Athol boys basketball falls short at Mohawk

  • Coach Dan Bevis addressing the Athol boys basketball team before the start of the third quarter, Thursday in Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/ADAM HARGRAVES

  • The Athol boys basketball team during pre-game introductions, Thursday in Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/ADAM HARGRAVES

  • Pre-game huddle for the Athol boys basketball team, Thursday in Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/ADAM HARGRAVES

Staff Writer
Published: 1/3/2019 10:40:26 PM

BUCKLAND — There was a late chance to tie the game, but the Athol boys basketball team lost to Mohawk Regional, 55-51, on Thursday night.

Down by three points with 17 seconds left, Athol’s Bryce King penetrated drawing two defenders leading to an open look for Noah Pottinger from the right corner.

The shot just missed and Mohawk (2-4, 1-0 Hampshire North) made a free throw, putting the game out of reach.

A layup by Maysin Tarbell gave Athol a 40-39 lead early in the fourth quarter, but Mohawk answered with an 8-0 run.

The Red Raiders (2-4, 0-2) got a fiery third quarter from Mark Ferrari, who scored all of his 14 points in the frame.

Ferrari’s offensive surge helped give Athol its first lead, but a fourth foul sent him to the bench for the end of the third and most of the fourth.

“He (Ferrari) picked the wrong time to get in foul trouble,” Athol coach Dan Bevis said. “He was hot.”

There was too much time left to risk leaving him in the game, according to Bevis.

“I thought we were playing well enough,” Bevis said. “I thought Noah (Pottinger) was playing well enough.

Trying to get back into the game, the Red Raiders did not help themselves in the fourth quarter at the free-throw line going 4-for-9.

It was Athol’s third close loss on the road this season. The Red Raiders lost to North Brookfield, Smith Academy and now Mohawk by a combined 10 points.

“We gotta learn how to win,” Bevis said. “We’ve been competitive. We can talk about taking steps because we haven’t been competitive. The next step is pulling out these close games. We can’t have lulls like we did in the second quarter.”

The Indians outscored the Red Raiders 13-5 to take a 24-16 lead into halftime.

Nick Bousquet scored 12 points, including two 3-pointers, for Athol.

Bryce King had eight points, including a 3-pointer that brought Athol to within a point with under a minute to play.

Pottinger added eight points.

A Brymere Edwards layup gave Athol its first lead at 29-28 with 3:12 left in the third quarter.

Mohawk started the game on a 6-0 run before a steal by King ignited Athol’s offense.

King finished at the rim with a foul to get the Red Raiders on the scoreboard.

A big block by Pottinger got the Red Raiders rolling and they went on a 11-2 run.

At the end of the first quarter the score was 11-11.

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