Attleboro, 46 @ Mansfield, 64 – Final
Canton, 44 @ Milford, 45 – Final – Milford junior Brendan White hit a three with 0.4 seconds left while being fouled, elevating the Hawks to a win after a wild final minute. Milford had a 42-40 lead with under 30 seconds to play and even got a stop but a jump ball gave Canton the ball back. Devin Foster (17 points) hit three free throws after being fouled to take a 43-42 lead, and after a Milford turnover, Foster hit another free throw to give the Dogs a 44-42 lead. But White took a pass from Kayden Kelley (10 points, 10 rebounds) and hit the winning shot while being fouled. Andrew Fraioli added 11 points and 12 rebounds for Milford while Tony Harris had 16 points for Canton.
Foxboro, 59 @ Stoughton, 53 – Final – Foxboro hit six three-pointers in a 30-point third quarter, turning a 32-16 deficit at halftime into a 46-46 tie heading into the fourth quarter. Bobby Harrison scored five of his team-high 15 points in the fourth quarter while Joe Morrison added 12 points and Matt Rongione had 11 points, including three triples in the third. Anthony Mollica added five of his eight points in the fourth quarter for Foxboro. Stoughton senior Cam Andrews had a team-high 18 points while senior Steevens Phelimond had a career-high 16 points for the Knights.
Sharon, 45 @ North Attleboro, 58 – Final – North Attleboro senior Chad Peterson returned from injury and scored a career-high 23 points, draining seven three-pointers to lead the Rocketeers to a win over Sharon. Peterson hit four triples in the opening quarter, two more in the second and another in the fourth. North led 34-27 at halftime and 43-38 at the end of three. The Rocketeers clinched the game with a 15-7 fourth quarter. Josh Montague added 11 points for Big Red while Jacob Petersen finished with eight points. Sharon’s Malik Lorquet had 19 points, 10 rebounds, and nine blocks while Alex Kaufmann added 14 points.
Mansfield, 58 @ Attleboro, 40 – Final – Meg Hill had her 12th double-double of the season with 21 points and 12 rebounds and she also added four blocks. Hill is now seven points shy of 1,000 for her career. Ann Maher and Sydney Mulkern each added nine points for the Hornets. Sam Pierce paced Attleboro with 11 points and Liv McCall added eight.
Milford, 42 @ Canton, 38 – Final
Stoughton, 19 @ Foxboro, 74 – Final – Foxboro went on a 17-0 run after the opening basket by Stoughton to take control and added a 10-0 run to close out the first half. Ashley Sampson was the game’s top scorer with 18 points, while Grace Tamulionis added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors. Foxboro also got 12 points from Lily Sykes and nine points from Abby Hassman. Val Whalen led the Black Knights with six.
Taunton, 42 @ Franklin, 69 – Final
King Philip, 45 @ Oliver Ames, 61 – Final – Oliver Ames senior Kayla Raymond continued her stellar play this season, scoring 31 points and hauling in 10 rebounds to led the Tigers to a win at home. Alex Sheldon added nine points and 14 rebounds while Erin Holmberg chipped in with eight points.
North Attleboro, 47 @ Sharon, 24 – Final
Mansfield, 146.8 @ Oliver Ames, 142.1 – Final
WRENTHAM, Mass. – Throughout the game, Stoughton had struggled to score against King Philip’s half-court defense. So with 37 seconds left, holding a three-point lead and in need of some insurance, the Black Knights found a way to get an easy bucket.
Coming out of a timeout after a near turnover and the inbounds at midcourt, Stoughton sent three of its players down one end of the court and kept Colin Sanda (17 points, 10 rebounds) alone in one half. The Warriors’ defense lined up in man-to-man, allowing Cam Andrews to get the ball into Sanda.
It seemed like a normal inbounds play into the backcourt, but that was only because of how the Black Knights lined up. Sanda was, in fact, in his offensive half and took the feed down for a wide-open layup with just 30 seconds to play.
That bucket, along with some late free throws, gave Stoughton enough of a cushion to hang on for a 60-55 win on the road.
The Black Knights led by as much as 11 in the fourth quarter and had a nine-point lead with just two minutes to go before King Philip made a late charge. Kyle Layman (23 points, eight rebounds) scored inside and Brendan Kinghit a pair of free throws to make it a five-point game, 55-50.
Stoughton hit a free throw to extend it to six but Layman collected three points (free throw, field goal off Bruce Santillus’ offensive rebound) to make it a one-possession game, 56-53, with just under a minute to play.
That’s when Stoughton ran its play to Sanda for an easy two to keep the lead. King Philip once again got it down to three on an offensive putback but David Bell (career-high 19 points, 13 rebounds) hit free throws down the stretch to ice it.
While the inbounds play and free throws iced the game for Stoughton, it was the Black Knights’ full-court pressure defense and strong rebounding that really put them in position to win in the first place.
“We played with some energy tonight,” said Stoughton head coach John Gallivan. “We were a little shorthanded tonight and I think they recognized that so they picked each other up. We were trying to mix the defense up with some zone, some scramble, some straight man-to-man. After a while, we just stuck with what we were using and it ended up being enough.”
The Knights’ pressure really started paying off in the third quarter, and even more so when King Philip’s starting point guard Pharoah Davis had to leave the game for a stretch due to a head injury.
Stoughton outscored KP 15-9 over the final six minutes of the third. Trailing 29-25, Stoughton forced a turnover that led to a triple from Bell. Stoughton had a miss a possession later but Sanda flew in for an offensive rebound and easy putback. Layman tied the game with a traditional three-point play but Stoughton finished the frame with a 7-0 burst.
After another miss, Ruben Gonzalez came in for an offensive rebound and putback, Sanda made a jumper after KP missed the front end of a one-and-one, Andrews hit the first of two free throws for a 38-34 lead, and then Steevens Phelimond hauled in Andrews’ miss on the second attempt and put it back for a 40-34 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
“The press is trying to get them out of a rhythm, get turnovers, its all of the above,” Gallivan said. “But we can’t score on their set defense, they are too long. When we tried, it looked awful. But when we got out in transition, and even though it might seem like a quick shot, it was the best shot. The press can make you or break you but I thought we got enough out of it to stay in it. Even at the end, we backed it up some but stayed in it just to slow them down and make them think a little bit. If that game went on for 30 more seconds, who knows.”
Stoughton started the fourth when it forced a turnover and Andrews found Bell for an easy two. Layman answered with a triple and Stoughton missed its ensuing shot, but once again Sanda came flying in unguarded and converted the putback.
Holding a 44-38 lead, Stoughton’s effort on the offensive glass paid off once again. Its first shot missed but Bell grabbed the board and put it back up while being fouled. He sank the free throw for a 47-38 lead with 5:39 to play.
Stoughton won the rebounding battle, 45-31.
“I thought all of the putbacks were huge because maybe the original shot wasn’t a great one, but the putbacks were key,” Gallivan said. “I thought Sanda really started that whole thing, he got a couple early on. I said the kids before the game that if they win the rebounding battle that you’ll win this game. We know long shots mean long rebounds and those go to the quicker team.”
The Black Knights used the full press from the beginning of the game and forced 10 turnovers in the first half. While only four of those came in the first quarter, Stoughton’s defense mainly focused King Philip into bad shots. The Warriors shot just 24% in the first eight minutes (4-for-17) while going 0-for-4 from three-point range.
Though King Philip’s offense struggled to find a rhythm, its defense kept them in the game and in the lead. Even though Stoughton made nearly half of their shots in the opening quarter, the Black Knights turned the ball over 11 times and trailed 11-9 after one.
Stoughton took a lead, 14-13, on a triple from Phelimond but Santillus (17 points, 11 rebounds) caught fire to bring the hosts back in front. He converted a feed from King for two, drained a three on a feed from Tim Nault, and after Layman and Sanda traded basket, the junior splashed in another shot from downtown. Andrew McKinney capped the run with a runner to give KP a 25-16 edge.
But the Black Knights refused to go away, closing the half on a 6-0 run to get within three at the break. Bell contributed three straight points and Andrews drilled a three with two minutes to go. Neither team scored in the final two minutes of the half.
“It was 25-22 at halftime, there really wasn’t a lot of rhythm,” said KP head coach Mark Champagne. “We lost Pharoah for a stretch in the third, and then the other guys were tentative against it so [the press] did hurt us. Pharoah can create more against it so not having him hurt. But I thought our shot selection was poor, I thought we really regressed on that. We had the wrong guys shooting the ball, just because they were open doesn’t make it the best shot.
“I told them if anybody asks what happened, tell them you were poorly coached because you really looked like it tonight, they really did it. We had mental lapses. We wanted to foul coming out of a timeout and we didn’t. We have a major focus problem. Kyle did a good job in his first game back, he was tired but he sucked it up, no issues with him. They had a lot of offensive rebounds, not so much by big guys cause they don’t have much. [Sanda] got a couple extra ones, again mental lapses from us not boxing out. We just can’t seem to get out of the gate, it’s frustrating.”
While KP’s defense focused on Andrews (eight points), Sanda and Bell picked up the slack. Sanda tied a career-high while Bell set a new mark. Both had double-digit rebounds as well.
“We need that balance,” Gallivan said, who also got seven points and solid defense from senior Justin Ly. “It can’t be one guy, no matter who the one guy is. Our best games are when its spread out among three guys. And it could be any three guys. Ruben did it earlier this season against Randolph, it just shows it can be anyone. It was good to see other guys step up and help Cam out because they obviously focused a lot on Cam.”
Stoughton boys basketball (2-7 Hockomock, 3-8 overall) is back in action on Friday when it hosts Franklin. King Philip (2-7, 2-9) will try to bounce back when it visits Sharon on the same night.
RANDOLPH, Mass. – With a pair of starters out, Stoughton head coach John Gallivan turned to senior Ruben Gonzalez to give the Black Knights a defensive spark.
Not only did Gonzalez deliver a pesky defensive performance (three steals), the senior connected on five three-pointers and poured in a career-high 19 points to help the Black Knights pick up their first win of the season, an 80-60 decision over Randolph in the first round of the Blue Devils Holiday Classic.
Stoughton will play Natick in the championship of the tournament on Saturday night.
“What a spark he was,” Gallivan said.
Gonzalez got Stoughton’s offense going early, scoring eight of the team’s 18 first-quarter points including a pair of triples. And when Randolph’s defense decided to face guard senior Cam Andrews (career-high 31 points, 10 rebounds, five assists) for the entire fourth quarter, Gonzalez helped put the game to rest with eight more points, again on a pair of threes.
And in the two middle quarters, Andres took care of business. He scored 13 of his points in the third quarter, helping the Knights turn a seven-point lead at the end of the first (18-11) into a 36-23 advantage going into the halftime break.
When Randolph had its best offensive quarter of the game, netting 24 points in the third quarter, Andrews was equal to the task, scoring 12 of his own in the quarter to keep the lead at 13 (60-47) heading into the final frame.
“I thought he did a good job of letting it come to him,” Gallivan said. “And I thought our kids did a nice job of finding him on offensive rebounds. That’s the most open he’s going to be when they reverse pivot and kick it out to him. One that comes to mind is when Alex Sjoquist ripped one and instead of a 5’9 kid going up against a 6’4 kid, he turned and found Cam.”
The Blue Devils got within seven points just over the midway point of the second quarter, but Stoughton rattled off a 13-4 run over a two and a half minute span to build the separation it needed for the rest of the game.
Gonzalez got the run started with his third triple, and Andrews blew by his defender with a strong take to the hoop for a layup. Stoughton’s press worked as Gonzalez came up with a steal in the Randolph backcourt and tossed up a pass for an easy alley-layup for Andrews.
After a Randolph timeout, the Blue Devils got back on the board with a layup but Stoughton had a quick answer. After a miss, Sjoquist pulled in the rebound and found Andrews for the three, plus the foul, for a four-point play. It was the play that Gallivan alluded to.
Stoughton capped the run when Gonzalez forced another turnover and Andrews finished at the rim once again.
Randolph cut the deficit to single digits once in the second half, midway through the third quarter, but five straight points from Andrews restored Stoughton’s comfortable lead.
Colin Sanda added 10 points, six rebounds and four assists for Stoughton while Steevens Phelimond (six points, five rebounds) and David Bell (five points, five rebounds) gave the Knights a presence in the paint.
“I think the important thing for us was to survive those first three Kelley-Rex games,” Gallivan said.
The Black Knights lost to Oliver Ames, Attleboro and Mansfield top begin the season; the three teams had a combined 9-3 record entering games on Thursday night.
“We actually had stretches where we played well against all three teams. If you lose those three games spread out over a couple of weeks, it’s no big deal. But you lose three in a row and it can seem like the sky is falling. These guys have done a good job of keeping their composure and doing things the way we want to do it. And I thought they played a full 32 minutes tonight, which was one of the focuses tonight. We’ve had good minutes, but not a full 32 until tonight.”
Stoughton boys basketball (0-3 Hockomock, 1-3 overall) will try to make it two in a row when it tips off against the Redhawks in the championship of the Blue Devils Holiday Classic on Saturday at 6:30.