High schools: Athol forced to adjust following suspension of five basketball players

  • Mark Ferrari of Athol finishes at the rim against Turners Falls, Thursday in Athol. FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

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

  • Maysin Tarbell of Athol goes to the rim against Turners Falls, Thursday in Athol. FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Mark Ferrari of Athol shoots a floater against Turners Falls, Thursday in Athol. FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Mark Ferrari of Athol shoots against Turners Falls, Thursday in Athol. FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Brymere Edwards of Athol shoots against Turners Falls, Thursday in Athol. FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Mahar’s Jacob Tenney (14), right, blocks a shot attempt from Frontier’s Owen Morse (14) in the first quarter Thursday night in South Deerfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

Staff Writer
Published: 1/17/2019 10:31:36 PM

ATHOL — The Athol boys basketball team lost its seventh straight game Thursday night, 65-31, to Turners Falls.

A blowout loss and the increase of a losing streak wasn’t the only bad news for the Red Raiders (2-9).

Bryce King, Nick Bousquet, Noah Pottinger, Nathan Heath and Riley Paine were all in street clothes for the game and will remain that way for the next four contests.

All five players were suspended for disciplinary reasons.

“We needed to send a message,” Athol coach Dan Bevis said. “But I am proud of the guys who were on the floor tonight.”

Mark Ferrari, Athol’s leading scorer, will need to adjust to playing with different teammates for the next couple weeks.

“It was tough,” Ferrari said. “I am going to have to adapt to it.”

Ferrari came out firing for the Red Raiders, scoring nine of his 20 points early in the game.

Ferrari scored twice near the basket early, forcing Turners Falls to call a timeout to adjust its defense.

“They switched into a zone,” Ferrari said. “So I couldn’t get down into the post so easily.”

The Thunder closed the second quarter on a 13-1 run.

The score was 42-17 at halftime.

It will be a period of adjustment for the team moving forward.

“As a team we will need to change the way we play,” Ferrari said. “We are not relying on the same people. We need to move the ball better and trust each other. It’s a new core group of guys.”

Dilan Fountain and Connor Mahony played their first varsity minutes for Athol.

Mahony swished a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter for his first varsity points.

Keegan Lutz moved to starting point guard for Athol.

Brymere Edwards and Maysin Tarbell will need to increase production now that they have extended minutes.

Tarbell had four points for Athol.

The game slowly got away from the Red Raiders when the Thunder increased their ball pressure.

Ryan Kucenski led Turners Falls with 12 points.

The height of Anthony Peterson (10 points) bothered the Red Raiders during the second quarter when the Thunder pulled away.

Frontier Regional 57, Mahar 42 — The Senators (7-4) couldn’t contain center Carsten Carey in a road loss to the Red Hawks.

Carey scored 22 points for Frontier (9-1).

Jordan Desrosiers scored 13 points with three 3-pointers for Mahar.

Charlie Barnes added eight points with six rebounds and three assists.


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