Boys Basketball: Frontier uses size to dunk past Pioneer

  • Frontier Regional coach Ben Barshefsky instructs during halftime against Pioneer Valley Regional, Thursday in South Deerfield.  STAFF PHOTO/ADAM HARGRAVES

Staff Writer
Published: 1/23/2020 10:46:12 PM
Modified: 1/23/2020 10:46:03 PM

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The backboards and rims inside Goodnow Gymnasium survived the Frontier Regional School boys basketball team on Thursday night.

The Red Hawks took flight against Pioneer Valley Regional School, dunking four times in a 74-34 Hampshire League crossover victory.

Peter Carey had one of his better all-around games of the season for Frontier, finishing with 15 points, seven blocks and nine rebounds.

Carey electrified the crowd in the first quarter with two ferocious attacks to the rim in transition.

“It’s wasn’t just me,” Carey said. “I think everybody playing great really helps my play individually. We can really spread the floor and share the ball.”

Collin Boudreau joined in the action with two dunks of his own. Carey took advantage of his size against the young Panthers, scoring 11 points in the first quarter.

“It doesn’t really matter about size, I am always trying to push my way to the hoop,” Carey said. “When you have a size advantage like that it’s hard not to take advantage of it.”

Frontier started quickly against Pioneer, jumping out to a 13-3 lead with four minutes, 7 seconds left in the first quarter.

By the end of the opening period, the lead grew to 25-11.

“It’s important that we go hard from the start,” Frontier coach Ben Barshefsky said. “We don’t want to dig ourselves holes. Our guys came through tonight against a good Pioneer team. They’ve been playing very, very well.”

The inside play opened up the perimeter and Frontier shooters were locked and loaded ready to fire from the outside.

“It’s great when we can do either or,” Carey said. “We get a bucket no matter what. I think tonight we had a lot of guys step up. It gives them a lot of confidence. No matter who we threw out there tonight we were just getting it done.”

Carey did well moving off the ball, according to Barshefsky.

“The past couple games he’s done a better job moving in space,” the Frontier coach offered. “He will get there.”

Carey watched from the bench for most of the second half with the game well in hand.

The Red Hawks (9-3) made seven 3-pointers for the game. By intermission, the lead had grown to 37-18.

“Whether you have a few giants inside or not,” Barshefsky said, “if you are able score around the basket it allows the perimeter to open up.”

Jared Hubbard scored eight points on two 3-pointers for the Panthers (4-7), which were fresh off an impressive win over Greenfield on Tuesday night.

“We are young with inconsistences with effort level,”  Pioneer coach Scott Thayer said. “It got away from us. They are very good. They have a lot of size that is tough to deal with.”

Both teams played reserves for most of the fourth quarter.

“I think coming down here we were a little intimidated,” Thayer said. “You walk in here and see a six-foot-10 kid. Then they throw a couple dunks down. I tried to tell them it’s only worth two points. I’d rather them do that than make a bunch of threes.”

Gabe Gochinski made three 3-pointers for the Red Hawks, with Brett Robinson (eight points) and Sean Richter each adding two more. Gochinski (13 points) and Richter (12 points) were both in double-figures. Boudreau added nine points for the Red Hawks. 

With the reserves on the floor for the Red Hawks, point guard Iain Spearance called multiple sets that led to easy baskets near the rim in the fourth quarter.

“Our interior ball movement was good the entire night,” Barshefsky said. “We were finding cutters. We were going back door and we were finding them. It was nice to see.”

Sam Glazier played solid minutes in the fourth quarter for Pioneer, finishing with six points. Both Jayden Fox and Troy Emond scored five points.

Frontier hosts Turners Falls on Monday, while Pioneer visits Belchertown tonight.

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