NEPSAC Championship: The Mariners Played Tough, but NYMA Pulled Away in the end.
- RHS 58, NYMA 72
In the opening game, the girls played an exciting game to maintain the lead and beat Paul Cuffy with no time left on the clock. The defensive pressure and the well executed offense made this a total team victory. It was an exciting game, and allowed us to continue to play on Thursday. Which was one of our original team goals in the beginning of the season. Franny McCaughey, Katie Kerachsky, Skye Connell, and Tina Greim, all contributed 4 points each, and Sydney Boss and Lexi Cote finished out the scoring.
The team started strong and kept BVP within reach. However, as the games pace picked up, our players just ran out of energy. They played hard, but couldn’t maintain the fast pace transition game to stop them. Even switching to man-to-man, didn’t give us the boost we needed to win. The highlight of the game was when the 6th grade squad went in to play at the end. They played hard and showed us what to expect next season! The key scorers were Skye Connell and Katie Kerachsky each with 4 points, Lexi Cote with 3 points and the other scorers were: Franny McCaughey and Tina Greim.
The girls started on a slow, non-energetic note in the first half and were down (5-10) at halftime. However, with the exciting shooting of Kristina Greim, Skye O’Connell and Franny McCaughey each contributing 6 points and the leadership of Katie Kerachsky, the team’s energy doubled! During the press and the defensive pressure of Franny McCaughey, Hannah Boss and Sydney Boss, Pennfield never had a chance. The real energy came from the 6th grade players who were amazing on the bench. They consistently cheered and pumped everyone up! This was a true total team victory!
The Rocky Hill boys middle school basketball A-Team hosted San Miguel in the annual Land of Fires tournament. We ran a box and one with Derek Block shutting off their best player. Then we changed it up to a man defense to give San Miguel a different look. Hadley Martinez and Brennan Hill finished the day with four points each. Will Hanney fired the boys up in the second half with a clutch two pointer off of an offensive rebound. BJ Kerachsky also scored two in the second half that kept the fire alive. Unfortunately it was not enough to beat San Miguel. The final score was 49-20.
The Rocky Hill boys middle school basketball A-Team hosted Community Prep. in the annual Land of Fires tournament. We ran a box and one on Community Prep. Brennan Hill and Colin Zito both took turned guarding number 5. It created a disruption in their offense and have our boys more opportunities to force turnovers. Alex Lehouiller started the boys offense off with a great three pointer early in the game. He finished the day with his season best ten points. Derek Block also finished with his season best, 18 points. Hadley Martinez finished with six points, Brennan three and Ben Lawson two. Overall the game was back and forth until the final minutes. The pressure from the press cause us to lose focus and turn the ball over. The final score was 39-38.
The whole team did a great job being strong and not becoming frustrated. There was a definite size difference between the two teams, but we went out and played tough and strong. Tina Greim played a wonderful game offensively. Skye Connell had her best game of the season both offensively and defensively. The eighth graders led us the team, but the sixth graders showed their strength by jumping into the game and playing tough. The team was very proud of how they played this game as they should be. Great work!
The boys middle school basketball A-Team hosted Times 2 for their final regular season game of the year. They fought hard on defense as they did their best to shut off Times2’s best player. Colin Zito and Brennan Hill shares the responsibility in doing so. Brennan finished the day with two points and Colin nailed a three in the second half to keep the boys fired up. Hadley Martinez also hit a three pointer and finished the day with a total of seven points. Andrew Corsi finished the day with two points. Derek Block and Ben Lawson were the leading scorers of the day each with eight points.
Unfortunately it was not enough for Times 2 and the boys fell just short.
On Saturday, 5 MS Boys B players showed up to play against Paul Cuffee and Community Prep in a MS B level “Play Day”. The day was set up so that the kids could see more playing time and oh did they ever! At times joining forces with other teams, BJ Kerachsky, Jonathan Riley, Justin Onysko, Boden Dair and Akbar Askarov got plenty of exercise.
The Mariners kept up with Class D Bancroft for most of the second half. The first half, however was a struggle as the girls came out a bit flat.
“Tonight we played a quality opponent and our inexperience and youth showed. When we aren’t scoring we still need to defend at a high level and we just didn’t play focused on the defensive end of the floor and the game got away from us after half time.” said coach Tobey
The lady Mariners fell behind in the first half. They took many shots, however, few fell for points. In the second half, the play was much more in RHS favor. However, the hole they dug in the first half was not surmountable.
“Although we didn’t get the outcome we wanted tonight I am very proud of this team. These young ladies surprised me, the SENE and the whole Rocky Hill community with the success we had. We learned a lot this year, not only about basketball but about true effort, pride and resiliency! I am thrilled with where we are taking this program! Great students, great parents and a great administration are this programs backbone!” said coach Tobey
Time to prep for next year!
The middle school boys B team hosted Gordon on Valentines Day feeling great after their first win. The boys lost to Gordon the first game of their season 7 to 34 so they were eager for another shot. They kept it close for the first 8 minutes of the game only down 10-4 but Gordon’s number 7 took over and scored 10 points before the half ended. Although they lost 46 to 10, the boys looked tremendously more composed and organized than the first game against Gordon. As always the Mariners played great defense with James Tillinghast and Dudley Samponaro recording 3 steals each. Biagio DeCenso and Massimo DeCenso held the paint down recording 7 and 4 rebounds respectively. BJ Kerachsky and Boden Dair were the teams leading scorers, both with 4 points.
Next week the boys have their last game of the season against Times Two Academy.