H.S. Roundup: Greenfield takes command of Hampshire League South with win over Drury (PHOTOS)

Greenfield’s Jon Breor (11) tries to put up a shot over Drury’s Colin Daly (42) during the Green Wave’s 41-38 Hampshire League South victory on Monday night at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield.

Greenfield’s Jon Breor (11) tries to put up a shot over Drury’s Colin Daly (42) during the Green Wave’s 41-38 Hampshire League South victory on Monday night at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Greenfield’s Grayson Thomas (5) goes up for a layup attempt while defended by Drury’s Conner Hinkell (32) during the Green Wave’s Hampshire League South victory on Monday night at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield.

Greenfield’s Grayson Thomas (5) goes up for a layup attempt while defended by Drury’s Conner Hinkell (32) during the Green Wave’s Hampshire League South victory on Monday night at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Greenfield’s Caleb Thomas (12) pulls up for a jump shot against Drury during the Green Wave’s Hampshire League South victory on Monday night at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield.

Greenfield’s Caleb Thomas (12) pulls up for a jump shot against Drury during the Green Wave’s Hampshire League South victory on Monday night at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Greenfield’s Ollie Postera (3) goes in for a shot against Drury during the Green Wave’s Hampshire League South victory on Monday night at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield.

Greenfield’s Ollie Postera (3) goes in for a shot against Drury during the Green Wave’s Hampshire League South victory on Monday night at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Greenfield’s Caleb Murray (4) tries to take the ball from Drury’s James Varellas (12) during the Green Wave’s Hampshire League South victory on Monday night at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield.

Greenfield’s Caleb Murray (4) tries to take the ball from Drury’s James Varellas (12) during the Green Wave’s Hampshire League South victory on Monday night at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

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Published: 02-05-2024 9:46 PM

GREENFIELD — The Hampshire League South title race has taken many twists and turns in the past two weeks.

The Greenfield boys basketball team took a step toward clarifying the picture on Monday night.

Jon Breor’s tip-in with 14 seconds remaining helped the Green Wave pick up a huge victory at Nichols Gymnasium. Clinging to a one-point lead over Drury, Breor tipped in a missed Greenfield shot in traffic, and the Wave survived a pair of missed 3-point attempt in the waning seconds to ultimately secure a 41-38 victory.

Ollie Postera hit a free throw with 49 seconds to play to break a 38-38 tie and give Greenfield a one-point cushion. Breor’s tip-in helped seal the deal, despite a pair of Wave missed free throws with just under two seconds remaining. Drury’s 70-foot heave at the buzzer was off the mark, as Greenfield moved into first place in the HL South at 8-2 (11-4 overall). Drury dropped to 10-4 overall, 7-3 in the league.

The Wave now control their own destiny in the league title race. If they win out, they would be outright champions. That goal will certainly be challenged right back again on Tuesday night, as they travel to Mahar (12-3, 7-3) in a game that could once again cloud the title chase if the Senators can find a way to hold serve in Orange.

Drury led 31-28 after three quarters, and extended the lead to five points until Grayson Thomas hit a 3-pointer with 5:16 remaining in the fourth quarter. Breor followed with a bucket to tie the game at 33 with 4:08 to play, and Grayson Thomas drilled another 3 with 3:31 remaining to give the hosts a 36-33 advantage.

After a Drury basket, Petru Cojocaru scored with 1:34 to play to make it 38-35 Greenfield. Drury answered with a 3-pointer with 1:18 to go, tying the game once again at 38. That set the stage for Postera’s go-ahead free throw in the final minute, and Breor's tip-in capped the scoring.

Breor paced the Wave with a team-high 16 points, followed by Grayson Thomas with 11 points and Jacob Blanchard with six.

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Drury’s Sammy Moorman led all scorers with 19 points.

Frontier 84, Easthampton 70 — Make it five wins in a row for the Redhawks. 

Frontier pulled ahead 42-33 at the half and kept its foot on the gas in the second half, leading by as many as 24 points in the fourth quarter as the Redhawks earned an independent victory in Easthampton on Monday. 

Max Millette was the engine leading the offense, finishing with 29 points for Frontier. Owen Babb scored 17 points, Alex Ellis tallied 13 points, Sasha Dragicevich tossed in seven points while Nico Fasulo scored six points in the win. 

Girls basketball

Franklin Tech 58, Putnam 37 – Senior Night in Turners Falls saw the Eagles cap their Franklin County League South championship run undefeated on Monday night.

Franklin Tech, which celebrated its senior class, improved to 15-2 overall and a perfect 10-0 in the FCL South with their 11th consecutive victory. The program’s last loss came on Dec. 19 against Frontier.

Tech will close out its regular season next Tuesday, Feb. 13 with an independent game at Taconic.

Lea Chapman finished with 25 points and 17 rebounds for the Eagles. Hannah Gilbert recorded 17 points and 11 rebounds, Kyra Goodell scored seven points and Trinity Doane tallied three points in the win. 

Greenfield 60, Mahar 41 — Another big night from Amber Bergeron propelled the Green Wave to a decisive road victory on Monday night in Orange.

Bergeron poured in a game-high 30 points, her third consecutive game with 30-plus points, and Greenfield snagged a 60-41 Franklin County League North win.

Greenfield led 14-6 after one quarter and 28-11 at halftime. Anna Bucala scored 11 points in the win, and Carly Blanchard joined her in double figures with 10.

Mahar’s Nevaeh Scribner paced the hosts with 19 points (five 3-pointers), and Irati Martinez chipped in with 16 points.

Pioneer 70, Hopkins 17 — The Panthers raced ahead 35-6 at the half before pulling away with an independent win in Hadley on Monday. 

Addison Harrington led the way with 17 points while Leah Potter (15), Kyler McClelland (14) and Natalie Rios (12) joined her in double figures. Hailey Ring and Fota N’Diaye each had four points in the win. 

Weekend results

Frontier 36 Hampshire 35
South Hadley 35, Frontier 27
Keene 37, Frontier 30 
Holyoke 45, Frontier 30 —
The Redhawks hosted the Raiders, the Tigers, the Blackbirds and the Purple Knights for a series of dual meets on Saturday, with Frontier going 1-3. 

Ber Calhoun went 3-0 on the day, earning three pins at 106. Jocelyn Antes went 2-0 at 120, one via pin, Alex Schreiber and Javion Cabrera each went 4-0 went three pins while Kaden James  went 3-1 with two pins for the Redhawks. 

Zack Brown picked up wins against Hampshire and Holyoke, Ben Baker earned a victory over South Hadley while Konnor James picked up two wins on the day for Frontier. 

Mount Everett 33, Mahar 30 — Riley Murphy (175) and Shawn Jensen (190) earned wins for the Senators in a loss to the Hornets on Saturday. 

Asher Williams (113), Lucas Briand (120), Elias Roberts (132) and Tristen Gaj (157) also com peted for Mahar.