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Western Mass basketball championships: Easthampton boys best Monument Mountain, win 1st sectional title since 2003

  • Hopkins Academy receives the Western Mass finalist trophy after losing to Pioneer Regional in the championship game Saturday at Curry Hicks Cage. The Golden Hawks’ streak of three straight titles ended. GAZETTE STAFF / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • The Hampshire Regional girls basketball team with the Western Mass championship trophy Saturday at Curry Hicks Cage in Amherst. GAZETTE STAFF / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • The Easthampton boys basketball team with the Western Mass Division 3 championship trophy after defeating Monument Mountain. GAZETTE STAFF / KYLE GRABOWSKI



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Saturday, March 10, 2018

AMHERST – Ant Moynihan hit four 3s and scored 27 points, as the Easthampton boys basketball team beat Monument Mountain 81-74 on Saturday at Curry Hicks Cage.

The Eagles won their first sectional title since 2003 behind balanced scoring. Ronan Mottor added 19, while Darnel Whitley scored 18. Sopie Pek and Zade Jenkins added seven each.

The Eagles (18-5) led by 11 at halftime and held the Spartans at bay in the fourth quarter.

Division 3 girls basketball

Katelyn Pickunka scored 20 points and grabbed 23 rebounds, and the Hampshire Regional girls basketball team beat Wahconah 47-41 on Saturday at Curry Hicks Cage to claim the Western Massachsuetts Division 3 championship.

It was the Raiders’ first title since 2007.

Freshman Lila Labrie made two free throws and stole the ball on the Raiders’ last possession. 

Maggie Rubeck banked in two 3s in the first quarter to help Hampshire build a 16-10 lead.

Division 4 boys

Hopkins Academy’s boys basketball reign atop Division 4 ended at three years.

The top-seeded Golden Hawks fell 59-53 to No. 3 Pioneer Valley on Saturday at Curry Hicks Cage.

They led 46-45 with 3 minutes, 4 seconds left after Caleb Graves made a layup.

Pioneer Regional junior Garrett Cote then hit three straight 3s to put Pioneer back in the lead. He finished with 14 points.

Senior Jon Morrison led the Golden Hawks (20-3) with 24 points, while John Earle scored 13.

Hopkins trailed 18-9 after the first quarter, as Pioneer (18-5) ripped off a 9-1 run.

The Panthers will play Maynard in the state semifinals Monday at 7:30 p.m. at American International College