MANSFIELD, Mass. -- Anytime that No. 14 BC High was able to come up with some offense, No. 2 Mansfield had an answer.
The Hornets never trailed and pulled away in the fourth quarter to clip the Eagles 63-49 on Monday night.
Mansfield had an 11-point lead in the first quarter, and then a 10-point lead early in the second. But the Eagles continued to close the gap, heading into halftime down just 31-26. The Hornets used a 14-3 run in the third quarter, but a couple of baskets late made it just a 45-38 game after three.
In the fourth quarter, Ryan Boulter opened the scoring with a bucket and then senior Kyle Wisnieski hit back-to-back three-pointers to turn a nine-point game into a 15-point game at 53-38 and Mansfield never looked back.
"Especially in the first, I thought we got some really good looks and the ball didn't go in," BC High coach Bill Loughnane said, after his team shot just 24 percent from the field in the first quarter. "When [Mansfield] got the open looks, it went in."
The Eagles went to a man-to-man defensive strategy early on, while the Hornets switched into a 2-3 zone after starting with man-to-man. The zone allowed for more looks from distance for BC High (4-of-7 from three in the second quarter) but really frustrated their offense and limited their offensive rebounds.
"We had to mix up a little 2-3 [zone], with guys logging a lot of minutes, to see if they could still be playing a high level at the end," Mansfield head coach Mike Vaughan said. "I thought it changed up their flow a little bit. [BC High] is a pretty aggressive team so I thought by changing up the zone it kind of made them a passive team. They did get a lot of three's out of it so we kind of had to manage it so they didn't make three after three."
The Eagles went from five offensive rebounds in the first quarter to zero in the second, and just three in the second half.
"When you have a team you're playing playing five or six guys a lot of minutes, you start looking at foul trouble and match ups," Vaughan said about the zone. "I thought we rebounded better once we went zone. I thought [Michael] Boen did a fantastic job rebounding the ball on both ends of the floor."
Not only did Boen own the boards -- a game-high 14 rebounds (7 defensive, 7 offensive) -- he led the game in scoring with 19 points, including eight points and six rebounds in the fourth quarter.
"That's a quiet 19," Vaughan said. "He's gotten better since game one. He was kind of passive and didn't do a whole lot offensively. Last game, he did real well and tonight obviously too. He's steady -- he's going inside-out, he's getting in transition and hitting his foul shots so I'm very happy about that."
Beyond Boen's 19, Mansfield had three other scorers reach double figures: Rocky DeAndrade and Boulter each had 12 ,and Wisnieski added 11, which all turned out to be momentum points at the time.
"He's that type of kid," Vaughan said about Wisnieski. "He said it in the locker room when we met before the game, 'This is a good statement game.' He knows what this is all about, he knows how big this game is. He plays the best in those situations."
As for the balanced scoring, this is something that's going to be needed with Brendan Hill on the shelf for a while and Kevin Conner still working back to full health.
"Different guys will have different match ups and we'll get different guys stepping up but you're going to for the most part see those four are going to be the consistent scorers and then you hope the other guys can step in," Vaughan said.
Isaiah Bowman led BC High in scoring at 16 points, Jack Loughnane added 11 points, Tom Galanek had 9 points and Phil Leotsakos added 6 blocks.
"Offensively [Mansfield] has a lot of weapons and they do a nice job spreading the ball out," Loughnane said. "They have our number right now."