Pittsfield boys basketball falls to Tantasqua in championship rematch
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PITTSFIELD — The two teams competing in the game were the same, but Wednesday's rematch of last year's Division II Western Massachusetts championship game featured several new faces on both sides. Both Pittsfield and Tantasqua are still trying to become cohesive units after finishing strong last season, but for the second time in a row, the Warriors pulled out a victory over the Generals, winning 53-42.
After riding the low-post offense of future Yale tight end J.J. Howland to a Western Mass. title in 2016, this Warriors' team is more perimeter oriented. The visitors' improved quickness showed as they attacked the basket at will early on.
"We went into a 6-foot-7, 230-pound kid every time [last season]. When we needed a basket we'd post up," Tantasqua coach Tom O'Neil said. "Now our tallest guy on the court is 6-feet tall, so our idea is to push the ball and try to run our offense well and get good shots off."
Twelve of Tantasqua's 18 first-quarter points came via layup. Pittsfield's zone did a better job of cutting off driving lanes in the second quarter, and increased ball movement in the third erased a four-point halftime deficit.
The Generals (6-4) started the second half on a 12-3 run. Edwin Rodriguez had two well-placed assists to Tyrell Boire and Grady Pedersen for layups. Boire added four more points to cap the run, putting Pittsfield up 33-28 with less than three minutes in the quarter. Pedersen provided some strength down low, scoring all four of his points in the third.
Tantasqua got a layup plus a foul from Mike Frio, cutting Pittsfield's lead to two. After a free throw, Hayden Peterson converted a basket out of an in-bound play to retake the lead. Boire's basket briefly got the lead back for the Generals, but Peterson's buzzer-beating basket put the Warriors back on top going into the final stanza. They would not trail for the remainder again, as Pittsfield's offense fell flat in the final quarter. The Warriors outscored the Generals 17-7 in the fourth.
Boire led Pittsfield with 19 points. He was the only General in double figures. Frio led Tantasqua with 14 points. Adam Phillips added 12 points.
"I think we just ended up getting stagnant and letting their defense get to us," Boire said. "We really need to work on running our stuff and doing our thing instead of playing down to the level of the defense."
Phillips 3-5-12, Hall 0-0-0, Gotta 1-0-2, Couture 0-0-0, Peterson 3-0-6, Frio 4-5-14, Dalton 0-1-1, McCaffery 2-0-4, Cassavana 0-0-0, Pereth 2-2-7, Garrett 3-0-7.Totals: 17-13-53.
Manns 3-0-6, C. Matthews 0-0-0, Higuera 0-0-0, Q. Matthews 2-0-4, Rodriguez 1-1-4, Te. Boire 2-0-5, Ty. Boire 8-2-19, Frinks 0-0-0, Pedersen 2-0-4. Totals: 18-3-42.
Tantasqua 18 7 11 17 — 53
Pittsfield 10 11 14 7 — 42
3-point goals — T 5 (Phillips 1, Frio 1, Peretti 1, Garrett 2). P 3 (Rodriguez 1, Te. Boire 1, Ty. Boire 1).
Contact Akeem Glaspie at 413-496-6252. On Twitter @TheAkeemGlaspie
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