New England Newspapers
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Tyler Picard had 25 points and Hank Barrett and Nathan Majumder combined for 30 to lead the Mount Greylock boys’ basketball team to the win, 74-54 over Mount Everett.
The Mounties earned a second victory on the night when Lee topped St. Joseph’s 79-73. The Crusaders’ loss clinches the South Division title for Greylock.
Barrett scored 16 while Majumder had 14. Greylock led by just two at the break before exploding for 44 second-half points.
"[Picard] really played big for us tonight," said Mounties coach Bob Thistle. "He got on the glass and converted. He came up huge for us. ... I’m pleased to get to 15 wins."
Hoosac boys’ basketball
CHESHIRE -- The Hurricanes led by seven points at halftime, but were outscored 21-10 in the second half as the Green Wave rallied for the win, 41-37.
"We did nothing in the second half," said Hoosac coach Bill Robinson.
A 3-point basket by Greenfield’s Parker Hickey with 21 seconds left put the Green Wave up by a point and Vincent Funari clinched the win with a pair of free throws.
Matt Braman had a game-high 16 points for Hoosac (6-11). Connor Eckstrom led Greenfield with 11.
McCann boys’ basketball
SPRINGFIELD -- The Hornets cut the deficit to one late in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t come any closer losing 49-42 to Dean Tech.
"We played without six of our players tonight," coach Mike Nykorchuck said. "It was a good effort considering we were down so many players."
The win keeps Dean Tech unbeaten in the league. The loss eliminates the Hornets from the Western Mass. tournament.
Josh Superneau led the attack for McCann. He scored a game-high 21 points. Justin Cote contributed seven points in the loss but also recorded 12 rebounds for McCann.
"Defensivly, we didn’t have many problems," Nykorchuck said. "They play a full-court man press and we had problems beating it."
Omar Espada led Dean with 13 points. Joseph Colon contributed 12 points.
Drury boys’ basketball
DEERFIELD -- Frontier missed a shot at the buzzer and the Blue Devils clung to a 48-46 victory.
Isiah Pantoja returned to the lineup for the Blue Devils and scored 16 points to lead the attack. Nolan Bird contributed 11.
Paul Decker scored 19 points for Frontier including four 3-pointers. He did the majority of his damage in the second quarter and the Blue Devils adjusted at halftime.
"We were really able to shut him down after that," coach Jack Racette said. "This was a good win for us on the road."
The victory keeps the Blue Devils hopes for a tournament bid alive. They host Hoosac Valley on Friday.
McCann girls’ basketball
SPRINGFIELD -- McCann now controls its own destiny as far as the Bi-County West is concerned.
After dispatching Sci Tech 47-23 on Tuesday night, a win Thursday against Southwick will clinch at least a share of the league title.
Mary Nguyen led the charge for the Hornets scoring a game-high 16 points. But the rest of the team also got into the action. Melissa Dobbert contributed eight points after being called up from the junior varsity team. Alex Wood also had eight points.
"This was one of the better games they played all year long," coach Mike Dowling said. "They were all hustling and playing hard. Everyone contributed tonight."
WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Williams College men’s basketball team did its part Tuesday night, but the Ephs found out the road to the NCAA Division III tournament will go through Amherst.
Nate Robertson was one of four Ephs to score in double figures as the 10th-ranked Ephs clinched the No. 2 seed in the NESCAC tournament by beating Trinity 68-47.
Robertson had a game-high 18 points, Taylor Epley had 16 and Michael Mayer had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Matt McCreary scored 10 points for the Ephs, a career-high for the junior guard from Joplin, Mo.
MCLA men’s basketball
FITCHBURG -- If the MCLA men hope to get the top seed in the MASCAC tournament, the Trailblazers are going to need some help after losing to Fitchburg 65-57.
Fitchburg’s Tom Henneberry came off the bench to score 20 points to hand MCLA (12-11, 8-2) a loss.
Henneberry made two free throws with 15 minutes left in the second half, giving the Falcons their first lead since midway in the first half. The home team never trailed again.
The MCLA loss, coupled with a 77-59 win by Westfield State, gives the Owls a one-game lead in the conference. If MCLA beats Bridgewater Saturday and Fitchburg (12-8, 4-5) beats Westfield, the Trailblazers would get the top seed.