NORTHAMPTON – Three players scored in double digits – Tim Shevchenko, Tyler French, and Matt Wood – and Ken Flores delivered an amazing defensive effort to help lead the Westfield Technical Academy boys’ basketball team to a thrilling 59-53 overtime victory on the road.
Luis Santos had seven points for Westfield Tech between the fourth quarter and overtime, going 5-for-6 from the free throw line. During a key four-minute stretch in the third quarter, Viktor Bailey gained possession of a lot of loose balls and played great defense to spark the Tigers.
Westfield Tech opened the game with a double-digit lead, but Smith Voke rallied to take a five-point lead into the locker room at the half. Smith tapped in a rebound with one second remaining in regulation to force overtime.
“It was nice to see the boys excited and having fun while building confidence in themselves,” Westfield Tech coach Kyle Dulude said. “Hopefully we can keep this momentum going for the other two games this week.”
Bombers chase ‘Cats
Westfield 47, Sci-Tech 42
John O’Brien scored a team-high 15 points for Westfield. Bombers’ Rodney Bernard and Brandon Huckins each finished with nine. Huckins, Matt Butera, and Luis Castro were also instrumental on the defensive side of the ball for the Bombers.
Felcianos carry HCSS
Hampden Charter School of Science 71, Gateway 55
Justin Feliciano (29 points) and Jason Felciano (21) combined to score 50 HCSS points. Pete Kowal led Gateway with 20, and Brad Moreau had 11.
Franklin Tech 75, St. Mary 20
Franklin Tech exploded for 55 points in the first half at Westfield Middle School South. St. Mary managed just seven points through the game’s first two quarters.
“They pressed us and really we had a very, very difficult time with it,” St. Mary coach Joe Molta said.
Jake Butler (12 points) and Nick Illnicky (7) led the Saints.
Rams win again
Southwick 46, Mohawk 29
Ashley Shea led the way with 13 points, and Katelyn Sylvia supplied defensive energy off the bench for Southwick.
The JV squad also enjoyed a victory, 28-25. In that game, Maura Wurster led Southwick with 11 points. Tessa Bonatakis had a great game off the bench for the Rams, dominating offensive and defensive boards.
Oh boy! Laboy hits 22
Dean Tech 46, Westfield Tech 14
Dean Tech’s Miquiana Laboy scored a game-high 22 points. Westfield Tech’s Jaymee Hall had eight.
“It was not a good game, but (Westfield Tech) worked hard,” Tigers’ coach Matt Seklecki said.
Hampden Charter School of Science 40, Gateway 25
Dayna Rodriguez (12 points), Madison Sheehan (10), and Jalexus Rivera (10) each scored in double digits to lead HCSS. Gateway’s Rebecca Herman finished with a team-high 12.
Climb too tough for STM
Mount Everett 65, St. Mary 12
Mount Everett went on a 24-0 run, and outscored St. Mary 42-2 in the first half en route to a convincing victory.
Parker Synder (17 points) and Madison Ullrich (16) led Mt. Everett. Madie Donais and Elisa Kosinski each had four points for St. Mary.
Johnstone leads Bombers’ surge
Westfield 103, Northampton 83
Kelsey Johnstone was the lone individual winner for Westfield, claiming a pair of firsts – 200 individual medley (2:16.95) and 100 breaststroke (1:09.01) – and helping the 200 medley relay team (Kate McCabe/Johnstone/Rachel Charette/Sarah Russell) and 200 freestyle relay team (Charette/Johnstone/Russell/Maddie Robitaille) to gold medal finishes with times of 1:59.54 and 1:48.51, respectively.
With the win, Westfield improved to 7-1.
Rosso, Stanton win in WHS’s loss
Northampton 118, Westfield 64
Westfield’s Nick Rosso won the 200 freestyle (1:54.00) and Bombers’ Lukas Stanton was the top diver (195.75 points).
The Bombers fell to 5-3.
Chicopee 49, Westfield 33
Chicopee jumped out to a 16-6, first-quarter lead, and never wavered.
Ayanna Meadows led Chicopee with 19 points. Pacers’ Taina Slaughter chipped in 12.
Westfield’s Alexa Morin scored a team-high 17.