Boston High School: Morgan Belanger
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- A quick recap of today's action at the 10th Annual Hoophall Classic, at Springfield College's Blake Arena:
Taconic 52, Sabis 42
Chris Bush led all scorers with 21 points, 16 of them coming in the second half, as the Braves pulled away late thanks to some clutch shooting from both the perimeter and free throw line. Senior center Mike Kalinowsky also had 10 points for Taconic. The Bulldogs (5-5) were led in scoring by Jason Hollett (17 points), while Xavier Garcia also netted 10.
Belchertown 44, Hoosac Valley 39
Pat Gooden (14 points, six rebounds, five steals) led the way as the Orioles (9-0) pulled away late on free throws, after exchanging basket for basket with Hoosac for almost the entire game. It was a gritty defensive battle no less, full of full-court presses and traps, as Belchertown came up with 21 steals -- including seven from Dan Johnson -- to force 31 Hoosac turnovers. The Hurricanes were led in scoring by Andrew Harmon (11 points, seven rebounds) and also got 10 boards from Slayter Aubin.
Mater Dei (Calif.) 85, Murry Bergtraum (N.Y.) 45
The Monarchs showed why they are one of the nation's premier girls basketball teams with an impressive thrashing of the Manhattan powerhouse. Two years after dropping 40-plus on defending Massachusetts Division 1 state champ Northampton in this very same building, UConn-bound senior forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis went off for 17 points and eight rebounds in just 18 minutes. Meanwhile, top-five junior point guard Jordan Adams controlled the game from tipoff until the waning minutes, pouring in 17 points, six assists, five rebounds and four steals while turning the ball over just twice. Mater Dei took a 49-18 halftime lead. Cori Coleman led the Lady Blazers with 19 points.
Sabis 50, Frontier 39
Jazmine Collins led the way with 15 points for the victorious Bulldogs (9-1), who had to stave off a late rally from Frontier (7-1) after going up by as much as 14 in the fourth quarter. Alexis Chappell led Sabis on the glass with 10 boards.
East Longmeadow 58, Springfield Central 34
Freshman forward Morgan Belanger came through in big ways for the two-time defending Division 1 Western Mass champs, netting 17 points on 7 of 12 shooting as the Spartans blew the game open in the second quarter. EL (3-6) outscored Central, 24-7, in that stanza, holding them without a field goal; overall, the Spartans forced 37 Central turnovers.