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December 22, 2012 Terrence Payne
The second day at Holyoke Community College wrapped up Friday night, halfway through the first-ever BasketBull Hoops Fest.
St. Thomas More 72, Wilbraham & Monson 63
St. Thomas More jumped out of the gate early on WMA. St. Thomas More led by 18 points at one point in the first half. The Titans were able to pick up the defensive pressure sparking a 12-2 run. St. Thomas More led 33-25 entering halftime. WMA made another run in the second half, but the early deficit was too much to overcome. St. Thomas More was led by the frontline of Dylan Haines and Gabe Levin. Haines hit four 3-pointers on his way to 12 points, Levin added 11, while they hed the WMA frontcourt in check. Marquise Moore led STM with 19 points. Kamali Bey had a game-high 20 points, with Luis Montero adding 16.
Jean De Brebeuf 67, Williston 56
Jean De Brebeuf picked up its first win of the Hoops Fest in a win over Williston in the second game of the day. The Canadian prep team entered the locker room with only a three-point lead. Jean De Brebeuf was able to come out in the second half and add to the lead, while containing Williston's freshman Tyonne Malone. Malone once again went for 30 points - went for 34 in a loss to the Masters School on Thursday - scoring 18 points in the first half. Max Risch chipped in 12. Nemanja Zarkovic had a team-high 23 points. Joseph Chartouny had 20 points, following 22 points in a loss to WMA the night before.
Cheshire Academy 70, Masters School 59
Third time was the charm for Cheshire. Following two losses in one day on Thursday, Cheshire was able to take down Masters in game three of the day. Cheshire had a balanced scoring attack led by Patchie Kehoe and Eric Suder who had 18 points each. Tarik Smith added 12. The duo of Austin Carter and Donte Gittens had 46 of the team's 59 points. The 6-foot-6 Carter led all scorers with 29 points. Cheshire had two close losses on Thursday to Worcester Academy and ALMA Academy.
Northfield Mount Hermon 76, ALMA Academy 64
After a back-and-forth first half, NMH was able to walk in to half with a double digit lead, 44-33. ALMA came out in the second half and was able to chip away at the lead, making it a one possession game, 67-64, with over eight minutes to play. NMH was able to make plays down the stretch and knock down free throws to hold on for the victory. Northfield Mount Hermon went a perfect 2-0 in this year's Hoops Fest. Pete Miller led NMH with 16 points, along Skyler White had 14 points and Anthony Dallier with 12. White and Jashanti Allen were big off the bench for NMH. Chris Boucher was big in the middle for ALMA with 16 points. Nicky Desilien added 14.
West Springfield 47, East Longmeadow 32
In a defensive struggle, West Side prevailed, handing East Longmeadow its first loss of the season. West Side's aggressive defense forced numerous Spartan turnovers and held the EL offense to under 10 points in each of four quarters. Riyadh Asad had 15 first half points - the same amount as EL - en route to a game-high 21 points. Andy McNulty added great on the ball pressure and make several impressive passes. Sam Blake added 17 for East Longmeadow
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