Boys Basketball: Late push propels Pioneer past Frontier, 52-41

  • Ryan Potter, left, of Pioneer puts pressure on Iain Spearance of Frontier in the first half of the Panthers' 52-41 win over the host Red Hawks on Tuesday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Pioneer’s Jared Hubbard, center, attempts a layup while being fouled by DJ Dragicevich, right, of Frontier in the first half of the Panthers' 52-41 win over the host Red Hawks on Tuesday in South Deerfield. At left is Adan Hernandez of Frontier. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Frontier's Sean Richter, right, knocks away a possession by Liam Curtis-Bradley of Pioneer in the first half of action on Tuesday in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Pioneer’s Quinn Grover, left, blocked this shot by Andre Widmer of Frontier and took it coast-to-coast to even the score in the second half of the Panthers' 52-41 win over the host Red Hawks on Tuesday in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Frontier’s Patrick Boyden, foreground right, attempts to block a pass by Quinn Grover, top left, to Liam Curtis-Bradley in the first half on Tuesday in South Deerfield. At top right is the Red Hawks' Sean Richter. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Pioneer’s Quinn Grover, left, and Patrick Boyden of Frontier chase down a loose ball in the second half of the Panthers' 52-41 win over the host Red Hawks on Tuesday in South Deerfield. Boyden made the recovery. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Pioneer’s Quinn Grover, right, puts in two points over Joe Thomson (23), Sean Richter and Patrick Boyden of Frontier in the second half of the Panthers' 52-41 win on Tuesday in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Frontier's DJ Dragicevich (5) puts up two points despite pressure by Jayden Fox, right, of Pioneer in the first half Tuesday in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

Published: 2/23/2021 9:04:14 PM
Modified: 2/23/2021 9:04:12 PM

With the game tied at 35 going into the fourth quarter, the Pioneer boys basketball offense came to life.

The Panthers outscored Frontier 17-6 in the final eight minutes of action to pull away for a 52-41 win at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield on Tuesday.

Pioneer’s Troy Emond and Quinn Grover each finished with 12 points in the win. Sean Richter led Frontier with 12, with Joe Thomson adding 11 points and DJ Dragicevich scoring eight points in the loss.

Mahar 50, Franklin Tech 32 — Jake Tenney dropped 17 points while Matt Lyesiuk knocked in three 3s to finish with 14 points as the Senators came away with a 50-32 win over the Eagles Tuesday on the road.

“My guys gave everything they had,” Franklin Tech coach Tim Artus said. “We had a ton of good looks, they just didn't fall tonight.”

Mahar raced out to a 24-10 lead at the half and extended it to 32-17 at the end of three.

Will Barnes and Connor Sluder each added six points to the winning total. Ty Sadoski led the Eagles with 12 points, while Noah Ausikaitis finished with six points and Ryan Artus added five points.

Athol 44, Mohawk Trail 30 — Connor Mahony poured in 14 points, including a big third-quarter performance where he and teammate Noah Pottinger combined for 12 points, and host Athol pulled away in the second half for a 44-30 victory over Mohawk Trail on Tuesday night at Mallet Gymnasium.

Athol led 19-15 at halftime, but outscored the Warriors by a 15-4 margin in the third quarter to take a double-digit lead into the final eight minutes.

“I thought the game really changed those first two minutes of the third quarter,” Athol coach Dan Bevis said. “We were able to make plays on both ends of the floor.”

Pottinger went for eight points, as did Keegan Lutz. Beau Manning chipped in five points. Mohawk Trail’s Austin Sumner paced the visitors with nine points, followed by Tyler Dubreuil with eight and Shawn Davenport with seven. Cam Lococo pulled down seven boards.

Greenfield 64, Turners 47 — Trailing 30-28 at the half, the Green Wave found their shooting touch in the final 16 minutes of action, knocking down 6 of 8 3-pointers in the second half to pull away with a 64-47 win over rival Turners on the road Tuesday. 

Greenfield outscored the Thunder 36-17 in the second half. 

“They couldn’t miss while we had a bunch of shots rattle around and fall out,” Turners coach Jay Liimatainen said. 

 Mav Ward led the way with 19 points for Greenfield, with David Carey dropping 17 points. Henry Zwart finished with 14 points, with four of his makes coming from 3-point territory. Sam Gibson also finished in double figures for the Green Wave with 11 points. 

Brendan Driscoll led the Thunder with 16 points. Marcus Sanders added 13 points while Brandon Truesdale scored eight points in the loss. 


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