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December 20, 2012 Terrence Payne
Day One of the BasketBull Hoops Fest is in the books.
Worcester Academy 88, Cheshire Academy 75
In the first game of the day, Worcester Academy beat Cheshire Academy in a game that was closer than the score indicated. Worcester led 18 at half, thnaks in a large part to defensive pressure. Worcester forced plenty of Cheshire turnovers, leading to easy transition buckets. On the inside, Darryl Reynolds was tough to stop. The 6-foot-8 big man dominated the glass. However, Worcester never put Cheshire away. Cheshire continued to battle and cut the deficit to single digits several times. Reynolds and guard Matt Mobley led the way for Jamie Sullivan's club. Reynolds had 22 points, Mobley added 14, while Rene Castro lead all scorers with 26. Tarik Smith and Christian Terrell each had 22 for Cheshire.
Masters School 96, Williston 82
Austin Carter and Donte Gittens dominated at different times for Masters School. Both were defensive sparks when they needed, each getting out on the break and finishing above the rim. Williston was playing shorthanded and got a great performance from freshman wing Tyonne Malone. The 6-foot-3 Malone poured in a day-high 34 points, 20 in the second half. Williston went on a 7-2 run to end the half, cutting the Masters' lead to 49-43. Masters responded to open the half, going on a 12-4 run and never looking back. Gittens had 26, while Carter added 23.
Wilbraham & Monson 77, Jean De Brebeuf 61
Without Goodluck Okonoboh WMA still controlled the entire game against the Canadian team, Jean De Brebeuf. Kerem Kanter and Kamali Bey both contributed on the offensive end, while Bey and other guards Luis Montero and Mustapha Heron forced turnovers, Kanter was active on the boards. Bey had 24 points and Kanter chipped in 22. Joseph Chartouny had a team-high 22 points. Alexandre Goulet had 15.
Northfield Mount Hermon 94, Suffield Academy 59
It was all NMH in his one. Suffield was asked to move up several classes and play one of the deepest teams in the NEPSAC. Josh Hearlihy continued his strong play with 19 points with Anthony Dallier adding 13 points. Sam Donahue's shooting touch was once again on display with a trio of 3-pointers. Mack Montague led Suffield with 15 points, while Kendall Jackson got teammates involved and good looks with his penetration.
ALMA Academy 72, Cheshire Academy 64 OT
Cheshire Academy was playing its second game of the day, only to fall in overtime. Cheshire fell behind in the second half, but were able to regain the lead, led by some big shots by sophomore guard Patchie Kehoe. Cheshire got a good look at the buzzer, but Eric Suder's attempt was off the mark. In overtime, ALMA jumped out to an early start, gaining a five-point lead. The quick start was enough for to hold on for the victory. Both teams are in action tomorrow.
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