. Kyle Murphy had 13 rebounds for the Bombardiers. Seth Sullivan had a team-high 12 points for King Philip.
Oliver Ames, 66 @ Canton, 47 – Final – Oliver Ames senior Tim Kelley scored a game-high 17 points, junior Dylan Mahoney dropped 14 points and seniors Connor Moroney and Shawn Cardoza each scored 10 points for the Tigers. Tony Harris had a team-high 16 points for Canton. 
Stoughton, 41 @ Foxboro, 63 – Final – Senior Alex DuBrow dropped a game-high 18 points, senior Jonathan Carnino scored a career-high 14 points and senior Jason Procaccini scored 10 points. Brandon Teixeira had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Black Knights. 
Taunton, 57 @ Franklin, 53 – Final – Taunton outscored Franklin 20-10 in the final quarter to secure the win. Five different players scored in double figures for Taunton: Quan Roberson had 14 points, Tommy MacLean had 11 points, four rebounds and seven assists, Carlos Borrero had 11 points and five assists, Dominique Smith had 11 points and six rebounds and Jose Mercado had 10 points and eight rebounds. Franklin’s Tim Prunier had 15 points and four assists, sophomore Connor Peterson had 11 points and Kevin Gill had 10 points for the Panthers. 
Milford, 62 @ Sharon, 55 – Final (OT) – Milford’s Anthony Arcudi came off the bench and scored a career-high 11 points, all coming in the 4th quarter and overtime. Dimitry Torres led the Scarlet Hawks with 16 points and Dwight Anderson had 12 points, including 10 from the free throw line. Ricardo Ripley had 15 points for Sharon and Tyler Smith had 12 points. 

North Attleboro, 43 @ Mansfield, 61 – Final – Christian Weber led Mansfield with 13 points while Phil Vigeant had nine points, Sam Goldberg and Max Boen each have eight points and Tyler Boulter had seven points. North Attleboro’s Brent Doherty had a game-high 17 points while Jonny Friberg had eight points. 
Girls Basketball
Canton, 21 @ Oliver Ames, 55 – Final – Sophomore Abby Reardon had a team-high 12 points and junior Francesca Calabraro chipped in with nine points for OA. 

Foxboro, 66 @ Stoughton, 38 – Final – Ashley Sampson paced Foxboro with 19 points, six assists and nine rebounds. Cassidy Harrison helped out with 16 points for the Warriors and Grace Tamulionis had eight points and 16 rebounds. Val Whalen had eight points and 13 rebounds for Stoughton, while Bridgette Whalen had eight points and nine rebounds. Foxboro broke open a three-point game with a 14-3 run to end the first half and 26-9 through the end of the third quarter.

Franklin, 50 @ Taunton, 32 – Final – Lauren Rudolph was the top scorer for the Panthers with 15 points and Carli Koffinke added 11 for Franklin.

Attleboro, 55 @ King Philip, 41 – Final – Emily Houle led the way for Attleboro in her second game back from injury with 21 points. Sarah Deyo added 18 for the Bombardiers. KP was led by Sam Madden with eight points.

Mansfield, 39 @ North Attleboro, 31 – Final – Jackie Carchedi scored 19 points to lead the Hornets. Meg Hill added six points and seven rebounds for Mansfield. North was led by Emily Peters with nine points and 10 boards.

Sharon, 39 @ Milford, 31 – Final – Alyssa Piazza had a double-double for the Eagles with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Sharon also got 11 points apiece from Charlotte Ransom and Emma Eberhardt and five steals from Shira Stoller.
Hockey
Taunton, 7 @ Apponequet/Connolly, 5 – Final

Oliver Ames Goes On The Defensive To Beat Archies

Oliver Ames' Charlie Ryan (right) defends an Archbishop Williams player in the first half. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
Oliver Ames’ Charlie Ryan (right) defends an Archbishop Williams player in the first half. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief
NORTH EASTON, Mass. – What’s one of the best remedies for a struggling offense?
A stout defense works.
As Oliver Ames tries to work the kinks out on offense, it relied on its defense to deliver a 39-25 win over Archbishop Williams in the first round of the Val Muscato Holiday Tournament.
The Tigers held Archies to single digits in every single quarter, helped force 28 turnovers and never trailed from the second quarter on.
“To our credit, we’ve done well defensively,” Oliver Ames head coach Don Byron said. “Besides the Taunton game, the last three games we’ve defended well. I think the kids are going to come out of [the shooting slump]. We’ve hung in there and we felt the strength coming into the year was their ability to shoot the ball but it hasn’t really shown the way we thought it would yet. It’s cliche but defense will keep you in games but it’s done it for us three times. We’ve managed to hang around with the defense.”
Turnovers and a 1/5 start from the floor six minutes into the game would make one think the Tigers would be in a big hole. But because of strong defense, OA was down just 6-2. A bucket from junior Carter Evin and two free throws from junior Dylan Mahoney tied the game with a minute to play in the first. A three from Tim Kelley put the Tigers ahead 9-6 at the end of the quarter.
OA’s defense continued to clamp down in the second quarter, allowing just four points in the game’s second eight minutes. A putback from junior Nick Welch got the Tigers off to a good start and Mike Graziano’s three pointer with just under six to play made it 14-11. More misses and turnovers from Archies stalled their offense and OA extended the lead with a bucket from Shawn Cardoza off a nice pump fake.
“We played pretty well defensively [against Franklin],” Byron said. “To hold them to 50, especially after seeing what they did the next time out against CM, was encouraging for us. The defense has been good and coming into the year I thought that was going to be something we’d have to work at, and they have worked at it, and they it’s been our strength so far, surprisingly so. I’m hoping the offense will come around because we do have some kids who can put the ball into the basket.”
Up 18-10 to start the second half, Oliver Ames had its best offensive quarter in the third. Archies cut the deficit to three but OA responded with a 9-2 run, capped with a Graziano bucket at the basket off a turnover to make it 27-17. With an 11 point lead to start the fourth quarter, the Tigers held onto it each time Archies tried to get back into it.
OA finished the game with an 8-3 run over the final three minutes of the game with points from Welch, Evin, Connor Maroney and Jordan McGrath. The Tigers won the rebound battle 37-22.
Evin finished with a game-high nine points and added five rebounds, Cardoza had seven points and nine rebounds, Graziano had seven points and Maroney had 11 rebounds to along with three points.
“It’s balanced, I just wish it was a little higher balanced,” Byron said. “14 or 12 points each would be nice to see but hopefully that will come.”
Oliver Ames (2-2) will play in the finals of the Muscato Holiday Tournament against Falmouth on Wednesday at 7:30.
Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at RyanLanigan@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.