Amherst-Pelham Girls - 66, Palmer Girls - 44
Amherst controlled the game from the opening tip, and went on to win . Amherst’s senior guard Jamie Staples led the way with 30 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, to go along with 5 steals. Jada Glasgow and Ingrid Salvador each reached double digits in points with 15 and 11 points, respectively. Antriese Suarez was the leading rebounder with 8. Megan Wilson, Madison Stahelski, and Savannah Cavanaugh all scored in double figures for Palmer.
Amherst - 56, Northampton - 48
Amherst, led by the strong guard play of Meikyle Murray (11 points) and Tajahn Joyner (12 points), was able to come out on top of this back and forth game. Amherst was up by 4 at the end of the 3rd quarter and was able to hold Northampton off down the stretch thanks to strong play from senior Devonte’ McCall who finished the game with 11 points. Meikkle Murray used a variety of athletic moves and finishes to lead all scorers with 15 points. He also added 10 rebounds for a double-double. Elijah Davis (11 points), Andy Grygorcewicz (9 points), and Max Walder (9 points) led the way for Northampton. Amherst, led by the strong guard play of Meikyle Murray (11 points) and Tajahn Joyner (12 points), was able to come out on top of this back and forth game. Amherst was up by 4 at the end of the 3rd quarter and was able to hold Northampton off down the stretch thanks to strong play from senior Devonte’ McCall who finished the game with 11 points. Meikkle Murray used a variety of athletic moves and finishes to lead all scorers with 15 points. He also added 10 rebounds for a double-double. Elijah Davis (11 points), Andy Grygorcewicz (9 points), and Max Walder (9 points) led the way for Northampton.
Littleton - 59, Palmer - 48
This game was close throughout until Littleton pulled away in the end for a 59-48 victory. Senior guard Nick Murray led the way for Littleton with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Ryan McCarthy of Palmer had a great all-around game as he scored 5 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, recorded 5 assists, and got 6 steals. This was a great game to start off the showcase action on Saturday.
West springfield - 61, St. Bernard's - 49
Joseph Saba’s domination of the paint wasn’t enough to pull St. Bernard’s over a strong West Springfield side. Saba finished the game with 23 points, 19 rebounds, and 6 blocked shots. St B’s held the lead until the middle of the third quarter, before West Springfield made a strong run to close the game. Sharown Fowler (17 points), Eric Faniel (19 points), and Tyler Rochefort (14 points) combined for 50 points for West Side. Eric Faniel also added 6 steals.
Putnam - 70, Fitchburg - 41
The highly ranked Putnam team’s explosive offense and smothering defense was too much for Fitchburg to handle. Putnam led from start to finish, powered by a double-double from Tyonne Malone (20 points, 10 rebounds) and 32 point performance by Keiayvin Hayes. Fitchburg had balanced scoring with Tyri Hampton leading the way with 12 points.
EastHampton- 68, Hampshire-67
In this game of runs, a late surge by Hampshire tied the game up at 67. Raphael Coleman (19 points) was able to give Easthampton the lead from the free throw line with 3 seconds left. Zach Crissafulli (12 points) and Liam Healy (14 points) were instrumental in Easthampton's win. Matt Babyak (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Jacob Bihler (11 points, 10 rebounds) both registered double-doubles for Hampshire. Greg Laroche led Hampshire in scoring 17 points.
South Hadley- 62, Granby- 49
A close game for most of the way saw South Hadley pull away in the 4th quarter. Joe Advey led the way for South Hadley with 23 points (5-8 from 3pt). Austin Ford set the offense in motion with 6 assists. Joe Desormier (9 points, 3 assists), Zach Gorham (16 points), and Colby Forbush (10 points) paced a balanced Granby offense. Forbush also had 4 steals.
Hopkins - 73, Taconic- 56
Hopkins jumped out to an early led, and never let that lead go as they won the Sunday opener 73-56. Hopkins was led by Spencer Butterfield and Sam’i Roe as they had 16 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals and 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. Treyvon Ringgold had a great game for Taconic scoring 20 points and grabbing 9 boards, but it was enough.
Chicopee - 64, Pittsfield - 60
Chicopee prevailed over Pittsfield, 64-60, in what was the best game of the day on Sunday. Pittsfield held a led at the half, but sophomore guard Milan Harrison stepped up his game in the second half, and led the comeback for Chicopee. He scored 26 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and got 4 steals. Chicopee came up with three key steals in the final minute of play to claim the victory.
Williston - 82, Commonwealth - 63
This game was tight throughout until Williston went on a major second half run to pull away from Commonwealth earning an 82-63 win. Senior forward Kyle Doucette had a huge game for Williston. He had 19 points and 15 rebounds. Jake Wisniewski also had a very efficient game for Williston, as he came off the bench and scored 16 points on 86% shooting from the field. He made all four of his 3-pointers. Aaron Spann led Commonwealth with 18 points.
Macduffie - 67, Deerfield - 63
In the final game of the showcase, MacDuffie defeated Deerfield 67-63. Jordy Tshimanaga led the way for MacDuffie with a double-double (14 points and 10 rebounds). Malik Elicher had a great all-around game for MacDuffie as well. He had 7 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal. Jackson Mannix tried bringing Deerfield back with his 3-point shooting. He had six 3-pointers and a total of 22 points, but it wasn’t enough as MacDuffie went on to win.