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Red Hawks oust Senators

  • Frontier's Carsten Carey (22) drives in for a layup guarded by Mahar's Quinn Gervais (22) in the third quarter, on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Mahar’s Sam Paul, right, puts up a shot over Frontier’s Carsten Carey in the second quarter, Tuesday. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Mahar’s Matthew Jenks, left, goes up for a rebound against Frontier Regional’s Carsten Carey in the second quarter, Tuesday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. Mahar lost the Western Massachusetts Division III Tournament game, 43-39. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Frontier's Kalen Evans (2) goes up for a layup defended by Mahar's Deven Patch (25) and Quinn Gervais (22) in the fourth quarter, on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Frontier's Carsten Carey (22) puts up a jumper over Mahar's Deven Patch (25) in the first quarter, on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Frontier's Carsten Carey (22) drives to the hoop guarded by Mahar's Sam Paul (13) in the third quarter, on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Mahar’s Deven Patch, left, draws a charge from Frontier’s Kalen Evans in the fourth quarter, Tuesday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little



Sports writer
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In a game that saw 10 lead changes, one fire drill and multiple “Let’s go Mahar” chants, the Senators’ shooting failed when it mattered most.

Down seven in the fourth quarter, the Senators shot 0-for-10 in the final four minutes, including 0-for-3 in the final minute, losing 43-39 to the Frontier Regional Red Hawks in the opening round of the Western Massachusetts Division III Tournament.

It was the third time the Senators lost to the Red Hawks this season.

“You’ve got to make plays to win tournament games and if you can’t beat Frontier once in a set of three shots, you don’t deserve to go on,” said Mahar coach Chad Softic.

After netting six consecutive free throws, the Senators found themselves back into the thick of things despite their shooting woes. The team was down 41-39 with 28 seconds left and had the ball after Frontier’s Kalen Evans missed a free throw following an intentional foul. Mahar’s Matt Jenks picked up the rebound and got it to Charlie Barnes on the right side. Barnes’ shot was blocked by Frontier’s tallest player, Carsten Carey, and ultimately sealed the win for the Red Hawks, who added two free throws within the final six seconds.

“It wasn’t a bad shot,” said Softic. “We were hoping to tap into the hoop a little bit, but Charlie had an open shot, he’s a good shooter. Carey’s length caught up to him, but I didn’t hate the shot. It is what it is.”

Prior to the blocked shot, the Senators’ Brennan Mailloux gathered in the steal on an inbound pass. He found Jenks wide open underneath the hoop. Jenks’ layup, which would have tied the game, hit the rim once and fell out.

“I knew how little time we had left and we were down by two, so it was necessary to make that kind of play,” said Mailloux. “I saw Matt with the open opportunity. Who knows if we would have had another open opportunity if I didn’t give it up. He was finishing all game, working hard, so I had a lot of confidence in him.”

Down 38-33 and with 2:49 left in the game, Jenks was called for a foul on the floor after Frontier’s Owen Morse connected on the basket. He made the free throw to complete the three-point play, which gave the Red Hawks an eight-point lead.

Softic felt the call should have been an offensive foul.

“That wasn’t a good call,” said Softic. “Right off the bat, it definitely was a charge call and that one hurt, but I’m sure it all evened out throughout the game. But yeah, that was a big one.”

Jenks agreed.

“Yeah, I mean, it was a tough call,” said Jenks. “It’s just the way the game goes sometimes, you know. Sometimes you’ve just got to play the game. I felt like it was a charge, but it’s OK.”

The Red Hawks ended the third quarter outscoring the Senators 10-3. They built a 36-29 lead thanks to two layups by Carey with just over two minutes left in the quarter. The Senators had tied the game at 26 after being down by 24-20 following a jumper from Frontier with 6:38 left in the third.

Frontier led 22-20 at half, thanks to a 3-pointer from the right side by Evans with 4 seconds left in the quarter.

The Red Hawks finished the half with an 8-0 run. Down 20-14, Owen Morse netted two free throws, followed by a 3 with 29 seconds left to pull Frontier within 20-19.

Mahar held Frontier scoreless through the first five minutes of the second quarter, creating an 18-10 lead thanks to jumpers by Sam Paul and Mailloux.

The teams traded points to begin the game. Down 10-8, Mahar went on a 6-0 run to take a 14-10 lead by quarter’s end. Quinn Gervais started the run with a jumper, while Mailloux followed up with a jumper of his own and Paul with a hook shot at the buzzer to give Mahar the four-point lead.


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