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Panthers outscore Senators

  • Daesean Watson of Mahar scoring in the paint against Pioneer Valley Regional, Monday in Orange.  FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Ely Gonzalez of Mahar putting it on the floor against Pioneer Valley Regional, Monday in Orange.  FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Charlie Barnes of Mahar going for a shot among defenders against Pioneer Valley Regional, Monday in Orange.  FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Deven Patch dunks in the first quarter against Pioneer Valley Regional, Monday in Orange.  FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS



Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 09, 2019

ORANGE — With two opponents hitting 3-pointers with regularity, the Mahar boys basketball team’s margin for error was low against Pioneer Valley, Monday night.

Trying to come back from the second quarter until the late stages of the game, the Senators committed 20 turnovers and watched as Pioneer’s Garrett Cote and Troy Emond hit multiple clutch shots to keep the Panthers ahead.

The Senators lost to the Panthers, 70-60.

“Turnovers continue to haunt us,” Mahar coach Chad Softic said. “But they hit a lot of shots. That is tough to defend.”

Cote and Emond both had 25 points and the Panthers hit 13 3-pointers in the game.

The biggest shot of the game came from Cote when he hit a crowd-silencing 3-pointer to give Pioneer a 60-53 lead late in the fourth quarter.

The Senators (5-3, 1-2 Hampshire South) had a clear plan to go inside against the undersized Panthers, and it worked at times, with Ely Gonzalez scoring 16 points with 10 rebounds.

But the turnovers did not allow the Senators enough possessions to complete the comeback.

The Panthers (7-1, 4-0) also did an effective job doubling down on Mahar’s centers.

“Guys were just standing around on the perimeter,” Softic said. “Not cutting. We didn’t do a very good job of feeling the double teams.”

Charlie Barnes played with a hurt ankle for Mahar and scored 10 points with five steals, three assists and three rebounds.

“We got a gutsy effort from Charlie (Barnes) tonight,” Softic said. “He’s been our go-to guy all season and he had another warrior effort.”

The Senators tried zone with three guards on the perimeter and even a box-and-1 on Cote, but Pioneer zipped the ball around until someone was open.

Jordan Desrosiers had nine points for Mahar, with Daesean Watson adding eight.

The Senators went on a 10-0 run fueled by Desrosiers and Barnes at the end of the second quarter and into the third quarter to cut the lead to four-points.

An Emond 3-pointer ended the run to make it 33-26.

The score was 43-41 late in the third quarter but a sloppy end by Mahar allowed a 7-0 run by Pioneer heading into the fourth quarter.

Frontier 52, Athol 28 – The size of brothers Peter and Carsten Carey was too much for the Red Raiders (2-7, 0-4 Hampshire North) in a road loss in South Deerfield.

Carsten Carey had 20 points, while younger brother Peter Carey had eight for the Red Hawks (7-1, 3-0).

Mark Ferrari and Nick Bousquet both had 11 points for Athol.


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