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Northampton boys win Tip-Off bracket

  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Northampton's Jake Ross (L) soars to the basket against Cathedral on Sunday in the Championship game of the Pioneer Valley Tip off at the Curry Hicks Cage on the UMass campus.

    JOSH KUCKENS
    Northampton's Jake Ross (L) soars to the basket against Cathedral on Sunday in the Championship game of the Pioneer Valley Tip off at the Curry Hicks Cage on the UMass campus. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Northampton's Ben Christopher (L) drives against Cathedral on Sunday in the Championship game of the Pioneer Valley Tip off at the Curry Hicks Cage on the UMass campus.

    JOSH KUCKENS
    Northampton's Ben Christopher (L) drives against Cathedral on Sunday in the Championship game of the Pioneer Valley Tip off at the Curry Hicks Cage on the UMass campus. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Northampton's Stevie Roach (L) and Cathedral's Matt Catjakis (R) rise up for the tip on Sunday in the Championship game of the Pioneer Valley Tip off at the Curry Hicks Cage on the UMass campus.

    JOSH KUCKENS
    Northampton's Stevie Roach (L) and Cathedral's Matt Catjakis (R) rise up for the tip on Sunday in the Championship game of the Pioneer Valley Tip off at the Curry Hicks Cage on the UMass campus. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Northampton's Jake Ross (L) soars to the basket against Cathedral on Sunday in the Championship game of the Pioneer Valley Tip off at the Curry Hicks Cage on the UMass campus.
  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Northampton's Ben Christopher (L) drives against Cathedral on Sunday in the Championship game of the Pioneer Valley Tip off at the Curry Hicks Cage on the UMass campus.
  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Northampton's Stevie Roach (L) and Cathedral's Matt Catjakis (R) rise up for the tip on Sunday in the Championship game of the Pioneer Valley Tip off at the Curry Hicks Cage on the UMass campus.

The Northampton boys basketball team won the inaugural Pioneer Valley Tip-Off’s Hampshire bracket at the Curry Hicks Cage over the weekend.

The Blue Devils knocked off rival Amherst 53-45 on Saturday and then defeated Cathedral 60-58 in Sunday’s title game.

“It’s a big deal for us,” coach Rey Harp said. “It was an opportunity to bounce back from our Putnam loss. We are beginning our season with a very tough schedule. Amherst and Cathedral are very good teams who are going to be in the playoff hunt. Those are good wins for us.”

Jake Ross scored 24 points, including four 3-pointers, in the title game Sunday. Justin Burgos added 13, while Joe Warner had 10 for Northampton (2-1).

In Saturday’s game, Ross scored a team-high 15 points, while Burgos had 12.

Tom Cook led Amherst with 18 points in the loss to Hamp, while Good Farah had 10. The Hurricanes then fell to Holyoke 70-46 in Sunday’s consolation game. Malik Ford netted 15 points, while Farah had 12.

South Hadley earned the runner-up spot in the Hampden bracket.

The Tigers (1-1) defeated Agawam 56-52 on Saturday and then fell to West Springfield 72-41 in Sunday’s title game.

Evan Marcus scored 15 points in each game.

On Saturday, T.J. Fitzell scored 19 points. Avon White chipped in with 10 as South Hadley overcame a 30-point performance by Brownies’ standout Tyler Desrosiers to advance.

Hockey

Amherst 2, Belchertown 2 — Jack Rees (Hurricanes) and Tommy Daley (Orioles) each scored their respective team’s two goals in a tie Saturday at Amherst College.

Alex Rivers and Joshua Lacroix had one assist each for Amherst (1-2-1), while Eddy Sablak made 18 saves.

Alex Bachand had two assists and Jonathan Rodriques had one for Belchertown (0-1-1), while Kyle Mikulski made 22 saves.

Agawam 2, South Hadley 0 — Devin Hoagland made 37 saves, but the Tigers (2-1) suffered their first loss of the season Saturday at the Olympia in West Springfield.

Cathedral 6, St. Peter-Marian 1 — Freshman John Leonard of Amherst scored a goal as the Panthers (1-1) cruised at Holy Cross in Worcester Saturday.

Adam Mercer of Belchertown made 23 saves in the win.

Chicopee 7, Turners Falls 2 — Brandon Lenois and Cody Booska each scored a goal, but the Indians (2-1-1) suffered their first loss of the season Saturday at Greenfield.

Prep schools

Girls basketball

Brooks School 54, Williston 29; BB&N 46, Williston 33 — Natalia Ovando scored a combined 30 points, but the Wildcats (3-2) lost a pair of games Saturday in the Ray Brown Holiday Tournament.

Sarah Marion of Granby had 15 points in the two games.

Boys basketball

Northampton 60, Cathedral 58

Panthers (1-1)

Garcia 7-2-17, Boyd 8-6-25, Begley 1-2-4, Murphy-Stanley 2-0-4, Jean-Baptiste 3-0-6, Vu 1-0-2. Totals: 22-10-58.

Blue Devils (2-1)

Christopher 0-0-0, Mam 0-0-0, Burgos 4-2-13, Konowitch 1-0-2, Ross 9-2-24, Warner 3-4-10, C. Roach 0-0-0, Hannigan-Page 1-2-4, S. Roach 2-0-4, Hirsch 1-0-3, Hale 0-0-0. Totals: 21-10-60.

Cathedral 9 16 17 16—58

Northampton 21 14 11 14—60

3-pointers: Cathedral 4 (Garcia, Boyd 3); Northampton 8 (Burgos 3, Ross 4, Hirsch)

Holyoke 70, Amherst Regional 46

Hurricanes (1-2)

Carey 1-2-4, Siegel 1-0-3, Jackson 1-0-2, Sowers 1-1-3, Farah 5-2-12, Peake 1-0-3, Cook 0-0-0, Ford 6-0-15, Hird 0-0-0, Bixby 2-0-4, Cuffee 0-0-0. Totals: 18-5-46.

Purple Knights (2-1)

Godreau-Rivera 4-0-10, Camby 5-0-10, Vazquez 1-0-3, White 7-1-15, Wardell 3-0-7, McCarter 6-1-16, Rivera 2-2-7, Sanchez 1-0-2. Totals: 29-4-70.

Amherst 14 15 7 10—46

Holyoke 18 18 18 16—70

3-pointers: Amherst 5 (Ford 3, Siegel, Peake); Holyoke 8 (McCarter 3, Godreau-Rivera 2, Vazquez, Wardell, Rivera)

West Springfield 72,

South Hadley 41

Tigers (1-1)

Marcus 5-5-15, Garbacik 3-2-8, Earle 0-1-1, Bullough 3-0-6, Flachs 0-1-1, Sears 1-0-2, White 1-0-2, Maryea 0-1-1, G. Fitzell 1-2-5, T. Fitzell 0-0-0. Totals: 14-12-41

Terriers (2-0)

Asad 8-3-21, Alston 4-0-8, King 4-2-10, Hastings 1-0-3, McNulty 6-1-15, Lipscomb 3-1-7, Khokar 1-0-2, Locascio 1-0-3, Pighetti 1-1-3. Totals: 29-8-72.

South Hadley 10 4 14 13—41

West Springfield 11 21 17 23—72

3-pointers: South Hadley 1 (G. Fitzell); West Springfield 8 (Asad 2, Alston 2, Hastings, McNulty 2, Locascio)

South Hadley 56, Agawam 52

Brownies (0-4)

Comee 0-1-1, Lyne 3-1-7, Lockwood 0-2-2, Curry 3-0-7, Oleksak 1-0-3, Sours 0-2-2, Desrosiers 8-8-30. Totals: 15-14-52.

Tigers (1-0)

Marcus 4-4-15, Garbacik 0-1-1, Flachs 2-2-7, Fitzell 6-4-19, Sears 1-0-2, White 1-8-10, Reen 0-2-2. Totals: 14-21-56.

Agawam 7 9 19 17—52

South Hadley 10 10 15 21—56

3-pointers: Agawam 6 (Desrosiers 4, Oleksak, Curry); South Hadley 7 (Marcus 3, Flachs, Fitzell 3)

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