HS boys basketball: Athol fades in loss to Greenfield

  • Nathan Heath of Athol scores in the paint against Greenfield, Thursday in Athol. FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Maysin Tarbell of Athol takes a jumper against Greenfield, Thursday in Athol. FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Brymere Edwards of Athol grabs a rebound against Greenfield, Thursday in Athol. FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Nick Bousquet of Athol scores on a fast break against Greenfield, Thursday in Athol. FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Noah Pottinger of Athol shoots a floater against Greenfield, Thursday in Athol. FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

Staff Writer
Published: 1/10/2019 11:03:42 PM

ATHOL — The Athol boys basketball team couldn’t overcome an anemic third quarter on offense and fell, 64-44, to Greenfield on Thursday.

Once again a good start slowly faded away for the Red Raiders (2-7, 0-4 Hampshire North).

“We are ready to play,” Athol coach Dan Bevis said. “We come out strong most games. We just lose focus. I am kind of baffled as to why it doesn’t just continue throughout the course of the game.”

Athol scored only five points in the third quarter, allowing Greenfield to build a double-digit lead heading into the fourth. It was Athol’s fifth straight loss after two early wins against Saint Mary’s and Hampshire Regional.

“We’ve done a good job of putting stuff behind us from game to game,” Bevis said. “We have to be better in the sense that we have to play a full 32-minute game. That’s the challenge that I have to figure out and I have to figure it out soon.”

Athol got a season-high 10 points from Riley Paine.

Mark Ferrari (11 points) and Bryce King (10) also scored in double-figures for the Red Raiders.

Athol’s lack of size didn’t help against Greenfield’s Julius Brewington, who had 19 points. Brewington’s brutish and patient post moves got him several easy baskets around the rim, and he went 5-for-9 from the free-throw line.

Hunter Campbell and Owen Phelps each scored 14 points for the Green Wave (6-2, 2-1).

Nathan Heath scored four points with the help of penetration from King to help build an early 8-4 lead for Athol.

The Green Wave finished the first quarter on a 7-0 run. In the second quarter Campbell went 8-for-8 from the line to help Greenfield build a 31-21 lead at halftime.

Brewington scored 10 of his 19 points in the third quarter.

Mahar 63, Hopkins Academy 59 — The Senators snuck past the Golden Hawks in a win at home.

Charlie Barnes carried Mahar on both ends of the floor (6-3, 2-2 Hampshire South) with 11 points, seven assists and eight steals.

Jakob Carron registered a double-double for the Senators with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Carron had three late buckets for Mahar that helped put the game away.

Deven Patch scored 12 points with Jordan Desrosiers adding 10 points.


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