H.S. Roundup: Greenfield boys basketball knocks off Franklin Tech (PHOTOS)

Greenfield’s Jacob Blanchard (1) drives while defended by Franklin Tech’s Robert Belvai during the Green Wave’s 80-45 win on Thursday night in Turners Falls.

Greenfield’s Jacob Blanchard (1) drives while defended by Franklin Tech’s Robert Belvai during the Green Wave’s 80-45 win on Thursday night in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Greenfield’s Caleb Murray (4) drives on Franklin Tech’s Tyler LaFountain during the Green Wave’s 80-45 win on Thursday night in Turners Falls.

Greenfield’s Caleb Murray (4) drives on Franklin Tech’s Tyler LaFountain during the Green Wave’s 80-45 win on Thursday night in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Greenfield’s Grayson Thomas throws a behind-the-back pass to Petru Cojocaru in a game against Franklin Tech on Thursday in Turners Falls. 

Greenfield’s Grayson Thomas throws a behind-the-back pass to Petru Cojocaru in a game against Franklin Tech on Thursday in Turners Falls.  STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Greenfield’s Jon Breor looks to shoot over Franklin Tech’s Robert Belval on Thursday in Turners Falls. 

Greenfield’s Jon Breor looks to shoot over Franklin Tech’s Robert Belval on Thursday in Turners Falls.  STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Greenfield’s Ollie Postera dribbles the ball while being defended by Franklin Tech’s Cameron Candeleria on Thursday in Turners Falls. 

Greenfield’s Ollie Postera dribbles the ball while being defended by Franklin Tech’s Cameron Candeleria on Thursday in Turners Falls.  STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Franklin Tech’s Jack Gancarz looks to shoot while defended by Greenfield’s Jon Breor on Thursday in Turners Falls. 

Franklin Tech’s Jack Gancarz looks to shoot while defended by Greenfield’s Jon Breor on Thursday in Turners Falls.  STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

Staff Reports

Published: 01-04-2024 9:23 PM

Modified: 01-04-2024 11:07 PM


TURNERS FALLS — Holding onto a 41-24 halftime lead, the Greenfield boys basketball team turned it up a notch to open the third quarter to make sure a Franklin Tech comeback wasn’t on the horizon. 

The Green Wave opened the second half on an 18-2 run, with Caleb Thomas, Jon Breor, Petru Cojocaru, Ollie Postera, Caleb Murray, Grayson Thomas all getting in on the action to help Greenfield take a 59-29 lead with four minutes to play in the third. 

That run was good enough, as the Green Wave pulled away with an 80-45 independent victory. 

“It’s always good to win,” Greenfield coach Angelo Thomas said. “That team played hard. Coach [Ryan] Roberts has that team playing hard. They were down a couple players to injury. A win is a win. I think we gave up too many points but we’ll take the win here.” 

Franklin Tech (0-7) had positive flashes in the loss. Trailing 24-9 after the opening quarter and falling behind 34-12 in the second quarter, the Eagles went on a 12-3 run that cut the deficit to 37-24 late in the half. 

A game like this provides Franklin Tech coach Ryan Roberts positives to show the team on film while also things to clean up moving forward. 

“We’re trying to highlight the good without forgetting the bad,” Roberts said. “Losing sucks. You have to remember how losing feels and hate that feeling. You have to want to do something about not wanting to feel like that. It’s cliche but I hate losing more than I like winning. If you hate that feeling enough, you’ll do something about it.” 

Breor led the way with 18 points while Caleb Thomas (13), Grayson Thomas (12), Jacob Blanchard (10) and Cojocaru (10) joined him in double figures for Greenfield (4-2). Murray tossed in eight points while Krish Patel and Ollie Postera each scored three points in the win. 

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