Boston High School: Adam Kleckner

Comcast: Brookline, Franklin advance to boys final

February, 16, 2014
Feb 16
10:22
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WELLESLEY, Mass. -– Miles Morris scored just one point for the Brookline boys basketball team on Sunday afternoon in the first round of the IAABO Board 27 Comcast Classic, but no one played a bigger role for the Warriors as they cruised past Newton North, 50-40, to advance to Monday’s title game against Franklin.

The senior guard spent the game causing fits for Newton North star Tommy Mobley, limiting the explosive scorer to just 14 points.

“That’s not an easy thing to do because Mobley’s a tough cover,” said Brookline point guard Elijah Rogers. “He can shoot it and he can get to the line well. When we have Miles playing like that on defense, that’s when we’re at our best because everyone feeds off his energy.”

Added Brookline coach Luke Day: “We haven’t really changed the game plan against Tommy in three games. We basically put Miles on him, and we have a few other guys we sub occasionally. We just told him to keep hounding him. We’ve changed a few things we do on screens and we made one adjustment from the last game but nothing major.

"The other night, Mobley hit two or three 3’s right in Miles’ face, and tonight he didn’t make those. It’s a really slim difference in the game.”

Throughout the night, Brookline’s defenders limited the open looks for the high-powered Tigers. A team that traditionally piles up points from beyond the 3-point line, North connected on just four 3’s in the loss.

“It starts with Miles, but it really was a complete team effort,” said Day. “It wasn’t our best offensive night, but the defense was great tonight.”

With Morris handling Mobley and the impressive defensive effort they faced all over the floor, the Tigers weren’t able to mount much of an attack on the offensive end. Jack Boucher (10 points) was the only other North player with more than four points in the loss.

“We played a little bit tentative,” said North coach Paul Connolly. “I wasn’t happy with our effort happy in terms of our energy and in terms of how we played today. We held them to 50 points, I can live with that. We can be a pretty good defensive team. Teams try to take away Tommy, and they did it, and that was pretty much the game.”

Brookline’s offense was bottled up most of the game, but Elijah Rogers finally got into rhythm in the fourth, scoring eight of his game-high 17 points to put the game away in the rubber match for these two Bay State rivals.

The Warriors also got seven points, eight rebounds and six blocks from big man Obi Obiora and eight points and five rebounds from forward Tyler Patterson.

Foul play slows pace as Franklin claws past Belmont: As the clock clicked under seven minutes remaining in the other boys game, Belmont center Adam Kleckner fouled out of the game, and Franklin took advantage. With Kleckner out, the Panthers went on an 11-0 run and earned a 61-50 win to advance to the championship game.

That wasn’t the first instance in which a foul changed how things were played on the court, as 48 fouls were called in all during the contest. Both teams reached the double bonus in both halves, and 53 free throws were taken before the final horn sounded.

“Both offensively and defensively, it can be kind of hard to get into a flow with that many fouls,” said Franklin coach Dean O’Connor. “I’m not complaining, both teams just had to adjust. The thing is, you have to be able to play to however the game is being officiated. It didn’t have any impact on winning and losing, it just affected how we both had to play though. There wasn’t a lot of flow to this game, but we committed some very dumb fouls away from the basket that contributed to it.”

One of the only players seemingly not affected by the slow pace of play was Panthers senior captain Chris Rodgers. He poured in a game-high 21 points to go with six rebounds and four steals.

“He’s our best player and that’s kind of what he does,” said O’Connor. He’s great in the open floor and very tough to guard. He’s long for his height, so on the boards and getting to the rim, he can elevate over people.”

The Panthers (15-5) also got 11 points and eight rebounds from Pat O’Reilly and 10 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks from Marcus Giese in the win.

Matt Kerans paced the Marauders with 16 points and five rebounds, Kleckner finished with 11 points and Cole Bartels chipped in with nine points for Belmont, which takes on Newton North in the consolation game to kick off action on Monday.

Recap: Lexington 75, No. 24 Belmont 68

February, 11, 2014
Feb 11
10:14
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LEXINGTON, Mass. – In their first meeting this season, the Belmont boys' basketball team raced out to an early lead, then held off a furious Lexington comeback attempt.

On Tuesday night, the Minutemen repaid the favor, scoring the first 15 points of the game en route to a 75-68 win over the visiting Marauders.

“The last time we played them, we lost by six,” said senior Hugh O’Neil. “It was close, and it had been back and forth, so we knew it was important to get out early on them because they did it to us the first time. At practice yesterday, we talked about really taking it to them and proving to them that we are who are, and not who we were.”

Who they were the last time the teams battled was a scuffling 4-8 squad trying to find their basketball identity. Rattling off seven straight wins, and eight in nine games, it’s become very clear who the Minutemen are now.

“Lexington played like a team who was playing for something beyond just tonight,” said Belmont coach Adam Pritchard. “We played like a team whose season ended tonight. That’s the way teams play when they don’t have a postseason to go to. They came to play and we didn’t.”

It was O’Neil who kicked off the early scoring barrage, accounting for the 13 points of the game himself. He finished the first quarter with 19 on the way to a 35 point showing in the win for the Minutemen (12-9).

“He has great length and he has a nice high release,” said Lexington coach Reggie Hobbs. “At 6-6, he can be a little bit of a mismatch problem and he was able to exploit that tonight. He took a lot of good shots. He’s done that in stretches for us before, scoring in bunches. He had 18 points in the second half of a win over Woburn earlier this year, so it’s not a surprise when he does something like that.”

Lexington finished the first quarter with a 17-point lead, built on that in the second quarter and led by as much as 25 midway through the third.

Belmont (14-4), the Middlesex League champ, charged back into things late in the third and early in the fourth – mostly behind the scoring ability of Adam Kleckner, who had 18 points and 10 rebounds in the loss. With just under three minutes to go, the Marauders slashed the lead to just five points.

“We kept our composure,” said Hobbs. “They’re obviously a great team, they won our league. We knew they were going to make a run – they have too many weapons not to. For a young group, I thought it was good for us to be in that situation and not give in.”

O’Neil, who also had 11 boards in the win, took matters into his own hands to slow the comeback, netting eight points in the fourth quarter. With the lead down to five, he connected on his third 3-pointer of the night to push the lead back to eight. A defensive stop and an outlet pass to David Barner quickly made it a 10-point lead, effectively ending any comeback hopes for Belmont.

“Hugh did everything for us tonight,” said Hobbs. “We ask him to do a lot of different things – defend, handle the ball a bit against pressure, make good decisions. That’s what you want from your senior captain.”

Energy Boost: With just over 3:30 remaining in the third quarter and Lexington enjoying a 23 point lead, an errant in-bounds pass from the baseline by the Marauders bounced back behind half court and headed for the other end of the floor.

As the nearest Belmont player closed in on the ball, Barner went racing up the floor toward the ball. He dove across the floor, screeching as he caught up to the basketball. In one motion he got his hand on the ball, redirected it off the Belmont player’s leg and out of bounds, giving Lexington the ball under their hoop.

“He never stops,” said O’Neil. “It’s incredible. He’s always up and down the floor. He thrives the most in transition, but even on defense he’s always flying up the court.”

The minutemen added two points on the in-bounds play to push the lead to 25.

“High energy. He really has high energy,” said Hobbs. “We talk about trying to win the quarter. I yell ‘next’ a lot to get them to play the next play and when you make a mistake, can you transition and make the next play. I yelled it in the third and fourth quarter a lot tonight, and that effort right there was a good job of it. He plays so hard and we feed off of his effort and his emotion.”

Barner kept that motor running the whole game, pouring in 23 points to go with eight steals, six assists, four rebounds and two blocks.

The junior guard teamed with sophomore Glenn Smith to form an impressive backcourt on both ends of the floor. Especially effective on the defensive end, the duo combined on 14 steals in the win.

“We talked a lot about ball pressure and we predicate our defense on what my assistant calls unrelenting ball pressure,” said Hobbs. “What we work on with them is not gambling, because they’re good enough to play defense without doing so. It’s a tremendous advantage for us to have.”

Bay State Games: July 13 recap

July, 14, 2012
7/14/12
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Bay State Games communications coordinator Craig Kaufman sends along results from today's plethora of action:

BASEBALL
Southeast 1, West 1

West clinched the Silver Medal by playing to a 1-1 tie with Southeast, who were hoping to put themselves in place for the silver, but ended up settling for Bronze.

Derek Bauer (Millis) drove in Steven Gilbert (Franklin) in the first inning as Southeast took a 1-0 lead and held it all the way to the bottom of the seventh inning, when West, down to their last out, tied the game when Tim Donahue (Westfield) came across the plate and forced extras.

Northeast 4, Central 3
Having already clinched the Gold Medal, Northeast took the field and held off a late Central charge to finish with a record of 4-0-1.

Northeast scored three runs in the third inning, thanks t otwo walks and two singles, the second of which a two-run hit by Nicholas Comei (Bradford). Colton Fontaine (Newburyport) scored in the third and then again in the fourth as Northeast took a 4-1 lead.

Central scored twice in the sixth inning through a two-run single by Jake Ryan (Whitinsville) to pull within a run, but Ryan McAuliffe (N. Reading) stranded two runners in the seventh to shut the door and collect the save.

Coastal 8, Metro 3
Coastal busted the game open in the fifth inning with three straight doubles, the last of which, by Kevin Huscher (Middleboro) drove in two runs. Mike Bruemmel added a two-run single in the sixth inning , while Cody Younger (Middleboro), who went 2-2 in the game, had a two-run single in the third.

Metro tied the game at 3 in the top of the fifth after falling behind. William Mitchell (Quincy) and Alex Joyce (Newton) singled and walked, respectively and Austin Johnson (Arlington) delivered a single to left field.

Final 2012 Bay State Games Baseball Standings:
1. Northeast (4-0-1)
2. West (3-1-1)
3. Southeast (2-2-1)
4. Coastal (2-3) – won the head to head vs. Central, 2-0
5. Central (2-3)
6. Metro (0-4-1)

BOYS' SOCCER
Northeast 3, Southeast 0
Chris Donnolly (Woburn) opened the scoring in the 17th minute on a header from a corner and Conor Leahy (Beverly) doubled Northeast’s advantage with a shot from the left side in the 23rd minute. Paul Magazzu (Reading) capped the scoring in the 38th minute, taking a pass from Nick Atwood (Andover) and scoring from the right.

Metro 4, Central 2
Central got on the board first through Lukas Ritzer (Sutton) in the fifth minute, but Metro scored three times without answer, including a direct kick goal from Hilcias Palencia (Chelsea) and the first of two goals on the day from Jadison Medina (Chelsea). Central pulled a goal back in the 60th minute when Tyler Martin (Charlton) converted a penalty kick, but Miranda’s second of the day three minutes later finished the game.

Coastal 1, West 0
The lone goal of the game came in the 56th minute, when Coastal’s Noah Martins (Dartmouth) curled a bending chip shot in from 12 feet out.

Central 5, Southeast 0
Tyler Martin (Charlton) scored the first two goals of the game, including coring a penalty I nthe 32nd minute and Central shutout Southeast. Ritzer added a goal and assist, Jordan Elster (Sutton) scored and Justin Asam (Milford) had a goal and two assists in the victory.

Northeast 3, Coastal 1
Coastal got on the board first when Timothy Amaral (New Bedford) scored in the 14th minute, but three second half goals, including tallies from Nick Atwood (Andover) and Sean Berube (Wilmington) delivered the comeback victory for Northeast.

West 3, Metro 1
West led 3-0 at halftime after goals by Nicholas Martinelli (E. Longmeadow), Jeff Danek (Ludlow) and Matthew Kolb (W. Springfield), before Metro’s Hilcias Palencia (Chelsea) pulled one goal back in the 51st minute.

GIRLS' SOCCER
Central 1, Metro 0
Central’s Cierra Dubinsky (Sutton) scored the lone goal in the 35th minute to deliver the slim victory to Central.

Southeast/Coastal 2, West 1
Three goals in the final four minutes of play decided this game, as Southeast/Coastal’s Stephanie Striglio (Hull) scored in the 66th and 69th minutes. West pulled back a goal in the final minute, but ran out of time to get a point out of the game.

Northeast 2, Central 0
Megan Cullen (Amesbury) got both the goals for Northeast, scoring in the 44th and 55th minutes. Sophie Draper (Andover) picked up the first assist, with Rebecca Mercuro (Saugus) assisting on the second goal.

Metro 2, Southeast/Coastal 1
Southeast/Coastal’s Kelly Couite (W. Bridgewater) scored in the 10th minute on a feed from MacKenzie Gillis (Abington), but two goals from Alexandra Curtain (Winchester) in the first half delivered the final score in favor of Metro.

Northeast 2, West 1
Northeast bookended a West goal with tallies by Carolyn Cook (S. Hamilton) and Megan Cullen (Amesbury), with Rebecca Mercuro (Saugus) picking up both assists. West’s goal came from Jordan Bates (Chicopee), with the assist coming from Natalie Caney (Belchertown).

FIELD HOCKEY
Metro/Northeast 3, Central 0
Coastal 3, West 2
Southeast 4, Coastal 0

Boy’s 9-10 Basketball
Metro 71 Northeast 66

The Metro squad prevailed over the Northeast squad. The Metro team was led by Keith Burns from Belmont who had 21 points and Christian Lejuene from Waltham who contributed 15 points. The Northeast squad was led by Cody Broges from Dartmouth who had 16 points and Kareem Murrell from Dorchester who had 14.

West 60 Central 45
The West region was led by Jake Ross from Florence who had 18 points and Keith Natale scored 13 points.

Coastal 59 Metro 46
The Metro region was led by Adam Kleckner who contributed 9 points in a losing effort.

Northeast 67 Central 27
The Northeast squad was led by Kareem Murrell who had 18 points and Anthony Gilardi had 13. The Central squad was led by number 11 with 17 points.

BOYS' LACROSSE
Southeast 9, Metro 6

Steve Righini (Weymouth) scored three times for Southeast and Alex Pacitti (Foxborough) added two goals. Kyle Deluca (Weymouth) scored a goal and added an assist as Southeast scored three times in the fourth quarter to break a 6-6 tie. Goalie Keison Cunningham (Weymouth) made 11 stops for Southeast and also helped his own cause with a goal. For Metro, Jack Trottier (Tyngsborough) scored four gaols and Ben Foley (Tyngsborough) pitched in a goal and an assist, while Scott Powell (Swampscott) made 23 stops in a losing effort.

Coastal 11, Northeast 5
Will Mare led the way with five goals for Coastal, who also got three goals and an assist from Ethan McCullough. Mike McCarthy and Sean McNamara combined to make 7 stops in goal.

Northeast was led by Evan Connolly (Peabody) who scored twice and also got single goals from Derek Lawton (Bishop Guertin), John Curcuru (Gloucester) and Ian Kennedy (Gloucester).

Joshua Nelson (Medford) was strong in goal, making 19 saves.

Southeast 10, Central 5
Righini scored six goals and tallied an assist, while Jack Vail (Franklin) scored twice and Jake Sargeant (Franklin) notched two assists. Cunningham and Daniel Sprague (Weymouth) combined to make 9 stops in net.

Central got a goal and an assist from Michael Castellani (Nipmuc Reg.) and two assists from Nicholas Polutchko (Algonquin Reg.) and matched Southeast 2-2 in goals in the second and third periods. Matthew McIntire (Milford) made 13 saves.

Coastal 13, Metro 7
Will Moore (5 goals and 2 assists) and Joe Tyo (4 goals and 1 assist) paced the Coastal squad, with Ethan McCullough pitching in three goals and an assist. Jack Trottier (Tyngsborough) paced the Metro club with four goals, while Scott Powell (Swampscott) made four stops in net.

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