Boys Hoop: Competitive juices flow in Varsity Report All-Star Game

  • Turners Falls’ Marcus Sanders of Team Bobby C tosses a no-look pass in the Varsity Sports Report All-Star game, Tuesday in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Frontier’s Collin Boudreau of Team Ben Johnson scores at the rim over Turners Falls’ Chace Novak in the Varsity Sports Report All-Star game, Tuesday in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Greenfield’s David Carey of Team Bobby C attacks the hoop in the Varsity Sports Report All-Star game, Tuesday in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Frontier’s Collin Boudreau of Team Ben Johnson leaps toward the rim in the Varsity Sports Report All-Star game, Tuesday in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Frontier’s Brett Robinson of Team Johnson goes in for a score while defended by Turners Falls’ Anthony Peterson of Team Bobby C in the Varsity Sports Report All-Star game, Tuesday in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Greenfield’s Mason Meadows of Team Bobby C goes to the hoop in the Varsity Sports Report All-Star game, Tuesday in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Greenfield’s Mav Ward of Team Bobby C squares up to the basket in the Varsity Sports Report All-Star game, Tuesday in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 3/10/2020 10:31:21 PM
Modified: 3/10/2020 10:31:12 PM

TURNERS FALLS — When some of the best boys basketball players in the area to get together on the same court at the same time, the competitiveness eventually comes out. 

The first ever Franklin County Varsity Sports Report All-Star Fundraiser saw Team Bobby C — comprised of kids from Greenfield, Turners Falls and Pioneer — go up against Team Jeff Tirrell — comprised of kids from Frontier, Franklin Tech and Mohawk. Team Tirrell turned into Team Ben Johnson after Tirrell was unable to attend.

Through three quarters the game was played like a typical All-Star game. There were attempted dunks, wild 3-point attempts and fancy shots taken in what was a fun atmosphere between the two teams. After three quarters, Team Bobby C held a 56-54 lead over Team Johnson in a game played at Franklin Tech.

With it being a tight game, both teams competed hard for the majority of the fourth quarter, with Team Johnson pulling away late to earn a 76-68 victory. 

“I had a lot of fun,” Frontier’s Collin Boudreau said. “We had the idea of no defense but I really didn’t get the memo. It was a great time. One of the coolest things ever. I love that they started doing this.” 

Boudreau, who scored a team-high 17 points for Team Bobby C, was joined by fellow Red Hawk Brett Robinson, who knocked down four 3’s in the win. 

Robinson enjoyed the aspect of getting to compete with kids he had faced during the season. 

“Came out here wanting to win,” Robinson said. “We wanted to win. It was super fun. It’s like the NBA All-Star game but a little modified. Playing with different guys was my favorite part of this. Getting to know the chemistry, know how they play.” 

Team Johnson came into the game with an underdog mentality, which motivated them to play hard. 

While Team Bobby C was taking it care free on the defensive end during the first half, Team Johnson was competing and not giving them any easy looks at the basket, resulting in them racing out to a 42-29 lead at the half. 

“We came out trying to make it like an All-Star game,” Turners Falls’ Marcus Sanders said. “We weren’t ready for their intensity. We came out shooting deep 3’s, having fun. They were playing hard defense. It was a great experience as a junior. It feels good to be out here.” 

Sanders finished with a team-high 14 points for Team Bobby C, with teammate Anthony Peterson (10 points) and Greenfield’s Mason Meadows (12 points) joining him in double figures.

While Team Bobby C had talent, Team Johnson showed they also had plenty of skilled players on their squad. Franklin Tech’s Garret Cole (16 points) and Bailey Young (15 points) joined the Frontier duo in double figures in points. 

“I was looking at the teams and I thought having Greenfield Pioneer and Turners was kind of stacked,” Cole said. “I saw who we had and knew we had a chance.”

“It’s nice as a senior to get back out on the court,” Mohawk’s Anthony Moffatt added. “Coming into this I thought we were going to get stomped. It ended up working out though.” 

Meadows, who added a dunk late, hopes to see the All-Star game continue in the future, enjoying to play with and against the top talent Franklin County has to offer. 

“The goal was to have fun and play with a bunch of kids I’ve been playing against all season,” Meadows said. “Finally get on a team and be on a team with them in a less competitive environment was fun.”

Being on the losing end is never fun, but Pioneer’s Jared Hubbard had no issue with being on the wrong end of the scoreboard during an exhibition game. 

Hubbard scored six points while fellow Panther Troy Emond had nine points and Jaden Fox had four points for Team Bobby C. 

“Our season’s been over for a little bit,” Hubbard said. “It was fun to get back together and play basketball. I thought it was going to be more relaxed. I thought Bobby C stacked our team a little bit but they played hard. We didn’t but it was a lot of fun.”

Like many in the game, Turners’ Chace Novak was just looking to enjoy his time on the court. 

“I know everybody around here so it’s cool to get together and do this,” Novak said. “It’s neat. This is my first time being in an All-Star game. It’s about having fun. I don't mind losing in this.” 

Johnson 76, Bobby C 68

Team Johnson (76)

Robinson 5-2—16, Young 6-0—15, Dubreuil 2-0—5, Moffatt 1-0—3, Littlewood, Bassett 2-0—4, Cole 7-2—16, Boudreau 8-1—17. Totals 31-5--76.

Team Bobby C (68)

Fox 2-0—4, Sanders 7-0—14, Carey 2-0—5, Hubbard 3-0—6, Meadows 5-0—12, Emond 3-2—9, Ward 1-0—2, Novak 2-0—6, Peterson 4-0—10. Totals: 29-2--68.

3-Point Goals: (TJ) Robinson 4, Young 3, Dubreuil, Moffatt. (TBC) Carey, Meadows 2, Emond, Novak 2, Peterson 2.

Score by quarters:

Johnson

22

20

12

20

76

Bobby C

19

10

27

12

68


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