WESTFIELD – Westfield Voc-Tech rallied from a four-point deficit early in the fourth quarter to defeat Pioneer Valley Christian 40-34 in a boys’ high school basketball game Friday night.
“I think the big key to winning was not anyone’s individual effort but the maturity and composure our players possessed throughout the entire game,” Voc-Tech coach Kyle Dulude said.
Tyler French and Tim Schevchenko spearheaded the defensive effort communicating to their teammates and reminding them of their assignments.
“It was great to see our players believe in themselves, have faith, and just believe they were going to come out on top,” coach Dulude said. “It is a nice little winning streak we have going but we know we have a hard, long road ahead of us.”
Collins leads Saints
Smith Voke 50, St. Mary 29
Drew Collins (13 points) and Andrew Illnicky (8) provided the bulk of the St. Mary offense at Westfield Middle School South.
Iglesias, Hough top Rams
Ware 69, Southwick 59
Hunter Iglesias and Nick Hough scored 10 points apiece for Southwick.
Turban, Kowal pace Gators
McCann Tech 68, Gateway 47
McCann Tech rallied from two points down after one quarter to take a double-digit halftime lead and cruise to a 20-point victory.
McCann Tech’s Shane Fuller scored a game-high 24 points.
Brett Turban (15 points) and Peter Kowal (14) led Gateway.
Rams rout Red Raiders
Southwick 59, Commerce 28
Ashley Shea (11 points) and McKinley White led Southwick, which put on a clinic after settling in following the game’s first eight minutes.
“I think our team speed and really good defense for the last three quarters was a little much for Commerce,” Southwick assistant coach Rick Harriman said. “We were able to take shots we wanted tonight, and get out in transition.”
In JV action, Southwick (9-1) routed Commerce 33-9. The Rams were led by Molly McGrath (8 points), and Alyssa Cournoyer and Stephanie Devine, who each netted five.
BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY
Barchand’s hat trick checks Saints
Belchertown 7, St. Mary 1
Alex Bachand recorded a hat trick to lead Belchertown Friday night at Amelia Park Ice Arena.
St. Mary’s Jonathan Spear scored the first goal of the game, unassisted, before Belchertown scored seven unanswered goals over the course of the first two periods.
Belchertown goalies Kyle Greene and Anthony Mancuso combined for eight saves.