Bay State Games weekend hoop recap

The basketball competition at the Bay State Games wrapped up during the holiday weekend, with champions crowned in both the boys' and girls' divisions.

Here's a look back at the action, courtesy of the Bay State Games' Amy Barry:

Saturday, July 6


Southeast 83, Coastal 71

Down 15 in the second quarter, the Southeast burst out of the locker rooms for a 12-point run to comeback and defeated Coastal 83-71 Saturday morning at the Reggie Lewis Center. Center Tyler Gibson (Rockland) lead Southeast with 21 points while forward Ryan Jones (Weymouth), despite being a foul away from ejection for the entire second half, contributed nine points. Coastal received a 16-point effort from Jack Murphy (Plymouth) and Tucker Bouchard (Kingston).

West 92, Central 86

Despite several late comeback attempts, West held on to defeat Central, 92-86, to remain undefeated (3-0). West received a 20-point effort from Manny Rivera (Holyoke) while Nicholas Will (Hopkinton) poured in 20 points for Central.

Metro 98 Northeast 74

Metro ran away with a 98-74 victory over Northeast Friday afternoon. For the winners, Frantz Pinard (Arlington) led all scorers with 19. Cam Burke (Lynn) paced Northeast’s squad with 15 points.

Southeast 112, Central 71

Southeast posted the first 100-point game of the tournament to defeat Central, 112-71. Forward Ryan Jones (Weymouth) paced Southeast in its fourth straight victory with 22 points while Central also had a player with a 22-point effort in center Seamus Bell (Winchendon).

Coastal 104, Northeast 75

Coastal put on an offensive showcase as they defeated Northeast, 104-75. Center Jack Murphy (Plymouth) and guard Tony Pires (Carver) each poured in 18 points for the winners. Guard Chrstian Dunston (Salem) 24-point effort Northeast.

Metro 94, West 84

Metro shot 72 percent (18-25) from the charity strip in the second half, which was the difference in what was a tied game at 55 apiece with over 10 minutes to play, to secure a 94-84 victory over West in Saturday’s finale. Forward Matt Woods (Arlington) led the winners with 25 points including 5-for-6 from the foul line. Guard Jamir Henderson (Concord) and forward Frantz Pinard (Arlington) also notched double figures for Northeast with 17 points and 15 points, respectively. West saw four players reach double digits with guard Manny Rivera’s (Holyoke) 19-point effort leading the way. Forward Kevan Lord (Hatfield) contributed 16 and guard Paul Bessette (West Springfield) registered 14. Guard Derek McMahon (Hatfield) rounded out the scorers with 13 points.


Southeast 65, Coastal 62

The second day of girlS' basketball competition started off with the tightest battle of the Games thus far. Southeast held onto its slim three-point intermission advantage to claim a 65-62 victory over Coastal Saturday morning at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Center Brittany Stone (West Bridgewater) suffered an ankle injury that eliminated Coastal’s bench and forced the team to play with only five players in the second half. Coastal did not let up on the pressure and had the chance to knot things up with a minute remaining when Paulina Feitelberg (Fall River) let her seventh three go, but the ball bounced around the rim and Southeast recorded its first victory of the Games. Feitelberg showed her exceptional skills outside the arc, netting six trey’s to lead all scorers with 18 points. Guard Brianna Camara (Fall River) and forward Bailey Brooks (Fall River) also finished the game in double figures with 17 and 14 points, respectively. Guard Katie Lowerre (Sharon) paced Southeast’s offense with 13 points. Forward Amy Assad (Millis) chipped in 11 points for Southeast.

Central 61, West 52

Central beat West, 61-52, Friday morning behind double-digit performances from two of its players. Amanda Murphy (Northborough) recorded a team-high 13 points while Meaghann Akermann (Littleton) chipped in with 12. West shooting guard Rachel Gordon (Monson) led all scorers with 18 points.

Metro 56, Northeast 45

In a battle of the unbeaten, Metro fought hard to come out victorious over Northeast, 56-45. The game saw well rounded scoring with Metro’s forward Kristen Siscamanis (Winthrop) leading all players. Guard Sarah Kinney (Wayland) paced Northeast’s offensive effort with nine points.

Central 55, Southeast 54

Headed into the fourth quarter Southeast had the game locked up, but guard Amy Willichowski’s (Westborough) second half 14-point performance rallied Central to come from behind to defeat Southeast, 55-54. Forward Dorian McEnemy (Northborough) tied the game and netted the eventual game winner on an offensive put back after controlling the boards throughout the second half. Guard Amanda Murphy (Northborough) also chipped in 13 points for the winners. Guard Katie Lowerre’s (Sharon) 15-point effort paced Southeast while forward Kayla Corshia (Medway) also had double figures with 14 points.

Metro 72, West 38

All of Metro’s players made it into the scorebook as West became Metro’s fourth victim of the tournament, 72-38, Saturday afternoon at UMass Boston. gurad Indira Evora (Somerville) led Metro’s offensive output with 15 points. Monson natives, shooting guard Rachel Gordon and forward Megan Pehoviak accounted for 29 of West’s points. Gordon notched a game-high 17 points where as Pehoviak dropped 12 points.

Northeast 68, Coastal 38

A trio of players recorded double figures as Northeast dominated Coastal, 68-38, in Saturday’s finale at Wentworth. Forward Amanda Matthews (Peabody) led Northeast’s charge with 14 while guard Samantha Trant (Stoneham) and guard Kristen Bullock (Bedford) registered 13 and 10 points, respectively. Coastal forward Samantha Medeiros (Westport) led all scorers with 15. Forward Norma Wagget (Saugus) also posted double digits with 13.

Sunday, July 7


Northeast 81, Central 78

Northeast grabbed its first win of the Games in a tight battle against Central 81-78, Sunday morning at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Guard, forward John Teehan (Peabody) and forward Joseph Bertrand (Saugus) led the winners with 15 points each. Central center Seamus Bell (Wincedon) paced all scorers with 30 points. Guard Matt Sargent (Worcester) and guard Zachary Knapp (Princeton) also posted double figures with 18 points and 16 points, respectively.

Southeast 98, West 76

West gave Southeast a battle, but Southeast pulled away in the final quarter to secure its unbeaten record (5-0) with a 98-76 victory. Southeast guard Ryan Roach (Weymouth) posted a game-high 31 points. Guard Manny Riveria (Holyoke) led West with 18 points.

Coastal 103, Metro 85

In the final round robin matchup, Coastal took control late to pull away with a 103-85 victory over Metro. Metro (3-2) will via for the Bronze Medal against West while Coastal (3-2) will face Southeast in the Gold Medal contest. Forward Frantz Pinard (Arlington) paced Metro with 19 points. Coastal received a game-high 25-point effort from guard Tony Pires (Carver). Guard Tucker Bouchard (Kingston) chipped in 21 points for Coastal.

Bronze Medal Game - Metro 98, West 94

Metro used momentum from its round robin three-game winning streak to capture the bronze medal with a 98-94 victory over West Sunday afternoon. Forward Phil Leotsakos (Arlington) paced Metro’s offensive effort with 22 points. Forward Cam Earle (South Hadley) led the way for West with 15 points.

Gold Medal Game - Southeast 94, Coastal 83

Southeast made Bay State Games history in the boy’s basketball Sunday night when it defeated Coastal 94-83 to capture the gold medal for the second consecutive year and doing so with an unblemished 6-0 record. Southeast went into the locker rooms at half time with a comfortable lead, but Coastal made a push in the second half to cut the lead to eight points. In the end, Southeast remained strong and held on for the victory. Forward Brandon Cawley (Abington) notched 19 points to lead Southeast. Guard Tony Pires (Carver) posted a 22-point effort to pace the silver medalist.


Northeast 47, Central 35

In a low scoring game defense was the difference for Northeast to claim a 46-35 victory over Central Sunday morning. Guard Samantha Cowan (Bedford) led Northeast in its first victory of the Games with 22 points. Central received a 10-point effort from small forward Brianna Camara (Fall River).

Southeast 79, West 52

Southeast earned a decisive, 79-52, win against West Sunday morning. Southeast received 17 points from forward Jill Spolidoro (Franklin) and 16 points from guard Jessica Nichols-Larosa (Randolph). West also had two players post double figures. Point guard Rachel Gordon (Monson) led all scorers with 19 points while small forward Gabrielle Haywood (East Longmeadow) notched 10 points.

Metro 70, Coastal 50

Metro cruised past Coastal, 70-50, Sunday afternoon in the round robin finale. Metro (5-0) will go for gold against Northeast while Coastal ended the Games 1-4. Both teams received a well balanced scoring effort.

Bronze Medal Game - Southeast 68, Central 59

Southeast claimed the bronze medal with a 68-59 decision over Central Sunday afternoon. Southeast received an 11-point effort from two players. Central guard Amanda Murphy (Northborough) paced all scorers with 14 points.

Gold Medal Game - Metro 70, Northeast 66 (Overtime)

At the buzzer Northeast forward Stephanie Bramante (Stoneham) sunk a bucket to force overtime. Northeast’s late momentum wasn’t enough as Metro outlasted Northeast in the extra frame to hold onto its unbeaten record and seize the gold medal, 70-66.