NORTH ADAMS -- The Mount Greylock defense strives to hold teams to under 12 points a quarter.
In the final game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, the Mounties were able to hold Drury to just under 12 points for three quarters. Luckily for the Mounties, it was enough to get a 59-48 victory. Despite Drury's 21-point outburst in the fourth, the Mounties still averaged just 12 points allowed per quarter.
"You want to score 15 points a quarter to give you 60, and you want to give up just 12 a quater to keep them at 48," Greylock coach Bob Thistle said. "We want to be in that ballpark. That's only a three-point difference per quarter, but it puts us where we want to be on the floor."
Drury was held to nine points in each of the first three quarters. The Blue Devils made a run in the fourth quarter, scroing 21 points. But the hole was too deep to climb out of.
Balanced scoring was the key for Greylock.
Tyrell Thomas led the way for the Mounties. He had 16 points and 14 rebounds on the night. Hank Barrett had 15 points, nine of which came in the fourth quarter to help stave off the furrious Drury rally. Tyler Picard also reached double figures. The senior recorded 12 points before fouling out of the game early in the fourth quarter. He also had five rebounds on the night.
"We've been able to do that this year," Thistle said. "Usually we have Picard and we have Tyrell. And we have had Nathan [Majumder] pretty steady. Now Hank is coming on. That makes us a pretty balanced team."
Nolan Bird led the comeback for the Blue Devils. He scored a game-high 18 points, 11 of which came in the fourth quarter. He also had nine rebounds. The Mounties held Bird to just four points in the first half.
Nick Trombley also aided the comeback. He scored eight second-half points to go with his game total of 13.
Hoosac boys' basketball
NORTH ADAMS- Lee's Heamon Williams recorded 24 points and seven rebounds as the Wildcats rolled past Hoosac Valley 61-41 in the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament.
Jake LePrevost added 18 points for the Wildcats as they played solid defense. Only one Hurricane scored in double digits. Matt Braman had a team-high 15 points.
"They beat us, Lee beat us," Hoosac coach Bill Robinson said. "They were better than us today in all facets. Williams burnt us on the boards, and LePrevost was their rock. Everything ran through him and Williams. We couldn't stop them."
The Hurricanes brought heavy defensive pressure, but the fast-paced offense from the Wildcats was able to break the pressure.
"The thing for us tonight was we did a fantastic job handling their pressure," Lee coach Dan Korte said. "When teams that come out and pressure us, already this year they really force us to turn the ball over and tonight we were catching the ball and keeping it in the right place and making the right pass. That really leads to a lot of open looks and easy baskets."
The Wildcats took the lead midway through the first quarter and never let it go. A 21-point third quarter sealed the deal for the Wildcats. Williams recorded 14 of his points in the second half. He also had nine rebounds.
"Heamon was good for us in the first half, but he was even better for us in the second half," Korte said. "He did a great job being selective with his shots."
Lee's defense was also able to slow the Hurricanes. Hoosac was held to single digits in both the second and fourth quarter. Trevor Alibozek was held to just two points, forcing Braman to do the heavy lifting.
"No positives out of this one," Robinson said. "I'm not saying we stunk, I'm saying Lee made us stink. They took it to us tonight."
McCann boys' basketball
NORTH ADAMS -- McCann Tech snatched its first win of the season, a 54-44 win over Mount Everett in the opening game of the tournament.
After a shaky first quarter, the Hornets' ability to create turnovers and convert second-chance scoring opportunities gave them the advantage in a 54-44 victory.
Shane Fuller led McCann with a game-high 14 points, seven rebounds, and three steals, coming off the bench. Fuller, although the shortest player on the court, grabbed crucial rebounds and loose balls in the second half.
"Shane was tremendous," McCann coach Mike Nykorchuk said. "He has a giant heart. He is the shortest kid on our team and he's always one of our top rebounders."
Along with Fuller, Josh Superneau was a leader offensively for the Hornets, adding 13 points of his own.